Human Resources

A.T.a.R. Or AVATAR?

A.T.a.R. Or AVATAR?

Being a part-time academic is like being a voyeur -peaking between the blinds at the private world of Academia. I’m pleased to be teaching, yet also feel an obligation to nudge ‘academic theory’ towards Reality at times. Some notable tactical differences- just to get started. 1. Academic textbooks, and even some teachers, still emphasize ‘markup’ (profit as a [...]

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The Hot Fields?

The Hot Fields?

At times, my Consulting & Teaching worlds overlap, but not often. Consulting projects emerge from market needs for my core expertise: 5 year plans, growth strategies, new product development, channel management, customer research, data analysis. A project typically requires skill in many ’functions’ (Market Research, Marketing Communications, Strategy) that traditional Academia consider as separate ‘functions’ tidily split into distinct disciplines. [...]

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Outsourcing? Bank on It!

Outsourcing? Bank on It!

The hue & cry of a Canadian Bank outsourcing some jobs has largely died down, but not before RBC was told by the media & the public to stand in the corner like a bad boy. RBC’s handling of the ‘optics’ of this situation was inept, yet that doesn’t mean they were at fault. Who is at [...]

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Wharton’s Grant Gets Sales Types Right

Wharton’s Grant Gets Sales Types Right

New findings published by University of Pennsylvania’s Adam Grant  lend support to a thing I’ve long advised students: consider a Sales career even if not Extroverts. I’ve preached to students the need for a well rounded skill set in Sales, given: the rising value of the analytics (using data metrics to your advantage) the value [...]

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New Apple HQ Will Test Cook’s Character

New Apple HQ Will Test Cook’s Character

The Apple ‘Mothership’ HQ lauded by myself (starting 2 years ago!)  and by others, is becoming a thorn in Tim Cook’s hide. It started as an undoubtedly a well-motivated, heartfelt, sincere adventure. Then-boss Steve Jobs cared enough about employees to give them a world-leading work environment, got quite involved eg personally pleading for zoning approvals [...]

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Add “Step -1.0″ To Get Ahead in Life

Add “Step -1.0″ To Get Ahead in Life

I didn’t learn a certain lesson in life, career & business until over 40 years old. Pity. Better late than never. I eventually learned it from a savvy exec, who subsequently became a Business Partner, mentor, friend. He recently celebrated a birthday. This blog is a Birthday salute to him- and a gift to you. [...]

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Rethinking What’s Driving MashUps

Rethinking What’s Driving MashUps

I’ve written about MashUps repeatedly over the years Yet only now does it occur to me what one of the reasons is, for their popularity. For years I postulated that  MashUps are popular because of the internet, which would necessarily expand the number of people accessible in 1 specific interest so vastly that you no longer [...]

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Students Made Victorious by Intense OCMC

Students Made Victorious by Intense OCMC

Two months of privilege have finished; the privilege of working with a superb team of OCMC competitors- Anna & Naima – who displayed remarkable dedication, skill, poise & resourcefulness in training for, and competing in, the Ontario Collegiate Marketing Competition, a huge event hosted graciously by Centennial, and chiefly held at the Delta Hotel in [...]

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Presentation Tips, Anyone?

Presentation Tips, Anyone?

Public Speaking is a duty so dreaded by many. Thanks to the Kinsmen & Rotary Clubs sponsoring public speaking events in my tiny hometown, and teachers who supported those events; I received an early start at public speaking, and remained comfy with it, since. Speak to an industry symposium? Sure. A congregation? Sure. Give out [...]

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Design More & More Crucial for Global Behemoths

Design More & More Crucial for Global Behemoths

Earlier this month Pepsi recruited a new head of design, luring Mauro Porcini from 3M. A few years ago, that wouldn’t have made the news; the fact that it does now, reflects some new realities: the challenge of achieving design commonality globally, while recognizing local/ language realities; and the size & complexity of the growing [...]

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