After eight years and three months of blogging (yes, it's been going on for many years before I hit the pages of the Huffington Post), a lengthy period of discipline, dedication, research and introspection that spawned 1,077 posts, you are now reading my last one.
President of Just For Laughs, world's biggest comedy organization. Former highly-successful mobile tech entrepreneur. Risky and dangerous public speaker. Riskier public dresser. Prolific author and blogger. Ageless hockey player. Gutsy rock singer. Sweaty gym rat. Loves heavy jewelry, adorable dogs, eye-popping art and excessive adjectives. Needs longer bio for full appreciation.
Well, it's that time of the year again, when the media -- new, old and everything in between, including this blog -- fixates on compiling its Year-End List. While the act of "Listification" seems to...
12/29/2014 04:09 EST
But to me, eschewing assumptions has been a way of life. For example, to this day, while driving, I never, ever cruise breezily through a green light. Instead, I follow a lesson I have passed onto both of my sons: "Just because the other guy has the red light, don't assume he's stopping at it."
12/25/2014 09:48 EST
I have a friend who is currently going through the type of health-related family anguish you should never know... but given the way life (and death) works, you probably will at one time or another. W...
12/22/2014 06:43 EST
"Let there be light!" It's the third line in the Bible...so I guess it must be important. And perhaps at no time is it more important than right now, particularly in my hometown Montreal, where holida...
12/15/2014 01:32 EST
Over the years, at Just For Laughs and Airborne Mobile, I've never been a major fan of focus groups for multiple reasons; most notably because the people gather to tell you exactly what they figure you want to hear. But in this group the men said things to try to appear smart. The women said smart things.
12/01/2014 12:10 EST
It's easy to wait for them to happen, but that's not the lesson of this post. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, you have to generate your own accidents to build a more exciting, innovative and sustainable future.
11/24/2014 12:42 EST
This is one of the shortest blog posts I've ever composed. Why? Because I don't have much to say. This happens on occasion with yours truly, and as I've come to notice these days, much more often with...
11/16/2014 11:08 EST
Just got back from a thoroughly enjoyable long weekend in New York. Saw two plays (The River, with Hugh Jackman, and the spectacular A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and a musical (Bea...
11/10/2014 11:18 EST
Giving up the reigns puts someone else in the driver's seat, which is a guaranteed recipe for calamity. Trust me, every pitch you'll make will be challenged... but the longer your maintain control, the more powerful a base (and shield) you build. What's more, you may inadvertently address, even eliminate, someone's genuine concern as your presentation rolls on to its finish.
11/04/2014 12:14 EST
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 much detail to exacerbate the situation and inflate th...
10/27/2014 11:05 EDT
As mentioned in a post a couple months back, I carry a journal with me just about all the time, which I fill with copious thoughts, notes, ideas and random observations. Most of these scribblings mak...
10/19/2014 10:47 EDT
During the Jewish Holidays last week, the two words I heard most often (other than "Shana Tovah," which means "Happy New Year") were "Nice suit!" I heard it on three separate days, and heard it often...
10/14/2014 12:07 EDT
I spent much of last week saddled with a nagging cold, one that wouldn't fully break though into need for bed rest, but left me sniffly, blocked up, achy, feverish and functionally miserable for six straight days. Then in the space of 45 minutes I got two emails filled with good news and for the next six hours or so, my nose cleared up.
10/06/2014 12:53 EDT
There is only one way that any one of you, any one of your companies, or any piece of your work can be considered a "brand." And that's if people recognize it's you... and how you differ from others. So whether it's a multi-million dollar logo or a barely legible cursive scrawl, the power is in your hands.
09/28/2014 11:56 EDT
True opportunity lies where there is no opportunity. It's the macro version of the stock market adage "Buy low, sell high," or golden age baseball star Willie Keeler's advice for success: "Hit 'em where they ain't."
09/22/2014 12:16 EDT
"Family always wins...but doesn't always come first." Whatever decision has to be made, it should be with the ultimate goal of doing right by your family. And sometimes that means taking a tougher decision with a long-term view instead of an easier short-term, unequivocal yes.
09/15/2014 01:00 EDT
As I've said in this space often, my lessons learned can be profound or simple. They may be revolutionary and new, or old news that needs to be repeated. The point here then, this week's lesson learned is a simple, old one of the value of perseverance. Or put another way: Success knows no substitute for tenacity.
09/08/2014 12:17 EDT
Some veg out by a beach. Others sight-see incessantly. But for me, vacation time allows me to catch up on two passions, namely reading and writing. Over the past two weeks in Maine, Nova Scotia and N...
09/01/2014 01:56 EDT
I'm no foodie, but a 35 year business career has taken me to some of the finest food emporiums all over the globe. Nothing has even come close to the epicurean delight I experienced at chef Grant Achatz's majestic Alinea. It didn't merely shatter expectations for a restaurant, it was one of my great life experiences, period.
08/25/2014 12:27 EDT
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