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Benefit from the knowledge of Rotman's team of experts with this collection of insightful and thought-provoking articles.

Leadership skills by Rose Patten and Jim Fisher

What does leading mean in a diverse, globalized workforce that must be engaged with a broad, corporate vision, yet in a way that fits with employees' local cultures, values and expectations?

Realizing the promise of the data-driven organization by Bernardo Blum, Avi Goldfarb, and Mara Lederman 

Businesses are now able to collect and analyze data at a much larger scale than previously possible. So, why is data everywhere but in the perceived results of using data? Why have many businesses been unable to leverage the asset that their data represents?

Welcome to the new normal. What does it mean for leaders? by Rose Patten and Hugh Arnold

The "new normal" in business is disruption and change, and it comes with a call to action for companies – and leaders – to adapt and reinvent themselves.

What you're missing by carving out strategy from the top by Jennifer Riel and Stefanie Schram

Strategic thinking is a core leadership capability. All too often, we leave its development to chance, and fail to take advantage of opportunities to learn from leaders about how they think through strategic choices. 

Want to be CFO one day? You need to take control of your career by Hugh Arnold and Ross Woledge

Sometime in the last decade the role of the CFO morphed from number cruncher to powerbroker. Gone are the days of the lonely accountant, kept isolated from the rest of the company. Today, the world's most successful CFOs are innovators who command a room and are sounding boards for the CEO. For aspiring CFOs this raises the question: Am I on track to become this valuable strategic partner?

Getting things done: How we view time changes when we start working on things by Dilip Soman

One of the most popular courses at the Rotman School is an MBA elective called "Getting It Done." This course is not a course about any business discipline. It is simply a course that teaches students how to get things done. Why is it so popular?  In the words of its instructor, "Because life is a series of getting things done."

We need to invest in our community health leaders by Brian Golden

Good community-based care can prevent the need to go to hospital and can help patients leave sooner. Community-based healthcare is not only attractive to patients and system administrators; increasingly, it's the way of the future.

What boardrooms can learn from the success of family firms by David Beatty

A combination of regulation, pressure from stakeholders and plain common sense has led to dramatic evolution in Canadian boardrooms. Shareholder democracy has evolved dramatically with the introduction of majority voting, "say on pay" and now the emergence of proxy access.

Leadership renewal: How to transform your way of thinking by Scott Rutherford

Organizations typically respond to performance challenges by bringing in new and different leaders. But more effective and less disruptive transformation happens when there is a change in the way of thinking and being among the leaders who are already there. 

Bet on people before strategy by Tiff Macklem

In an increasingly global and digital economy, finding and developing the best talent has become a determining factor in a company's survival and success.

The Thoughtful Leader: Introducing a Model of Integrated Leadership by Jim Fisher

Thoughtful leaders get results through people by making clear what needs to be done, why it should be done and how each person can contribute.

In the digital age, leaders need to think like journalists by Robert Steiner

In the post-spin age, public leaders who think like journalists come out ahead. Not least because serious news organizations are inviting thoughtful leaders to help shape the debates they curate, even as old-style press releases gather digital dust in their e-mail queues.

Emotionally Resilient Leadership by Dr. Rumeet Billian

It’s not enough to simply acquire the technical skills to do our work effectively but also important to possess what used to be referred to as the “soft skills,” but are now described as essential skills.

How to Lead Millennials by Lauren Friese and Dr. Rumeet Billan

For leaders, there is an opportunity to tap into the unique characteristics of Millennials and leverage the attributes of this generation.

The Prospecting Negotiator by Geoffrey Leonardelli

No doubt, negotiating effectively is hard work, and in spite of our best efforts, does not guarantee a deal. That noted, prospecting negotiators, the ones that focus on opportunity, are more likely to find better deals for themselves and, if the circumstances allow, better deals for their counterparts too.

Highlights from Rotman’s Leading Strategic Change program by Joanne Goveas

Last week, we welcomed a diverse group of professionals from the private and public sectors of Canada, the US, and as far away as New Zealand, to our Leading Strategic Change program. The program uses a model-based problem solving approach to help participants effectively lead transformative initiatives at their organizations.

Negotiating for Success: Highlights from Rotman by Joanne Goveas

Can you leave a negotiation with both you and your counterpart feeling like you won more than your fair shares? That’s what we set out to discover last week at Rotman’s Strategic Negotiations Program.

Building Leaders—An Inside Look at Rotman’s Executive Leadership Program by Joanne Goveas

“I believe that everyone has within themselves the capability to lead if they only know how to break the idea of leadership into understandable chunks and then integrate it back into a more powerful whole,” Jim Fisher, The Thoughtful Leader.

What the C-suite looks for in Senior Management by Joanne Goveas

Being an experienced manager isn’t enough to help you move into a more senior position any more. To succeed in today’s rapidly changing world, great managers need to develop their leadership capabilities to continue your journey to senior leadership.

Connect the dots from statements to actionable insights by Joanne Goveas

The face of leadership has changed dramatically over the past few years. Today, executives and directors need to have a high level of financial literacy in order to better fulfill their leadership mandate. But what does that look like, exactly?

5 Questions to ask as a leader by Joanne Goveas

“Be curious, be lazy, be often,” says Michael Bungay Stanier, one of the world’s top three leadership coaches.

Getting HR a Seat at the Leadership Table by Joanne Goveas

Human Resources is often the department that people don’t think about until they need something, and then they need it immediately. But HR professionals know that great HR work requires long-term strategy and planning, a year-round set of tactics for talent development and succession planning, and being recognized as a valued partner in the organization.

What you need to know before a negotiation by Joanne Goveas

Negotiation skills may not always appear on a job description, but having them will help you in almost any role. To be an effective leader you need to be able to balance analytical skills with a broad array of decision making and interpersonal skills. This is no easy task. So how do great leaders build or develop their negotiations skills so they can add value to any situation? They practice.

What you need to break into the next level of leadership by Joanne Goveas

The business landscape changes more quickly than ever now, and we are facing massive changes in the demographics of the workforce as well as disruption.  So what is it that makes some leaders so much more successful than others?

Before you hold that strategy meeting, read this by Joanne Goveas

How many times have you gone to a strategy meeting and had people listlessly sit there, unfocused or distracted? How often, at the end of one of these strategy meetings, have you seen everyone just agree with whatever the most senior person in the room suggests?

Is HR a part of your board’s winning strategy? by Joanne Goveas

Too often boards aren’t able to carve out enough time for the HR Committee. It’s easy to forget. And boards know this. On average, boards spend about 11% of their time on talent management, but 53% of directors want to increase that number. So, what’s stopping them?

How to Succeed at the Enterprise Level by Joanne Goveas

“What got you here may not get you there,” Marshall Goldsmith.

Want to make partner one day? What are you bringing to the table? by Joanne Goveas

The competition for new positions at law firms is more intense than ever before, in part due to an increase in the number of law school graduates and in part because of disruption of the legal services market.

Want results? Learn how to nudge your customers by Joanne Goveas

What’s the best way to get someone to do something? You can incentivize them financially, you can limit their choices, or you can nudge them. Nudging is an insight from the field of behavioural economics, a way to get someone to do something without restraining their freedom or changing the financial incentives.

Struggling with data? It’s about how you think, not your technical toolbox by Joanne Goveas

More of our economic and social activity resides online than ever before, and more content continues to shift to the digital space. The amount of and types of data that organizations have access to continues to grow alongside this trend, meaning it is no longer possible for leaders to ignore data.

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