Ten Feet Back: The Gift Of Perspective

Helping one another I’ve done enough presentations now to say I have a favourite pattern. It starts with an introduction of a subject, followed by some combination of the following: the participants doing a little reflection on their own, sharing with each other in small groups, some more reflection and finally the participants get to…

Market Fit Fiascos: Expanding Internationally

Under The Influence This post is inspired by the CBC Radio show turned podcast called Under The Influence. The episode titled Passport Revoked examines how brands can be dominant in one region but fail when expanding abroad. Large corporations have plenty of reasons to expand abroad. Often their executives are rewarded for growth and the…

Growth Hacking Lessons From Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra: The myth* I really didn’t say everything I said. Yogi Berra Yogi Berra was a Red Sox player who pitched a dozen no-hitters, was married to Marilyn Monroe and discovered penicillin. His bust appears on the other side of Mount Rushmore. He had a knack for memorable phrases that are just as relevant…

Henka – The Sumo Wrestler’s Sidestep

Heavy favourite Sumo matches are often over in seconds. The objective is to force your opponent out of the dohyo, an elevated ring. There are no weight classes and no second chances. Top division Sumo wrestlers can weigh anywhere from 300 to a staggering 600 pounds. How, then, can the smaller wrestlers hope to prevail?…

Is Growth Hacking Really For You?

Are you Musk material? Or Muskoka material? Either way, growth can help you reach your definition of success. Elon Musk is worth $20 billion. He is building new companies in technology, transportation and energy that will change the fate of humanity. He works 80 hours a day. I’m only slightly exaggerating. Muskoka Mia (she’s never…

Is The World Changing Faster Than Ever?

A recent conversation led me to rethink the question of whether the world is really changing faster than ever, whether it matters, and what it even means. Check out the McKinsey report that says between 75 million and 375 million people will need to find new employment categories by 2030: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-ins… This video is based…

Is The World Changing Faster Than Ever?

It’s tough to make predictions “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Yogi Berra There are three ways to predict future weather. The first is to assume tomorrow will be the same as today. The second is to assume tomorrow will be the historical average of weather on the same day in previous…