Monthly Archives

October 2016


The product is the marketing

Dave Grohl gets it. It’s not about the tools, the ads or being picked on a popular show. Now more than ever it’s about whether or not the product/person/service is worth talking about. If there’s no talking, you’re just…


Life is short 

I look around and I see people who are bored in a job that serves no purpose. I see people who have created a job for themselves, yet are too busy to enjoy life. But mostly – I see…

Martin Luther

You Can’t Lead Without It

Humans have a unique ability to imagine a future scenario. To connect the dots and communicate a story that can be past down to future generations. Stories that build upon themselves. In the prehistoric days language started out as gestures…


Here’s to The Crazy Ones

The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with…


Leadership and Alignment

When I visited the CEO of The Better Software Company yesterday – A company aiming for the billion dollar mark. I couldn’t help but notice these signs posted on every wall.  A good Leader doesn’t just set the vision…

Lifestyle Workplace

Fun Over Fear

When we were kids, life was all about fun. Making a fort out of a cardboard box, colouring, exploring, playing puppets. Whatever it was that we did, we did it until we got bored and moved on to something…


Competing for Business

There’s no traffic climbing up Mount Everest. Meanwhile a hike up the Gatineau hills is filled with people. When starting a business it’s tempting to take the easy route but that usually means it’s crowded. The harder the business is…

bridgehead Ottawa

Not Just a Coffee Shop

Tracey Clark, the heart behind Bridgehead in Ottawa has a purpose beyond great organic coffee. Tracey is on a mission to help small scale farmers get paid fairly. Where she could have easily followed the crowd and chose the…


The Heart to Act

ArtReview magazine named Ai Weiwei the most powerful artist in the world. I’m not sure if that’s true but he’s definitely made a splash. Ai Weiwei isn’t just making art to look pretty in someone’s house. Ai’s fighting for what…


Fighting for a Better Future

If your goal is to get more likes on your articles, cats and cleavage are a sure bet. But If you want to make a difference in the world (and in your world) then you better stand up for…

atelier ottawa

The Restaurant with No Sign

Atelier in Ottawa doesn’t need to advertise because their customers do it for them. At $110 a meal Atelier isn’t focused on attention, it’s focused on capturing hearts – one customer at a time. Every customer that leaves Atelier tells at least 3 friends…


Fork in the Road

I wish someone would have told me this a long time ago. There’s an invisible fork in the road that directs many decisions. It’s whether to be self-employed or be a business owner. The self employed person is the:…