Business Strategy

Turning a Big Idea Into Global Change

G(irls)20 | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

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 07.02.2014 | 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?

Is Smart Marketing An Oxymoron?

Mitch Joel | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Contrary to popular marketing ideology, we do not live in a multiple-screen world. My world is about one screen: whatever screen is in front of me. Too many brands continue to build digital ghettos where the Web, mobile, social and even e-commerce occupy and have their own, unique, strategies. This leads to brands that are wildly different across their platforms. To put it simply? These strategies are stupid. Here's why.

How Much Can Business Influence the Environment?

Tyler Elm | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada
Tyler Elm

Some businesses have demonstrated that they can implement and scale the environmental benefits far better traditional approaches to "saving the environment" while also delivering shareholder value. How successful will business be in influencing Canada's approach to environmental issues?

Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast (Part II)

Tyler Elm | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Every corporation has a culture. Some are more "in your face" than others -- such as those that kick-off meetings with a corporate cheer -- and, if you've never really worked anywhere else, you might not even realize it's there.

Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Tyler Elm | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

having a strategy is one thing, but being able to implement it is entirely another. After all, the value of a strategy is not what is written on the whiteboard or the back of napkin, it is the value unleashed by engaging the minds and hearts of motivated employees and suppliers.

The Benefits of Carbon Shadow Pricing

Tyler Elm | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Placing a price on carbon of anywhere from $10 to $80 a tonne can have a profound effect on business planning. It can help a company cut costs, while dramatically reducing its risk and exposure to rising energy prices and a price being put on carbon. Which brings us to an important question...

A Little Less Cardboard Can Save You Millions

Tyler Elm | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Using sustainability as strategy can drive change within a company's supply chain by engaging suppliers and service providers with the resulting savings running into the millions of dollars a year. A case in point: one of Canadian Tire's most popular products is a six-foot folding utility table, selling many tens-of-thousands a year. The company collaborated with its supplier on product redesign and packaging to use less raw materials to make and package the product.

In Business, Don't Waste a Crisis

Tyler Elm | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

During a poor economy, it can be a challenge for a business to increase profitability as competition for the "cautious consumer" intensifies and there is increasing pressure on margins. But a recession offers the perfect opportunity to question the way things have always been done -- and drive out waste and inefficiency. One of Jim's favourite slogans is: "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste."

You Are Better Off Investing in Sustainability Than Stocks

Tyler Elm | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

In just the energy efficiency (EE) field, $2 trillion can be invested by 2020 with an internal rate of return (IRR) of 17 per cent. To put that into perspective: that rate of return is better than investing in the stock market or in real estate over the long-term. Why aren't we executing some of these simple, economically viable -- in fact hugely profitable solutions?

How Sustainability Can Save Business

Jim Harris | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Business
Jim Harris

Decades of experience have shown that environmental initiatives pursued in isolation of the economic benefit are largely immaterial. But when environmental objectives are framed as business strategy and tied to business operations and measured in terms of cutting cost and increasing profitability -- significant environmental benefits are generated. And so we believe that environmentalism can save business, as the more powerful engagement tool that business has at its disposal to drive innovation.

What to Look for in a Great Business Coach

Deborah Nixon | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Finding the right coach can mean the difference between not only loving your business/career/sport or not. It can mean the difference between success and failure. The wrong coach can take your aspirations and crush them. The right coach can take your doubts and lead you to victory. Here are some tips for you to think about when considering hiring a coach.