Manage your Melons.

One of the early bosses in my career was the produce manager at the grocery store that took a chance on my bag packing abilities. His name was Insalid but I always pronounced it ‘In Salad’ as that made much more sense to my teenage mind of connecting his name to his occupation...but I digress.

A recent immigrant and new to Canadian culture, I was always impressed with how Insalid operated. He worked hard, modeled the behaviour and expected you to do the same.  Whether or not we understood every word exchanged between us, the nuance of the words was very clear.  Work hard.  Make the produce department shine and serve the customer.

Top apps and tools for businesses. Convenience at Your Fingertips

SO MANY APPS AND TOOLS have come into my life this past year. Clearly, there’s no shortage of innovation when it comes to designing technologies for a more efficient, effective business. Here are a few of my personal favorites.

CloudOn

A great tool for business people on the go, CloudOn essentially puts Microsoft Office on your favorite devices so you can work on the files you already store in the cloud—with Box, DropBox, Google Drive, or Microsoft Skydriv —while you’re out and about. This is a great tool to help with organization and productivity. Use it to edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files on the iPad. 

Prezi

An amazing presentation tool that diverges from the traditionally one-dimensional PowerPoint slides, Prezi is also cloud-based, so geographically dispersed people can easily collaborate on a single presentation in real time during meetings. Slightly more exciting than the traditional alternative.

Is Professional Continuing Education really worth it?

Professional service firms are often driven to become their clients most innovative and detail oriented partners. Professional services organizations such as the Architects Institute of British Columbia or the Financial Planning Standards Council have helped fuel this culture of continuous improvement.

A common model for continuing education is members are required to complete several learning credits administered through seminars, lunch and learns or specific professional development days.  For many firms these courses can be costly, inconvenient and time consuming.  Do they offer the kind of value that will develop tangible benefits for those taking the courses?

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— Brad Haima, Founder, Circle Graphics

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