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Straight Talk on Leadership: Solving Canada's Business Crisis by R. Douglas Williamson

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Striving for Mediocrity

It is almost as though we take a certain pride in our modesty as we carefully wrap it in our inferiority complex and cloak it with our strange national insecurity. In Canada, we seem more comfortable setting the bar of expectations low, and then professing to be just fine with the result when we fail to meet even that low standard, coming away with a fourth-place finish behind the Americans, the Russians and the Germans.

We see a version of this very same Canadian tendency in far too many organizations, and boardrooms, across the country. While it might not exactly have the dramatic impact of an Olympic medal count scrolling across the bottom of our TVs, there is an equivalent process of keeping score of individual ...

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