Friday, August 26, 2011

Catching up

New posts on this blog have been ascarce this month. But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Here are some links to catch you up.

"Seven new ways to lead," from the June issue of PROFIT Magazine. http://www.profitguide.com/article/28400--the-new-way-to-lead

"Vision leads the leader" - a blogpost at PROFITguide
http://www.profitguide.com/blog/rickspence/40288--vision-leads-the-leader

Win anyone's attention attention with three sound-byte steps
 http://www.profitguide.com/blog/rickspence/39737--three-sound-bites-that-win-attention

The growing role of angel investor groups
http://www.profitguide.com/blog/rickspence/37537--canada-s-angel-investor-groups-take-flight

“Businesses that want to improve performance need to improve their performance management"
http://www.profitguide.com/blog/rickspence/35522--managing-employee-performance-is-key-to-outperforming-the-economy

Monitoring your staff performance without making them nervous
http://www.profitguide.com/article/9946--monitoring-staff-performance

Can founders be leaders?
http://www.profitguide.com/article/30678

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Counting down till GROW 2011

As summer continues its sunny way south, entrepreneurs in British Columbia have a terrrific conference to look forward to next week: GROW 2011.

It's a comprehensive look at next-generation web companies and innovative business models, with oodles of successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and a very creative framework that includes a day of mentoring and an outdoor activity day for serious networking, BC-style.

You can read more about it in my column today in the Financial Post. 

Excerpt:
It has been 10 years since Wikipedia began, and 20 years since Gopher became the first common Web browser. The Internet domain name system was established in 1984, and in 1976 Queen Elizabeth II became the first head of state to send an email – a mere 35 years ago.
Clearly, the Internet isn’t new any more. Yet, as Google Canada recently pointed out, nearly half of Canadian businesses still don’t even have a website.
For more and more, however, the Internet isn’t about mere “websites” any more than the post office is about delivering personal letters. The Internet is transforming businesses and entire industries, turning product and services producers into communications and logistics innovators...

For the rest of the story, click here.