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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[…]

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![…]

Income Inequality has never been greater.  Video explains exactly who has all the money!

Income Inequality has never been greater. Video explains exactly who has all the money!

Income inequality is the stuff the revolutions are made of Income distribution in the western world has never been so skewed as it is today.  At least not in “modern times”.  A relatively “fair” (that of course, a moving target) distribution of income, ensuring that income inequality is reasonable to the average citizen, is oneRead more about Income Inequality has never been greater. Video explains exactly who has all the money![…]