Self-Awareness and Courtesy Interviews - The Pledge of a Ranting Idiot
September 1, 2008
Last week, a disenchanted mid-level executive with 20 years 'in' at a large company, came to see me with a his job wish list. It included CEO of a start-up, divisional general manager of a mid-sized company, country manager for a foreign company selling into Canada, or senior vice-president in a large company.
The Magical Relationship between Leaders and the Led
August 5, 2008
Discussions on leadership have a tendency to be one-directional with the focus largely on the leader rather than the led. The leader is the magician, the headline act if you will, while the employees are the faceless, doe-eyed audience passively waiting to be enchanted.
The Contribution of Immigrants to Canada's Tech Sector
July 8, 2008
It is election time. And while politicians dole out promissory notes on every street corner, the tech sector stands in line. What will it be? More funding, better tax treatment, fewer regulations or heaven forbid, how about a government that actually purchases from early staged companies?
Why Entrepreneurs do not Leave Legacies of Great or Entrepreneurial Talent
July 8, 2008
I overheard someone asking last week why so few recent startups have come out of certain very successful Canadian tech firms. Though I did not chime in at the time, I would suggest that the answer lies in the entrepreneurs who founded and in some instances continue to drive these businesses.
Non Compete, Non Solicit, Non Sense
July 6, 2008
There is an outbreak of irritability in many corners of the tech sector. Highly infectious, and resistant to even the best of news, it has spread to companies and individuals alike, unsettling all but the most bubbly of outlooks.
The Premium Paid for Outside CEOs
July 1, 2008
Two news items this week illustrate the rational and irrational sides of executive compensation: a published report shows that CEOs recruited from outside a company earn an average of 65% more than those promoted from within, and the discrepancy was greatest in smaller companies.
Assessing the Cost/Benefits of a Rockstar
June 22, 2008
Like Las Vegas, the tech sector is known for its bright lights, those geniuses whose inspirations change our lives. Easier to recognize than describe, these entrepreneurs and technological innovators see things, solve things, and do things that most of us struggle to even comprehend.
The Upside of the Venture Capital Crisis
May 27, 2008
I profess no special insight into what really goes on inside the Canadian venture capital world. I am not part of the esteemed club, do not possess the insider's secret decoder ring and am not a confidant to anyone who has one.