Haitian boys attend their new school

Motivation, Purpose, and Optimizing For Impact

On a recent trip to Haiti, as with so many previous trips to that remarkable country, I had the privilege to meet some truly incredible people.  These people were different from any people I’ve ever met in all of my travels, and I have met some remarkable humans in my day.  These people gave me

360insights Culture Book 2015 2016 Epic Tale

The New 360 Culture Book Is Here

Working on the annual 360 Culture Book is one of my favorite things. It just pushes a bunch of the right buttons for me: mass collaboration, obligatory reflection on what we’ve accomplished – good, bad or otherwise – and a heaping helping of fun. When people ask what the Culture Book is, it’s kind of

Dr. Bill Howatt

Steal These Ideas Re: Workplace Mental Wellness

This is going to be one of those standard-issue “What I Learned From…” type of articles and the reason for that is this: it has never been more important for organizations who want to thrive to take great care of their employees. What used to be intuitive for many HR professionals or high EQ types

Who’s Haunting R A Sennett Public School?

When you think of a haunted building, you may conjure images of a Victorian manor on a high hill, overlooking the rest of its neighbourhood like some watchful protector. You may think of an abandoned prison or hospital; a place where thousands of souls have passed through, shaped and molded by the wicked authority that

360insights Feb 2017 Town Hall Meeting

Mental Wellness Lives in Your Company Culture

The below article is based on a presentation related to company culture I made this morning for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s event, The Business Case for Mental Wellness. If you attended today’s event and are looking for the slides, they are embedded at the bottom of this article. Perhaps you have read the news

Why Perks Don’t Equal Company Culture

Holly Oegema is a student in Software Engineering studying at the University of Waterloo. Currently she is working on the 360Insights development team as an intern. A common trend that I’ve seen in the tech industry is that the quality of company culture is often determined by how many employee perks are offered. A lot

The Importance of Diversity in Tech

The problem of diversity in tech is not a new problem.  Here’s an example: The earliest airbags that graced the automobiles of the American auto-industry ended up contradicting their purpose of saving lives when they wound up killing many women and children. The reason? The all-male teams of engineers that worked on the devices had