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October 2010

Reactions to Mistakes

Mistakes is a topic I’ve written about fairly often – after all, to err is human, and businesses are run by people. However, as reactions to mistakes can often be the difference between success and failure, it bears frequent mention. Around the office where I work, we were discussing the story of an employee, who […]

Growth and the Panic Response

Having given presentations in the past on time management (for example, my recent talk at Freelance Camp TO), I started to wonder about people’s abilities to manage their time well. What I discovered, though, through watching specific companies and people struggle with time management, is that even people who are good at managing their time […]

Who’s to Blame

This article discusses a concept that I only recently learned about in detail. While this issue is one that affects people who sub-contract all the time, it is also one that most people either handle well or poorly, but rarely consciously. Imagine a client, John Doe, who contacts you to perform some work for him. […]

Know Your Audience

I recently went to give a demonstration of a product to the owner and the head of operations at a business. The product had been a long time in development, and when I entered the presentation, it was with the knowledge that what I was showing was not complete, though certainly further advanced from the […]

The Value of an Idea

This past week on Dragons’ Den, there were several entrepreneurs who presented their ideas on the show, only to discover that their valuation was completely off. In some cases, that was precisely the reason they did not get a deal, in others, it was merely a contributing factor. What is fascinating, though, is the number […]

Tell A Story

One of the keys to landing some investment capital is to approach investors with a story. While some have taken this to mean that they should write a story (for example, Cindy Pichette and Kris Whiffing of Clean Stay who appeared on Dragons’ Den, Season 5 Episode 4 which aired October 13, 2010), this is […]

Subtle Signs of Success Waiting to Happen

After having watched several seasons of Dragons’ Den and examining the pitches that landed deals, I started to notice a pattern. That was compounded with my involvement with various social network sites which target entrepreneurs and small businesses, and I started to realize that there are certain patterns in the successful businesses. That’s not, of […]

You Have to Love What You Do

I was giving some career advice to my brother, who is thinking of starting his own business so that he could be in control of his own destiny. Since he wasn’t sure what type of business he would like to start, I suggested that he find something he loves, and see if he can turn […]