Management

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.

Ten Signs You Have a Great Project Manager

Benjie Nycum | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Business
Benjie Nycum

Project management is about managing and leading a project or major task from start to finish. At Nycum + Associates we manage projects as well as work with PMs in the design and construction industry. This is our list of special qualities that identify a highly effective PM.

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.

Put These 8 Leadership Books Under the Tree

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A quick Google search will yield a number of lists for the best management books, so let's not waste our time on the undisputed classics. Here are a few recommendations that are a little less obvious.

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.

Leadership is 10% Perspiration, 90% Inspiration

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

OK, maybe the exact ratio isn't 10-90, but the point is that one of the most important traits of an effective leader is the ability to inspire others. If you aren't as inspiring a leader as you'd like to be, can you become more inspiring? Absolutely.

Fighting Back Against the Tyranny of the Manager

Mary Donohue | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

People leave jobs because of the tyranny of the manager. And right now we have a lot of people who are ruling over your employees and using fear as their primary weapon. You just don't know it, or in a minority of cases, you learn about it after the damage is done.

Why Do Canadians Still Tolerate Political Scandals?

Gerry Som | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada
Gerry Som

Last December, I wrote a blog post about my thoughts on how to prevent political scandals in 2013. Yet, I read the newspapers or online news in Canada...

Let's All Give Marissa Mayer the Benefit of the Doubt

Duane Lee | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Business
Duane Lee

Much has been written about the Yahoo CEO's decision to end telecommuting at the company. What if we are all missing something? Keeping in mind that Mayer is a Stanford educated engineer twice over, employee number 20 at Google, and ran one of their most important divisions, I decided to give the situation more than a passing thought.

How to Make a Change -- And Keep It

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Business
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

I am not making a case that change is bad, but I am saying that for change to work, that is, for it to be sustainable, it needs to become a habit. And it feels like the only habit that we know right now is how to change. Not how to sustain it.

How to Prevent Political Scandals in 2013

Gerry Som | Posted 02.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Gerry Som

The year 2012 saw some scandals in Canada. There was the exposure of the multi-million dollar Ornge Air Ambulance scandal, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency scandal in Alberta, and the Robocall scandal. Did we spend a lot of time, money, and energy investigating and analyzing these scandals? Yes. Is there a sure way to avoid these problems for the next year, 2013?

Are Advisory Firms Conflicted in this New Governance Normal?

Deborah Nixon | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

When boards engage law firms, should they use the same firm that management uses? We don't think so. Law students are taught that you cannot act for two clients whose interests are, or could be, adverse, e.g., a husband and wife in a divorce, a purchaser and vendor of a home, and so on.

The Problem Isn't Dead Money, It's Dead Staff

Mary Donohue | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Mark Carney's right, corporations do have dead money, but they also have dead staff, and this is also what is really killing productivity in North America. I call this Death of a Workforce. Current leadership isn't creating the climate for innovative employees. Although many corporations will claim their workforces are engaged, or that their engagement numbers are off the charts, neither their productivity nor their innovation measurements reflect these high engagement numbers.

How Having an Autistic Daughter Has Made me a Better Manager

Lisa Walker | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Business
Lisa Walker

My daughter Charlotte's unique way of thinking about life has made me realize that not everyone sees things the way you expect them to, and that has opened me up to a much richer perspective in my management responsibilities. As a local general manager with public relations agency Hill+Knowlton Strategies, I have some employees who, like Charlotte, don't always follow the rules. I love working with these people, but it isn't always intuitive.

Five Business Lessons From Steve Jobs

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada
Kevin O'Leary

A lot of people have said a lot of great things about Steve Jobs. And for good reason: he built the world's second-most valuable company, with billions in profits and products that have improved every aspect of our lives. But Steve didn't get there by being a soft, fluffy, Kumbaya-type leader.