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Eric Quon-Lee

Management consultant & startup advisor

Eric Quon-Lee is a management consultant and entrepreneur. Having obtained a MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, Eric has worked for some of Canada’s leading companies in a variety of finance and consulting roles. Currently at a San Francisco based management consultancy, Eric focuses on the topics of strategy and innovation where he acts as an intermediary between startups engaged in disruptive change and corporations trying to navigate these changes.
Who Is Responsible For

Who Is Responsible For Training?

Today's economy is changing at lightning speed. Jobs that once looked secure are disappearing or being transformed overnight
06/14/2017 01:17 EDT
Can Liberal Arts Come To The Rescue Of Business

Can Liberal Arts Come To The Rescue Of Business Education?

In today's chaotic business environment, one wonders whether the current business curriculum is sufficient to cater to future leadership requirements. Does today's business curriculum truly provide the tools necessary to deal with increasingly complex business issues, or is it merely providing a "secure" career path?
08/09/2016 11:57 EDT
Charging Grads Leaving Canada 'Exit Tax' Ignores Economic

Charging Grads Leaving Canada 'Exit Tax' Ignores Economic Realities

In many respects, the Council of Canadian Innovators is failing to understand the new dynamics of today's information economy. Indeed, individuals cannot be treated as replaceable widgets. Instead, they must be treated as individual contributors who have the capacity to individually contribute to innovation and growth within an organization.
07/28/2016 05:29 EDT
What Are The Innovative HR Practices That Knowledge Workers

What Are The Innovative HR Practices That Knowledge Workers Want?

With the increasing interconnectedness in today's global economy, labor mobility is increasingly an available option. As such, today's businesses are increasingly realizing that to remain competitive, they need to re-develop HR practices from the traditional industrial practices to ones that align with the needs and wants of 21st-century knowledge workers.
06/29/2016 02:29 EDT
Remembering That There Are Different Levels Of Brownfield

Remembering That There Are Different Levels Of Brownfield Innovation

As Silicon Valley increasingly turns its innovative ideas towards brownfield sectors such as financial services and transportation, many commentators have failed to recognize the different levels of innovation that are occurring in these sectors. Indeed, innovation, particularly in brownfield sectors, is much more nuanced than what was initially believed.
06/16/2016 11:46 EDT
The Dos And Don'ts Of

The Dos And Don'ts Of Networking

In our complex economy, the need to network has never been greater. Networking is the lifeblood of business. Unfortunately
06/14/2016 02:58 EDT
Why T-Mobile's

Why T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" Strategy Is Innovative And Vital

The telecommunications carrier that has been on everyone's lips concerning innovation is T-Mobile USA. Formerly a full subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications behemoth, now T-Mobile USA, is publicly listed (TMUS) and only 67% owned by Deutsche Telekom. How did a boring 4th place American carrier become one of the hottest and innovative telecommunications companies?
05/18/2016 04:15 EDT
What Is Required To Make A Corporate Incubator

What Is Required To Make A Corporate Incubator Successful?

With the increasing number of startups entering brownfield sectors such as financial services, one would think that corporate incubators would be prime recipients of startups attempting to navigate these brownfield sectors. While on the surface this would appear to be the case, the reality of the situation again depends on the real purpose of a corporate incubator.
05/16/2016 05:06 EDT
The Path To Career Success Isn't What It Used To

The Path To Career Success Isn't What It Used To Be

Globally, employees are increasingly feeling the pressure of an unstable business environment. From disappearing manufacturing jobs to growing youth unemployment, employment opportunities are far and few between.
05/11/2016 12:14 EDT
Social Media 1.0 Is Dying. Long Live Social Media

Social Media 1.0 Is Dying. Long Live Social Media 2.0

Yelp has publicly admitted it is in trouble. Twitter is currently hunting for a new CEO and there are constant rumors they will be acquired. Is social media dead? The simple answer is no, social media will continue to live on. What the industry is seeing is the sun setting on Social Media 1.0 and the dawn of Social Media 2.0.
06/25/2015 06:20 EDT
Your Corporation Is Killing Innovation Without Knowing

Your Corporation Is Killing Innovation Without Knowing It

In the post-recession economy, markets are changing faster than the mighty corporations of old can keep up with. To combat the epidemic of nimble startups, corporations are advocating fresh thinking such as prototyping, failing fast and quick iterations based on customer feedback. But few, if any, corporations have been able to point to any concrete successes, no matter the size. Why is that?
06/13/2015 10:01 EDT
What Enterprise Startups Need Most of

What Enterprise Startups Need Most of All

As a startup gains traction from initial prototype to credible sales, the founding team recognizes the critical need to bring onboard senior advisors and mentors to provide guidance as the startup enters the next phase of growth. While all startups require this guidance and mentorship, enterprise startups are the most in need.
02/27/2015 06:44 EST
Do Startups Still Need Traditional

Do Startups Still Need Traditional Corporations?

The Uber / Lyft / Sidecar battle seems to be an increasingly prevalent theme where startups are focused more on fighting each other than responding to countermoves from traditional players. With statistics showing that the San Francisco taxi industry is steadily collapsing, it is no wonder that Uber is more focused on retaining market share against other startup competitors.
02/16/2015 05:01 EST
How Not to Manage

How Not to Manage People

Due to the growth of corporations on an international scale, the demand for management personnel has never been greater. Whether it is managing a multi-national project or a large internal team, corporations are pressing individuals into management roles at a greater pace than ever before.
02/09/2015 04:17 EST
How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive

How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive Edge

The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.
11/27/2014 01:13 EST
The Ford Family's Customer Service Mantra Is A Waste Of Time and

The Ford Family's Customer Service Mantra Is A Waste Of Time and Money

In a world where government bureaucrats continually treat residents as "taxable widgets" instead of citizens and where process overrules logic and common sense, the Ford family's apparent commitment to servicing every constituent complaint is not only refreshing but exactly what some constituents are looking for. The question though is whether or not it is the right approach to a growing and vibrant city.
10/23/2014 04:48 EDT
What Happens When Jobs Don't Need

What Happens When Jobs Don't Need Humans?

The most urgent 21st century question is how does human civilization manage the transition between where every individual has a job to one where individuals will need to find a useful purpose beyond economic employment. Turning individuals into soulless "pseudo-machines" isn't the answer.
10/21/2014 09:14 EDT
What Silicon Valley Can Do To Address Growing Income

What Silicon Valley Can Do To Address Growing Income Inequality

As much as engaging with traditional players is antithetical to Silicon Valley culture, it is increasingly a necessity to solve global solutions. Silicon Valley's recent successes have come under criticism due to the fact that they seem to be creating an "alternative" system that skirts existing established norms.
10/14/2014 12:23 EDT