Things Are Good: A Living Wage Makes for a Good Business Plan

Helmi Ansari started a successful business and understands what’s it like to worry about paying the bills – and knows that when you’re stressed about paying bills you’re not focussed at the job at hand. This is why he pays all of his employees a living wage. A living wage is usually higher than minimum ...

The Wandering Joe: Does this look infected to you (redux)?

I wrote this article on LinkedIN, and although I started it last March (and subsequently forgot about it), it has taken on a new meaning in recent months. It’s largely about how diversity is important in running a business, but it is no less true of governments… Everything from someone’s race, religion, country of birth, ...

The Wandering Joe: Oil Oil Everywhere, and not a Barrel to Burn

There has been a lot of hand-wringing over the recent crash in crude oil prices. Ironically, both environmentalists who want people to stop buying oil and many of the producers who need people to buy more are both challenged by the current price point. To be honest, I couldn’t give a tinker’s damn about the ...

The Wandering Joe: Your Car is Not an Engine

It goes without saying that your car is not an engine, but I am saying it anyways. Why? Because I’m not talking about a car, I’m talking about business, your business, my business, anyone’s business. (In reality I’m also talking about your car.) I’ll say it again, your car is not an engine. It has ...

Things Are Good: Conscientiousness Can Lead to Corporate Success

The corporate working world is a tough place and ti’s often assumed that the heartless will have the most success.The myth that that one needs to be like a character from Wall St. in order to advance on the corporate ladder is too common. Instead, you should be conscious of those around you and practice ...

Scripturient: Spotting incompetence

Further to my earlier post, I wanted to provide some tips on how to spot incompetence in an employee or, especially, in managers and executives. I understand that incompetence may be a subjective view. What some view as incompetence others may see as cautionary, conservative or even adequate. But here’s what others have identified as ...

Scripturient: Peter, Parkinson and Adams

C. Northcote Parkinson, Lawrence J. Peter, and Scott Adams are for me the ‘holy trinity’ of philosophers of modern bureaucracy, within both the public service and the corporate structure. As philosophers, they are all keen observers and witty commentators on the human condition, with emphasis on the nature of organizations, leadership and management. Not always in the ...

Alberta Politics: Short-term jobs and profits notwithstanding, Canada’s interests are not served by Saudi armoured vehicle sale

PHOTOS: A Canadian LAV III similar to the armoured vehicles to be sold by General Dynamics Land Systems (Canada) of London, Ont., to the Saudi National Guard. Below: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove and former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan. It’s one thing to ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Weather happens, but customer service …

Hamilton’s airport isn’t exactly a busy place. Although Westjet did run a lot of flights out of there for a while citing Toronto’s massive landing fees, most flights eventually migrated to Pearson although there are still a few WJ planes every day from Munro. For the most part, the white elephant airport has been running ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Weather happens, but customer service …

Hamilton’s airport isn’t exactly a busy place. Although Westjet did run a lot of flights out of there for a while citing Toronto’s massive landing fees, most flights eventually migrated to Pearson although there are still a few WJ planes every day from Munro. For the most part, the white elephant airport has been running ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Weather happens, but customer service …

Hamilton’s airport isn’t exactly a busy place. Although Westjet did run a lot of flights out of there for a while citing Toronto’s massive landing fees, most flights eventually migrated to Pearson although there are still a few WJ planes every day from Munro. For the most part, the white elephant airport has been running ...

Scripturient: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

You can’t help but think, when you read that title, of five block-thinking, dysfunctional members of Collingwood Council. But, relevant as that description may appear in our political sphere, it is actually the title of a book by Patrick Lencioni, about how teams fail to coalesce and work together. I found it at a local ...

THE WINGNUTERER: Luxury Condos For Sale In Ontario For Home Buyers

Condos you can buy in Ontario should be cheap to get if you’re willing to put some work into it. Since there are quite a few options, it’s important that you do your research. Then it’s possible to get something that’s cheap and worth your time to pay into. A condo is going to have ...

Scripturient: Nailing Collingwood’s Door Shut to Business

Councillor Deb Doherty seems eager to cement this council’s already ugly but deserved reputation for being hostile to business. This week she made a motion to re-open the always-contentious sign bylaw, apparently in order to impose draconian restrictions on business signs THAT Council direct Staff to review Sign By-law 2012-110 with respect to sign height and any ...

Alberta Politics: Tory sale of government air fleet was a terrible business decision, executed incompetently

PHOTOS: Not this Beechcraft King Air, maybe, but three a lot like it are now plying the friendly skies of North Dakota, which is a great deal for their new owner thanks to the generous former government of Alberta. Below: The unsold Alberta Government Dash 8, and former Conservative Alberta premiers Alison Redford and Jim ...

OpenMedia.ca: Conservative MP Laurie Hawn attacks Canadian Businesses that raised concerns about Bill C-51

Wow — this is how Conservative MP Laurie Hawn responded to the now 140+ businesses who have raised concerns in a letter published by the National Post about reckless spying Bill C-51:”[They] should seriously reconsider their business model and their lack of commitment to the values that bind us as Canadians”. Keep in mind that ...

Eclectic Lip: …on the Entrepreneurial State

With the next Canadian federal election less than a year away – and undesirables like Wayne Gretzky soon to be purged from the voter lists – I’ve been getting a lot more fundraising emails lately. As of mid-December I’d received nineteen in eighteen days. It was like a Christmas advent calendar, but in my email ...

Things Are Good: Growing the Green Roof Industry in North America

Green roofs are great! They help alleviate a lot of issues that arise in urban living while making cities more beautiful. There is growing interest in making sure that urban green roofs take off and it looks like it is working. While other countries like Germany have been using green roofs since the 1980’s, North ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Call For Change In Business

It wasn’t so long ago that businesses recognized people at their local levels as having something to contribute.  That individual employees have a meaning greater than the “bottom line”. That was before the Internet and globalization. In 1990, as a new graduate from University, I started working for what was then a small, but growing ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper blasted for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4B oil pipeline

In a strongly worded letter, Lower Nicola Indian Band Chief Aaron L. Sam blasts Stephen Harper for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4-billion oil pipeline, ignoring climate change. The post Harper blasted for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4B oil pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Germany to reject Conservatives’ Canada-EU free trade deal

A victory for Canadian democracy as Germany rejects the Harper Conservatives’ reviled multi-billion dollar Canada-EU free trade deal. The post Germany to reject Conservatives’ Canada-EU free trade deal appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Bell silent on its subscriber information disclosure practices

Why has Bell Canada remained silent on its subscriber information disclosure practices? asks University of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist. The post Bell silent on its subscriber information disclosure practices appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: TransCanada told to “cease and desist”

The Council of Canadians this week told TransCanada to “cease and desist” from the deplorable practice of purchasing the silence of Canadian towns likely to be affected by the Energy East tar sands pipeline. The post Energy East pipeline: TransCanada told to “cease and desist” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Tim Horton’s Farce

Am I the only one in Hamilton who’s embarrassed by the Tim Horton’s Field debacle? The stadium, which really never should have been built on the site of the old Ivor Wynne to begin with, was supposed to open at the end of the month. Now it won’t now be ready until September, maybe not ...

The Canadian Progressive: Secretive critical talks on the TPP happening in Ottawa

The ongoing secretive TPP negotiations could result in the largest global ‘trade’ agreement encompassing about 40 per cent of the world economy. The post Secretive critical talks on the TPP happening in Ottawa appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.