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Poverty Can Be Liberating (and other ways to 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 theRead more about Poverty Can Be Liberating (and other ways to learn to say no)[…]

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[…]

Transit problems in the GTA need political courage

Transit problems in the GTA need political courage

My answer to the transit problems in the GTA The recent discussion around “revenue tools” to fund transit in the GTA (mostly the 416), is absolutely necessary, and the people of Toronto and the greater Toronto area need to understand that this infrastructure has been ignored for too long.    With the exception of minorRead more about Transit problems in the GTA need political courage[…]

TTC Tickets – 16 2/3 cents – From 1966 !

TTC Tickets – 16 2/3 cents – From 1966 !

TTC Tickets found in Restored Century Piano I am restoring a century piano and have been able to place its origin to the GTA sometime around the year 1900 (see photo).  It contains an action made by Otto Higel Co. Ltd., Toronto manufacturer of piano and organ supplies that was founded in 1896. By 1910Read more about TTC Tickets – 16 2/3 cents – From 1966 ![…]

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[…]