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April 12th, 2018

How Passive Investors are Influencing Corporate Governance

Disclaimer: For the purposes of this blog we refer to BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street as passive investors and reference their use of index strategies within this context. This language is meant to provide a generalized descriptor to explore how the corporate governance landscape is evolving...

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March 14th, 2018

Exploring the Role of Business in Society and the Future of Leadership

The Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business Celebrates Its Sixth Anniversary with a Senior Leader Panel, Exploring the Role of Business in Society and the Future of Leadership.   In the face of increasingly rapid change, disruptive technology, geopolitical uncertainty and grow...

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February 28th, 2018

From Our Archives: Corporate Sleep Walking

The following remarks were presented by Mac Van Wielingen at the ICD Fellowship Awards Gala on June 2, 2016. Exploring how perceptual and congnitive biases impact our decision making and interactions, the ideas presented in this speech remain extremely relevant and continue to influence the ong...

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February 6th, 2018

Pursuit of Passion: Insights on a Career in Non-Profit

The following guest blog was written for Viewpoint by Jeff Dyer, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary is a charitable, community supported organization who serves 22,000 vulnerable children and youth in Calgary each year. Viewpoint Foundation and the Van W...

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January 31st, 2018

Mac Van Wielingen Explores Drivers of Performance

Early in December 2017, Mac Van Wielingen addressed a small group of senior business leaders in Calgary. His talk titled, Advanced Governance: Strategy and the Imperative of Performance, explored the performance challenge facing most companies, critical drivers of performance and how they relate ...

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December 5th, 2017

Use the Leader's Growth Mindset to Become a High Impact Leader

The following guest blog was written for Viewpoint by Professor Simon Raby to summarize key findings from his recent work "What Drives SME Growth?: Introducing the Leader's Growth Mindset."    In what way do you need to lead your business to achieve your growth ambitions? This was the...

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November 21st, 2017

Power, Politics and the Dangers of a Narcissistic Leader

“The beauty of me is that I’m very rich”1 “My IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”2 “I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”3   Hearing these...

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November 6th, 2017

Have These Common Money Myths Infiltrated Your Organization?

  With conflicting statements such as “money makes the world go ‘round”, and “money is the root of all evil”, it is difficult to dissect the various complexities of the longstanding relationship between humans and money. The result has been a proliferation of speculations and misund...

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October 16th, 2017

Mac Van Wielingen Addresses Calgary’s Business Community with a Message About Purpose

On October 12, 2017, Viewpoint’s Founder, Mac Van Wielingen, received the The Fraser Institute Founders' Award, in recognition of its Founders T. Patrick Boyle and Michael A. Walker. This annual award is the Institute's highest honour, and recognizes Canadian leaders who have made exceptional e...

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October 3rd, 2017

Fraser Institute's Annual Founders' Award Dinner

        On Thursday, October 12th, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary is hosting the Fraser Institute’s annual Founders’ Award tribute dinner. This award is the institute’s highest honour, and is presented to Canadian leaders in recognition of their exceptional entrepren...

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August 30th, 2017

Summer Favourites From Our Weekly Newsletter

  Every Friday Sagacious delivers the latest articles on current events, research on business and the social sciences, as well as investment management insights to our subscribers. With September fast approaching, it seemed like an appropriate time to round up the articles our readers enjoye...

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August 18th, 2017

How Philanthropy is Shaping the World

  Viewpoint group encompasses four separate business areas; a family office, a philanthropic foundation, a research center, and an investment management firm. Philanthropy and giving back to the community is a large and central part of who we are. We clearly see the value and importance of be...

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June 16th, 2017

Collaboration: Productivity boon?

  Collaboration is so often touted as being the productivity future of the workplace, with open concept offices becoming the new norm. Yet at the same time, just as many articles are arguing that it is an alienating force that causes top performers to leave a company. Which is quite a st...

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May 26th, 2017

Checking your organization's pulse: Using surveys for better performance

  In recent years, there has been a major shift towards improving performance management systems to boost an organization’s effectiveness, especially through employee engagement.1 This post will focus on the measurement of employee engagement, as well as how to move beyond engagement, towar...

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May 25th, 2017

Readers' Favourite Articles from Sagacious

  Here at Viewpoint we deliver a digital newsletter every week to our subscribers. It curates the latest in current events, and research done on leadership, investment management, and the social sciences. Every so often we like to look back and see which articles most caught our reader’s ey...

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May 12th, 2017

Automation: Job Creator or Destroyer?

  AI, robotics, automation, and the Internet of Things, are technologies that are primed to make a huge impact in business and our daily lives. This year’s World Economic Forum had a session where their panel of leading experts discussed whether this impact would be positive or negative - ...

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April 25th, 2017

Is Ethical Culture in Banks an Oxymoron?

  Canadian banks have had the bragging rights of not following in their southern neighbors’ footsteps during the financial collapse of ‘08/’09. However, recent allegations from employees of Canada’s five major banks of intense pressure to meet sales goals, even at the unethical expens...

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April 11th, 2017

Leadership: What Works

  Our last post looked at the different styles of leadership that exist. We argued that the situation largely dictates which style would be most successful, and that there isn’t one style that is ultimately correct. In this post, we look at the direction that leadership styles are trending ...

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March 17th, 2017

The Many Shapes and Sizes of Leadership Styles

  Leadership has many guises. It is largely understood by those undertaking the mantle of leadership, that the goal is to inspire and develop others. Despite this understanding, the most effective method of attaining this goal remains elusive.   This may be the result of several fact...

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March 1st, 2017

Our Perceptions of What a Leader Should Be

  Previously, our blog covered the fact that there are gaps everywhere when talking about gender. This week we look at how preconceived notions of “role congruity” can affect the way leadership capabilities of men and women are perceived.   Stereotypical traits of Leaders When...

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February 13th, 2017

Women in Trading

  Gender in the workplace is a hot topic right now. There is a push for gender equality in everything from enrolling in STEM university degrees, to government positions, to leadership roles in business. There is also much research being done that is disproving stereotypes that certain skillse...

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January 30th, 2017

The Importance of Questioning and Evidence-Based Knowledge Sharing

  "We live in a world awash with information, but we seem to face a growing scarcity of wisdom. And what’s worse, we confuse the two. We believe that having access to more information produces more knowledge, which results in more wisdom. But, if anything, the opposite is true — more and ...

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January 20th, 2017

Decision rights: Who has the authority?

Our previous blog post discussed the pros and cons that are associated with distributed leadership. One of the facets of distributed leadership promotes, initiative and leadership responsibilities at all levels of a firm. In order to do this, everyone from front-line workers to upper management ...

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January 11th, 2017

The Highs and Lows of Distributed Leadership

  There are a number of different ways that leadership can be executed, and because each situation is unique and faced with its own set of variables, there is no right answer as to which style of leadership is the best. Takashi Mitachi gave a TED talk in 2013 on “3 Lessons that Businesse...

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January 4th, 2017

Sagacious' Top 10 Most Popular Articles in 2016

    This first blog to kick-off 2017, is an overview of the 10 most popular articles from 2016’s editions of Viewpoint Group’s digital newsletter, Sagacious. Since launching in October, every Friday Sagacious curates the latest articles and research in business, investment manage...

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December 21st, 2016

Gratitude: Not just for the holidays

  Gratitude is a virtue that all humans possess, and revolves around giving thanks. Whether it’s at work, around the house, or a more personal and introspective goal, the end of the year holidays mark a time when everyone is spreading a little more of it around. Whether we know it or not, e...

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December 12th, 2016

The Ins and Outs of Emotional Intelligence

  Emotional intelligence (EQ) has been mentioned a few times before in this blog, most recently in the series done on Success. Because of this, and its relevance to so many different areas in business and leadership, it is time that it received its own post. There is an abundance of inform...

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November 29th, 2016

Success: Power and Conflict

  This is the third post in our series of three on success and its consequences. Already we have explored the effect that success has on our morals, ethics, and the decisions that we make. We have also examined success through the lens of talent and ego and how they affect us on both a person...

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November 14th, 2016

Success: Talent & Ego

  This is the second post in the series that looks at success and its various facets and consequences. The previous post explored the relationship between success and the effect that it can have on a person's ethics and choices. This post looks at the connections between success, talent, and ...

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November 2nd, 2016

Success: Ethical Failure in Leadership

  The topic of success’s dark-side was recently brought up, and the more that it was explored, the more facets it seemed to have. Facets such as, in-fighting among top executives or family members in successful companies, the never ending battle to find the next big talent, and the loss of ...

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October 11th, 2016

The External Factors Influencing Your Decisions

  We make an incredible amount of decisions every day. From small decisions about what to wear, to large decisions that affect our futures – both personally and professionally. In our decision making we are influenced by an incredible amount of external factors. Sometimes this is a good ...

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October 7th, 2016

Sign up for "Sagacious" and Receive the Latest in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Research

    Our weekly newsletter Sagacious is now up-and-running and ready for distribution! The team at Viewpoint bring together the internet’s most fascinating, and thought-provoking articles on management and organizational behaviour that are grounded in scientific and evidence-based...

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September 28th, 2016

Want to be a guest contributor on the blog?

  Like our blog? Got an interesting perspective, opinion, or evidence-based argument? We want to hear it.  At Viewpoint we are all about learning and sharing knowledge, and we'd love to hear what you have to say. Read below for our principles and guidelines to submit. Here's what we l...

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September 16th, 2016

Biases and Their Effect on Business

  Biases are everywhere. Even when we know they exist and that everyone falls victim to them, they are a force that can’t be stopped. They effect the decisions we make on a daily basis both in and out of the workplace. Because of this it is important to at least know they are there. The ...

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September 9th, 2016

When Information Asymmetry is Found between Board Members and the Management Team

Running a company and ensuring its continued success is no easy task. All hands must be on deck with up-to-date information to make the best decisions possible. This ideology is often called into question when directors feel as though they are at a disadvantage because they are not as involve...

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August 18th, 2016

The Philosophy of Fulfillment & Engagement in the Workplace

Employee engagement is a buzzword that has almost lost its meaning because it is constantly being studied, talked about, blogged about, and surveyed in the workplace. If you search the term in Google, millions of these studies and blogs turn up espousing engagement benefits (higher levels of per...

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August 12th, 2016

Utilizing Your Social Capital

Social capital is all around us, we use it every day. But despite this, it is often underutilized in, or absent from a conscious strategy in the workplace. While most of the literature that I read for this post focused on social capital’s impact on politics, law, and general sociological st...

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August 8th, 2016

Leadership and Sports

In light of this year’s summer Olympics happening in Rio right now, it seems fitting to explore business leadership from a sports perspective. There are a number of questions you could ask regarding this crossover. For instance, are there actually lessons that businesses can learn from spor...

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August 2nd, 2016

The Knowing-Doing Gap: What is it and Why is it Still a Thing?

Did you know that it took the medical profession 47 years to act upon Humphrey Davy’s discovery of the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide. This is a perfect example of the delay that is often experienced when executing knowledge into practice. Unfortunately, such delays are all too commo...

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July 26th, 2016

Weekly Question

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June 23rd, 2016

Sneak Peek of Studio Bell

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC) opened its doors to the public on Canada Day! Susan Van Wielingen joined the NMC’s board of directors in the spring of last year and has been instrumental through her own work and through Viewpoint in helping the centre become the groundbr...

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June 23rd, 2016

We Are Viewpoint Group

At Viewpoint Group we are diverse in who we are and what we do, and we strive to be evidence-based in all of our undertakings. Our blog will follow suit, providing original content that falls under our core business areas: Advanced Leadership, Philanthropy, and Investment Management. The areas o...

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