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Focus 2040 Student Competition

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Focus 2040
Focus 2040

Interview with Julia Piccioni, and Heather LoPresti – Co-chairs of Focus 2040

Julia and Heather are both students at MG DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

This is the fifth year for the Focus 2040 competition. This program is open to college and university students across Canada from any field of study. No charge to register.

Students are challenged to envision and predict then convey their thoughts about the workplace of the year 2040.

Description from the Focus 2040 website…

“It’s 2040. As you’re getting ready for work, you glance out your bedroom window and you ask yourself, “Who would have ever predicted the world to look like it does now?” The answer? You. You are the business leaders of tomorrow. You have the imagination to bring forth new ideas. You have the potential to change the world. Together, we must focus… because you are the future.”

Prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 for the top three winners.

Corporate internships will be offered.

Additional benefits to students:

Opportunity to develop and demonstrate their abilities to think creatively, research, support their ideas and convey those ideas in writing and orally before a group

Connecting and networking with students, professors and corporate representatives

A bonus differentiating item for your resume

Deadline for this year’s competition to register is January 31, 2014

The final phase along with the announcement of the top contestants will take place at the Burlington Convention Centre on March 20, 2014.

Register or learn more at www.Focus2040.ca

Learn more about the founding partner, The Strategic Capability Network at http://www.scnetwork.ca/

Learn more at DeGroote School of business at

http://www.degroote.mcmaster.ca/articles/what-will-work-be-like-in-the-year-2040

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Ron Foxcroft, Fox 40 & Fluke Transport

Ron Foxcroft
Ron Foxcroft

Insights from this inteview with Ron Foxcroft

About Ron Foxcroft

Wears at least three hats

Chairman & CEO Fluke Transport
Chairman, CEO and Founder Fox 40
Professional Basketball referee

Kicked out of high school

Trained to become a basketball referee
Paid 75 cents to referee his first game and told that he was lousy and would never make it as a referee.

Ten years later he refereed the basketball Olympic game

If you want to be respected, learn to listen.

Fluke Transport

Fluke Transport is the most challenging hat he wears. Trucking is not for the faint of heart. It is high volume with low profit and fraught with complications. It depends on people and trucks – both which occasionally break down.

I knew nothing about trucking before I bought the trucking company

How did he buy Fluke Transport with no money?
How did he add 20 trucks with no money?

Everybody has a hot button – a deal making button. It’s something other than money.

Entrepreneurs and Business Success

I didn’t want to work for a dumb boss.

Hire people smarter than you

No such thing as raw inborn talent. Entrepreneurs learn and grow. They are built.

My entrepreneurship qualities:
Drive to success
Fear of failure

Challenges are speed bumps. I had to practice overcoming speed bumps
Failure is a learning experience

My business approach was simple – revenue must exceed expenses

I’m 68 years old and work 100 hours a week. But it’s not work because its fun.

Contacts are everything. That’s why community involvement is important. Every person I meet is smarter than me in something.

When you work 20 hours a day it’s amazing what good luck comes your way.

You can buy a business even if you don’t have any money.

You need a business plan and a plan B and Plan C

You need a stable of mentors

You can’t be a winner without a team

Sometimes you have to have Onions

About Fox 40

The Fox 40 whistle is sold in 140 countries

The Fox 40 whistle was conceived out of frustration with the existing product

In Canada they don’t like change. We were selling in 35 countries before we sold any in Canada. The first Canadian customer commented that “I read about you in Sports Illustrated. If the Americans like you, it must be good.”

The whistle is sold in sports, marine and personal safety markets

 

More information about our guest

Fluke Transport

Fox 40

Canada Basketball

Hamilton Community Foundation

McMaster Alumni Gallery

 

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Stephanie McLarty, CEO REfficient

Stephanie McLarty, CEO REfficient
Stephanie McLarty, REfficient

Stephanie McLarty is CEO and Founder of REfficient

Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty

There was a problem that launched this new business

About REFficient

Reduce, Reduce, Recycle

An online marketplace for companies to buy telecom and AV equipment

They can shop for deals in the excess inventory of other corporations

Benefits to participants

Buyers can buy equipment at reduced costs

Sellers free up storage space and gain income

Useful resources are kept out of landfill

Sellers receive certified statements about their environmental performance

Most equipment comes with warranty

About Stephanie McLarty

Graduated from an Arts & Science program – that taught her to connect the dots

Masters in Peace and Conflict with intention to work for UN but that training helps manage people in business

Got first job because a friend on the inside recommended her

Asked lots of questions to learn the job

Enjoy speaking with customers

Working and travelling in Thailand and India challenged her to think differently

Continues to take courses on personal and professional development

Other Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty

Shipping was a problem so we introduced Shimple – Simple Shipping – we learned how to ship and calculate all costs – and we make money with this service

Learned how to run a business and to market and that is more important than the technical part

Trend in business of being a good company – sustainability is important

Key for startup business is deciding where to focus your limited resources

I was afraid

Excited and nervous in early state – suffered at least five nights of no sleep

In early days – fake it till you make it

Don’t try to get it perfect before you launch

Media attention was a nice to – not a must do

Tips for others

Grow yourself – that will help you grow your business

Try – in spite of your fears

Put support structures around you

Sleep, eat well, and connect with friends and family

Learn more about the company – REfficient

Read about REfficient in Business Week

Watch video interview with Stephanie McLarty on NewsClip TV

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Better Business Conversations

George Torok - host of Business in Motion on 93.3 CFMu
George Torok – host of Business in Motion on 93.3 CFMu

 

Business Conversations

On this special show George Torok talks about how to deliver better Business Conversations

Important Insights from this radio show include:

Why are Business Conversations important to you and how might you use them?

  1. Selling
  2. Promotion
  3. Networking

The most important conversations are face to face.

Listen to examples of bad conversations and how you can avoid these mistakes.

A critical starting point is to ask yourself, “What is the action that you want to be the result of this conversation?”

Listen in on a networking meeting gone bad.

How long should you talk?

What is more important than talking?

Are you clarifying the important points of your message?

Listen to what one president did to deliver a $10M conversation.

What are the three elements to successful Business Conversations?

What do people want more than information?

What should you do about adverbs?

How can you grab the attention of your audience?

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Business Conversations with George Torok

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Jim Estill – Zero to $2 Billion

Jim EstillJim Estill – Zero to $2 Billion

Jim Estill was CEO of Synnex Canada at the time of this interview (June 2008). Synnex Canada with sales of about $2 billion is a distributer of computer and electrical products. Jim started EMJ Data from the trunk of his car in 1979 and grew sales to $375 million 25 years later when he sold to Synnex Canada and became the CEO.

Interesting facts about Jim Estill

  • Started a painting business while in high school
  • Author of the book, Time Leadership
  • Started his CEO blog in May 2005
  • Marathon runner

Insights from this interview

Started selling from the trunk of his car because that’s what he had at the time

A growth maniac – set and revised sales goals at $100M to $200M to $500M

There is a right business opportunity for everybody of every size

For selling – “no” means “not now”

Every strength is a weakness and every weakness is a strength

Being healthy is a good time management tool

Hire for cultural fit and integrity

Seek out successful people to learn from them

Start, do it, build momentum.  Success breeds success

Fail often, fail fast, fail cheap.  I want to have failures because it means I’m stretching

Links

CEO Blog: Time Leadership

TEDx Talk

Forbes Article about CEO blogging

Computer Dealer News on Jim’s departure from Synnex

Jim Estill at CanRock Ventures

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Alan Bottomley – Ownership Thinking

Alan BottomleyAlan Bottomley is a Business Coach and an Ambition Facilitator. He is a principal with The Achievement Centre and a champion of OwnerShip Thinking.

About Alan Bottomley

Alan graduated with an Engineering degree in Geo-physics then obtained his CA which led to a 31 year career as a partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers. With a solid education in working with “things and numbers” Alan reached an epiphany when he started to manage and lead people. He discovered his passion for working with people.

That same analytical mind that enabled him to understand the intricacies of engineering and accounting helped him address the challenges of understanding, managing and leading people.

Insights from this interview

Ownership Thinking is a methodology of encouraging employees to think and act like owners.

Compare the list of things that owners think about to what employees think about. They are different but not in conflict.

Implementing OwnerShip Thinking in a company results in both dramatic culture change and improved profitability within two to four hours.

The first major obstacle is for the business owner to give up control and reveal important information to the employees.

The second major obstacle is for the employees to realize that they aren’t being punished. They are simply invited to identify problems and opportunities.

Most problems are caused by management.

3 criteria for a company owner to participate in OwnerShip Thinking

  1. The owner must be a caring person
  2. The owner must be able to recognize the potential within others.
  3. There must be discipline within the company to implement.

Advice for startup entrepreneurs

  1. Be caring because this sets the culture
  2. MUST have fun (This one is critical for the next point)
  3. Establish highly visible expectations of performance

Links

Alan Bottomley on Linkedin

The Achievement Centre

OwnerShip Thinking

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David Wojcik, Steps for Success

David WojcikDavid Wojcik, President of Steps for Success – a coaching service for business owners who have hit Stagation – and Host of TV show “In Business”.

David is an entrepreneur who has started at least six businesses. Many of them were successful – yet he learned most from the ones that failed.

He opened a restaraunt because he loves to cook – but that wasn’t enough to succeed in that business. There’s a world of difference between cooking for a bunch of friends and cateering a wedding.

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Insights from David Wojcik

Started his first business at age 15 because he was too young to get a job

Do something that no one in your neighbourhood is willing to do

You might need to wash your hands of bad staff and bad clients

Successful people don’t know how to give up

The business is the baby for the entrepreneur

Research your competition

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David Wojcik is host of Biz TV Canada

David Wojcik is host of In Business on Rogers TV

David Wojcik on Linkedin

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10 Tips to Make 2012 More Productive & Profitable

10 Tips for 2012 from GeorgeTorok

George Torok, the host of Business in Motion, kicks off the New Year by offering these Top Ten Tips to Make 2012 a More Productive and Profitable New Year.

Here is a summary of the top ten list.

1. Fail Fast, Fail Often and Fail Cheap

Be willing to make, and learn from, your mistakes. Treat mistakes as part of the growing process – not an end. Think ahead by limiting the cost of possible failures. This tip is courtesy of Jim Estill.

2. Be Clear on Your Purpose

Why are you doing this? Ask that question of yourself more often before you invest your time, money or effort. Clarify the purpose of each meeting, promotion or decision before you commit.

3. Fundamentals

Revisit the fundamentals. Technology changes rapidly. Techniques adapt to circumstances. But the fundamentals never change nor fail you. Don’t wing it, understand the fundamentals.

4. Stop Chasing Perfection

You will never be perfect. Chasing perfection will result in repeated frustration. Instead strive to be better every time. Then you can experience a chain of small wins and progressive successes.

5. Stop Doing Things

What do you need to stop doing to allow you to do more of what you really want to do? Write your “Stop doing list”. This is as important as your “To do list.”

6. Scare Yourself

Face at least one thing that scares you. That’s how you grow. Courage is not being without fear – it is facing your fear. You’ll discover more about yourself when you scare yourself.

7. Ask Better Questions

Ask better questions of yourself, others and the world around you. You’ll be amazed at the answers you’ll get. It takes more thought to ask good questions than to answer them.

8. Review and Use Your Resources

You have resources that you aren’t fully using. Check your tangible and especially intangible resources for new opportunities. You already have what you need to succeed. Check your pockets.

9. Visit Other Worlds

Life is best observed through a kaleidoscope. Discover other cultures, opinions and perspectives. Volunteer for a charity, read about history and listen to other views without judging. Walk around the block with your eyes open.

10. Accept the Mess in Your Head

You are the best person to deal with the mess in your head. That will include a mix of ideas, questions, unfinished thoughts, self doubts, fears, anxieties, hopes, dreams…

No one else will ever know about the mess in your head. And you can work to organize some of that mess.

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Canadian Motivational Speaker

Business Speaker

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Robert Gignac, Rich is a State of Mind

Robert GignacRich is a State of Mind book

Interview with Robert Gignac on radio show, Business in Motion.

Who is Robert Gignac?

Co-author, along with Michael J. Townshend, of the book, Rich is a State of Mind.

What is the book about?

It is a fictional story about the lessons of personal finance as seen through the eyes of a humours disfunctional Canadian family.

Who is the book for?

Individuals aged 20 to 40 who are in the early stages of financial planning.  They will discover in an easy to understand, non-intimidating story why they should care about financial planning and what they should do about it.

Insights from this interview with Robert Gignac

First simple lesson is to live below your means. If you make $100, then spend no more than $90. Its the only way to enjoy a future  that allows you to do what you will want to do.

How do you make your dream real? First write it down. “What is your goal?” is the most important chapter in the book.

The best advice that Robert received from his financial planner was to start by saving $25 a month.

To save your money, put it where it is not easy to get at.

People will call you lucky if you are doing the things that they want to do but they believe that they can’t.

Robert wrote the first draft of the book long hand because while doing that he was not tempted to stop and edit. His brain told him to just keep writing and edit later.

Rich does not necessarily mean lots of money. One definition of “rich” is the density of hue in colour

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Rich is a State of Mind

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Ray Simmons

Interview with Ray Simmons, President of CableTest Systems Inc.

CableTest Systems tests the wiring systems of military jets, high speed trains and the Space Shuttle (the exterior fuel tank has 8,000 connenctions). They provide a complex version of an electritian’s multi meter.

Ray Simmons has been the president and owner of CableTest Systems for the past nine years. Previously he was President of CRS Robotics. After a two year “retirement” he got edgy and longed to get back into business so he bought CableTest Systems.

Insights from this interview with Ray Simmons:

“Going public with CRS … was not me. That’s why I retired.”

“Retirement was quite challenging. I felt like I was disconnected.”

“55% of our business last year was in Europe. Asia is our next frontier. We like India.”

“Regrets? Two…”

“I think that in a technologly company a president that is totally focussed on technology is dangerous.”

“We’re on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.”

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Evan Carmichael

 

Evan Carmicheal Entrepreneur
Evan Carmicheal

Interview with Evan Carmichael

, founder of EvanCarmichael.com – the online magazine for entrepreneurs. The site receives nearly 600,000 visitors per month. It has the world’s largest collection of interviews and stories about famous entrepreneurs.

Insights from the interview with Evan Carmichael:

“Donald Trump was our biggest target.”

“Entrepreneurs are arsonists, they like to light fires.”

“If you only had 24 hours to work on your business – don’t spend it all in one day. Instead spend one hour a day for 24 days.”

“If you check email in the morning, it ruins the rest of your day.”

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Evan Carmichael

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Business in Motion Radio Show

George Torok BIM radio host
Host of Business in Motion

George Torok founded the radio show, Business in Motion in September 1995. As the host he has interviewed over 450 business leaders. We will publish selected shows on this podcast.

George Torok is the co-author of the bestseller, Secrets of Power Marketing. As a professional speaker he delivers keynote speeches, executive briefings and training programs on Power Marketing.

Contact George Torok     905-335-1997

George@Torok.com

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