Visions / Missions

Well, Duh…

Well, Duh…

Well Duh, if you have been reading this blog for the past couple years, or seeing my rather candid televised live interviews on CTV News starting in January 2012, you know I’ve long said this is inevitable. Blackberry is either going Private (to get out of the spotlight and EVENTUALLY sell out) or putting itself up for sale right now. [...]

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Values Statements Not Enough, Evidently

Values Statements Not Enough, Evidently

Quick! Which global company lists its #7 of its Corporate Values as ‘Corporate social responsibility: The Company has deep respect for its social obligations and will act, and be known, as a socially responsible company. This includes engaging itself with the broader community wherever the work is performed.’ And which company has a Social Responsibility Charter, [...]

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Canada’s Ethics Standards Reveal Givers,Takers

Canada’s Ethics Standards Reveal Givers,Takers

There are those who give and those who take. When a nation tries to set a squeaky clean ethical standard, as Canada TRIES to do, there will be those firms who honour that effort- and a few who ride on the efforts of others, using that reputation to their own advantage. Canadians of generations past worked hard [...]

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Dew Get Some Common Sense!

Dew Get Some Common Sense!

Warning: Do NOT click on the 2 ad links in this post (if they’re still up) unless you’re willing to be badly offended. By now, you have no doubt seen Tyler The Creator’s latest stunt; an offensive (now-pulled) ad for Mountain Dew. Just how Pepsi (Dew’s parent) ever let the ad be created, let alone aired, is [...]

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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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Asinine in the Apennines

Asinine in the Apennines

News that a court in Italy has convicted several scientists for manslaughter for not accurately predicting the exact time & place of an earthquake. Really. You can’t make this stuff up. The scientists in question, though some of the world’s most respected, didn’t foresee a 6.3 magnitude quake that took 308 lives in in L’Aquila [...]

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National Geographic Brand Takes a Voyage of Growth

National Geographic Brand Takes a Voyage of Growth

Maps. Amazing pictures of dense jungles, razor-sharp cliffs in National Geographic magazine. That’s what first drew my attention to the exotic wonders of our planet. Many Boomers can say the same (and many learned about ‘human anatomy’ in NG’s pages). Then came National Geographic TV Shows, with eg Jacques Cousteau, wayyyy ahead of their time, [...]

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Ten Topics for the Holiday

Ten Topics for the Holiday

A Top 10 Holiday Weekend recap; hot stories we should all be following:   An Olympic Face: who will emerge as icons? America’s amazing Flying Squirrel? The appropriately named Usain Bolt? China’s swimming phenom Ye Shiwen? The now all-time medal record holder, Phelps? All Olympics have ‘signature’ personalities; which athlete(s) will become ‘legacy icons’ of [...]

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Web Privacy Decisions Need YOUR Input

Web Privacy Decisions Need YOUR Input

I’m a fan of national security precautions, but not at any cost. If you feel the same way, get a hold of your MP & ask them about the IP provisions included in the Canada-European Union trade agreement (CETA). I’ve no reason to doubt the Toronto Star’s Michael Geist Michael Geist’s Article In July 8th [...]

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Customer Service Is Driven by Values

Customer Service Is Driven by Values

Fourth semester Seneca Global Marketing students made Group Presentations yesterday; I wasn’t at all surprised they were well prepared and did a terrific job; their Prof is Tim Richardson. What DID surprise me was their emphasis on the VALUES of the companies they investigated. Starbucks was lauded for its ethics eg fair trade practises. The [...]

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