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Do Job Titles Matter?

August 1, 2016

After 37 years in the tech industry, I have become cynical of job titles and companies who have an abundance of lofty job titles and minimal revenue. I often meet early stage software companies with a few dozen employees, yet their executive ranks are filled with a CEO, COO, EVP of Sales, CMO and CTO. My first question to them is what are they going to do when they reach a few hundred employees and the requirements of these “C” level positions have outstripped the experience and capacity of the current employees who hold these titles.

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Backing a Winner - an epilogue

June 8, 2016

It has been over two years since I wrote the blog “Backing a Winner”  ,  which was about Larisa Yurkiw’s quest to fund her vision to become the fastest women in the world of downhill skiing. At that time, Larisa, who had her funding cancelled when the Alpine Canada cut their speed racing program, was on the road to the Sochi Olympics. She had raised enough money to fund her season and had earned the qualification for her Olympic moment. As one of her sponsors, we were so proud of her accomplishment.

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Why I think I am a 61-year-old Millennial

May 2, 2016

While driving this morning, I listened to a radio interview focused on the news headline that Millennials now outnumber Boomers and the impact that is having and will have on the workplace. The speaker was espousing that like their Boomer parents, Millennials have the same goals of getting married, having a family and owning a home, but have very different expectations on how to achieve these goals. Millennials value capability over experience and tenure. As a result, they have aggressive expectations of advancement and promotion.  They also demand a career that they will enjoy and will provide them with a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, they value flexibility and have integrated technology in the all aspects of their life. Therefore, they demand flexibility to do their jobs outside of the traditional construct of “9 to 5 in-the-office”.

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Would you run your Sales process like you run recruiting?

September 10, 2015

A collaborative blog post by Kim Benedict and Pete Smith

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Explaining Compensation to Employees

February 4, 2014

Last week, the Ontario Government announced that after a 4-year freeze that they will increase the minimum wage from $10.25 per hour to $11.00 per hour. I never considered this as affecting my clientele until I was at dinner with a small business owner on Thursday evening. While she does not have any employees at minimum wage, the government’s announcement caused her employees to wonder whether their wages would rise a similar amount. She wasn’t prepared to raise their salaries but was struggling to figure out how to address her employees’ expectations. As a result, she was anticipating some disgruntled feelings on her team.

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If you can’t manage your inbox, why would I trust you to manage anything for me?

January 24, 2014

Maybe I am old fashioned and expect a different level of business etiquette or maybe it is a generational thing, but I have a pet peeve with people who don’t or can’t manage their Inbox. Folks, we are not talking about cutting edge technology here. My first email account was set up circa 1985.

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