Posts Tagged ‘ success ’

The Challenges Of No; The Temptations Of Yes

“No” is an awfully powerful word. It is a rejection. It is a wall. It is not an entry point. It is not a consultative word. It does not serve as the basis for dialogue or exploration. It is a full stop. Period. End of statement.



Defining What We Do

As a consultant and an entrepreneur, I have been marketing myself virtually my entire professional career. Given that stretches well over two decades now, you would assume that is something I would have become relatively good at. And in certain contexts I arguably have.



Confronting Our ‘Overplayed Strengths’

It has long been asserted that a weakness is an overplayed strength. It is, arguably, how weaknesses actually become weaknesses: we don’t know when to stop, and so we keep on doing what got us there in the first place. Confidence becomes arrogance. Perspective becomes paralysis. Knowledge becomes blinkered. It’s an important concept, even if…
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On Learning: Hurtling off the Cliff

As children, we embrace learning new skills and abilities with a vengeance. In that we start life with no skills, and pretty much everything around us is fascinating and interesting, and we want to be able to do things that others already understand, we eagerly embrace the unknown. What is fascinating at this age, however,…
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Indecisive? There’s An App For That

As most readers know (or have no doubt deduced by now), I have a professional interest in how we make decisions. So if the Globe & Mail is going to publish an article with the headline “Choices got you down? Leave it to an app (and strangers) to decide for you,” I’m probably going to…
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What Are You In It For?

Entrepreneurs and leaders face enormous challenges. They are not the same challenges, however, and it would be dangerous to genericize the concept of ’universal leader’ in the same way that ’homo economicus’ is a bit of a non-starter. The investment marketplace is an irrational place to play, but we are all unique in our irrationality.



The Best Advice Ever

I read a really interesting blog post by Neil Gaiman today, in which he shares the best advice he ever received from another author. Actually he reveals two bits of advice, one to do with shaving and one that is non-shaving related.



Moving Forward, Looking Back

It’s a new year, and as the old one closes, so do a number of chapters that have remained open — their endings not fully written — for quite some time now. It is an interesting feeling finally putting those to bed. Possibly the most significant closing is the completion of my thesis, which has…
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The Irrational Hold Of Labour Day

It is fascinating the power that seasons have over us. For all of our attempts to defy nature, and to regulate our existence into a monochrome sameness for the sake of efficiency and productivity, it really doesn’t work. The seasons unfold, and they hold an extraordinary power over us in the process.



Entrepreneurism & Evolution: A Personal Perspective

Entrepreneurs have an interesting and fundamental challenge, which is to grow the company beyond themselves. At the outset, the entrepreneur is everything: product developer, salesperson, marketer, consultant, accountant, office cleaner and more. The challenge is when they seek to grow beyond that stage.



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