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Dial That Number

One of my annual process checks is to revisit my personal Disaster Recovery Plan. I usually try to develop a thorough way to recover from any personal disaster that could affect how I work in my business and how I keep my life sane.
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Wrote Notes?

Think | Act

One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

I work with many senior leaders and am often amazed by their frustration at keeping track of all of their notes collected outside of their normal electronic environment. I usually coach them to follow a formula I’ve used successfully for years.
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Five Things I Wish I Knew Earlier in Life

Some time ago I was asked to speak to a group of students about my perspectives on work, business and life. I took the opportunity to review all those things I learned after I reached twenty years old (about the point I realized I did not know everything) and sifted through the list until I was left with five important things.
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Ride for Heart

On June1, 2008 Michael Shulist, founder of the Shulist Group, has completed his 19th year of riding in the Ride for Heart. The 50 km ride up the Don Valley Parkway has attracted more than twelve thousand people and raised in excess of $3M this year. Both Michael and The Shulist Group have been consistent and enthusiastic supporters of a number of charities including the Heart and Stroke Foundation who sponsors this ride.

Managing the Insanity of Travel

Isn’t travel great? I just came back from the UK and everything on the trip went according to plan but nevertheless I was subjected to the following:

  • Enter all passport information from home only to be told that it was not available at check-in desks - grrrr!
  • take my shoes off at security even though they contain absolutely no metal
  • Remove my belt even though it’s obvious that it’s again, non-metallic
  • Be asked why I have 5 separate chargers (phone, laptop, camera, MP3, and GPS) — think about saying something about @#$%F&^% manufacturers who cannot choose one DC voltage for all equipment. Keep mouth shut, smile.
  • Have the inspector fully open my fountain pen and gets ink all over his hands - he asks “what is this black stuff in this pen”? Duh its, like, an old school pen. “Cool” says he.
  • The pilot decided to fly the plane in second gear, so it takes 1-1/4 hours longer. He saves a few bucks but cost the 300 people on board an hour out of their lives

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DIY Spring Cleaning

Leaders are created from within

What you become as a leader is a direct result of the focus and effort you put into your own personal development. Here are five things you can do now to improve your chances of being a successful leader. Take the initiative and do-it-yourself.


Re-assess your planning effectiveness. Once each weekend sit down for 20 minutes and review your important plans for the coming week. Focus on highlighting your long term objectives and the important things in your horizon. Starting on Monday, at the end of each day, take 10 minutes to repeat this process until Thursday looking forward to the next day.The cumulative effort takes only one hour weekly but you’ll gain at least 4 hours more of productive time if you keep your eye on the plan regularly and routinely.
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Begin Again—Again

Creating your future, one year at a time

The turn of a new year has always been a time to consider change. Whether you are making personal resolutions, floating a new company budget or getting yourself and your subordinates to deliver a new set of objectives, this cusp of the calendar has been a significant influence on the cycle of change since time immemorial.

There is no magic about the start of a new year, mostly it’s about being able to demark the past and focus on your clean version of the future. There is something refreshing about being able to drop a bit of last year’s baggage, toast a few past achievements and then have a blank canvas in front of you. When I used one of those big, paper-filled, briefcase-sized, planners I would even be refreshed by the smell of all that new paper. Today I have to be satisfied with the electronic glow of a blank calendar.
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