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How to Use Lean Thinking to Grow Sales, Improve Profit and Postpone Financing

The concept of Lean was recently popularized within the technology community by Eric Ries’ 2011 book, The Lean Startup. However, it may come as a surprise to some technology entrepreneurs, that the principles of Lean Thinking were developed decades ago and have been adopted by some of the leading global industries, particularly manufacturing and logistics, and proven to create significant value.

What I Learned in 35 Years of Setting and Achieving Annual Goals.....

In 1981, I was out on New Year’s Eve with a very good friend of mine, when the topic of setting goals came up in the conversation. Being New Year's Eve, it was inevitable that we would reflect upon the previous year and start thinking ahead to what we planned to achieve in the next year. We quickly came up with our goals for 1982, and literally scribbled them down on the back of a napkin at the bar. It was the first time I had set annual goals, and have not stopped since.

The Ten Habits of Great Leadership

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” - John C. Maxwell

Habit 1: Act like a Leader Always! Leaders are always on the job, exhibiting the character traits and behaviours that reflect both the organization and people for whom the leader is responsible. Leadership is not a function, title or role. It is the state in which a person must always be, in order to fulfil their responsibilites and duties.

Dominate Your Sector

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” -Marie Curie

Build The Mental Fortitude to Overcome Any Adversity

“Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.” – Francis Bacon

How to build a strong, resilient and scalable business (Globe and Mail)

"Most companies have good people.  The companies that win over the long-term have the best processess"  - Peter Drucker

Six ways to fend off your biggest competitor (Globe and Mail)

Your biggest competitor is not likely the traditional foe in your sector, but from e-commerce enabled global companies, competition for shrinking discretionary spending, technological substitution from new entrants, and existing players that are aggressively deploying technology to provide innovative low-cost and high-service solutions. Read more ....

Building a Culture of Innovation

Building a Culture of Innovation “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin FranklinYou want your company to thrive because it innovates, not innovate to survive. Major changes in the global economy, technology, and demographics, are significantly disrupting many industry sectors, putting a squeeze on profit margins of companies in status quo mode while rewarding the innovators with new opportunity and stronger market positions.

The Ten Step Strategic Plan Checklist

Your responsibility as a business leader is to ensure the business thrives, and is creating long-term value for its shareholders, customers, and employees. Treat the development of a superb strategic plan as a duty, and don’t even consider starting unless you are deeply committed to its completion with your best effort possible. Be passionate about the prospects for growth and transformation of your business.

Top Three Utility Sector Major Trends and Implication on Staff

Major Trend #1 - Integration of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy public policy initiatives driven by concerns for climate change, energy security and demand for clean energy, are causing utilities to prepare for a future clean energy grid. These preparations include planning for increased integration of private power generation, implementation of innovative pricing structures (FiT, time of day use, etc), significant investment in new technology (particularly at the distribution level) and implementation of required regulatory changes.

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