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Apr 09, 2015

Fear of Freezing

After being away from home over a weekend of deep freeze temperatures, I came back to a broken furnace and a very cold house. It did not take long to see the effects; surfaces frosted, icicles forming and pipes out of commission. Not knowing much about home maintenance, I panicked.  Horror scenarios of busted pipes, mold forming behind walls, water damage and worse—the complete unknown—were forefront on my mind. How could I possibly deal with everything? How does someone find a furnace technician at 10:30 pm on a Sunday?

Apr 07, 2015

Unlocking India’s Potential

I stepped out of the airplane to an immediate assault on the senses. As the jet’s engines wound down a steady racket of car horns arose from the chaos of Jaipur’s streets. It smelled like a dirty garage on a stuffy summer day—a mixture of oil, dirt and car exhaust, combined with a whiff of the chemical scent of air freshener. The car ride to our hotel took us past shanties with people cooking dinner over open fires, wedding celebrations complete with music and dancing not more than 10 feet from the highway, stray dogs scrounging through garbage, hundreds of small shops offering everything from cement to smartphones, and, at the midpoint, a man on an elephant going about his evening’s business.

Apr 02, 2015

Too Polite for Our Own Good?

I think it is safe to say that Canadians have a great reputation and are generally well liked throughout the world. We are well known for our love of hockey, beer, and especially for our politeness.

Mar 27, 2015

A Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew: Remarkable Leader, Remarkable Lessons

Mar 25, 2015

The Dave Semenko Principle: Focusing on your area of genius*

There are two main world views relating to how we see our weaknesses. The first—and far more conventional one—is that people should seek to excel at everything in life. In other words, we should be good at everything and leaders should possess all desirable traits and skills.

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