Category Archives: Business Planning

How Canada’s drinking problem can help the cannabis industry

For some reason, the universe seems to be provoking me.  I had laid to rest the topic of disruption as a component of strategy development.  In particular, my argument was that profound cultural change happens at its own pace, and cannabis industry efforts to accelerate consumer acceptance of pot, as a recreational alternative to alcohol,…
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action bias: ailment or prescription?

Lately, and by lately, I mean over the past year or so, my recommendations to clients have often been more urgent than they would have liked.  Also, in my long-term projects, interactions with large corporations, including bureaucratic government agencies, have obliged me to hurry others to reach foregone conclusions, to complete the logic of obvious…
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disruption: cannabis and alcohol

Back to The Walrus Talks on disruption, I was listening to Mark Zekulin, the president of a big cannabis company, explaining the challenge of disrupting the cultural and political attachment we have to alcohol.  Good luck to him. As Zekulin explained, cannabis is a recreational drug that compares favourably with alcohol on a range of criteria…
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big systems: disruption and transportation

When big thinkers talk about disruption in professional service firms, they talk about technology as a catalyst (for my own take, see my previous post about disruption and PSFs). In the direct experience of change in NetGain’s little corner of the consulting world, technology has been necessary, but not sufficient, to trigger change, and this…
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