"Sissies" indeed !!

Well, even though it is a U.S. based article, outlining what he perceives is a U.S. problem, John Mariotti makes some great points that we here in Canada need to heed as well.

Published on Forbes online, A “Generation of Sissies”  is a concise  look at the coddled Generation that has been created, and that threatens the prosperity of America.

I remember a TV show late last year that showed this generation in an even more unsavory light (parents having to help manage all aspects of college, trying to negotiate a job for the kids – and then helping them on their first day of work, etc). It certainly showed this generation as a bunch of sissies. When I remember the name, I will post it, all new parents should see it.

All new parents should read this article as well, lets make sure Canada does not fall victim to the ‘victimized’ as much as the US seems to have.

Hold yourselves accountable, demand the best from educators, and create REAL consequences to teach your children the lessons they need to be happy and successful their whole life, not just until they are 18.

Management Rules – Old School

It isn’t very often you read an article that really can inspire you to “buy the book”. This one is one of those though. Written by Ryan Holiday, and featured in Forbes, this short insight should go on all CEO’s walls as their personal and corporate mantra.


Read it, I hope you enjoy.

Only resolution you NEED !!!


It has been a while since I had seen anything this blatantly critical towards the latest generation of ‘business’ people. Good short article from Dayna Steele. http://www.fastcompany.com/1800713/one-resolution-to-make-in-2012

It’s pretty sad, that this has to be said. Where are the days of ‘your word is your bond’ ? I guess those days are not cool, ‘cause nobody rolls like that no more, except for people over 40, and they are OLD and irrelevant !!!!

Short and Sweet about Steve Jobs


Everyone has an opinion on Steve Job’s, and frankly, while I know he was a genius, I always considered him more of a refiner than an inventor. Similar to the Japanese who will refine an item to the n’th degree, and make anything better, they never really invent something totally new.

I just read an excellent article from Malcolm Gladwell online at the New Yorker that really goes into it on this side of Jobs that I am glad I am not alone on.

Malcolm gives a few examples, and provides insight from the biographer Walter Isaacson, including a famous back and forth between Jobs and Gates. Classic.

Give this a read and see what you maybe need to re-classify your opinion of Jobs.





I was reading a friend’s blog this morning (http://www.itleader.ca/wp/?p=261), and it struck a chord with me. I am a trusting person, and if you ask people I know well, too trusting. Has it caused me problems in business, YES, has it caused me problems in my personal life, yes, am I going to change, hell no !

Why ? Trust is a precious thing that we need to survive, both in our personal and business life. Choosing who and when to trust, and how much to trust is another matter completely, just remember, you have to trust someone, sometime…period !

When it comes to business there is an old saying I keep handy  “The least trusting is the least trustworthy”. How important is this ? It is the only rule you need to remember. In the normal course of business, if a partner, boss, employee or client does not trust you, be wary, they are thinking of all the things they would/could do in your place and how to defend themselves.

Too much Pain.


I am not sure what is going on here. A few weeks ago I lost my dog to cancer, now a good neighbour and friend has lost his battle as well. I know the two don’t compare, but the initial shock and emotional pain are starting the same way. Curious since both losses were anticipated.

Bob, you were a great neighbour, and good friend, we will miss you tremendously.

I will never agree that the Habs are a better historical franchise than the Leafs (no matter the cup count), nor be able to look at an EX and think it is better than OV, but now I will have no-one to debate these world-shaping issues with.

As I started to contemplate writing this, you were still with us, barely, palliative care unit at the local hospital. I couldn’t  help but think about you and your family and how painful it must be. I do not want to have to go through that sort of drawn out departure, give me fast and let my family move on. Sitting and jotting some notes, I could almost feel you slipping away, and missing you already.

Your faith was strong, and I admire that, it will serve the family well as they move forward. I know you will be looking down and taking care of Carol and the boys still.     

I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye. I always figured you would get better, and now it’s too late. I was fooling myself, I can see that now, and won’t let it happen again. You have taught me something even now. Thank you.

Thank you as well Bob, for your time in our life, I know it is cliché, but we are better people for knowing you.

Miss you already, Rest in Peace Bob.