To study anything; to truly look at it in an objective way and then to share that experience is a true challenge. First you must first be able to agree on what it that you are talking about. That seemingly simple first step is often harder than it seems, particularly when it comes to the subject of leadership.
A bit of a warning here. This is probably more personal than my average post. I’m not sure how relevant it is to those who come here looking for business or strategy. But at this time of year, my thoughts turn to the more personal side of life. So in the spirit of “changing the game” – I’m talking about and sharing some intensely personal moments.
I’m not trying to be anyone’s inspiration. I leave that to others. Here’s one.
The hardest part baby is smilin’ when your plans don’t work out, and count yourself – a lucky one…
Willie P. Bennett wrote those words in the 1980’s for his album of the same name. He called it “The Lucky Ones”. From the moment the words came through the speaker of my car stereo, on an early mix lent by a friend, they spoke to my heart. They inspired me then as they do now. At that time in my life, I was myself experiencing a slow awakening. Continue reading
Remember that childhood game, “Hot Potato”? You would take a ball, beanbag or other item and pretend it’s a hot potato. As soon as you got it you’d pass it on to the next person. Then at the end of the music, a timer or just a random announcement from the game master – whoever is holding the hot potato loses.
Child’s game? Or is it how we manage our companies? If it is, we need to find a way out of this trap. It kills productivity, destroys job satisfaction and dooms us to a world of enforced mediocrity. That’s what I was thinking about the other day. Here’s how it started. Continue reading
This is a story about the future impact that Waterloo can have on the country and maybe even the world. But it’s NOT about Blackberry. Crazy, you say?
Today, on a beautiful Friday afternoon in late September – what could be one of the last great summer-like days of the year we did somethign crazy. We said “to heck with that” and headed indoors to a crowded lecture theatre in the Engineering building at the University of Waterloo. It was worth every minute. Continue reading
Hackers for right, we are one down.(from a tweet by Tim Berners-Lee father of the World Wide Web)
His eyes haunt me. From those pictures that adorn the articles that pay tribute to this astonishing young man, he stares out at you. Depending on the shot, he is alternately mysterious, thoughtful, intense and occasionally mischievous.
His accomplishments daunt me. At 14 he was co-creator of RSS, the syndication process is at the core of internet publishing. He co-founded Reddit the social news web-site which, love it or hate it, is one of the most active forums of real discussion on the internet.
His passion for freedom inspires me. He was a co-founder of Demand Progress, a group which fights for Internet freedom.
His death diminishes us all. Continue reading