The big brawling power teams are crumbling in the wake of the rekindled passionate, hungry Montreal Canadiens. The second streak of the season, Montreal sits atop the North-east division and third overall in the standings.
If a picture of a destination is worth a thousand words, then a visit to its local market is worth a million. There is perhaps no other place that en...
While the larger theme of a recent conversation I had was comparing the "way things used to be" to "the way they are now," it mostly focused on the collaborative nature of today's digital-based, start-up culture, and the increased irrelevance of two old-school corporate archetypes, namely the "Good Cop/Bad Cop" mix and the "Pitbull."
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...