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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
A Tribute – Epilepsy Awareness Month

Purple Hair 4 Epilepsy draws attention to the need for research funding Epilepsy Awareness Month (March) in Canada has just ended and we spent a great deal of time focusing attention to this very important cause. In fact, as the Executive Director for Epilepsy Canada, I joined my colleague and good friend, Phil Newsome, in dying my hair purple on March 26 th . I can say that it wasn’t an idea that I jumped on immediately. This was Phil’s second year creating ‘Purple...

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Monday, December 9, 2013
Success In Quebec

With the US-Canada trade reaching more than $1 billion US per day, the Canadian market is not one that should be overlooked. The proximity, some cultural commonality and the free-trade relationship are all things that make it easy to do business in Canada. For US companies it has never been easier to adapt their products to the Canadian and Québec markets, e.g.  on-line translation services can help with market entry. Using translation experts ensures that your customers, whether...

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Sometimes I Scare Myself ...

Sometimes I scare myself and I’m sure that I often scare others. However, it keeps coming back to me that experience plays a huge role in understanding and being able to predict / assess / estimate future outcomes.

4Growth was retained in an active management role leading the sales area for a technology business. I was the lead consultant and was in the role only a few days when I began to ‘see’ a variety of behaviours that I knew were incongruent with business growth. If allowed to continue these behaviours would stifle any potential change. On a weekly basis, I would report my concerns to my business partners as to the eventual outcome.

It was on the first day of the assignment when a key member of the management team reached out to me to have lunch, which turned out to be illuminating.  While under the guise of a friendly lunch that executive’s real agenda was to:

·         Give me the ‘lay of the land’

·         Inform me that although he wasn’t involved in my being retained, he ‘approved’ my arrival

·         Go to great lengths to share with me his vast knowledge of selling and how he’d done that job before – although he was better at his current job

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