Culture drives an organization to superior results

Attitudes and beliefs correspond with character, while values and competencies correspond with competence

Culture drives an organization to superior resultsSitting just alongside the attitudes and beliefs of an organization is a companion set of attributes that round out the cultural blueprint. It is represented by: The Values: espoused and held to be important. The Competencies: nurtured to drive performance and build talent. It is a pretty simple formula – so simple that many seem…

The secret to high-performance organizations

We develop our bad habits in good times and our good habits in bad times

The secret to high-performance organizationsThe preponderance of environment news in the media today started me thinking of how important the "environment" is in the corporate world as well. You see, the quality of the environment (i.e. the culture) really does matter. Business leaders must take ultimate responsibility for shaping the environment within which their people live and must be…

Six proven strategies to boost productivity and profits

Increased productivity leads to a stronger competitive position, higher profits and better quality

Six proven strategies to boost productivity and profitsPaying attention to productivity leads to better profits in one-third of the Canadian small and medium-sized companies that measure their overall productivity index. Seems like a slam-dunk, doesn’t it? But a 2016 survey of more than 1,500 Canadian entrepreneurs by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) showed that less than half of Canada’s small and…

Nancy Drew and her quest for sustainable happiness

For consultant Nancy Drew, success must be based on passion, commitment and knowing you’d do what you do for free

Nancy Drew and her quest for sustainable happinessNancy Drew, formerly of Calgary, is now based in California as a management consultant, speaker and corporate trainer. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what you do now? Drew: I teach, for my own company and UC of San Diego School of Management, time management and work-life balance, leading effective meetings and practice management. I teach…

The Ace Class is changing the way women connect with women

Mandy Balak of The Ace Class talks about the importance of community and mentorship in growing your business

The Ace Class is changing the way women connect with womenMandy Balak is founder and CEO of The Ace Class. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what The Ace Class is and its purpose? Balak: Ace is an acronym for activate, cultivate and empower – we are a Canadian media and events company designed and created by women for women. We are founded in our intention…

Finalists named for EY Prairie entrepreneur of the year

A gala event on Oct. 18 in Calgary will announce the winners out of 48 finalists across 10 categories

Finalists named for EY Prairie entrepreneur of the yearForty-eight finalists across 10 categories have been named for this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2018 Prairies. “A common theme among this year’s Prairies finalists is their tremendous passion for their teams, communities and businesses,” said Rob Jolley, program director, in a statement. “This translates into a strong vision, relentless innovation, and motivated…

Is now the right time to exit your business?

There are unmistakable signs that it is the right time to move on, with more than a few steps to get the transition right

Is now the right time to exit your business?It’s one of the most important decisions you will make. And one of the most difficult. Is it time for you to exit stage left and say goodbye to your business? There are a few unmistakable signs that it is indeed the right time – for you and the business – to move on. You A…

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?

Crystal DeCnodder of Full Blast Creative talks about how to put social media to work building your business

Need help tapping into the marketing power of digital platforms?Crystal DeCnodder is partner and vice-president of digital marketing for Full Blast Creative. Calgary’s Business: Why is it important for businesses today to adopt social media and social media advertising into their operations? DeCnodder: Social media marketing has come a long way since 2011 when I started my social media company. When the industry first…

Community pharmacies key drivers of economic activity in Canada

Nearly 10,500 community pharmacies in Canada generate $1.68 billion in benefits to all levels of government: report

Community pharmacies key drivers of economic activity in CanadaA new report by the Conference Board of Canada says the community pharmacy sector generated more than $16 billion in economic activity and supported nearly 250,000 jobs in Canada. The Pharmacist in Your Neighbourhood: Economic Footprint of Canada's Community Pharmacy Sector report, which was released on Thursday, said Ontario contributed an estimated $6.3 billion, followed by…

6 steps to fast tracking your culture building efforts

Tackling culture requires the same approach you apply to any other business problem: What is your goal? Where are you now? What is your plan to close the gap?

6 steps to fast tracking your culture building effortsI once sat with a small group of business owners who wanted to talk about culture. For each of them, culture ranks as one of their key human resource worries – how to shift their culture in a meaningful way, or maintain a culture they see as critical to success. One of the advantages –…
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