Whatever Happened To Hi And Cheers?


E-mails should not be treated as a tweet or a text message. They should be written with care and attention. They don’t need to be missives but they should always contain a salutation and a valediction (adieu).

What Can You Do With One Hour?


I was walking around our home the last few days looking at this huge load of work I want to get done. There’s a driveway that needs repaving, a bathroom that needs gutting, an attic loft that needs trim finished, painting….renos galore. Then, there is the ½ acre yard which has not yet been put […]

Mushroom Man


Recently, I had the great pleasure to meet Bill Weaver from Across Borders Media. Bill has won many awards for his outstanding work often focusing on stories for a sustainable future. He sent me the following clip. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Not far from the shores of Cortes Island, […]

Tomorrow, we’ll have orange sandwiches!


In my last article, I suggested that when someone says something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to say so and to ask for clarification. Shortly after posting this little nugget of wisdom, my friend Eric called me to see if I had time for a chat over a coffee. I had not seen him […]

What are they talking about?


If you have ever started your own business, you will most likely have had to deal with various agreements and documents that are difficult to read, much less fully understand on a first go through. I am referring here to things like shareholder’s agreements, incorporation documents and the various legal and financial contracts that may […]

I don’t know but I’ll find out!


When a customer asks a question that you don’t know the answer to, the best answer is this: “I don’t know, but I’ll find out!”. When you do this, you are telling the truth and operating from a position of integrity.

Humbled by an angel


Recently, I was reading part two of an article that I appreciated by Bob Burg titled, To Have A Body. In it, he discusses how too often as humans we judge others by their appearance, like judging a book by its cover. Bob’s article brought back a memory I would like to share with you. […]

William Kamkwamba on building a windmill

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When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book. – from TED.COM I cried happy tears as I watched this remarkable young man make a short presentation about the windmill he built to produce […]

Waiting for others can break your momentum!

You Need To Keep Moving Forward

A few times in my career, I have waited far too long for someone to get back to me or to complete a task that was central to the business I was working on. In both instances, the combined lost opportunity costs were significant. How did this happen?

Michael Pritchard’s water filter turns filthy water into drinkable water

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Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it — inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009. – from  TED.COM This is a remarkable invention that has the potential to save millions […]

Our problems are simply a blank canvas waiting for a solution. So, what kind of an artist will you be today?