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Aggrey Klaaste, right, used the Sowetan newspaper to drive his Nation-building campaign. He is seen here with John Mabatho, the newspaper’s production manager. Paul Velasco © Arena Holdings

How South African editor Aggrey Klaaste put himself on the line with his contrarian idea

Klaaste was distressed by what was happening in black communities, where residents faced state terror and political violence. He sought to restore values such as self-help and neighbourly conduct.
Annamie Paul is photographed before announcing she is officially stepping down as Green Party leader, ahead of a press conference at Suydam Park in Toronto in September 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Annamie Paul: Lessons for the Green Party after ‘the worst period in my life’

Political parties often weather internal storms. There are many Greens in Canada who are hoping the Green Party can do so too after Annamie Paul’s leadership laid bare serious issues in the party.
Nigeria recently started commercial operation of a China-assisted railway linking the southwestern cities of Lagos and Ibadan. Emma Houston/Xinhua via Getty Images

Book review: Nigeria has democracy but not development. How to fix it

In his new book, Nigeria Democracy Without Development: How To Fix It, international political economist Omano Edigheji explains why democracy has not led to development in Nigeria.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a speech next to a statue of the late former president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 2020. EPA-EFE/Ruvan Boshoff

South Africa since 1994: a mixed bag of presidents and patchy institution-building

The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
When star performers leave, research shows it can lead to turnover contagion — especially when company leaders fail to motivate or inspire. (Shutterstock)

Is quitting contagious? Depends on who else leaves and who’s in charge

When our colleagues quit, are we more or less likely to quit too? Is quitting contagious? Research shows it depends on the departing employee’s performance — and what kind of manager is in charge.
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Seen to be green? Research reveals how environmental performance shapes public perceptions of our leaders

Alarmingly for the Morrison government, the public has well and truly registered its lack of action on climate change.
Scrutiny of the Catholic Church’s accountability for systemic harms and abuses perpetrated by and in residential schools has also turned attention on how the church has responded to wider calls to prevent and respond to sexual abuse. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

Catholic Church response to sexual abuse must centre on survivor well-being, not defensiveness

Research on how the Catholic Church has responded to sexual abuse shows it’s not only time for the church to walk the talk, but to change the talk away from a defensive legalistic approach.
Employees are often shocked to find their dream job involves menial tasks and drudgery. While they need to manage their expecations, employers should also be more honest about the true nature of the jobs they’re hiring for. (Unsplash)

When your dream job is a nightmare

So you snagged your dream job. And it quickly became the stuff of nightmares, filled with mundane tasks and drudgery. What can employees and employers do?
Carving out time every day for mindfulness exercises has been shown to be beneficial. Shutterstock

Making space for Buddha in the boardroom

The founding principles of the Buddhist meditation technique known as mindfulness can help business leaders build stronger relationships in the workplace.
The family business is among the most common organizations in the world. But figuring out succession plans is rife with complications. (Unsplash)

The future of the family business: 4 strategies for a successful transition

As aging parents wonder about the future of the family businesses they founded, four succession strategies could help.

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