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It (Still) Takes A Village

by David Bowden

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Osborne Insights Blogs | 0 comments

Last week I spent some time reviewing data about thousands of Syrian refugee families that gained asylum to resettle here in Canada. One purpose of the study was to determine the degree of self-sufficiency (mostly demonstrated by meaningful employment) achieved in their new environment after the first year. While at first glance the data might seem disappointing, it was also pretty informative about conditions for success. Syrian refugees came...

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Mitigating Uncertainty in Business Decisions

by John Alton

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Osborne Insights Blogs | 0 comments

The future is inherently unpredictable and experts are frequently wrong. Experts often profess in articles and reports that a certain outcome will occur, yet in some cases, the exact opposite occurs. When managing a business, it is customary to put considerable faith in what experts expect to happen. To mitigate uncertainty in business decisions a prudent manager will attempt to manage in such a manner that if the worst happens, the business...

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Reflections From My Dock

by Vince Tedesco

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Osborne Insights Blogs | 0 comments

On one of those rare sunny days this past week at our cottage, I found myself reflecting on my last assignment as the interim Executive Director of a Community Living Agency. First of all, Ontario should be proud of the system of services we have built across the province over the past 150 years. Many thousands of people with developmental disabilities are living richer, more independent and safer lives because of the programs we have in place....

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“Sometimes, little things make a big difference”

by Gary O'Connor

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Osborne Insights Blogs | 0 comments

This quote from poet and screenwriter Nino Varsimashvili really resonated with me when I heard it recently. I have frequently seen that profound change can happen through a simple innovation or a minor change in focus. Over the years I’ve seen many non-profits struggle to deliver community programming through a network of local offices. Keeping these offices open to the public often becomes a full-time job for local staff and volunteers. This...

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Michael Dick to Speak at Central Ontario Family Enterprise Forum 2017

by admin

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Osborne Insights Blogs | 0 comments

The Osborne Group is proud to announce that Michael Dick, Certified Value Builder and Human Resources/Operations Principal will be speaking at the Family Enterprise Forum on November 8th, 2017. The event is being held at the Courtyard Marriott Conference Centre in Brampton, Ontario from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The theme of this year’s forum is: Taking a Hard Look at Family Business: Maintaining a Strong Foundation. Michael will talk to business...

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Medical Technology Amazes

by John Bielby

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Osborne Insights Blogs | 0 comments

If you haven’t been in a hospital lately, keep up the good work. If you have, as I recently was, you’ll find there’s some amazing technology making our lives much more productive and safe. My recent medical adventure was cataract removal. The only part I could easily appreciate was the nurse verifying which eye was the victim by putting a big, black ink dot over that eye so no one could miss it. The procedure is scary fast – about 15 minutes....

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