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Jim Dewald, Dean, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, and author, Achieving Longevity

Businesses fail. They fail fast and they fail often. Research indicates that over 50 per cent of new firms fail within five years, and 75 per cent are gone in ten years.  So what is different about the firms that survive?  The answer is that they are the firms that are successful in recreating themselves, in continuing to engage entrepreneurial thinking on an equal footing with strategy.

Feeling Stressed? Don’t Suppress

As a CEO you are under pressure seemingly from all sides. Maybe you feel squeezed by the need to make more revenue without more staff. Perhaps you are suffocating from long work hours with no end in sight. Stress can leave you irritable, tired and short-tempered. That is not a good place to be for CEO-level decision-making.

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Hubert Zajicek, CEO, Health Wildcatters

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), there are approximately 27 million working-age Americans currently starting or running new businesses. That means 14 percent of the population consider themselves entrepreneurs!

Did you ever play a game as a child when you made up the rules as you went along?  I’m guessing that those evolving rules often proved to be a source of contention!

Leaders at work find the same to be true. When managers decide to disregard their moral compass as the official business handbook, they begin to make up the rules as they move along. Anything can happen, and the situation frequently proves to be a source of conflict.

Why Closing Your Eyes is a Powerful Leadership Tool.

Look around. Take in everything that you see. There’s the stack of sticky notes with calls to be returned; a report that needs to be reviewed; the partially finished cost proposal for your big client; and a half-eaten sandwich sitting next to the book club book that you are half-way through (and the club meets tomorrow!). In less than a minute, you have observed this and so much more. Your eyes brought in reams of information into your brain. And that information continually flows in unless you interrupt it.

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