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Exit, Stage Right

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra On December 21st, 2004, I joined Sandvine, a Canadian tech company headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. Today, almost thirteen years – and many, many, many good times

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Book Report: Success and Luck

“If any of you go running or ride a bike, you’ll know that when you’re running of bicycling into the wind, you’re very aware of it. You just can’t wait till the course turns around and you’ve got the wind

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Posted in Books, Leadership, Math and Science

Book Report: The Daily Show (The Book)

“Getting fired from Paramount was the real turning point for me. Because I thought that after appearing on Letterman, now I’m a made man. And the Paramount thing, I thought losing it meant I was an unmade man. I realized you

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Book Report: On Tyranny

“The European history of the twentieth century shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary men can find themselves standing over death pits with guns in their hands. It would serve us well today

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Racists Gonna Racist

Amongst other things I’ve done today, I’ve followed with dismay – and not one speck of shock or surprise – the events unfolding in the US, as racist/alt-right/neo-nazi/’economical anxiety-stricken’ groups make public demonstrations across the country. I won’t recount the

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Book Report: Will There Be Donuts?

“If you really mean to change the way you meet, you are going to be messing with the culture of the business and the deep-seated habits of its employees. You’re going to discover that very often the meetings are not

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David Pearl’s “Real Meeting Checklist”

To wrap up my old man yells at meetings series, inspired by and drawing heavily from David Pearl’s excellent Will There Be Donuts?, I’ll close the same way Pearl did, with his Real Meeting Checklist. If you’re fine living a life filled

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