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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…

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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…

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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:…


Your Genius

When you think of the word genius you tend to think of a person as a genius. But I think of genius as a thing in everyone one of us. It’s just a matter of discovering it.  The word…

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Be Different

The Baker Street Cafe here in Ottawa always has a line up for breakfast. As people pass by they can’t help but think that it must be good. The line up is a big part of the story. But…


Great Ideas

Great ideas are everywhere – if you pay attention. There’s no shortage of great ideas in the world. There’s a shortage of people who take action on those ideas. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been approached…

Lifestyle Workplace

Hidden Gems

Inside of you lies hidden gems waiting to be discovered.   Hidden gems are assets you possess that provide value to others. They’re like your human specs combining skills, knowledge, reputation and connections. And if used properly can open…

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The mind of the future

In the book A Whole New Mind, Daniel H Pink argues that the last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person: Computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch…


The Jobs of the Future

Robots are starting to take over our jobs. Oxford University researchers have estimated that 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades. It’s evident to me that computers, machines, robots, and algorithms are going…