Canada Business

How to Create An Agile Business Culture

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

3 Myths About Side Hustlers Debunked

Chivon John | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Business
Chivon John

If you're anything like me, the moment you tell someone that you're a side hustler it elicits a response of awe and wonder...or maybe it's well disguised pity that you're filling every waking moment with work. Filling your days with extra projects in the hopes of kick starting your passion or transforming that passion into your paycheque is foreign to some, but its steadily becoming a reality for many.

2015 Corporate Governance Trends

Richard Leblanc | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is a list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are or should be doing in response.

Three Things Gandhi Can Teach You About Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Gandhi's passive resistance freed India from British rule in 1947. How Gandhi was able to diplomatically overturn 100+ years of oppression without a war is remarkable. Look a little deeper into Gandhi's story and you'll see three ways that 'Bapu' was a marketing genius.

10 Tips From a Millionaire

Alana Hurov | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Alana Hurov

What does it take to become a millionaire? I posed that question to 52-year-old, self-made millionaire Bobby Genovese. With a net worth of over $200 million dollars, the venture capitalist seems like a pretty perfect person to offer up some valuable advice.

Why Canada Is Headed for a Retail Bloodbath

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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.

Three No-Nos For Your Holiday Business Party

Sue Nador | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I'm all for flirting and having fun at a business event. But there is a difference between playful flirting that builds rapport and predatory flirting that crosses the line of professional conduct. Let's all have some fun while keeping in mind that our professional reputations are as fragile as those beautiful ornaments on the Christmas tree.

How to Navigate the "Prediction Season" for 2015

Jeff Quipp | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

As the holiday season nears and 2014 comes to an end, we're at the cusp of being inundated with countless lists and predictions about what 2015 holds. Everybody has the desire to gain insight into what's on the horizon. But with such a huge number of resources to turn to, how do you cut through the noise and find what is truly valuable?

Stop the Struggle: It's Time for Frustration-Free Packinging

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With the holidays just around the corner, this got me thinking about the issue of "frustration-free" packaging. Not only is complex wrapping simply no fun for the kids receiving gifts packaged in such a manner, the fact is it's a much larger issue for the most rapidly growing segment of our population -- older adults.

10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Success defines many of us. We are often judged by our lifestyle, our clothes, our cars and the company we keep. Whether we truly love the work we do and look beyond our job status as a way of validating ourselves varies from person to person. If ambition trumps all else, here are 10 ways that it can wreck your career.

The Rise of the Women Helping Women Movement

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

In case you have not noticed, there is a growing trend of women's empowerment organizations springing up everywhere that are geared to helping professional women achieve success and fulfillment. With so many popping up, it makes me wonder: are career women that hungry and in need of support groups to empower themselves?

Your Office Chair Might Be Killing You

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

Sitting is the new smoking, or at least that's what the manufacturers of standing desks (and there are several of them these days) will tell you. The medical profession agrees, and experts have identified some 34 diseases and conditions that are associated with excess sitting.

Break Down That Workplace Gender Bias With These Simple Tips

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

The guys I worked with teased me. They saw me as a hospitable female underling, lucky to be included at a sales meeting. I continued to disarm them with copious levels of service and their unconscious bias prevented them from seeing me as competition. By 1989, I was promoted to be a Vice President in head office and had leap frogged over most all of the guys in that meeting!

The People in Your Inner Circle Can Make Your Life Richer

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

As we craft our business plans for next year, we focus on our profit objectives, marketing efforts, and ideas for innovation. Here's another category to ponder: Who are those people in my business life who truly "have my back"?

12 Things Established Professionals Can Learn From Millennials

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

My mentoring work has led me to conversations with millennials who have left a positive and lasting impression. I have learned much from them -- practically and personally. Their different view of the world, while seemingly foreign to the older generations, can provide a different lens through which to see things that can have a profound effect on business.

Think Twice About What You Do After Work and What You Post on the Internet

Leah Eichler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Prof. MacDonald said that if your personal life jeopardizes your professional or public role, it's reasonable to expect you to warn potential employers, but only really substantial risks need to be divulged. On the employer's side, if a lot hangs on their employees being "squeaky-clean," it's up to them to do a thorough background check.

Why's it So Hard for Fashion Designers to Thrive in Canada?

Greg Hewitt | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Style
Greg Hewitt

You don't have to be a hawk-eyed fashion photographer to spot that Canadians have a love of home-grown fashion style. So why are so many talented Canadian designers not able to grow beyond small business status, or worse, eventually close up shop?

7 Reasons Why Working for Free Is Great for Your Career

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon M. Nelson

Is there any real benefit to working for free, other than what the company you're working for gets? You bet there is! And if you ask around in today's entrepreneurial world, you'll find that working without financial compensation has helped many people move toward achieving their career and business goals.

Part 2: Canada's Corporate Governance Guidelines Are Out of Date

Richard Leblanc | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Does Canada improperly have a false sense of governance superiority? Perhaps so. But in this rapidly changing field, if you rest, you are left behind. Nine years is sufficient rest.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Changing Venture Capitalism in Canada

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon M. Nelson

According to Oscar Jofre, equity crowdfunding is the Holy Grail of the crowdfunding phenomenon that is sweeping the globe. Unlike the other types of crowdfunding, equity financing is highly regulated. It has to be, to prevent widespread fraud. But don't let that put you off.

The 12 Wild Phases of Entrepreneurship

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Face-saving entrepreneurs will call this a "pivot," which basically means, "I was doing this one thing, and now I realize I should be doing this other thing instead." You might feel like a fool for not getting it right the first time around, but I challenge you to find any entrepreneur who got everything right from the get-go.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

What I Learned This Week: Budgeting For Stupidity

Andy Nulman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

I am writing this post mid-Saturday afternoon... and I am wasting a substantial sum of money while doing so. To explain (without getting into too ...

Protection Against Phone Hackers Is Not Just for Large Companies

Claudio Nespeca | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Business
Claudio Nespeca

Not just the domain of large companies, remote monitoring is available to small businesses through hosted VoIP service providers, allowing them to obtain much needed security within their budget capabilities.

How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With more and more attention focused on global environment and climate change, stakeholders (citizenry at large) are hungry for actionable solutions and real commitments. As companies start to more and more define their supply chains with sustainability as a core value, transparency and accountability in these efforts will be increasingly critical.