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Pros and Process – A Delicate Balance

I was reading a question on a forum the other day about the benefits of having highly skilled people work for you relative to having a clear and detailed process for how work is done. The answer, of course, is that neither will work without the other, and the challenge is to find the right […]

Basic Interview Skills

This article, like my previous one on the topic of resumes, is not meant to target any particular group. It is intended to be relevant to people across the board, whether applying for school, a job, a volunteer position, or any other situation in which an interview is being conducted. These are not rules, they […]

Get Your Resume Read

I have been reviewing resumes for various people, under various guises (for friends and siblings, or at work looking at applicants). Not to mention my own resume, which I keep up to date on a regular basis. I have been struck by cerain similarities in all the resumes I have looked at. Spelling and grammar: […]

Technology Can Slow You Down

I’m working on a project that has been passed through a couple of iterations of design. A project that was scheduled to take a few months is now about to be released, over a year later. Why? Technology slowed us down. For this project, one of the people involved decided to make use of a […]

Saving Money on an IT Solution

If you had time to do it twice, you had time to do it right the first time.

The Right Time for Publicity

This is the realm of a Catch 22. In order for a business to grow, people need to know about it. However, if people know about your business before you have solidified your product, you may end up with negative publicity that will haunt you for a while. If you wait too long before making […]

Succeed or Fail? Your Choice…

I have been reading over the last few days many articles on success, and a few on failure. In business, only a few will succeed, and it’s not always the individual with the best idea. For example, Starbucks succeeded in building a massive empire, but there are thousands of small coffee shops that did not […]

Clever idea… but are you the first?

If you are an entrepreneur, then you have likely come across the question in the title more than once when you presented your idea to someone. The question is valid, but, unfortunately, often difficult to answer. I was reading today in the National Post about how due diligence on the show Dragons’ Den failed to […]