In our part of the world, (Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia) we are seeing and feeling the business engines starting to turn on…..Big time! Within our business community (Edmonton) and with our corporate clients it is common to hear 20%, 35% or 50% growth projections in business in the next 12 to 18 months. These…

Jan 17, 2012 11:53:00 PM – Mike Mack, MBA Succession is a term that has been used for decades in the description of some of the processes of nature. Have a look at this description. Succession (in nature) launches a new habitat. Succession may be initiated either by formation of new, unoccupied habitat (e.g., a…

As a farm kid growing up in Saskatchewan, I was always aware of the importance of producing good crops.  It was vital to everyone.  It helped drive the economy and feed many families.”  Mike Mack, X5 Management You may be asking, what does farming in Saskatchewan have to do with business and this report? I’ve…

Guest blog by Jeff Polovick This is a great leadership story to share and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity. I have been privileged to have Jeff Polovick as a friend and Centre of Influence in my business life for over 14 years. In light of our theme of “Helping you to the Next Level” it…

Permission is not something one thinks one needs as an adult. That is for kids and those you manage or direct in some way. The boss gives or withholds permission. The rest of us are receivers. Yet, what about permission to tell the truth, as in naming the elephant in the room? What about permission…

This question comes up a lot with our clients and business connections within the business community. So, how do you think most people answer the question? How would you answer the question about your business? While it may not surprise you, a large majority of responses suggest that more business owners and sales professionals work…

Guest blog by Arnold McLaughlin I am at a stage in my life, nearing 77 years, where it is difficult to remember what was “original” with me, or something I picked up from someone else. I used the phrase, “drop a pebble” way back when I started in my business and sales activities.

Pitfalls in assessing your business It can be very illuminating to conduct an assessment of a business. Some of the problems associated in doing one of these for one’s own business is the subliminal pressure to give the ‘right’ answers. We all want to look good, especially when we suspect that someone else is going…

Throughout our business life we see people come and go, but some actually stay. It is wonderful to see when business owners or professionals have the ability, and more importantly the desire to build long-term, solid relationships. There is a plethora of individuals who hand out their business cards like a Black Jack Dealer, yet…

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