Wed, 30 September 2015
Prepare to be Civilized
Re-introducing Derek Riedle
Sometimes you come up with an idea that is so timely that you feel you must seize your opportunity. Derek Riedle had one of these eureka moments recently, but did not sit by and wait for someone else to grab the opportunity. Derek is the head of Revolution Strategy and also the co-producer (along with our own Greg Hemmings) of Hemmings House’s new series, “The Real Houses of…” However, Derek’s new idea had him so excited that he went from concept to launch in a half of a year.
Derek saw a disconnect between the way that cannabis culture was being expressed in popular media and the true face of the people that partake. The stereotype of the lazy, slacker pot smoker doesn’t reflect on millions of successful, motivated people that use cannabis recreationally. While there has been content developed for the cannabis community, Derek saw a void for the millions of upscale, high income, educated and profession smokers. So, starting last week Derek and his team launched Civilized, which provides content for the elevated cannabis culture. The online publication doesn’t just discuss cannabis however; there are articles about travel, business, entrepreneurialism, science and technology as well because the elevated cannabis culture doesn’t define themselves by what they smoke.
Check out this week’s bonus episode to find out how you to can become Civilized.
In this episode
- The Real Houses of... Website
Direct download: BP068DerekReidle2.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:56pm -04
Mon, 28 September 2015
A Vision for Social Entrepreneurship
Re-introducing Marcel LeBrun
Last episode was so nice, we got Marcel twice. Marcel LeBrun is back to discuss his feelings on company missions or visions and social entrepreneurship. The former CEO of Radian 6 has a passion for the topic of poverty, but not just poverty of material things. Marcel tells us how what he is currently working on is recharging his entrepreneurial batteries and makes many great points on how to get your company’s people invested in a vision for the better.
In this episode
- Part One of Marcel on Boiling Point
Direct download: BP067MarcelLeBrun2.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 11:51am -04
Wed, 23 September 2015
Growing as a CEO
Introducing Marcel Lebrun
Is a CEO born or made? Marcel LeBrun believes the former and he should know because he was given the opportunity to grow into the position. Marcel is a native New Brunswicker and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s computer engineering department. After school, Marcel took a job at New Brunswick’s telecom company, NBTel. What he didn’t know at the time was that NBTel would prove to be an incubator for a number of exemplary entrepreneurs.
NBTel had a philosophy that inspired innovation. Being a phone company that only owned about 3 per cent of the Canadian market, the company had a choice of working within an economy of scale or an economy of innovation. They took the innovation path in order to stay relevant. NBTel also had a culture whereby they took chances by promoting people that had all of the capability but perhaps not the experience. Marcel was one of these people without the experience, but had all the capability in the world to succeed. When Marcel was 28 years-old he was in the right meeting at the right time and he was given the opportunity to become CEO of Imagic TV, which made software for telecom companies. Marcel learned his position by doing it and eventually was given the opportunity to become CEO for Radian 6, one of Canada’s leading tech acquisitions.
Check out this week’s episode for lots of great nuggets of wisdom from a CEO that learned by doing.
In this episode
Direct download: BP066MarcelLeBrun1.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:33pm -04
Mon, 14 September 2015
Facilitating Forward From Failure
Introducing Wayne Jagoe
Wayne Jagoe is an ideas man. In fact, in every email his signature signs off with yours in ideation. Unique ideas are a facet of every entrepreneur’s life and business, but so is self-awareness.
Wayne has experienced a lot in his entrepreneurial life. He grew up with the restaurant industry, had a cooking show on CBC, had the first online dining guide in 1997, and started an ad agency using business databases. However, when his ad agency failed, he was heartbroken. After much self-reflection, Wayne discovered that he was a much better at being creative and coming up with ideas than executing on them. This awareness of what he was good at and what he wasn’t was just what Wayne needed to shed the shackles of embarrassment from failure to come out the other side. Through his tough times, Wayne has been able to emerge stronger and now is the owner of Belton Labs where he develops ideas that he can sell to businesses for them to implement and he also conducts sessions and workshops on creative thinking and problem solving.
Check out this week’s episode of Boiling Point to learn how to emerge from troubling times, or to consider new strategies for solving some of your business’s current problems.
In this episode
Direct download: BP065WayneJagoe.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:15pm -04
Mon, 7 September 2015
Screening you Screen Time
Introducing Ross Laird
Technology can be great for work and relaxation. However, sometimes our screens can become a form of addiction that takes us out from being present in the moment. This is exacerbated by the fact that now our screens are everywhere; they are at home, work, and even our wrists and pockets. This allows us the chance to slide into addictive personality traits, and even more so for the youngest amongst us.
Ross Laird is a writer, consultant, teacher, and creative artists that often consult on addiction. Like many others in the addiction field, Ross experienced the effects and loss from addiction amongst his family members. People in his circumstance will often take two paths; they either join their family members in their addictive traits or they try and heal the addiction. Ross took the second path.
This week’s episode will discuss some of the pitfalls of technology and what can be done to avoid our screens becoming enslaving.
In this episode
Direct download: BP064RossLaird.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:38pm -04