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What’s Your Problem? A talk by Larry Smith.

“If the machines are doing the routine work, then humans must do the non-routine work. To be an innovator, you need to talk about unsolved, important problems.” – University of Waterloo Professor, Larry Smith Last night I joined two former colleagues,

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Posted in Careers, Leadership

What not to do in the workplace – a handy-dandy top 10 list

“Whether it’s your first co-op work term or you’ve been earning a paycheque for decades, there are certain common mistakes that should be avoided at all costs.” The Fall 2016 edition of the University of Waterloo Magazine included a feature

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Posted in Careers, Everything, Management

Competitive and Market Intelligence: Leadership, Strategy, and Innovation

“The military are excellent planners; the private sector are great at execution. There are strengths and limitations of both paradigms, and we can learn so much by talking to each other.” – Retired Maj. Gen. David Fraser At last night’s Communitech

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Looking Past Failure

“You know what? If an applicant has a strong enough application, then one blotch shouldn’t automatically eliminate him or her from consideration. There might well have been extenuating circumstances … and, in any case, it gives you something to talk about

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Demos Must Work

Surely that’s obvious, right? Well, you’d be surprised. Unless, of course, you’ve tried to give a demo and had it fail miserably…then, naturally, you won’t be surprised at all.

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Posted in Marketing

Growing your career with the adjacent possible

Just because you don’t know where you’re ultimately going doesn’t mean you can’t start poking around. I didn’t know where I was going, but it was no accident that I’ve arrived. I started my career in technology as a “Quality Assurance

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My Strategies for Maximizing Impact

I’ve had a lot of conversations lately about productivity. The conversations have started in a few different ways (e.g., “How can we get the biggest return on marketing?”, “I’m having trouble deciding what to work on.”, “I have too much on

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