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We have so much great information to share, and so many perspectives from which to share that we've pulled two separate blog sources into this one page!  On this page you'll see posts from our Corporate Blog on the left, and Frank Abbruzzese's personal Building Circles Blog on the right.

From the Corporate Blog, you should expect to see us review new technology, discuss major events in Windsor/Essex that affect local business, announce major events happening inside AlphaKOR, and sharing business experience and expertise as we continue to grow and evolve.

From Frank's Building Circles Blog, you should expect to see great insight and tips from one of our Region's top entrepreneurs.  Frank posts weekly about business, entrepreneurship, leadership, giving back, and finding time to have fun along the way.

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Around the I.T. Table

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  • Are you smarter than a scammer? Four Holiday Phishing Scams – Stay Safe
      As the holiday season quickly approaches, online scams will reach their annual high. With internet wide Black Friday and holiday sales becoming increasingly popular, scam artists are preparing for the holiday season in their own way. How well informed…
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  • Poor Ethics In The Tech Industry: The Decline Of A Moral Generation?
      Technology is evolving at an exponential rate. We are living in an age where tech giants have gone from startups to multi-million, if not multi-billion dollar companies in a handful of years. Educating our youth in computer science has…
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  • CRM infographic
    We understand that investing in CRM software can be a large, up-front expense. That is why we created an infographic that demonstrates just how powerful of an investment it can be when implemented fully and comprehensively. When you invest in…
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  • Why you should invest in CRM – 3 Benefits to increase your ROI
      It’s no secret that the key to any company’s survival is their customer base. It is also, much easier to keep existing customers than it is to acquire new customers. Therefore it comes at no surprise that customer relation…
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  • Secure Sensitive Information Collected on your Website
      Does your site collect sensitive visitor information such as passwords, credit card information, or personal data? If so, be warned: by the end of January 2017, Google Chrome will begin marking sites without HTTPS as non-secure. Put another way; Chrome…
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  • How And Why To Protect Your Employees Personal Data
      This week, we welcome Guest Blogger Bill Hess, Founder of Pixel Privacy. Every company retrieves sensitive information from new employees to identify them, running checks, and payment.  Companies keep this information in physical files or on computer databases. It’s…
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  • Organizational Transformation
      We welcome Atif Malik, Client Services, AlphaKOR Group on the subject of Organizational Transformation. There comes a time for every organization when they must stop and reflect on where they are and where they want to be. This retrospection…
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  • Cybersecurity is a Community Responsibility
      What are you doing to combat Cybersecurity?  At AlphaKOR, our Team works with you to educate everyone on some preventative measures to do and some things not to do.  This is a good article by Rick Miller: In the history…
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  • How to Limit Security Risks to your Website from Plugins
      Plugins are necessary for enhanced functionality of each WP site but the more plugins we add the higher the risk to potential threats. How can we limit this risk and what can we do to prevent in general these…
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  • Cryptocurrency Mining
      Cryptocurrency Miners Exploiting WordPress Sites This entry was posted in Research, WordPress Security on October 26, 2017 by Brad Haas During the last month, the information security media has paid a lot of attention to cryptocurrency mining malware. The Wordfence team has been…
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  • KRACK Attacks – Key Reinstallation Attacks
      This is a must-read for protecting your business from these attacks.  Discovered by Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven (go to www.krackattacks.com for the full article). We discovered serious weaknesses in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. An…
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  • Executek Peer Group – Great Firewall of China
      Last Friday we held our monthly Executek peer group.   Lead by our very own, Atif Malik, it was another good discussion including these topics. Great Firewall of China Transmit plans by Audio if possible Speak with Government Officials for…
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  • Ransomware Presentation July 19th, 2017
      AlphaKOR has created a peer group, called Executek IT Round Table which meets monthly to bring together the Region' IT experts to discuss timely topics.   The Ransomware event was an extension of our round table and WEtech' inaugural…
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  • The WPSetup Attack: New Campaign Targets Fresh WordPress Installs
      Here is the blog from Wordfence regarding a new campaign targeting fresh WordPress installs. At Wordfence, we track millions of attacks from a wide variety of sources every day. From this data we create a list of the worst-of-the-worst attackers…
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  • PSA: Petya Ransomware Affecting Critical Systems Globally
      What We Know A new ransomware variant is spreading quickly across the globe at the time of this writing. There is no consensus yet in the security research community, so the following information is provisional in nature: The ransomware…
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  • Home Router Botnet Resumes Attack
      Last week, WordFence reported a huge spike in brute force password-guessing attacks on their websites they protect.   They looked into the IP's that are behind the surge in attack volume and discovered a home router botnet appears to…
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  • Artificial Intelligence for Business Pt. 2
      Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone for their awesome feedback on my previous article in this series. Artificial Intelligence for Business is a series of articles on how AI is shifting the business landscape and we…
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  • How to Influence
      Researchers have been studying the factors that make's people influential for industries such as automotive, energy, and politics for over 60 years. Make no doubt about it; there is a science to how we are influenced and a lot of…
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  • Massive Global Ransomware Attack Underway
      A massive global ransomware attack on machines running the Windows operating system is underway and spreading quickly.  Wordfence has published a public service announcement that gives you a high level overview of the attack along whit advice on how…
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  • Router Botnet Shut Down – Who Did It?
      Sometimes good things happen.   In the past 72 hours we have seen a large global botnet based on hacked home routers being shut down.   The botnet was spending significant resources attacking WordPress websites. The Wordfence blog showed the…
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  • Artificial Intelligence for Business Pt. 1
      When we think of Artificial Intelligence our imaginations tend to conjure thoughts of sophisticated humanoid robots that have a level of sentient intelligence to them. Although we are not too far off from this, Artificial Intelligence is already a…
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  • 5 Security Questions for your Hosting Company
      The Wordfence forensic team encountered three separate hosting providers that had security issues with their hosting configuration. Wordfence reached out to two of the companies and worked with them to secure their infrastructure and fix the issue. You can…
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  • Cloudflare Data Leak: How to Secure Your Site
      Cloudflare has experienced a data leak over a 5 month period that mixed sensitive data between websites and visitors. A visitor to one website using Cloudflare may have seen data from another website using Cloudflare that was being sent to a…
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  • Internet of Things (IoT)
      This is a basic introduction to this topic and we will continue to share more with you in some of our upcoming blogs later this year. The Internet of Things (IoT) is something that has an I.P address and…
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  • How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware
      What is Ransomware?  Let’s say it can disrupt your entire operation and is very expensive to resolve.  Ransomware is a malware that installs itself on your computer without being detected, as it is very common for it to bypass…
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  • The AlphaKORians and The Giving Tree
      Our Team supports and volunteers for many organizations and causes throughout the year! Thanks to our Team for donating money, clothes, toys, many gifts and canned goods for two great causes.   This year for our Christmas Giving Tree, we…
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  • Building Partnerships
      AlphaKOR and Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) have built a strong partnership developed over the years.   On Tuesday, November 29th AlphaKOR participated in the Emerging Technologies event hosted by WEEDC at Caesars Windsor. There were many community partners,…
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  • Jen celebrates 10 years!
      Congratulations to Jen for her dedication and commitment to AlphaKOR.   Thanks Jen for all you do!
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  • Dean of Science Reception
      Enjoyed speaking to first year students and parents at the Dean of Science Reception event on Friday, September 16th, 2016. Thanks to Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of Science for the introduction and thanks to Gemma Grey-Hall for asking me…
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  • Congratulations to Caboto Lions U13 Girls
      Congratulations to Dina Jaber and the Caboto Lions U13 Girls on their championship win in Brantford!   AlphaKOR is proud to be a sponsor!  
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  • Upgrade to Windows 10 by July 29th, 2016
    Have you upgrade to Windows 10 yet?   Microsoft is offering current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users a free upgrade until July 19th, 2016. Four reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:   Familiar from the Start   Innovative experiences and…
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  • Gary celebrates 5 years!
      Shawn O'Rourke, Director of Technical Services congratulates Gary and thanks him for all his hard work. Congratulations to Gary Komsic for your 5 years of dedication and commitment to AlphaKOR!
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  • AlphaKOR U15 Boys Soccer Team Win Tournament
    Congratulations to Jayden Jaber and the AlphaKOR Boys U15 team who won the Windsor Soccer Club’ Tom Hillis Tournament this weekend and are the 1st place champions!! Coached by Ali and Sathish – way to go Team AlphaKOR!!!    …
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  • 4 Partners Planted in the Community
    On May 20th, 2016, the 4 Partners planted their tree at Dieppe Park at the Windsor riverfront.   Thank you to the AlphaKORians for such a wonderful gift!  
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  • Being an AlphaKOR Intern
    As an intern, you may think of many things when you start at a new location. Will you fit in? Will you get the respect you deserve? Can you do this? I’m here to tell you, yes you will. As…
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  • Partners React to Gift from Staff
    Guest Post by Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR Group. "Partners Planted in the Community" This week's topic is a very special one for me. On Saturday night we had our company holiday dinner with our Team and our significant others.…
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  • Avaya Week at AlphaKOR
    What a fantastic week it was here at our Twin Oaks facility! We were pleased to entertain 75 business leaders from the community and engage them on the discussion of connectivity and collaboration. Business is moving fast. It is important…
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  • Looking Back at Labour Day 2014
    On Labour Day weekend 2014, the Four Partners met in the boardroom on Mercer Street to finalize plans for the acquisition of a competitor and moving to a new location. It was a very productive and focused meeting with the…
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  • Leveraging Social Media BEYOND Marketing
    Aspects of your business that benefit from social media. Blasting out messages to your social media audience has its place, but there is so much more that you can do!  It is critical that you take the opportunity to engage…
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  • Solution Spotlight: Remote Management and Monitoring
    You have a business to run.  With our Remote Management and Monitoring solution you virtually eliminate the cost of downtime to your business.  If you are unable to process payments, complete projects, or have admin staff sitting idly by while…
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Building Circles

From the President's Desk

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  • Telling Your Story to Brilliant Minds
    It has been a lot of fun sharing the AlphaKORian' story with high school students these past couple of weeks. We had General Amherst High School and Kingsville District High School in for tours at AlphaKOR.  Last week, I had…
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  • What is on your Not To Do List?
      Do you have a "Not to do List?" We have heard about making a to do list and making a top 3 or top 5 priority list as part of a daily routine. Creating a not to do list…
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  • The Voice Of Your Client
      When a client communicates their experience with you, with your team or with your organization, are you hearing their message and really listening?  What are they actually telling you? When clients share their good experiences with your company and complimenting your…
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  • Are You a Brand Ambassador?
      Every member on your team is a brand ambassador, whether they are aware of this and whether they believe it.   Just like everyone is in "sales' all the time.   You represent your brand while at work and on your…
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  • Did You Get That?
      This week we revisit a topic from a couple years ago which came up in a recent discussion with some associates. What I mean by "Did you get that?" is did you get all the details and did you…
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  • Building Circles: Local Tech Community Style
      It was a whirlwind of a week with 5 days celebrating Tech and Innovation last week!   On Monday night, AlphaKOR sponsored the Tech Awards at JP Wisers with DJ Adam rockin' the house.   Congratulations to all the Finalists and…
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  • Leaders Set High Standards
      How do leaders set and maintain high standards in their organizations? Successful leaders set high standards for performance and have accountability in place. The key to setting the bar at the right level is a high enough target for…
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  • Letting Others Take The Lead
      As a leader, it is natural to move discussions forward and bring energy to the room.  The challenge is to let someone else take the lead. I have enjoyed observing our team and letting them take the lead.  Simply…
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  • We Always Do It This Way
      Why do certain Teams move forward  while other Teams stay stagnant?  I just cringe when I hear "No, that won't work because we always do it this way" as the answer when someone suggests doing something different. Why are so…
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  • 5 Ways to Achieve Work/Life Balance
      Does work get in the way of your life or has work become your way of life?  How are you balancing all the work-related tasks you need to complete each and every day, while maintaining a good personal life?…
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  • The AlphaKORian Team Rocks!
      Over the years, we have been asked "What does AlphaKOR mean?"  The answer is the AlphaKORians:   An Unparalleled Team! The AlphaKORians are dedicated.   They are committed in relentlessly providing excellent service consistently.  They have integrity.  We cannot thank…
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  • Have a Sense of Urgency
      Do you and your team have a sense of urgency?  Or do you and your team move along at a slow, complacent pace? Successful teams are associated with members who possess a sense of urgency, not panic, in how…
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  • Be Grateful
      It is easy to keep going each and every day without recognizing those around us that are making a difference.  How many times do we actually appreciate what others do for us and acknowledge it? Sometimes we take our…
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  • Doing the Right Thing
      How many times do we ask ourselves if we are doing the right thing when making so many decisions every day?   How many of them are the right decisions? How many of them are really tough decisions? When we…
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  • What Motivates You?
      Ever notice most people who are motivated have lots of energy, are focused and accomplish great things on a consistent basis. They move with a sense of purpose and with determination they are on a mission. You can feel…
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  • Top 5 Ways to Connect
      This week I'd like to share my favourite ways of connecting people.   Thanks to so many supporters and for labelling me "The Connector".  This blog is dedicated to you! Connecting in person.   This is the best way to connect…
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  • What Is Holding You Back?
      This week we revisit this topic to ask yourself:  Do you stop and think about what is holding you back? Look at the other side of this question to determine what motivates you.  Focus on these and work on…
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  • Sharing Your Story
      It is always fun and a great opportunity when you are asked to share your story.   You decide what your story is and what you share with the audience. Sharing your story is every time you interact and connect…
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  • You Make it Look So Easy
      Someone once said to me "I wish I had your life, it's so easy for you".  This certainly struck a nerve!  I asked why they felt this way and the response was "You are so happy, everything just happens…
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  • The Fear of Missing Out
      Do you every get the feeling you are are missing out?  This is actually coined as FOMO - the fear of missing out. As leaders, we want to be part of everything.  We want to be involved and we…
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  • Top 3 Traits of Great Decision Makers
      The top three traits of great decision makers are:  Know Yourself, Always asking the Right Questions and Trust Your Instinct. 1. Know Yourself From time to time great decision makers perform a self-evaluation to determine what their strengths, weaknesses…
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  • Making Time for Yourself
      Leaders make everyone else a priority and focus on all the tasks at hand.  With this philosophy, we sometimes forget to make time for just our self. When we are passionate about the things we do and the people…
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  • Are you Motivated?
      Ever notice most people who are motivated have lots of energy, are focused and accomplish great things on a consistent basis? They move with a sense of purpose and with determination, like they are on a mission.  You can…
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  • Effective Listening
      I sometimes catch myself asking someone their name right after I'm introduced.  Was I really focused and listening? Here are some tips on enhancing your listening skills.  Feel free to share your good and not so good experiences. Don't…
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  • 3 Ways to Embrace Change
      The challenging part of the Technology Sector is it changes hourly!  How do you embrace change? 1. Open-Minded It is not easy to always be open-minded, however, we must always have an open-mind. Relying on just the past and…
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  • How And Why To Protect Your Employees Personal Data
      This week, we welcome Guest Blogger Bill Hess, Founder of Pixel Privacy. Every company retrieves sensitive information from new employees to identify them, running checks, and payment.  Companies keep this information in physical files or on computer databases. It’s…
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  • Are you Procrastinating?
      It appears everyone procrastinates at different degrees.   Some like to get things done right away, some like to have a well thought out plan and most use a combination of these two school of thoughts and yet wait until…
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  • 3 Questions to Ask Yourself
      Here are 3 questions to ask yourself on a daily basis. 1. What should I be doing differently? If we want to keep growing, be more successful, then doing the same thing is not the answer.   What is your…
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  • Managing your Time
      How do you manage your time to be more effective?  This topic keeps resurfacing in many discussions with business owners, managers, employees and when mentoring entrepreneurs. My good friend, Nick Russell of Russtek Media recently blogged about this same…
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  • Be Polite for Success
      Do you notice most successful people are also the polite ones? These are the people who step forward at a networking event to greet the newcomer, make them feel welcomed and introduce them to others.  They excuse themselves from…
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  • Celebrating 30 years!
      This week I've hit a milestone of 30 years since my professional career started right after graduating from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Commerce degree! Thought I'd take this opportunity to thank so many terrific people…
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  • Entrepreneurs Take Calculated Risks
      This week we revisit why entrepreneurs take calculated risks. If you always play it safe then you have made the choice of not being an Entrepreneur. When you take all the time necessary to explore all the options and…
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  • Slow Down to Go Faster
      Are you finding there are so many things to do in a day and you just cannot seem to keep up?  The answer is to slow down so you can go faster.  Seriously that is the answer. I know what you…
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  • Are You Making A Difference?
      Are you making a difference?  Do you inspire others to make a difference or are you inspired by others who make a difference? (you may have to read that last line again). Bringing your passion and positive energy to…
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  • Build Your Network Daily
        How are you building your network on a daily basis? Share your network by connecting people.   This should be happening all the time and should happen naturally when the opportunity arises.  Being known as "the Connector" is a…
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  • 3 Beliefs Top Producers Possess
      What do top producers believe in? They feel they can ask their prospect any question.   Do you share this same feeling?   Are any topics or questions off the table or not appropriate?   Being open and candid with prospects is…
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  • Why do I blog?
        Many of you have asked why I blog and comment on the weekly topics.   Thank you for the feedback and want to share an updated version of this topic with you. Every Wednesday morning rolls around and it's…
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  • Sitting on a Panel for WEST of Windsor
      On Friday, February 16th, it was a pleasure to sit on a panel for WEST of Windsor for their Leadership and Community Development Program for Newcomer Youth Entrepreneurship. The panel was comprised of Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR, Blake &…
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  • Challenges Leaders Must Overcome
      The top 3 challenges leaders overcome in my opinion are:  Fear, Negativity and The Past. Fear I have shared this with you in the past my biggest fear is the fear of failure.  This inspires me to focus on…
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  • Tips for Public Speaking
      Do you enjoy public speaking?   It is an honour to be invited to speak at events, talk to the media, do interviews and video's.   I admit it is always a bit nerve-racking and want to know what they are…
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