Why I Remain an Optimist

While Wall Street Journal and Financial Times headlines predominantly feature Fortune 500 firms, small business fuels much of the economic growth and job creation across the globe. Entrepreneurs are not equal to small. Consider Tesla, Virgin, G Adventures, Starbucks, Facebook, and Amazon. Today I want to feature and celebrate a unique set of entrepreneurs. In 2005, Kiva was formed by a small group of friends. In the early days, they had to exchange Premal Shah's guitar for...

Ode to Summer

As we find ourselves immersed in summer in the northern hemisphere, this quote comes to mind: "The universe is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to become sharper." - Eden Phillpotts I recently spent a weekend with our young grandson. What a delight. As we played on the grass or traversed the neighbourhood, [...]

By |August 2nd, 2017|Personal Effectiveness|0 Comments

Waiting for the Train

In major metropolitan centres across North America, commuters and municipalities are left waiting for the train, specifically Bombardier trains. Subway cars destined for Montreal have been delayed by 4 years. How is it possible that no one realized some of the planned train cars would not fit through Montreal tunnels? On a recent trip to New [...]

By |July 18th, 2017|Leadership, Operational Excellence|0 Comments

Step Off the CEO Island©

For most C-suite executives there is an inverse correlation between the scope of your responsibility and the number of times someone says to you: "Stop it!" or "I do not agree with your approach" or "Why are you pursuing that goal/decision/strategy?" The more senior you become, the more reticent people are to hold your Feet to the Fire©...

By |July 4th, 2017|Leadership, Personal Effectiveness|0 Comments

Why Ohio’s War on Drugs Matters to Your Industry

Ohio's War on Drugs matters to oil and gas, transportation, banking and your industry, too. It is an all-star cast. Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical, Allergan and Endo Health Solutions have been targeted by the state of Ohio for...

By |June 20th, 2017|Leadership, Operational Excellence|0 Comments

Create a Corporate Culture of Heroism

Sometimes, world events, large or small, take greater prominence over sharing business tips and techniques. Like many others, I am saddened by the fatalities and injuries suffered...

By |June 7th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

Generating Opportunity Through Visibility

Visibility. A large network. Relationships. They matter. You need them to formulate a strong leadership brand. Although it is the twenty-first century, I still hear grumblings about the existence of an “old boys’ club.” What is this virtual club...

By |May 23rd, 2017|Feet to the Fire|0 Comments

Who is Influencing You?

Media conglomerates are wealthy and powerful, in part, because they have learned how to wield great influence – whether hyperbole (typically) or reality. Consumers and companies pay to listen. Recently I have been more influenced by colleagues and friends who are dealing with tough and/or unexpected health issues....

By |May 10th, 2017|Personal Effectiveness|0 Comments

Courageous Leadership

In Feet to the Fire, I review what it means to have a personal brand and why it is a lasting requirement for leaders. We each portray an image whether intentional or not and whether conscious or not. This image and our personal brand is a by-product of our speech, dress, body language, and actions. [...]

By |April 26th, 2017|Feet to the Fire, Leadership|0 Comments

We Are All Artists

How do you stimulate your creativity? Some of the best mathematicians and many skilled engineers are talented musicians. Children who take music lessons typically obtain higher grades in math and science. Many people describe their work as all consuming. This can eliminate the opportunity for art. We best resolve challenging issues, address new and/or unexpected [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|Leadership, Personal Effectiveness|0 Comments