The Benefits of Mentoring

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey While some people prefer jelly over jam, I prefer jam. Honestly, I can’t tell the difference; I just like saying the word “jam.” Whenever anyone asks me what I think about mentoring, I always reply, “That’s my jam!”

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The Oz Affect

This must be how Dorothy felt when she awoke in the land of Oz – No memory of going on a journey; and yet, waking to a changed world. We have all heard the adage: It takes 21 days to form a new habit. If true, or even close to accurate, can you imagine the… Read more »

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Confounded by Denial

Scientific and technical advancements are impressive, powerful, and critically important, but they will not cure what ails society. The COVID-19 Pandemic has reinforced this fact; abundantly evident by the disregard by many of the long-ignored public health and environmental concerns. Each serve as proof that our world is changing, and that it is no longer… Read more »

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A big mistake, or is it?

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future,” – Steve Jobs I’ve dreamed of living in the United States since my early teens. Thanks to TV shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s Creek, and Sex… Read more »

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The Innovation Mindset

For most of my career, CEOs and executives have been asking me the same question: “How do we become more innovative?” My answer is always the same: you need a culture that reinforces psychological safety

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Struggle Well: A Leadership Lesson for All

Struggle well. It is a phrase I have come to embrace more and more in life as I come to a better understanding of how best to navigate life’s challenges, particularly when failure emerges from unexpected places, at unpredicted times, in the middle of life’s pursuits. That struggle can feel all too real, almost visceral,… Read more »

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Social Creatures Need Connections

There is a lot of talk about how most companies will go “totally virtual” after the pandemic. I think this is a huge mistake. Don’t get me wrong. I run Sherpa Digital Media. We do virtual events and video streaming for a living.

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An Accidental Entrepreneur

The economic recession in the early 1990s resulted in a significant decrease in government funding for scientific research in Canada. Little did I realize then just how that particular federal budget would launch the trajectory of my career into unanticipated and uncharted territory.

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