Evil greedy entrepreneurs
Reinforcing the stereotypes
There is currently a lot of angry rhetoric around the Liberal government proposals for tax reform related to small business. “Trying to ensure fairness for the hard working middle class,” is their oft-claimed objective. “Removing corporate tax loop-holes only available to the wealthy.”
The people problem
The challenge of making good fits
A recent conversation with an entrepreneur drawn unexpectedly into a family business, reminded me that the biggest challenge to building and growing a better business is managing the relationships within the organisation.
You cannot fake it
Is your business run democratically? Probably not. Employees do not get to vote, managers are supposed to be responsible and make consistently good decisions. Let’s not confuse them with too many contrary, ill-informed opinions. We have seen too many unhappy conclusions...
The blame game
Goddamn the …?
My Dad grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan where the most hated institution was the CPR, responsible for the railway across the prairies. He liked to tell us the story of the poor farmer who complained “I lost my crop in a hail storm, my truck broke down, my dog...
What did you learn?
It’s time to get back to school soon and the kids are enjoying the last few days of their summer jobs. Remember those days yourself?
Culture of creativity
It is important to get new input and ideas to change your perspective and consider creative and innovative approaches to challenging issues. You cannot possibly have all the answers or...
Pick your poison
Killing key relationships
But why would you want to do that?
You probably do NOT want to, but you or your staff may be doing it inadvertently. Habits...
People and processes
The founder and CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, is stepping aside because his combative personality and the culture he created at Uber are no longer in line with the business’s need to be both more stable and predictable and more socially responsible and engaged with the communities where it is operating. His ruthlessly...
Who needs a crisis?
We have all observed...