Category Archives: Leadership

Arianna Huffington’s Big Idea

In case you’re still looking for new year’s resolutions, here’s a good one from Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.

Speaking at TEDWomen, Huffington in the video below encourages her audience of powerful women to — wait for it — sleep. Yup, you’ve read that right: sleep.

Drawing from her own experience (she fainted from exhaustion two and a half years ago) and using good humour, Huffington made a good case for her simple (and yet big) idea.

Many studies have confirmed the value of getting lots of sleep. Studies have suggested, for instance, that consistently getting a good night’s sleep might benefit your heart’s health and help you avoid the common cold. Huffington concluded that sleep can lead to “a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life”. Sleep a lot and be successful? Sounds like a good deal to me!

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3 “Resolutions” I’m Adopting…Starting TODAY

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I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions. In fact, every time I hear people say “I’ll do xxx starting in January”, I am convinced that a unicorn dies. If you’re delaying changing something, the reality is that it’s … Continue reading

Succeeding with a Group of Type A Individuals (5 Tips)

I just completed my first 400-level Business course ever! Intimidated at first, I quickly adjusted to the course  (titled Integrated Marketing Communications – or IMC for short) and eventually got a really great mark.

A huge part of my the IMC course this semester involved a group project. By now, I’m already used to working in teams. If you’re in the Business faculty, you can pretty much expect to have at least one group project per semester. This project was a bit different though as it involved 9 to 11 group members. As far as school projects go, that’s a pretty huge group. And because part of the project is creating synergy among our individual efforts, it took a lot of time to complete, both working individually and as a group.

Another thing that’s unusual with my group is that it was made up of mostly Type A individuals.  At the beginning of the semester, two of my classmates already had some idea of how the group project would go because they had friends who had taken the course.  They’ve set out to organize a group, ensuring that only the best are in. The result? A team of nine intelligent, competitive individuals  acting as a full-service marketing communications agency that will pitch a project to a case study about a cruise line.

Our team did pretty well, but more importantly, we got along well. There were moments of conflicts and disagreements; however, never at one point did we feel like killing each other. And whenever you have 9  talented people in the same room, that’s a good thing.

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