Business Strategy

Authenticity Determined This Election's Winners And Losers

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Todd Rundgren's song, "The Verb, To Love," speaks to authenticity -- the antithesis of the packaging of a candidate for public consumption during an election. Both Trudeau and Harper were authentic to who they are in the campaign, while Mulcair showed up as a packaged pretense of what he wanted people to think of him, not who he truly is.

How to Manage the Challenge of Reputation Management

Paul S Hillier | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Is reputation management the same as corporate social responsibility? Should our company send press releases for good news but close ranks when it's bad news? Myths about reputation management are rarely made as explicit as these questions, but misunderstandings such as these create a disconnect.

How to Make Your Sales Team More Proactive

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

As competition grows, sales become more complex and digital technology replaces traditional relationship-building. It can be challenging for some sales professionals to break through. Successful professionals stay ahead of the competition through constant self-education, they make the most of their network to win referrals and make new connections while remaining positive and proactive.

How Canadian Businesses Can Become the Powerhouses of Tomorrow

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

'Unicorn' is a term in the investment and venture capital industry use to define a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded USD$1 billion dollars. When you look for these (apparently not so) mythical creatures we find a plethora of U.S.-based companies: Uber, Airbnb, Palantir, Snapchat, Dropbox and others.

These Days, Retailers Need to Be in the Entertainment Business

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Society has changed and people have changed, and they want more. They want an experience. They want to be entertained. We believe that retailers are as much, or more, in the entertainment business as they are in the products business.

Why Your Business Needs Meaningful New Year's Resolutions

John Laforet | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
John Laforet

What are your business resolutions for the New Year? We often take this time to reflect on our personal lives, but as small business owners it's an excellent opportunity to examine our professional lives as well. Less daunting than a business plan, meaningful resolutions can give your organization a fresh look at its direction and ultimate goals.

How to Create An Agile Business Culture

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

Why Canada Is Headed for a Retail Bloodbath

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

WATCH: Businesses Need To Raise Their Digital Intelligence

Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Business

Duncan Fulton helps run one of Canada's largest retail operations as senior vice-president, communications and corporate affairs, for Canadian Tire Co...

Connecting to Compete: Logistics Management

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Business
Umar Zulqarnain

Building and managing a world-class supply chain is difficult regardless the economic climate. Transporting goods quickly and efficiently is a complex task that requires coordinating and managing a number of variables within a fast-paced and volatile environment.

Turning a Big Idea Into Global Change

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Impact

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.pngWhat would happen if the world's 3.5 billion women set out to fix the biggest problems facing their communities? The G(irls)20 Summit is bringing together young women from around the globe to answer that question. The goal: Use bold ideas to improve the fortunes of their home regions and, hopefully, the world.

Inside the Strategic Mind of A$AP Co-Manager Geno Sims

Herbert Lui | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Herbert Lui

Today, Geno Sims is best known for co-managing artists A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and the rest of the A$AP Mob. Yet his story extends far beyond the one we know at this moment.

Does Your Company Have The Emotional Intelligence To Be A Leader?

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

The key word here is "achieve", because the company can be motivated toward a lot of other things, both positive and negative, but a single focus on achievement is what contributes to emotional intelligence. Are your people able to ignore or suppress internal politics in order to work together toward a common, compelling and well defines goal?

Why Knowing Who You Are Is So Important To Your Business

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

The Enemy of Your Future

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

Is Your Successful Business on the Road to Extinction?

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

There are two things that Blockbuster, Borders and Kodak have in common. The first thing they have in common is they all went bankrupt because digital technologies made their businesses obsolete. The second thing Blockbuster, Borders and Kodak have in common is that they all could be thriving today.

Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part Three

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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. Fi...

Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part One

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part Two

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

Businesses Must Be Prepared to Walk the Walk

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

Dove for Men Lacks "Real Beauty"

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

Run a Business? Set Out a Clear Plan for Your Employees

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

What Justin Trudeau Could Learn From Rob Ford

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

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.

Authentic Leadership is Not Concerned with Status

Tera Kristen | Posted 12.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tera Kristen

I sought to find my inner force through Institute B's second Changemakers workshop on "Authentic Leadership". Institute B is a Vancouver-based startup accelerator that provides guidance, funding and education to local entrepreneurs and their nascent companies. Institute B focuses on helping socially-conscious companies and people whom do not sacrifice making the world better for profit.

The Only Career Question You'll Ever Need to Ask

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

In our work lives, we are constantly asking questions, evaluating our options, and making decisions. This swirl of considerations can be overwhelming at times, and with so many questions to ask it can be hard to know which is more important. The most important career question you'll ever ask is only three letters long, but packs one heck of a punch. The question is...why?