Category: What The Martian Saw

Go Ahead! Take The Cover Off.


In the spring of 1954, there was great tragedy in the home of my grandparents, just up the street from where we lived. A wonder of the mechanical world of that time had stopped working. Their brand new, pop-up toaster, would not pop-up. My… Continue Reading “Go Ahead! Take The Cover Off.”

Can You Be A Sales Manager?


Back in the early ’90’s a friend lost his job as plant manager when the parent company moved the operation to China. Rather than move, he applied to the town for the job of “Arena Manager.” “You have no experience with arenas.” was the… Continue Reading “Can You Be A Sales Manager?”

Fail Fast – Good Advice for Entrepreneurs


Fail faster does not sound like good advice, but according to Jason Bailey, a principal at start up accelerator, GrowLab, failing fast is crucial. There is a good story in the Financial Post on 4 March 2013 about Toronto-based Uberflip, a rare tech start-up… Continue Reading “Fail Fast – Good Advice for Entrepreneurs”

Will You Buy This Life Insurance Policy?


Suppose I offer you a life insurance policy with a level premium for life, that cannot be cancelled, has no cash value, does not pay anyone if the beneficiary dies before you, disallows you changing the beneficiary, cannot be assigned to anyone else, and… Continue Reading “Will You Buy This Life Insurance Policy?”

Are We Going The Same Way?


Many of us in Canada have been a bit mystified by the uproar over aboriginal conditions and the rights they have under their many treaties.  While few of us  believe that they were well treated in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the argument… Continue Reading “Are We Going The Same Way?”

The Mindless Pursuit Of Perfection


Perfection is a costly objective. Perhaps it is time to accept good enough. Suppose I suggested that you could solve 80% of any problem for a given amount of money. Call it $1,000,000. If you want to go farther, the cost to solve the… Continue Reading “The Mindless Pursuit Of Perfection”

What Fiscal Crisis Will Be Next?


The Americans have survived the fiscal cliff.  Sadly for them, cliffs usually are found on the side of mountains.  What does the fiscal mountain look like? There is a mountain of debt built on a foundation of undeliverable promises and reckless adventurism.  The mountain… Continue Reading “What Fiscal Crisis Will Be Next?”

Cost Comparison Shoppers Win


You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill; I will choose a path that’s clear I will choose freewill.… Continue Reading “Cost Comparison Shoppers Win”

It’s Not The Work


“It is not the work I don’t like. It is the having to work I don’t like.” As told to me long ago by my client Carmen Birney. Pretty much sums it up for most of us. As we approach the New Year Resolution… Continue Reading “It’s Not The Work”

Sound As A Dollar


Inflation happens when more money chases the same or fewer goods. For the past three years governments have injected a great deal of money into the economy. The goods and service side has not changed as much, yet there has been no significant inflation.… Continue Reading “Sound As A Dollar”

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