Craig in the Media

Articles by Craig

Lessons in Leadership: Reflections from Canadian CEOs

  1. Success takes a lot of Hardwork: Duane Green, CEO Franklin Templeton Investments
  2. RSA Canada CEO, Martin Thompson, goes for transparency, communication and quick action
  3. For Wayfair’s Canadian chief, the key to being a game changer is bravery: General Manager Deborah Poole
  4. Giving to others as a successful business strategy – An interview with serial entrepreneur Eli Fathi
  5. “The secret to a billion success story”: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst
  6. “In order to make something happen, you have to dream it first”: Plan International Canada’s CEO
  7. Collaboration is key for Ottawa Hospital CEO Dr. Jack Kitts
  8. ‘The power of the team is stronger than the power of the individual’: Rowan Saunders (Incoming CEO – Economical Insurance)
  9. ‘I always want my team to know that I have their back’, Liz Rodbell, HBC’s department store president
  10. ‘If I just lived in the C-Suite, the brand wouldn’t prosper the same way’: McDonald’s Canada CEO John Betts
  11. Talking Leadership with Michel G. Vermette (Association of Professional Executives)
  12. Openness and Transparency are Keys to Success for Red Hat CEO (Jim Whitehurst)
  13. I Learned Passion is Infectious (Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association – Mike Woollatt)
  14. What W. Brett Wilson Learned From his Addiction to Work and Material Things
  15. Leaders Must Decide Whether to be Pit Bulls or Orchestra Conductors (Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology – René Belanger)
  16. Readers react: The importance of humility in the corner office (W. Brett Wilson)
  17. Why VIA Rail’s boss feels ‘getting his hands dirty’ is important (Yves Desjardins-Siciliano)
  18. Managing by walking around: ‘The staff all know me’ (GEF Seniors Housing – Raymond Swonek)
  19. How body language — and a hearing impairment — helped this Dragons’ Den pitch (7 Virtues – Barb Stegemann)
  20. Teamwork and emotional intelligence are keys to success (Assumption Life – André Vincent)
  21. Ikea Canada’s president brings his Swedish values to the workplace (Stefan Sjostrand)

Do Good to Do Well

  1. Is Giving The Key To Our Success?
  2. Is it Better for Business to Actually Do Good or Just Look Like it’s Doing Good?
  3. The Business Case for Moral Leadership (PDF)
  4. The Science of ‘Thanks-giving:’ Lessons for Business and Life
  5. The Hidden Costs of Letting Workers Act Like Jerks
  6. Don’t Be A Doormat: How Workplace ‘Givers’ Can Avoid Finishing Last


  1. Smart Leaders Know They Need To Put Their Phone Away
  2. Want to be Liked as A Leader? Stop Treating Others the Way You Want to be Treated!
  3. It Turns Out Empathy Can Be Taught: 5 Tips to Improve Business Leaders’ Emotional Intelligence
  4. Forget ethics training: Focus on empathy
  5. Who cares?

Authenticity and Trust

  1. Go Beyond Trust (PDF)
  2. Authentic Leadership and Employee Performance (PDF)

Focus on the Positive/Happiness

  1. Building Better Relationships – The Importance of High Quality Connections
  2. Building Peak Performance Teams in your Organization: What does the evidence tell us?
  3. Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow
  4. A Labour of Love – The Truth of Strengths (PDF)
  5. Building A Vibrant Culture: Lessons from Zappos!
  6. Think Outside the (Gift) Box for Your Shopping this Holiday Season


  1. The humble rock star: Why CEOs should share the spotlight
  2. Why We Benefit from Eating Humble Pie
  3. Humility as Leadership Strength (PDF)


  1. Is Your Work Your Calling? Strengths as a Critical Element of Engagement
  2. Meaning as the Cornerstone of Performance Enhancement (PDF)


  1. Self Compassion – An Essential Leadership Trait (PDF)
  2. The Road to (Leadership) Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Interviews With Thought Leaders

  1. The secrets to a healthier corporate culture – An interview with NYT Senior Editor Adam Bryant
  2. Redefining success in 2015: How much is enough?
  3. Is giving the key to our success?
  4. 3 ways to put the strategy back into strategic conversations
  5. Think salespeople are sleazy? You may be surprised to learn you’re one of them
  6. Making your way to the corner office – An interview with NYT Editor and best-selling author Adam Bryant
  7. Quiet no more – The profound influence of introverted leaders (PDF)
  8. Leading the ‘Quiet’ revolution: An interview with international best-selling author Susan Cain
  9. Heart of a Dragon – Lessons on success
  10. More wealth than I need and less time than I want (PDF)


  1. To err is human, to apologize humane
  2. The power of civility


  1. Why you want to be stretched outside your comfort zone
  2. How to re-engage a high-potential employee (Cdn Govt Executive)
  3. Tick Tock, Tick Tock: The impacts of time pressure on work quality
  4. The perils of our “on-call” work culture
  5. How Smart are Smartphones? Unplug your Way to Productivity
  6. A Key to Success – with Interest
  7. How Much Managing is Enough? Balancing the Line Between Micromanagement and Engagement
  8. 6 Tricks to Keep You from Feeling Like You’re Just Spinning Your Wheels


  1. Why a picture is worth 1000 words: Using the power of visualization to achieve your goals
  2. New Year’s resolutions for 2011: Don’t make SMART goals… make HARD ones!

Your Health

  1. Exercise to Protect your Mental Health
  2. Beware Killer Bosses
  3. Plugged In and Burned Out


  1. How to Avoid a Bad Hire
  2. Enhancing the Coaching Experience
  3. Maximizing 360-degree feedback processes – Strategies for success
  4. Get the Right People on the Bus – New Insights on Assessments


  1. Why Every Executive Team Should Have A Devil’s Advocate
  2. Steve Jobs was Right about Walking – Insights on Creativity
  3. Say What? How Words Affect our Behaviour in Powerful Ways
  4. Increasing Employee Accountability
  5. Aim High (PDF)


  1. Your Workplace Conference- Who Cares? Why Empathy Matters (10 mins)


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