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Sugar Plums and Deadlines

Christmas for consultants is a time of desperate work and deadlines. Even non-Christian consultants suffer from the vagaries of this holiday, so it is legitimate to call it what it is – Christmas. No one has ever heard the words, “the client absolutely needs this report before Kwanza!” While other people are thinking about gifts…
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Metaphors Run Amok: Business Incubation

There’s nothing worse than a metaphor gone rogue. We’ve been doing a lot of work on business incubation lately, and it’s amazing how much liberty is taken with that idea. The idea of hatching new businesses like fertilized eggs entered business jargon in 1959 when Joseph Mancuso created the Batavia Industrial Centre in Batavia, New…
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My Dog’s Unrestrained Bladder: Not The Only Bad News

My 12-year-old dog has a less reliable bladder than when he was younger, so I thought I might put some newspaper down for him while I’m at work during the day. So, I bought a hard copy of the Saturday Globe and Mail, which I would normally read online or scan over coffee at Dark Horse.…
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