Thought Leadership Round Table Articles


Our Thought Leaders Round Table (TLRT) discussions are events that draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Senior Executives that make up Excellence Canada's Board of Governors. The TLRT sessions occur at least once a year and are expertly facilitated and the discussions lead to powerful insights into current practices. The articles based on these discussions are available below.


 

The Seven Imperatives of GREAT CEOs - April, 2017

By John Wilson, Founder and CEO, CEO Global Network 

The Excellence Canada Thought Leaders Round Table (TLRT) met in Toronto on April 27th to discuss topics surrounding the “The Seven Imperatives of Great CEOs.” The meeting was facilitated by John Wilson, Founder and CEO of CEO Global Network and author of GREAT CEOs and How They Are Made: The Seven Imperatives. The meeting was attended by twenty-five members of the Excellence Canada Board of Governors who were divided into three discussion teams. Attendees were provided with an executive summary of GREAT CEOs and How They Are Made for review prior to the meeting.


 

Recipe for Successful Transformation Includes Relief, Direction, and Belief - November 2016

By Dr. Adam Stoehr, Vice President, Education and Research, Excellence Canada 

Every organization changes and sometimes those changes are in the category of transformation. When we transform our organizations, we are implementing new methods to radically improve our performance by changing behaviour and capabilities throughout the organization. A period of transformation relies heavily on employees. If it lasts too long, we are at risk of wearing everyone out. In many cases, transformation is necessary for survival. How do we successfully navigate this tough road?


 

Made in Canada Leadership Excellence - April 2016

By Dr. Adam Stoehr, Vice President, Education and Research, Excellence Canada 

The subject of what makes great leadership is debated nightly on the evening news.  Some clarity around Canadian attributes of leadership will help us understand our strengths and opportunities in leading internationally. What makes excellent leadership, the general differences from a Canadian perspective, and if there is a link with a strategic focus on Excellence were the three main themes discussed.  This paper presents the findings of the TLRT discussion.


 

Happy Employees Make Organizations More Successful - May 2015

By Dr. Adam Stoehr, Vice President, Education and Research, Excellence Canada 

Prior research has confirmed the link between a strategic approach to quality and employee happiness. Some clarity around the value of employee happiness should help encourage organizations to implement a strategic approach to quality. The value of happy employees, the pros and cons of happy employees, the ways to unleash the power of happy employees, and the specific organizational results that are impacted most by happy employees were the four main themes discussed.  This paper presents the findings of the TLRT discussion.


The Pursuit of Excellence: Its Impact on Jobs - October 2014

By Dr. Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources, University of Waterloo

This article discusses the impact of the pursuit of an excellence award on jobs. The market economies of the world are becoming increasingly competitive. Organizations that have excellent quality and financial performances integrate their total quality management systems into strategic planning. They continually benchmark, reassess their performance, and sometimes participate in quality or excellence audit processes.


Innovation: Are you truly committed? - April 2014

By Catherine Neville, VP and Lead Coach, Excellence Canada, and facilitator of Excellence Canada’s Thought Leaders Roundtable (April 2014)

This article explores innovation in terms of: "What is needed for innovation to work, and the major reasons for failure; How organizations have embraced innovation while avoiding expensive pitfalls; and Innovation winners including why they thought they were successful."


How Does Canada Stay CREATIVE? - June 2013

By Dr. Adam Stoehr, Vice President, Education and Research, Excellence Canada

The TLRT meeting, facilitated on this occasion by Dr. Steven Murphy from Carleton University, is a gathering of executives from many of Canada’s top public and private sector organizations. They were asked thought-provoking questions about the topic before getting together. At the meeting there was a lively discussion and debate about their answers. During the break-out session, one of the groups came up with a very creative acronym borrowed for this article to summarize the overall outcome of this TLRT meeting.



Getting Creative about Innovation - May 2013

By: Dr. Steven A. Murphy, Ph.D., Associate Dean (Research & External), Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, author, and facilitator of Excellence Canada’s Thought Leaders Roundtable

As a starting point, participants were asked to reflect upon the productivity gap in Canada and why Canadian CEO’s tend to rank innovation as a lower priority than their global peers.  The productivity gap was set in context by a number of participants who urged the group to think about productivity as one measure in the wider quality of life discussion.  Productivity was seen to be crucially important, but was contrasted with social choices to provide universal healthcare and to look out for our fellow citizens.  Canadians need to work smarter, and there was agreement that creativity in a value-added economy would become more and more central to success in both product and service industries. 


The Link Between Excellence and Happiness at Work - December 2012

By Dr. Adam Stoehr, Vice President, Education and Research, Excellence Canada

How does excellence link with happiness at work?   This article explores  three themes: the definition of happiness at work; the specific impact of happiness on employees; and the  relationship between a strategic approach to quality and satisfaction.


Pinpointing Performance Potential: A conversation with Maria Rotundo - April 2012

By Dr. Maria Rotundo, Professor of organizational behaviour and human resources management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, 

In this edited transcript of her recent conversation with the Financial Post‘s Dan Ovsey, Ms. Rotundo talks about some of the roundtable’s key topics, including the difference between high potentials and high performers and how business leaders can avoid or overcome “performance punishment”.


Does Anyone Know How to Get to the Moon? - November 2011

By: Dr. Steven A. Murphy, Ph.D., Associate Dean (Research & External), Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, author, and facilitator of Excellence Canada’s Thought Leaders Roundtable

At the Excellence Canada Thought Leaders Roundtable, recently convened in Toronto, 33 senior executives came together to discuss leadership in Canada.  The session led to both powerful insights into current practice and how firms might position themselves to lead for a more prosperous Canada.


Discovering Your Authentic Leadership - November 2011

By Dr. Adam Stoehr, Vice President, Education and Research, Excellence Canada

This article explores the questions: “what is authentic leadership?, why is it important?, and how do we foster it?”  In other words how do we create a culture where being authentic is allowed and not frowned upon.  One where there is less “fakeness”, less judging, less censoring, and less internalizing.