Great employees/team members have to take a make-or-break initiative. One has to upset the apple cart, break a few eggs, shatter a few egos, shift a few paradigms and risk it all. There are no great advances accomplished in perfect harmony. A successful Pain-In-The-Ass is tomorrow's leader.
If there is one food item synonymous with the province of Quebec and the city of Montreal, it's poutine. Poutine is a dish that marries a great deal of fries, squeaky cheese curds, and ladles of gravy sauce. Some people think the combination is disgusting, but a majority of Quebecers think it's the holy grail of all dishes.
Over the years, Quebec has earned a reputation as being hostile to business due to persistent anti-business policies. As a consequence, Montreal has declined as a hub for major corporate headquarters. With a lower concentration of large corporate headquarters, the city loses out on many economic benefits. The government of Quebec should take seriously the long term decline of Montreal as a major corporate hub.
It is unfortunate that "zirkusschadenfreude" is not an actual German word, because there seemed to be a lot of it flying around last week, that is to ...
In the space of a week, 30 years of Cirque du Soleil shine crumbled into rusty tarnish. The lesson this week then was a chilling one, especially to a guy who also runs a worldwide entertainment event 30 years old. Put simply: History is irrelevant. Kill your past. Yesterday is meaningless.
This is the magic of Davos. Participants find themselves seated beside a tycoon at breakfast, a Nobel Prize winner at lunch and a President, potentate or a future crook at dinner.
The silver lining to the lockout is that I've discovered more important things to spend my time and money on. For that, I thank you; however, I'm still pressing pause as a customer at least for the remainder of this year.
With a new generation of kids growing up with so much re-created virtually, what chance does cold, hard reality have? Pretty soon, any experience you want will actually come to you. What's coming is a blurring between what is digitally created, and what is real.
While we sit inside counting dust bunnies and waiting for spring, in Montreal, they embrace the winter freeze by marching down to the coldest part of their city to drink, dance and share good times with thousands of strangers.
This week's major learning is about listening to the smartest person you know: Yourself. It's amazing. We KNOW what's right, we actually FEEL what's right, but somehow question our own judgment and seek validation elsewhere. Listen to you.
Guy Laliberte, a Canadian former acrobat and fire-eater who had founded Cirque du Soleil in the 1980s, was announced as the next space tourist to visit the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
What last week illustrated is that even Vancouver — not really a winter city in the common use of that title — needs to think more about our ability to handle tougher winter conditions. With the weather being less predictable, and frequency and intensity of storm events getting worse with the consequences of climate change, anticipating and designing for unusual weather conditions is going to be the new normal for all of us.
© Guy Laliberté - Algeria, Sahara Dessert, 2009 Print on cotton paper - 30 x 45 inches Edition of 15 The fire-eating accordion-player who fou...
When it comes down to business in general, the adage is "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions." But here's what I learned this week -- if I don't have a system of simplifying my decisions, I'm not just going to make less of them...I'm also not going to make the most of them.
There are many reasons why landscape architecture "has gained stature in the public's imagination," as Alan Brake, Executive Editor at The Architect's...
You can fight common cliches, but where's the win? Saying Montreal's NOT about winter or greasy, calorie-packed, high-cholesterol food? The win is in the convincing otherwise, and the art of convincing rarely comes from the negative or exclusionary "This is what we're NOT"; it comes from the "This is what we ARE."