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Oct 2, 2006
Mergers and Acquisitions: Culture Clash
Tony Wanless

Today’s headlines are dominated by Mergers and Acquisitions But what’s actually happening on the inside when two corporate cultures try to live together as one? Unless the marriage is planned as carefully, the resulting shock can leave both sides estranged.

Sep 1, 2006
Business Ethics Roundtable: Doing The Right Thing
BCBusiness D.B.

The phrase “business ethics” is like the word “sustainability.” Everyone agrees with the concept, but no one knows quite what it means or how it applies to day-to-day operations. BCBusiness sat down with a roundtable of experts to discuss the issue.

Sep 1, 2006
How to Launch a Business... In Your Off-Hours
Jessica Werb

You’ve been harbouring fantasies of taking the leap and about to launch a business. Thing is, the idea of giving up the steady paycheque is making you hyperventilate. Relax. There’s no need to cut the office umbilical cord just yet. Here’s how you can get started in your off-hours.

Jul 1, 2006
How to Wind Up the Clock-Watchers
Jessica Werb

You know they’re there, counting down the seconds, ready to skip out the door as soon as the big hand strikes 12. Sure, they report for work and go through the motions, but they’re not exactly destroying the competition. How do you wind up the clock-watchers?

Jun 1, 2006
Business Planning: Chart a Back-up Course or Risk Going Under
Tony Wanless

Problem: Operating a business too close to the edge without a safety netSolution: Start planning early, consider every potential scenario and come up with a Plan B, C and D When launching any new venture, the first thing to do is to...

Mar 1, 2006
Asia Pacific Market Strategy: Scaling the Wall
Tracy Tjaden

Local corporate execs hear the warning constantly: ‘If you don’t have an Asia-Pacific market strategy, you better get one. Fast.’ But what’s lacking are the specifics for scaling the wall – on-the-ground tales from entrepreneurs who have cracked Asia, often after a few missteps, and have the revenues to prove it.

Mar 1, 2006
In the Company of Charisma
by Vicki O’Brien

Bill Clinton has it. So do Colin Powell and Oprah. In their heyday Princess Di and Pope John Paul II had it, as did John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill. ‘It’ is charisma: that tough-to-define but we-know-it-when-we-see-it personal magnetism, referred...

Feb 1, 2006
Executive Search Dating: Love for Sale
Jessica Werb

In a discreet, unmarked office in downtown Vancouver, a man is photographed, his driver’s licence photocopied and personal references taken. He is asked to complete numerous forms, including a Myers-Briggs personality test, and his vital statistics are entered into a...

Dec 1, 2005
How to Hire Star Employees
Ryan Stuart

“If you ask me what my No. 1 challenge is, it’s still staffing,” says Kevin McCrum, general manager of Aldergrove-based Cintas Canada. “It’s becoming harder and harder to find great people.” When a company such as Cintas, a uniform supplier...

Dec 1, 2005
How to Reward Performance
Helena Bryan

If you’re Odlum Brown. Even a good idea will fail if the people whose job it is to make it work don’t own it. Just try getting employees to put in extra hours on the final phase of a project...

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