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Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Founding Partners, Blueprint Business Architecture

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy are the founding partners of Blueprint Business Architecture in Toronto, Canada. Blueprint uses its unique planning model to help corporate and philanthropic clients with corporate strategy and business model development. They are also regular contributors on CTV News Channel.
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Management Lessons From The Leafs' 'Winning' Season

Ever since Brendan Shanahan was hired as team president, he has chanted the same mantra: The Leafs will rebuild the franchise in a slow, disciplined way, developing young talent from within, giving them time to mature in the minors, and not being distracted by any shiny penny, over-the-hill stars being dangled in front of them by other teams looking to dump big salaries.
05/06/2016 03:31 EDT
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How to Create An Agile Business Culture

The reason most companies are so deeply affected by disruptive technologies is their cultures resist adapting until it is too late. They are so entrenched in their current paradigms that they can't see the future iterations of what they are as a business.
12/15/2014 06:11 EST
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Why Canada Is Headed for a Retail Bloodbath

These companies are going to have to counter a major disruption with a major disruption of their own. Most of the retailers who are in trouble are tinkering around the edges: a few more glitzy end aisle displays here, another rebrand there. Stripped down to its simplest form, these stores are glorified shelvers of stuff.
12/08/2014 01:14 EST
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Why Knowing Who You Are Is So Important To Your Business

Doing the hard work to create a clear, concise and compelling definition of who the company is -- what business it is really in -- is a tiny investment to inoculate a company from this potentially fatal disease. Steve Jobs was such a remarkable leader because he was constantly fearful of the threat of founder's dilemma, even as he was basking in the glow of Apple's amazing success.
05/15/2014 05:26 EDT

The Enemy of Your Future

Mark Twain was famously quoted as saying "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." The subtext of his quote is that time is the enemy of clear, concise and compelling communication. The same is true of strategy development.
04/08/2014 06:05 EDT

Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part Three

The Fight For Control Over Our Lives Apple and Google will pull ahead of the pack in terms of its software controlling every aspect of our lives. First it was computers. Then iTunes. Then iPhone and A...
01/16/2014 05:34 EST
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Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part One

Wearable tech products speak to our increasing needs for self-awareness, instant gratification and sense of belonging. They will help us sleep better, stay fitter, manage our time more effectively, maintain our health more proactively, engage with more people who share our passions.
01/15/2014 05:51 EST
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Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part Two

Cloud-based services, also known as SaaS apps (software as a service), make more sense for everyone involved. SaaS apps are easier for customers to access, use and pay for, with the low subscription fee essentially amortizing what used to be a more onerous capital cost. They provide the developer with a consistent, predictable cash flow, and a far easier/cheaper development and upgrade process.
01/15/2014 05:22 EST
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What CEOs Can Learn From Lululemon's Fiasco

When Lululemon thumbed its nose at empathy by blaming women's thighs for its own mistakes, customers started saying in droves "You don't actually get me at all." It is like discovering your spouse has an alternate personality that you don't recognize. Where did Lululemon go wrong? In our view, two places.
01/06/2014 01:23 EST
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Businesses Must Be Prepared to Walk the Walk

One of the advantages of making a bold and compelling public statement about who you are as an organization is that you are now accountable for what you declare about yourself. In other words, you have to walk the walk because, if you don't, you will compromise your reputation.
12/10/2013 12:33 EST
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Dove for Men Lacks "Real Beauty"

Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign drove product sales and created for the brand a dominant positioning within the women's beauty segment. Then Dove decided to extend its brand equity into the men's global market. And the men's campaigns actually erode the power and credibility the "Real Beauty" campaign has built so carefully and successfully around itself over many years.
11/28/2013 05:22 EST
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Why RIM Never Really Understood What a Blackberry Was

Too many people at RIM thought, and still think to this day, that a Blackberry was about security in communications and a whole host of other features and benefits. This is a classic case of looking at a product from an engineering standpoint rather than a psychological one. Unlike RIM, Steve Jobs era Apple has always understood exactly what people are buying.
11/19/2013 05:18 EST
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Run a Business? Set Out a Clear Plan for Your Employees

When there is confusion about something, such as an organization's direction or strategic plan, there are many different interpretations of what it is. When there are many different interpretations, it usually means people aren't aligned with where the company is going and how it needs to get there.
11/12/2013 05:51 EST
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What Justin Trudeau Could Learn From Rob Ford

Is there any doubt about who Rob Ford is? There shouldn't be. From the moment he first ran for office, Rob Ford has been about "Stop the gravy train," even if he didn't articulate it that way in the beginning. What does Justin Trudeau stand for? There is no clear picture of who Justin is other than a good-looking guy who seems bright, has lots of charisma and speaks in generalities. Often politicians will say they don't want to reveal themselves until election time because they just make themselves a target for the other parties. But there is a difference between defining yourself -- who you are and what you stand for -- and revealing your specific policies.
10/30/2013 05:42 EDT