Canada Business

Businesses Should Bow to Creator Culture

Carlos de Torres | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada
Carlos de Torres

Providing the resources and platforms for consumers to create has become an embedded part of how people consume. Organizations, no matter the industry, cannot ignore the importance of collaboration and co-creation. We are no longer the experts who can dictate what people want. We are now the apprentices to a very large population of mentors.

Businesses Need Protection Against Government Snooping Too

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

There's nothing wrong with raising concerns about respect for privacy with regard to certain commercial practices. But the quantity and quality of data collected, the use to which they are put, and the potential violations of respect for privacy have nothing in common with those of governments and their spy agencie

Don't Attribute Posts That 'Go Viral' To Neuroscience

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Business leaders so desperately want to understand how the brain works in order to improve their bottom line such that they will invest oodles of cash in the offerings of digital companies that claim to have neuroscientific validity. And an article about "going viral" in Harvard Business Review by a best-selling author and esteemed academic from Harvard will, by definition, go viral.

Don't Get Upsold - Treat Your Bank Like a Store

Tim Paziuk | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Is our financial system broken or just designed to take advantage of the average person? When you go to the bank to make a deposit or pay a bill are you expecting to be sold? Probably not, but it happens all the time.

The Enemy of Your Future

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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.

Can Your Corporate Culture Make You Money?

Darrell Kopke | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Your organization has a culture whether you like it or not. The culture is a mood, feeling, and attitude. In our practice we describe culture as the sum total of conversations that happen in your organization and amongst its stakeholders. It is not genetically encoded; your culture can be shaped, evolved, and enhanced. The question is: Can your corporate culture make you money?

Successful People Share These 5 Habits

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

I hang around with all kinds of successful people. There are all kinds of success. You, too, likely hang out with all kinds of successful people if yo...

Five Easy Steps to Discovering Your Personal Brand

Bobby Umar | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada
Bobby Umar

Words can be a powerful expression. So too can a personal brand be a powerful beacon for you and others. But most of all, each of you can be a leader. You just need to know who you are, know what you want and then ultimately make that positive impact with your brand, your promise and your legacy.

Can You Account For the Cost of Friendship?

Tim Paziuk | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

When dealing with advisors, an important consideration is competency. If the person you're working with isn't competent, how much is it costing you? I might find that my client's banker is overcharging them or their accountant is less than adequate, only to hear them say that they can't move their business because the person they deal with is nice or maybe even a friend.

Three Examples of Contextual Advertising Done Right

Jeff Quipp | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

The Sochi Olympics, like other popular television viewing events (read: Oscars, Super Bowl) reinforced the importance and potential effectiveness of contextually relevant ads. Think of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion spot that went viral, or Proctor & Gamble's Thank You Mom commercial.

Why You Should Consider Becoming an Intrepreneur

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

Are you an intrepreneur? If you want to succeed in the 21st century workforce, you should think about becoming one. An intrepreneur is similar to an entrepreneur -- someone who takes ideas and runs with them -- except that he or she does this while working within an existing company.

As Technology Improves, Are We Moving Towards 'Her' or HAL 9000?

Carlos de Torres | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

As our relationship with technology matures, we do expect more human connections online and we want our things to have some intuition. But are we building a world where HAL 9000 or Samantha the OS from Her will become our confidantes?

Thank Baby Boomers For Gen Y Disrupting Capitalism

Darrell Kopke | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

In every business book in every business school in the world, the mandate of business is solely to maximize profit for shareholders. The rule of the game CEOs of the last 50 years were playing was "profit at all costs." Social impact was something you considered afterwards, maybe. The baby boomers may not have considered people and planet but they raised a generation of self-actualized, mission-based children.

Female CEOs Abound, So Why Are Women Still Earning Less?

Yasmina Soussi | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Business
Yasmina Soussi

Facebook's, Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer, Virginia Rometti, the CEO of IBM and others are proof that women can perform at the same level as male business leaders. Why are women still being treated differently in the workplace, and why do women oftentimes have lower salaries than men for similar jobs?

Is the Financial Sky About to Fall?

Tim Paziuk | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Today most people don't want to believe that the US could default on its obligations, but the simple truth is that nothing, I mean nothing, can continue to expand and not explode. It's a simple law of physics. So is the sky falling? You tell me. And if it is, how can you best prepare for it?

The Top 4 Reasons That Change Can Be Great

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

We know change is difficult, that is no secret, the actual secret is the positive benefits of change in many circumstances. The ability to look at change from the positive perspective could be the difference between a positive fiscal quarter and a potato chip and ice cream binge (not that I would ever do that...)

Inspiration From the Dalai Lama

Paula Pyne | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

It was an extraordinary day...far from "just another talk." It was a meeting of minds from the communities of spirituality, science and business, blessed with the openness and wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here are a few pieces of inspiration that stood out for me.

Illness Can Strike at Any Time -- Insure Your Savings

Jane Blaufus | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

If you suffered a critical illness and if money were no object, I am sure all of us would spend every last dime we had to recover and get on with our lives. Sadly, most of us are not in such a position. Therefore, where would one get the money if there were no bottomless money pouch available? Here are some ways you can use critical illness insurance to fill a financial void.

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

You Want a Revolution? You Have to Make a Plan

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

As I sit down to write this post all I can hear between my ears is "Revolution" by the Beatles. "You say you want a Revolution, well you know, we'd all love to see the plan." I do not claim to be a great Beatles philosopher but I am going to claim that unless there is a plan for change, it is not going to be alright.

What Modern Leadership is Lacking

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

I do some speaking here and there around the globe. Wherever I go, people always ask me about Leadership. I capitalize Leadership because in the cont...

TFSA or RRSP? It's All About the Tax

Sarah Twomey | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Twomey

Still unsure about the differences between a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)? The fact is it's all about the tax. Here's a quick refresher of the tax-free registered savings account.

When to Start Saving for Retirement

Tom Hamza | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Business
Tom Hamza

Because saving for retirement is the responsible thing to do and paying less tax always sounds great, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that topping up your RRSP is a no-brainer. But is it? And is getting an investment loan a "good debt" to acquire in order to get it done? Here are some things to consider and speak about with your financial adviser.

How Confident Are You About Retirement Planning?

Sarah Twomey | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Twomey

How would you rate your retirement planning confidence on a scale of one to five? Are you like the majority who find it very confusing? What would it take to overcome your fear and finally start investing in your future? You can set up a plain and simple saving plan that is so automatic, you won't even notice you're saving.

It's Time to Encourage And Nurture Our Youngest Scientists

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

While the return on investment is easy to identify, explaining nanotechnology to little ones isn't always as straightforward. We work in a complex field and it is difficult for both children and adults to understand something they can't see or touch.