Here's your Monday motivational quote, personally selected to get your week off to an inspired start.
Ever think what you do in small business isn't important? That it's not "real" business? Listen to one of the titans of the oil patch - and the man after whom the University of Calgary's business school has been named.
"If I learned anything about business, I learned as much from my old dad — and he came here from England in 1913 with a Grade 8 education — and his butcher shops, as I ever did after that with a B.Com, a CA, business school and so on."
Richard Haskayne, Alberta entrepreneur, quoted in the March 31, 2008 issue of Canadian Business.
Dick Haskayne led Canada's resource industries through two decades of turbulence. He became president of Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas in 1980. From 1996 to 1998, he was chairman of TransAlta Corp. From 1996 to 1999, he was chairman of the Board of MacMillan Bloedel. From 1992 to 1998, he was chairman of NOVA Corp. until it merged with TransCanada PipeLines.
In 1997, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his fund-raising efforts and "high ethical business standards." In 2006, he received the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Last year Haskayne published Northern Tigers: Building Ethical Canadian Corporate Champions.