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CCSBE wisdom from Jim Estill

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 20Read more about CCSBE wisdom from Jim Estill[…]

The Educated Guess – Make it Your Friend

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 thatRead more about The Educated Guess – Make it Your Friend[…]

The Five Basic 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 keyRead more about The Five Basic Leadership Principles[…]

How to Win Friends and Influence People

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 vitalRead more about How to Win Friends and Influence People[…]

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

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 ofRead more about Trial and Error beats the God Complex! Tim Harford’s TED talk reveals the power of chance![…]

Ten Tips to recession proof your business.

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 toRead more about Ten Tips to recession proof your business.[…]

“Best Ownership” —  A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance from business valuator Frank Di Lisio. #in

“Best Ownership” — A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance from business valuator Frank Di Lisio. #in

[I’m “reprinting” this article from Frank DeLisio, a business valuation specialist from Toronto, Ontario. His company is Alexar Consulting Inc.] Best Ownership A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance By Frank De Lisio, CA, CBV Introduction Best ownership embodies two elements critical to a firm’s survival and prosperity: productive entrepreneurship and managerial effectiveness. The best ownershipRead more about “Best Ownership” — A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance from business valuator Frank Di Lisio. #in[…]