Comments, Questions, Feedback

I’d like to thank everyone for the feedback I have received thus far via emails, comments, phone calls and direct messages.

Your feedback is ultra-important and has made me a clearer thinker and better writer as I journey through this process.

I thought I would share questions I have received thus far.

  1. What is your blog all about? Leadership? Strategy?
    • My goal is to write and share about the interconnectedness of Leadership, Strategy, Execution, the deep thinking I have done and put into practice. In addition, I’d like to share an idea I have developed, to help businesses/organizations understand how to evaluate and adapt technology in order to improve business outcomes. (Foundation, Framework and Adoption Principle)
  2. You indicated this blog will eventually become a book, how do you plan to do that?
    • I am not too clear on that at the moment. I know that it’s far simpler and more economical to put a book together today that it has been ever before. That said, I have not yet done research on the approach. Feedback welcome!
  3. What motivates you to write about Leadership, Strategy and Execution?
    • My inspiration to write about Leadership, Strategy and Execution comes from my experiences in the Technology space. I’ve been involved in a number of technology and business initiatives where I have encountered various scenarios. I’ve experienced firsthand a lack of leadership, wonderful leadership, disconnected execution with a sound strategic plan and fantastic execution despite a lack of strategy. The main point I’d like to bring across in the information that I share is that keeping things simple is not easy. It means deep thinking, critical thinking, sorting, categorizing, implementing patterns, clear execution. It is difficult and requires all of us to lead, guide, think, role play, focus.
  4. What’s next? What do you have planned?
    • I plan on starting out several startups that will focus on Society, Culture, Financial Services, Work and Business. Most of you who know me know that I love working and thinking about the intersection of Technology and Society. Stay tuned!
  5. Aren’t you afraid to put content out for all to read?
    • Not at all. The topics I write about are positive in nature and allow me to share what I’ve learned and thought about with others. It’s part of my continuous learning.

Thank you!



The Tao of Ideas

“Ideas shape the course of history” John Maynard Keynes

Tip: Trust the process. 

It’s difficult at the start. When pressured to create, pivot or course correct, the process to generate the way forward, “The Idea”, feels insurmountable. What’s important to note is that this is normal.

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Stress is a biological and psychological response when we feel we do not have the resources to deal with threats encountered. What you are likely unaware of is that under duress, biology has started the critical thinking process automatically. The brain has started to evaluate the situation against strengths and weaknesses.

Tip: Use a simple approach to generate ideas. Emulate nature – Biomimicry.

Natural selection is the process that results in the adaptation of an organism to its environment. Breaking down this theory gives us a straight forward path for idea generation: Variation, Fitness, Competition

  1. Document the outcomes:
    • Where you want to be
    • What you want to be
    • Who you want to be
    • Why you want to be
  2. For each outcome, consider the various perspectives:
    • Customer
    • Business
    • Technology
  3. For each perspective, document below tying to outcomes:
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Contributing Success Factors
    • Constraints

Tip: Plot data on verticals

Now that we’ve worked our way through the process, it’s time to plot our data on verticals.

Verticals are Tao’s:
The absolute principle underlying the universe (Vision), combining within itself the principles of yin and yang (Balance) following a code of behavior (Mandate), that is in harmony with the natural order.

In the example below, I’ve plotted 5 data sets in the following verticals:

  • Innovation
  • Business Improvement
  • Social Undercurrent


Plotting data against Verticals allows for a visual interpretation and representation of the outcomes. This holistic view in comparison to Verticals (Point of Inflection) is important to the overall transformation of an Idea to Strategy.


Strategy = Trust the process -> Start with a simple approach -> Plot data on verticals


Now that we have Idea(s) morphing into Strategy, I will share Step 2 in the Strategy to Execution process – The Roadmap.


Strategic Thinking

“Strategic Thinking is the bridge that links where you are to where you want to be” John Maxwell

“Analysis is the critical starting point of strategic thinking” Kenichi Ohmae

“The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient” Warren Buffett

It’s easy to get tripped up in high pressure situations. Life, much like the game of chess hinges on the importance of strategy coupled with patience.

The starting point for strategic thinking calls for deep analysis through self-assessment and reflection. Utilizing simple yet effective questions such as:

  • Who are we?
  • What are we doing well?
  • Where are we in our journey so far?
  • How did we get here?
  • What are the gaps?
  • What are our strengths?
  • When did we change?
  • Why, Why, Why?

As mundane as they may seem, the questions above provide insight into our current state, charting where we are, allowing us to map our new destination in a methodical and patient manner through analysis.

In my next post, I will share the parts that make up analytical thinking as it relates to idea generation, and as we progress, this blog will journey through a systematic story from idea Assessment to Execution alongside the Foundation, Framework and Adoption Principle.

The Leadership Swing – Follow Through

“Simplicity is The Ultimate Sophistication” Leonardo da Vinci

I realize what I’ve written so far isn’t earth shattering. The ideas shared are simple, meaningful, attainable and realistic.

Leonardo da Vinci, the greatest thinker who ever lived, taught us his key principles.

  1. Be curious and have an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
  2. Commit to test what you know through experience and willingness to learn from mistakes.
  3. Stop and smell the roses. Breathe in life and enrich your senses.
  4. Embrace change. It’s all around us. Celebrate it.
  5. Use “Whole Brain” thinking. Goals Driven + Vision Driven + Results Driven + People Driven.
  6. Demonstrate poise.
  7. Apply “Systems Thinking”. The interconnectedness of things.

The Internet is a marvel and has provided us with an abundance of information. The ability to see through it, sort through it, summarize and absorb meaningful data is difficult. It requires us to reflect, self-assess, contemplate and question things systematically.

Following our Leadership Principles through the Influences gets us to the Target Areas. These targets require Leaders to utilize “Whole Brain” thinking, in baseball(when swinging at a pitch) its called the follow through.

  • Goals
  • Responsibilities
  • Accountabilities
  • Approvals
  • Strategy
  • Prioritization
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Clarity
  • Coaching

Collectively, I call it The Leadership Framework.



The Leadership Puzzle – SKEPQ

It feels like it was yesterday.

Sometimes you have to look really really hard to find the meaning behind the experiences you’re going through. At other times, life has a way of telling you, showing you, making you feel what you should know and remember forever.

My parents called them teachable moments.

My sister and I fondly look back at those teachable moments my parents demonstrated as instances where we dodged the slipper to the back of our heads. Don’t fret, I guard and cherish those experiences and as a result of those teachable moments, I’ve developed a spidey sense of sorts. Able to dodge projectiles in a flash.

I was running towards the defender dribbling the football (Soccer to North Americans) and ran into Bernard The Brute. The kids called him a brute because he was the biggest, baddest, roughest defender known to all 10 year olds at the school. You could hear him growl at you as he ran to defend his patch of grass, get right into your face, push, pull essentially bullying the ball off the offensive player.

I don’t profess to have been the best soccer player as a child however I can comfortably say that I was a good player, a player some looked to for leadership and to model.

I anticipated this would happen, Bernard would run at me. He thought that like countless other times I would inevitably give up the ball. Not because he was better, not because he took it off of me, but because I was scared. I didn’t want to admit it at the time, but it’s the truth.

What Bernard didn’t know was that I was waiting for that moment. I knew what I had to do.

The moment that prepared me for Bernard was when I watched my parents put in their application to migrate to Canada. I didn’t understand most of what was happening however one thing stood out. It was a difficult moment, I could feel it.

I asked my father one question. “How do you know you will have a career in Canada as an Aircraft Engineer? You don’t know anything about Canada or the expectations.” (Please remember this was before the Internet)

His response prepared me for Bernard.

He said the following “Never forget who you are, what you are, where you are, what you know and smile, SKEPQ, SKEPQ, SKEPQ”

I blinked then he followed up with “I will use my Skills, Knowledge, Experiences and Personal Qualities son, do that, you will be fine”.

So that day, Bernard got a taste of SKEPQ. I danced, dodged, scored then smiled.

What does this all have to do with Leadership Influences?
Leaders need to draw on their SKEPQ in order to drive their Principles forward.

It’s part of the Leadership puzzle. Do this, you will be fine.


The Role of Technology Leadership

Leadership by definition is leading a group of people or an organization with synonyms such as guidance, direction, control, management and supervision.

I believe that Leadership is nuanced, a subtle mix of Inspiration, Alignment, Motivation, Behavior Modelling and Engagement.

With the current fast paced cadence of technology innovation and businesses willing to adopt leading and bleeding edge ideas, the role of Technology Leadership is more important than ever. It requires acute critical thinking, a razor sharp focus on strategy, an effective efficient execution path and most importantly, timely decision making.

I’ll delve a bit deeper in future posts with respect to the Influences leaders must reference to drive their Leadership Principles, while being mindful of the specific Target Areas to deliver on positive business outcomes.







If you haven’t tried to predict the future, I suggest you start.

My programming is as such – inquisitive, wildly imaginative and solutions driven. Some have called me a dreamer, which I accept, having decided to follow through with liberated thinking.

That said, I’ve upped my critical thinking in the last 12 months about society, its norms, where we were, where we may end up and the path forward. I will be sharing this path forward and I welcome all to read and contribute.

In addition, I am excited to announce that I’ve a book construct ready and working on details. Some of you have heard me talk about it – Strategy to Execution and The Foundation, Framework, Adoption Principle.

I admit that the ideas are largely raw, however I know that the content will be refined as I share and receive feedback.

“We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity.” Wright Brothers

Thank you to all who have helped me frame my thinking so far and for future conversations.