How To Create & Take Meeting Notes

By |2021-04-28T13:37:47-04:00February 17th, 2021|Growth & Innovation|

Taking better notes is a key business skill that will improve your communication with coworkers and clients while also creating a meaningful record of knowledge for yourself and others. Whether you are taking notes for internal meetings, clients, or something else, it is crucial to have some form of documentation of what was discussed or agreed on. Meeting notes help create a tangible record of something that can be looked back upon when necessary. What are meeting notes? Meeting notes are exactly what they sound like, notes for the meeting. They serve as a quick reference to some important topics that came up during the meeting. These notes can refer to goals, obstacles, objectives, deadlines, and ideas that were brought up. They don’t have to cover every single thing that happened during the meeting. However, they should focus on anything you find essential that you and your coworkers or clients [...]

How To Handle Returning To Work

By |2021-04-05T19:16:29-04:00October 23rd, 2020|Downtown Toronto Office Space, Growth & Innovation, Virtual Office|

How do employees feel about coming back to the office? Nervous, excited, worried? What’s your plan for keeping people safe and keeping your business profitable? There is a divide between returning to the office and working from home. Understanding the landscape today – and how it’s likely to evolve – is key for businesses wondering what to do next. In the coming weeks, as restrictions will start to loosen, companies around the world will start to bring people back into the workplace. There will be some that will be happy to be out of their homes, while others will be anxious to return. Below are some thoughts on what companies can do in the short term to prepare for a return to the office to ease your anxiety: Optimize the current experience When some or all of the current employees cannot be together physically, it is important to maximize the [...]

What is Coworking Office Space?

By |2021-04-05T18:25:29-04:00April 11th, 2018|Coworking Office Space, Growth & Innovation, Office Space|

  Coworking: The Who, What, Why & Where for Startups & Entrepreneurs As a marketer one of my prime resources for promoting all our products are the questions that potential clients ask about our services. Since coworking is a new offering in the flexible workspace category that we didn’t have a lot of questions about, I used a tool which identifies the questions in the suggestions that users get when they enter search terms into Google. The best content that I can add to a site is content that answers questions our website visitors may have about our offerings. Coworking: What Does It Mean? Easily the $64 question as even the spelling is disputed as to whether it is coworking or co-working. What it means depends on who you’re asking. To some users it means: All non-traditional office space (flexible workspace) A workplace design and environment Office space with themed […]

Why the Sudden Changes with the Web?

By |2021-06-28T18:33:37-04:00December 5th, 2017|Business Trends, Growth & Innovation|

These might be the waning days of the new economy created by the digital communications revolution. For the better part of the last three decades every aspect of our culture has been altered, accelerated, surpassed, and often destroyed by the Internet and most importantly, by the Internet’s favourite four letter F word, F-R-E-E. It’s been a wild ride but it was never really sustainable. Along the way, we’ve devalued our recent cultural creations and made it far harder for artists to scrape out a semblance of a decent living. A recent story in The New Yorker magazine, “Who Owns the Internet?” outlined the experience of Levon Helm, drummer for the seminal rock group The Band. After The Band broke up and Helm retired from rock music, he was living a comfortable life on royalty cheques from the tens of millions of times The Band’s music was purchased, played on radio, […]

Electric and Autonomous and Barreling into the Ways We Do Business

By |2021-04-05T18:44:36-04:00November 21st, 2017|Growth & Innovation|

There are a few baseline industries that are so critical to the overall infrastructure of a nation that any change in those industries can have profound effects on the overall economy. Home building is a well known example. Another is transportation and shipping. Even minor changes in either of these industries can cause unanticipated ripples to roll over other areas of productivity. Over the coming ten years, the Canadian logistics and shipping industries will change very quickly. These changes will, in turn, have remarkable implications on the greater Canadian economy. What will emerge will be a far more efficient, safe, and cost effective transportation industry but one that produces substantially fewer employment opportunities. This week’s public introduction of Elon Musk’s long distance electric transport truck, one that comes with a driverless option, alters a number of equations the Canadian economy is built upon. Minutes after Musk introduced the trucks, the […]

You Can be a Coworking Nomad

By |2021-04-05T18:25:29-04:00November 10th, 2017|Coworking Office Space, Growth & Innovation|

Imagine a utopia where people are no longer compelled to be connected to one location, a life where the world isn’t limited by distance or borders but is instead open to exploration at whim and supportive of cultural immersion. Imagine living on a remarkably unified planet. For many entrepreneurs, that world already exists. A few months ago we looked at the Rise of the Digital Nomad, that type of entrepreneur who lives to travel and has found ways to work independently or as part of a team while constantly moving from one place to the next. While their lives might seem chaotic and messy, some of the most productive and yet peaceful people find their grounded selves constantly moving over ground yet continually able to serve their clients. That they’re able to balance work and flight so easily is amazing though how they do it is more a mixture of […]

51% of Canadian Businesses Report Cyber-Security Issues

By |2021-06-28T18:46:06-04:00October 20th, 2017|Growth & Innovation|

How secure is your business? What about the data you collect for business use, how secure is it? In the expanding digital age, the two questions are virtually one and the same. Most businesses are primarily made of data. Frighteningly, more than half of the 650 registered businesses surveyed by the Canadian Securities Administrators reported some sort of cyber-security incident in 2016. As an organization, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has good reason to be concerned about the state of cyber-security in Canada. The CSA is made up of regulators from the 10 provincial and 3 territorial securities commissions. Their goal is to improve, coordinate, and harmonize regulation of Canadian capital markets, administration of which is functionally left to each province or territory. It’s a safe extrapolation the CSA is considering mandating federal regulations around cyber-security for businesses across Canada. The most frequent attack reported was phishing. 43% of respondents […]

What to Expect if NAFTA Talks Fail

By |2021-04-05T19:16:29-04:00October 14th, 2017|Growth & Innovation, Office Space|

Most businesses in Canada share a deep seeded defect that is so common as to be part of our DNA yet so malignant it corrupts the very foundation of Canada’s national sovereignty. The flaw is not a fault of planning or ideology. It is not caused by neurosis or insecurity. It is a simple yet subtle mixture of geography and the physics of supply and demand. Most Canadian businesses are entirely dependent on access to the American market, or are reliant on serving businesses that are successful only because they enjoy easy access to the American market. Stretched primarily along a 6400km border with our southern continental neighbour, approximately 35million Canadians live a relatively excellent life by finding ways to collaborate with or feed the enormous appetites of a post-industrial consumer society eleven times bigger than our own. Some are haulers of water and hewers of wood and miners of […]

The Changing Face of Search Results

By |2021-04-05T19:16:29-04:00October 2nd, 2017|Growth & Innovation|

Lost amidst the mayhem of last week’s news cycles was a small story that had far larger implications than the amount of attention it received. Google and Apple signed a historic deal that pushes Google results sets onto even more devices than ever before. Google search results will replace search results generated by Bing on versions of the personal assistant Siri found on Apple’s iPhones powered by iOS. Though financial figures behind the agreement were not revealed, a previous agreement between the two companies to provide Google search results on other iOS devices is thought to be worth billions per year. Two important signals stem from this agreement. The first is the rise of the digital personal assistant (PDA). The second is the unmistakable importance of mobile search for both Google and Apple. It is honestly hard to determine which is the more important of the two. Digital personal assistants […]

Armchair Economics – Reality Based Fandom

By |2021-04-05T18:44:36-04:00September 22nd, 2017|Growth & Innovation|

I’m an armchair economist. I have little formal training in economics beyond the generalist survey courses most university students select before deciding what they want to major in when they grow up. Nevertheless, I find the machinations of any given economy fascinating. As a spectator sport, economics has the fine detail of baseball mixed with the speed and brutality of hockey, the long-game passion of European football and the regimentation of American football. Armchair economics is reality based fandom. For entrepreneurs, armchair economics is both a form of fantasy sport and an important part of business planning. All entrepreneurs dream about the future. Developing an understanding of how the world works is an essential part of foreseeing the future and the ability to foresee the future is one of those things that separates an entrepreneur from everybody else. It would be no good to develop a business making green widgets […]

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