Ontario can spur entrepreneurship by cutting personal income taxes

To stop the decline in entrepreneurship in the province, Ontario must refrain from further increases in the province’s top income tax rate

Ontario can spur entrepreneurship by cutting personal income taxesBy Ergete Ferede and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Entrepreneurship remains a vital source of innovation, which helps grow economies and provide employment opportunities for Ontarians. Unfortunately, several recent studies have found fewer businesses are being started in Ontario (and Canada as a whole), pointing a long-term decline in rates of entrepreneurship. This down­ward trend…

B.C. can spur entrepreneurship by cutting personal income taxes

The downward trend in entrepreneurship could have negative and widespread effects on B.C.’s economic well-being

B.C. can spur entrepreneurship by cutting personal income taxesBy Ergete Ferede and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Entrepreneurship remains a vital source of innovation, which helps grow economies and provide employment opportunities for British Columbians. Unfortunately, several recent studies have found fewer businesses are being started in B.C. (and Canada as a whole), pointing a long-term decline in rates of entrepreneurship. This down­ward…

Management burnout: douse the flames before all is lost

A great manager looks at the processes of the business and tries to make them better and works to help their staff reach their potential

Management burnout: douse the flames before all is lostIf you’re a manager and you feel trapped, underappreciated, struggling in a company where you have no sense of ownership or purpose, you’re not alone. It’s quite common for managers focused on achieving the company’s vision and goals to get to this state of discouragement. I’ve been working with a couple managers of different organizations…

The secret to high-performance organizations

We develop our bad habits in good times and our good habits in bad times

The secret to high-performance organizationsThe preponderance of environment news in the media today started me thinking of how important the "environment" is in the corporate world as well. You see, the quality of the environment (i.e. the culture) really does matter. Business leaders must take ultimate responsibility for shaping the environment within which their people live and must be…

Ways to curb your loneliness as a leader

Create a team that can drive success, have a support network and keep trusted advisers close at hand

Ways to curb your loneliness as a leaderRecently I wrote about why leaders are lonely. “Great article!” people told me. “I get it, but what do I do if I’m a leader who’s challenged by those exact reasons?” To refresh your memory, here are the four reasons that business leaders are lonely: The buck stops here. As leaders, we make tough decisions…

Turning data into practical and tangible business results

Vince Ircandia talks about how StellarAlgo is leveraging science and analytics to help sports and entertainment businesses succeed

Turning data into practical and tangible business resultsVince Ircandia is founder and CEO of StellarAlgo. Calgary's Business: What is StellarAlgo and what does it do? Ircandia: StellarAlgo helps live audience businesses – like sports franchises – to quickly and cost-effectively organize, analyze and leverage the data they need to make successful business decisions. Our customer data platform allows organizations to easily collect,…

Why business leaders are lonely

The truth is that when you’re the leader and owner of a company, you often feel you have no one to talk to

Why business leaders are lonely“Let’s go for coffee today,” he said. “I just need to get out of the office and talk to you where no one is going to overhear us!” Our conversation over coffee was deep and as we walked back, he told me that one of the reasons he retains me as his business coach is…

What businesses can learn from Iceland’s World Cup soccer team

Many times in business, we face competitors who have more talent and money. Rarely do we have a strategy to humble them

What businesses can learn from Iceland’s World Cup soccer teamIceland tied Argentina in a World Cup soccer game last week. It was a David-and-Goliath match. A tiny nation, home to only 300,000 people, against a country more than 100 times as large. On paper, Iceland didn’t stand a chance against the much more experienced, highly professional Argentina, which was led by one of the…

Finding and maintaining motivation this summer

Good performances don't happen by accident – they're a result of positive and tactical thinking. So train your thoughts

Finding and maintaining motivation this summerIt’s officially summer! School is done. The kids are excited about sprinklers, beaches and long bike rides with friends. Your colleagues are booking time off and your work productivity might be suffering a bit. With the birds chirping and a lawn chair calling your name, it can be really challenging to muster up the motivation…

The personal touch raises the customer experience

In a world filled with technology, texting, email and snapchats, customers crave real people. We have to show genuine interest in them

The personal touch raises the customer experienceMy son Caleb and I went to the local Canadian Tire Store recently. Instead of going through the regular tills, I ventured through the garden centre to pay. I was greeted by a smiling fellow who told me his name was Sam. “I know you from somewhere?” Sam said. I didn’t say anything. “Are you…
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