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Sulemaan Ahmed

Principal, Servo Annex

Sulemaan Ahmed is a Principal at Servo Annex which is a firm that provides Senior Executive training for the Digital Age.

Over his career Sulemaan has worked in senior positions with brands such as Apple, Sears and Air Canada. He was responsible for driving their digital marketing, e-commerce, social media strategy and online initiatives in North America and globally.

Sulemaan is currently a Principal at Servo Annex. Servo Annex teaches senior executives about social media and how to drive business results digitally leading by example. This is done in a confidential manner by teaching based on personal learning styles.

Recent speaking engagements include keynote presentations to executive education programs, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), World Presidents Organization (WPO), CEO Global Network (CEO), Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO), Fortune 500, Owner-operated and privately-held companies across North America.

He completed his Masters in Computer Science from Dalhousie University and is fluent in English and French. To sum it all up, he’s an educator.
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Why You Shouldn't Read Adam Grant's Originals

As I started reading Originals, its overarching theme about "How Non-Conformists Move The World" challenges some common assumptions made about innovators, disruptors and leaders. I figured only a non-conformist would recommend others read this book so instead I'll provide three reasons why you should not read Originals.
02/03/2016 12:45 EST
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Respect Your Elders When it Comes to Social Media

We're all capable of also doing a much better job teaching others and doing so with a bit of humility. It means not sneering when someone doesn't know what a "hashtag" means or don't (brace for the shock) have their own Tumblr account!
07/09/2014 05:46 EDT

Making My Social Media 80% We and 20% Me

Social media is great but I sometimes wonder if it feeds an unnecessary amount of insecurity and narcissism. Think about it. The most popular tweet ever is now a "selfie" of famous actors at the Osca...
04/16/2014 05:09 EDT
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Is 13 Too Young To Be On LinkedIn?

Should 13 year olds think about which university to attend? They have their entire lives to worry about academics, pedigree and careers. As a father, I'm torn as I already feel guilty about too much structure, classes, and tutoring in my child's life. And before you know it they are no longer children.
01/15/2014 12:10 EST
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Nelson Mandela Was Truly the World's Finest

The other night I was in Regent Park, near downtown Toronto, at the Nelson Mandela Park Public School observing a small candlelight vigil. I was also was there with my family and my incredible wife, who was born and grew up in Apartheid South Africa before moving to this beautiful country of Canada when she was 12.
12/08/2013 03:36 EST
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Who's the Boss - You or Your Inbox?

Like everyone I struggle with managing my inbox and it's a tough battle. In fact, about a year ago one executive client of mine showed me that he receives no less than 400 emails per day. It then dawned on me that I had to dramatically cut down the length of my emails.
08/07/2013 12:06 EDT
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The LinkedIn Loophole That Really Stinks

The way LinkedIn works is such that you cannot see someone else's LinkedIn connections unless they agree to connect with you (i.e. a 1st connection). What's concerning is some LinkedIn users are now leveraging an option in their privacy and settings where their 1st connections are hidden from their other 1st connections. In my view this defeats the entire point of LinkedIn.
07/24/2013 12:21 EDT
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Starting a New Business? Get On Board

One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received as it relates to starting or building a business is this: Get a board of directors. Why would someone running a business want a board of directors? That's a great question and here is my humble opinion: Starting and running a company is hard work and at times it can be damn lonely.
07/08/2013 05:25 EDT

Show Up

As we approach the one-year anniversary of launching our business, there are a lot of people I'd like to thank such as my family, business partner, advisory board, friends, strategic partners, advocat...
06/10/2013 04:31 EDT
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When Should You Reject A LinkedIn Invite?

The days of potential employers, employees, investors and/or clients simply contacting three references you provide are over. Should they do some due diligence and are connected to someone within your LinkedIn network and ask about you, what would that shared connection say?
04/26/2013 06:10 EDT

How to Keep Your Calm in a Presentation

You know those moments where life just surprises you out of the blue? When you get dealt a lousy hand and you can but refuse to fold? What do you do? As one of my executive clients out west recently noted to me: "You gotta make chicken soup from chicken feathers sometimes." Just very recently, this message got hammered home twice within the same week.
02/15/2013 12:12 EST
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The NHL and I Are Taking a Break

The silver lining to the lockout is that I've discovered more important things to spend my time and money on. For that, I thank you; however, I'm still pressing pause as a customer at least for the remainder of this year.
01/17/2013 03:44 EST