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Did You Know You Have The Power to Change Lives?

Did You Know You Have The Power to Change Lives?

Kicking off with the National Day of Mourning on April 28th, a day that commemorates workers who have lost their lives or suffered serious injuries in the workplace, the entire month of May 2021 has been designated by the Construction Industry as a time for health and safety focused activities with an emphasis on Fitness for Duty.

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Canadian Eh?

Canadian Eh?

Last summer I wrote about how the future is local – about how important it is to take the time to think about the world around us and the part we play in it – the need to support our local business operators who are suffering and who are so important to our communities. More …

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Tips for Using and Transporting Crawler Booms

Tips for Using and Transporting Crawler Booms

Have you ever needed to complete a construction project within an intricate space but struggled to find a piece of equipment that gives you the flexibility to operate in such an area? Well Crawler Booms, with their unique shape and configuration, might be the solution you’re looking for. This blog provides tips on how to …

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Serendipity

Serendipity

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word Serendipity as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”. This idea has always intrigued me. The notion that experiences will develop in a way that we do not control or have any ability to predict is exciting. There is an element of …

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Hydronic Heaters to The Rescue!

Hydronic Heaters to The Rescue!

Are the cold Canadian weather conditions interfering with your construction projects? It’s no secret that working outdoors during the cold winter months can be challenging. Frozen grounds make it nearly impossible to carry on with tasks like digging and curing concrete, but luckily Hydronic Heaters are here to help! Hydronic Heaters allow you to keep …

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Tips for Selling an Equipment Rental Business
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Tips for Selling an Equipment Rental Business

  This year I thought I’d change things up a bit on the blog. I will still be publishing monthly but will alternate between Leadership subjects and Industry topics. This month I am writing about selling an equipment rental business. There are a lot of successful small and medium-sized business owners in Canada who have …

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Pick one thing

Pick one thing

It’s a new year and I’m sure there are lots of New Year resolutions out there. Everything from losing weight or getting in shape to cutting down on drinking or resolving to eat healthy. But why do people tend to fail so badly at keeping the New Year resolutions they make? I believe one reason …

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What are you going to do with your 29,000 Days?

What are you going to do with your 29,000 Days?

I was watching the 2018 Netflix documentary “Quincy” recently and in it, Quincy Jones credits Count Basie as teaching him to “learn to deal with the valleys and the hills will take care of themselves”. In case you don’t know who Count Basie is, he was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. He …

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That time I got mad at my furnace

That time I got mad at my furnace

Two weeks ago, I called the furnace guy to come and perform annual maintenance on the furnace. “The furnace is working great” I told him. “It just needs a little TLC to make sure we have no problems over the winter. Maybe bring along a new filter.” We set a date and time for service. …

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Tale of Two Rivers

Tale of Two Rivers

The mighty Athabasca River, with its headwaters in the Columbia Icefields of Alberta flows purposefully northeastward to its mouth at Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan.

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NEVER GIVE IN

NEVER GIVE IN

So much has been written in recent months about the “New Normal”… whatever that means. TV is talking 24/7 about the pandemic, politics, the economy, racial tensions and violence. I have grown weary of the news, mostly because it can feel like there is nothing good happening. I want to focus on the positive and …

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The Future is Local

The Future is Local

In the future, when we look back on 2020 we will remember many things. No question there has been much uncertainty and pain for many people, but there have been positive things that have come out of this period that are life changing, and we would do well to remember them and keep them close. …

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We’re ready to embrace the new normal!

We’re ready to embrace the new normal!

On March 13, 2020 the world as we know it was turned upside down. The declaration of a state of emergency by our government and the resulting shutdown of large parts of the economy precipitated a decline in business that for a time had no end in sight. It has been a very unsettling and …

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Just Because You Are The Boss Does Not Make You A Leader

Just Because You Are The Boss Does Not Make You A Leader

Many years ago, I took a walk with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. We were talking about an opportunity and I was expressing my concern that I would not be a good fit for the role being offered. He was a bit shocked that I had anything to worry about and he told …

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The Age of the Ageless

The Age of the Ageless

Everywhere I turn recently I meet people who are totally engaged, extremely interesting, broad-minded and adventurous. Just yesterday I met a seventy-year-old bus driver who was 8 years into his second professional and athletic career, enjoying an active lifestyle, and loving life. Last week I played tennis against an eighty-three-year-old man and a seventy-seven-year-old woman, …

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New Year New Perspective

New Year New Perspective

Wow, it’s been quite a holiday season and now that we are through that time of year when we all stress about what gifts to give, who to give them to, how much to spend, and how our gift will be received, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on things and think about how …

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Responsibility or Accountability: A Leadership Question

Responsibility or Accountability: A Leadership Question

I’ve been thinking about the difference between accountability and responsibility for the last while. Well, truthfully, I think it’s always been on my mind, or at least in the back of it. I really started pondering what the difference is between accountability and responsibility several years ago while working at a company where there was a …

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Climate Change: A Realistic Reality

Climate Change: A Realistic Reality

I have been reading a lot about how something must be done about climate change. We all hear politicians talk about their plans to address it. Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate advocate from Sweden has become an overnight sensation for standing up for the planet. This all makes for good headlines, but what is the …

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It’s About Time

It’s About Time

Hey there, My blog is back after taking a brief respite in August. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I wrote about my granddaughter Izzy’s graduation in July, and now it is September. This got me thinking about the importance of time. The days go by quickly and there never seems …

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The Kids are Alright

The Kids are Alright

It was the middle of June in Toronto. One of those rare beautiful days with a few fluffy clouds, a light breeze, and lots of sunny breaks. But not too hot. For those of you who have spent time in Southern Ontario, you know what I’m talking about. Sherry and I were sitting outside on …

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When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

Here is some big news for you: Life is not fair! I got thinking about this the other day when I was at game 6 in the Toronto Raptors series against the Milwaukee Bucks. I attended that game with an American friend who knows the sport very well, played at the college level in the …

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A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

It was a long winter and the month of April seemed to last forever here in Toronto, with lots of clouds, grey cold weather, rain and snow. I am generally a really positive person and I know better than to let the weather get me down. After all there is nothing we can do about …

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Listen to Those You Disagree With

Listen to Those You Disagree With

Let’s have a good argument. When I was a kid, I loved to argue. I would take the other side of any subject just to get into a good, spirited exchange with my parents, schoolmates, teachers, and friends. I think I enjoyed the sport of arguing, but I never really gave any thought to why …

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Keeping it Real in a World of Fake News

Keeping it Real in a World of Fake News

Lately, when I am watching TV or listening to the news, it occurs to me that a lot of the information I am being exposed to is potentially fake. Or, if not completely fake, then at least presented in a way that is biased towards a particular belief or viewpoint in order to appeal to …

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