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Viewpoint Research is a Canadian-based thought leadership centre 

established to focus specifically on evolving society’s knowledge about business research and advanced organizational practices. Our key activities relate to the advancement of leadership as a unique and highly important body of knowledge, which includes curating and conducting applied business research, and providing strategic consulting services to select clients. Within this, there is a specific focus on organizational behaviour, investment management, and corporate governance.

Our focus includes a strong commitment to evidence-based practice and helping to foster and promote future leaders. 

Principles

By definition, stewardship is the vigilant and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. Broadly, we feel a sense of responsibility and stewardship over the understanding of advanced leadership. This inspires us to create meaningful and innovative change in the way organizations do business.

We have evolved from innate curiosity to understand and strive for continuous growth. Learning and a curious mindset are at the core of everything we do. In this, we provide empirical, evidence-based support in all knowledge-based work.

We see ourselves as catalysts of change by pushing the boundaries of how people think. We strive towards producing distinct, innovative solutions for those we work with.

We are authentic and motivated to create sustainable change by educating the next generation of business and community leaders. We aim to advance leadership capacities and develop a positive, ethical presence in the Calgary community. 

“The message is clear: focusing on traditional drivers of results is an insufficient condition for sustaining performance.”

– Mac Van Wielingen

Process

 

After the 2008-09 financial crisis, Mac Van Wielingen established a team focused on evolving society’s knowledge about governance and advanced organizational practices. We regularly lead strategy sessions, present, and research ways to improve organizational performance. Be it through the sharing of research, or a more hands-on, applied approach, we aim to blend the worlds of science and practice, and provide empirically-tested guidance and education to leaders and employees. 

Research confirms time and time again the factors that are truly driving success – factors such as employee motivation, decision making, engagement, trust, and good leadership – and we believe that there is a persistent misunderstanding and lack of knowledge in leaders and organizations when it comes to applying these learnings. The answers are out there, but a gap exists in terms of how organizations are receiving and using management research. This is where we see our role. We feel an obligation to support and cultivate the way organizations perform – from both a financial and humanistic perspective. Our vision is to create positive and sustainable social change by igniting a different conversation into the business world.

 

THE THREE PILLARS OF VIEWPOINT RESEARCH

Research

VISION In a 6-year study on CEOs and vision communication, researchers found the greater the communicated vision, the greater the venture growth. EMOTIONALINTELLIGENCE (EI) The higher the EI, the more effective and successful a leader is: successful CEOs score higher than average people on 8/15 EI components. DECISION MAKING Raising a company from the bottom to the top quartile on decision-making process improved its ROI by 6.9% - “good process [is] good business”. HUMILITY AND AUTHENTICITY Among students, those rated by others as highly humble scored 9% higher on performance measures over a 10-week team task than those who were seen as not humble. SELF-AWARENESS Stock performance of 486 companies was tracked over 30 months; companies with a greater percentage of self-aware employees consistently outperformed those with a lower percentage. CURIOSITY Roughly 12% of work performance in individuals is predicted by people high in curiosity. LEARNINGORGANIZATIONS Analyzing various financial measures, the long-term performance of learning companies is significantly superior to their closest competitors. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE & MEANING In a study looking at adult’s mortality over 14 years, researchers concluded that the greater the purpose in life predicted longevity in adulthood. This raisesan interesting question: if employees felt that their work had purpose, might that add years to the life of their organization? PERFORMANCEAll of our research and efforts support a relationship with improved performance - be it individual employee happiness and productivity, or bottom-line ROI - measures that predictorganizational success.

Vision

In a 6-year study on CEOs and vision communication, researchers found the greater the communicated vision, the greater the venture growth.

Emotional Intelligence

The higher the EI, the more effective and successful a leader is: successful CEOs score higher than average people on 8/15 EI components.

Decision Making

Raising a company from the bottom to the top quartile on decision-making process improved its ROI by 6.9% - “good process [is] good business”.

Humility and Authenticity

Among students, those rated by others as highly humble scored 9% higher on performance measures over a 10-week team task than those who were seen as not humble.

Self-Awareness

Stock performance of 486 companies was tracked over 30 months; companies with a greater percentage of self-aware employees consistently outperformed those with a lower percentage.

Curiosity

Roughly 12% of work performance in individuals is predicted by people high in curiosity.

Learning Organizations

Analyzing various financial measures, the long-term performance of learning companies is significantly superior to their closest competitors.

Organizational Purpose & Meaning

In a study looking at adult’s mortality over 14 years, researchers concluded that the greater the purpose in life predicted longevity in adulthood. This raisesan interesting question: if employees felt that their work had purpose, might that add years to the life of their organization?

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