Entrepreneurship

Canadian Cannabis Regulations

Canadian Cannabis Regulations Are A Mix of Capitalism and Nanny State

Canadian Cannabis Regulations – A Tale of Two Canadas Now that the Canadian Cannabis Regulations have been nailed down by most of the provinces, Canadians can take some comfort that we won’t be thrust into the abyss of reefer madness come July 1, or any other date when they all finally get up and running. …

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learn to say no

Poverty Can Be Liberating (and other ways to learn to say no)

Learn to Say No – and Get Your Life Back! Steve Jobs said it. Michael Porter said it. Saying No is a skill few master and this writer is no exception. Take a look at your calendar for a given week or month and ask yourself how many items are there because you lacked the …

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Jim Estill - Danby Appliance

CCSBE wisdom from Jim Estill

I was fortunate to catch a talk by Danby Appliance CEO Jim Estill (for the third time) at the recent Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference at the University of Guelph and his message struck me as something that would really resonate with both students and entrepreneurs. I have admired Jim for over 20 years …

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Hans And Ola Rosling - The Educated Guess

The Educated Guess – Make it Your Friend

The Educated Guess: Friend or Foe? Professor Hans Rosling of the Karolinska Institute is becoming very well known for his data-driven TED talks.  This latest one includes his son, who shares some insight into how to be right more often, by using the Educated Guess.  There are several gems of data in here that they use to exemplify …

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Leadership Principles

The Five Basic Leadership Principles

Leadership Principles that Stand the Test of Time We got to talking about leadership principles in my Entrepreneurship class today and I was reminded of an incredible management training program that Telesat put all of its management through back in about 1989 or so, when I was in my first real management job.  The key to the …

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – Still as Relevant Today as Ever I have read Dale Carnegie’s famous book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” twice in my life; once when in high school at the behest of my dad, and again last year. It’s an easy read and vital to …

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Tim Harford - Trial and Error

Trial and Error beats the God Complex! Tim Harford’s TED talk reveals the power of chance!

I have always believed that the road to success is paved with failure.  One of my favourite quotes is from Thomas Watson of IBM, who said: Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of …

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Facebook's History Making IPO

Why I’m Glad I’m not in on the Facebook IPO

With this week’s Facebook IPO threatening to be the third largest in history behind only Visa Inc. and GM, I thought it a good time to talk about why I’m happy I’m not going to be buying in on Friday (yes, I’d LOVE to be selling). If you’re interested you can read the entire Registration Statement …

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Ten Tips to recession proof your business.

If my spidey senses are correct, we are heading into another recession, just was we started to feel we were out of one.  There are two reasons for this. First, oil prices are rising, and that chokes off economic activity.  If you believe Jeff Rubin, and his excellent book, “Why Your World is About to Get …

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All I can say is It’s About Time! Apple Finally Going to Pay a Dividend with $100BN in Cash! #fb #apple #in

As I have been predicting to my students for over a year, Apple today finally offered up some plans for the $100 billion or so it has in cash or equivalents.  As an Apple shareholder, I’m finally on the way to happy…. Beginning on July 1 of this year, Apple will pay a quarterly dividend of …

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