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I am often asked the difference between strategies, tactics, and operational decisions. Differentiating between these three types of actions is very important for running a business successfully.

In December 1974 I was working as a waiter at le Castillion Restaurant in The Bonaventure Hotel, in downtown Montreal. At the time, le Castillion was one of the top restaurants in the city. Smoked salmon was cut and served at the table, Caesar salad prepared and tossed in front of dining customers, violinists serenaded patrons to celebrate their special occasions, and Cuban cigars available—to provide a special finale to a unique gastronomic experience.

My parents taught me the importance of saying “thank you.” They passed the importance of appreciation along to me. Recently, when I read about a 2012 research study “Turning Thank You into Performance,” I thought how amused my parents would be to hear that “thank you” is now credited as one of the keys to corporate success! The study found that companies that provide ample employee recognition and appreciation have 31% lower voluntary turnover rates than companies that don’t.

Make the connection

Posted on January 04

When you drive on the 407 Highway north of Toronto, you see a large sign with a drawing of a seatbelt. The sign reads, "Make the connection." It is a great sign because it subliminally reminds drivers that in the event of a collision, seat belts save lives—it is critical that drivers make the connection.

My mom was an excellent cook. Her recipes were simple but delicious. She used to tell me that her secret was using fresh ingredients, enjoying the cooking, being consistent, and not cutting corners. But what does this have to do with management? To a large extent, good management also relies on a few steps that, if performed well, will result in good business performance. Cut corners or engage in sloppy execution and the outcome will be poor.

Are You Productive or Just Busy?

Posted on September 28

One of the most common things you hear people say today is that they are busy. I could not do this or that because I was busy. Sorry I forgot this; I was busy. I haven’t seen you in ages; I’ve been so busy. I want to find time for the things I like doing, but I’m so busy. But is being busy the same thing as being productive?

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