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A Leader is Born

There is  a story which I recall from when I was in day school on the subject of leaders: There was a rabbi who traveled between towns, staying a few days at each to speak, and then moving on. One town was particularly poor, but they treated him well, offering what they could, and acting […]

Say No to a Million Dollars

I heard someone say no to a million dollars the other day. I was watching Dragons’ Den on CBC, in which entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to 5 wealthy investors. If you’ve never watched the show, you can check it out and watch old episodes on their site. Caution: Spoiler Alert A pair of entrepreneurs […]

Elimination of Process by Process of Elimination

Time spent on dealing with process is wasteful, and yet, many companies find that they spend more time with the process than they do with actual work. Make sure you’re not one of those companies!

Whose Problem are You Solving?

One of the main focuses of my company, Optimal Upgrade Consulting, is to look at the core problem our clients are trying to solve. This may or may not be the same problem as the one the client thinks they have, simply because they are often unaware of available solutions to the real problem they […]

The Rules of the Game

There are few, if any, situations in life which do not have rules. Sometimes the rules are vague, others are very specific. But there are always rules, although a new inductee into the field may not be able to discern them. Business has its own set of rules. Some govern how we advertise our business […]

Trust is Earned when Given

I was reading about a company, I believe it was in The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Amazon Affiliate link), in which the owner of a company discovered a locked cabinet in one of the offices which contained office supplies. He immediately cut the lock, stating something to the effect of that in a company, […]

Invest in the Little Guy

In a previous article, I wrote that most people work for small businesses, and that such businesses are the source of most new jobs in pretty much any economy. As such, it is amazing how short-sighted some governments can be when it comes to spending stimulus dollars. I’ll illustrate this with an example that I […]

Immigrate to the USA and Start a Company

I was introduced yesterday to a group of people who are looking to assist in reforms to the US Immigration Legislation – to make it easier for people to immigrate to the US and start companies. For my Canadian readers, I’m not sure what the situation is here, but it’s definitely something worth considering as […]