Lessons From the Wild Dogs of Africa: Creating a Winning Culture

Original Air Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

One of the most common mistakes we make at work is thinking we understand what a high performance culture is — but we don't!

In this session, author and business professor Dr. Marvin Washington will discuss the difficulty in creating a winning culture, why we hate teamwork, and how effective teams function.

To do this, we  learn from the Wild Dogs of Africa! While lions actually kill only 40% of what they hunt, African wild dogs are successful more than 80% of the time.

Watch the recording to discover why and how their success can translate into successful teams at work.

Meet the Speaker

Professor with the University of Alberta School of Business and associate dean of Executive Education

Dr. Washington’s research, teaching, and consulting focus targets the processes of organizational and institutional change. The author of three books on leadership and organizational change, Washington has also worked with a variety of companies such as Enbridge, AIMCo, Blue Cross, YMCA, Parkland Fuels, Syncrude, and SportChek, many ministries and departments in the Country of Botswana, the state of Oregon, Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. Prior to life in academia, Washington was a manufacturing manager for Procter and Gamble where he was responsible for Zest Bar Soap.  

Registered nurse

Alyssa, who also graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies in 2019, is the co-founder and chair of the Scholars Academy UCalgary Alumni Network (SAUAN). Carruthers has pursued various academic and non-academic learning experiences, including her work as a nurse both in Canada and abroad. She has also received the 2018 Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award, volunteered with literacy and health initiatives, and travelled the globe. She is passionate about innovative urban design, yoga and attempts to keep her houseplants alive. 

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