National Investor Research Study | Nov. 2018 | OSC

Think that you’ll be working past age 65?  OSC @smarter_money 2018 survey says >25% were forced to retire, 59% retired voluntarily.

… results of a new investor survey by the Ontario Securities Commission suggest that working longer isn’t viable for many people.  

> The survey of 2,000 people posed a series of questions to pre-retirees and people who have already retired. [….] 

In the OSC survey, 55 per cent of pre-retirees said it’s very or somewhat likely they will continue working in their retirement years, and only 13 per cent said it was very unlikely. [….] 

> But how feasible is it? Retirees in the OSC survey suggest this option won’t be open to all who seek it. Just more than one-quarter of them were forced to retire, possibly for medical reasons, corporate restructuring or reaching a mandatory retirement age. Fifty-seven per cent said they retired voluntarily, while the rest said they reached retirement age and felt it was time to stop working (3 per cent didn’t reply). [….]

Among retirees in the survey, 25 per cent said their standard of living was much or somewhat better than before retirement. Another 49 per cent said it was unchanged, while 23 per cent said it was somewhat or much worse (2 per cent said they didn’t know).

Rob Carrick | Nov. 12, 2018 | Globe & Mail


“Pre-retirees, here’s what people already retired can tell you about your future standard of living” | Rob Carrick | Nov. 12, 2018 | Globe & Mail at

National Investor Research Study | Ontario Securities Commission | Nov. 28, 2018 at

"Pre-retirees, here’s what people already retired can tell you about your future standard of living" | Rob Carrick | Nov. 12, 2018 | Globe & Mail


Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy | 2018 | Dr. Allan Abbass

The traditional separation of mind and body is dissolved by @ISTDP, departing from traditional western medicine.

Dr. Abbass, the head of Dalhousie University’s Centre for Emotions and Health, treats patients with these unexplained medical symptoms, a phenomenon also known as somatoform disorder, with an innovative form of talk therapy that’s producing impressive results. Called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, or ISTDP, the psychological approach deals with unconscious negative emotions – often guilt or anger linked to an emotional trauma suffered years or decades earlier – which have manifested as a physical symptom.  [….]

Dr. Abbass’s work could help countless people. But more broadly, it challenges the way society – and the medical system – have traditionally separated physical symptoms from mental illness and emotions, dividing what the body feels from what the mind thinks. So stomach pain gets treated in one building, and anxiety in another, and surgeons don’t regularly consult with psychiatrists. [….]

The therapy is based on the idea that repressed negative emotions can emerge as physical symptoms, and that triggering, or releasing, those emotions can relieve them. Where cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for instance, focuses on changing thought patterns to alter behavior, ISTDP draws a client’s attention to their physical responses to address unresolved feelings such as anger or guilt.


“It’s not all in your head” (Their pain is real – and for patients with mystery illnesses, help is coming from an unexpected source) | Erin Anderssen | Dec. 8, 2018 | Globe & Mail at

Kim Hawes of Dartmouth, N.S.
For more than a decade,  suffered from chemical sensitivity, agoraphobia, anxiety and depression, and no doctor could tell her why. Her condition resolved and she was able to return to work after undergoing an innovative form of talk therapy with psychiatrist Allan Abbass, whose methods suggest that unexplained physical symptoms can be caused by unresolved emotional trauma.

#istdp, #mind-body, #psychotherapy

Where are the Women in Wikipedia? | Bear & Collier | 2016

Women may more comfortable as anonymous on the World Wide Web, rather than contributing towards collaborative work such as Wikipedia.

A comprehensive survey conducted in 2008 found that only 13 % of Wikipedia contributors are women. [….]  Significant gender differences were found in confidence in expertise, discomfort with editing, and response to critical feedback. Women reported less confidence in their expertise, expressed greater discomfort with editing (which typically involves conflict) and reported more negative responses to critical feedback compared to men. Mediation analyses revealed that confidence in expertise and discomfort with editing partially mediated the gender difference in number of articles edited, the standard measure for contribution to Wikipedia.

Bear & Collier (2016)


“Where are the Women in Wikipedia? Understanding the Different Psychological Experiences of Men and Women in Wikipedia” | Julia B. Bear, Benjamin Collier | 2016 | Sex Roles at 

via “Why Do So Few Women Edit Wikipedia?” | Nicole Torres | 2016 | Harvard Business Review | 2016 at


#gender, #wikipedia

Communityship beyond Leadership | Henry Mintzberg

Organizations need #communityship, as naturally-engaging #leadership in collective interests, says #HenryMintzberg @Mintzberg141.  

I’ll bet that beyond leadership is a profound sense of communityship. (Never heard that word? I made it up1, to put leadership in its place, namely to support communityship.) Effective organizations are communities of human beings, not collections of human resources.

How can you recognize communityship in an organization? That’s easy. You feel the energy in the place, the commitment of its people, their collective interest in what they do. They don’t have to be formally empowered because they are naturally engaged. They respect the organization because the organization respects them. No fear of being fired because some “leader” hasn’t made the anticipated numbers on some bottom line. Imagine a whole world of such organizations!

“Communityship beyond Leadership” | Henry Mintzberg | Nov. 18, 2018 at


More than money: What workers want in 2018 | Linda Nazareth | Nov. 22, 2018

As @relentlesseco writes that employees want meaningful work, perhaps the Quality of Working Life research back into the 1970s might be rediscovered.

If you find “employee engagement” hard to take, “meaningful work” may also have your eyes glazing over, but that is another phrase worth noting. According to a survey of 2,000 U.S. workers by human-resources consulting company BetterUp, just published in the Harvard Business Review, a staggering 90 per cent of respondents claim that they would trade a percentage of their lifetime earnings for greater meaning at work. They even got specific as to how much they would trade, with U.S. workers on average saying they would give up 23 per cent of entire future lifetime earnings to have a job that was always “meaningful.” By BetterUp’s calculations of a “job satisfaction to productivity ratio,” highly meaningful work translates into an additional US$9,078 a worker a year in productivity.

Source:  “More than money: What workers want in 2018” | Linda Nazareth | Nov. 22, 2018 | Globe & Mail at

More than money: What workers want in 2018

#meaningful-work, #quality-of-working-life

Gerontocracy in leadership

Washington suffers from #Gerontocracy; Ottawa is 1-1/2 #Generations younger.

To gauge the measure of the gerontocracy, Ottawa offers a remarkable comparison. The average age of Washington’s leaders – Mr. Trump, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. McConnell – is 75. In Canada, the three major party leaders – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh – have an average age of 41.That’s a 34 year spread. A generation and a half.

“Gerontocracy rules in Washington. Fresher minds prevail in Ottawa” | Lawrence Martin | Nov. 21, 2018 | Globe and Mail at

Gerontocracy rules in Washington. Fresher minds prevail in Ottawa

“Want To Recruit Better Engineers? Open Source Your Code” | Nov. 19, 2018 | AngelList

Gaining participation in an open sourcing project is an art.  @AngelList suggests three behaviours that will attract developers.

1. Write Code Any Engineer Can Read

[In] … a good example of clearly written open-source software … [the] project’s structure is modular, and the code is thoroughly commented and simple to read …

Terminal text capture of Atlassian's react-beautiful-dnd project,

Atlassian’s react-beautiful-dnd project

2. Write Documentation That Sells

… convince engineers, at first glance, that your project is worth contributing to.  [….]

3. Promote Your Repo Like A Product Launch

In 2018, more than 82,000 repositories are published to GitHub every day. Getting your repo to stand out among the millions of others will require effort and strategy, but it’s not altogether different than launching a product.  [….]

Source: “Want To Recruit Better Engineers? Open Source Your Code” | Nov. 19, 2018 | AngelList at