Recent Blog Posts - Brad Ferguson

Time to Expect More
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Not all, but many in the public service have forgotten the larger mission, have become demoralized, and have adopted a behaviour of mediocrity. How could they not?  Politicians are stuck in ideological dogma. Leadership is based on polling, not principles. … Continue reading →
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Calling All Leaders!!
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Our system is broken, and we know it’s broken. Our public service – those bureaucracies, institutions, universities and healthcare systems – who once gave our country a massive advantage over others, are fast becoming the Achilles heel of our competitiveness. … Continue reading →
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Where Credit is Due
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Every time I tell the Edmonton story, from Hangzhou to Helsinki, from roundtables of 10 to audiences of 1100, people are fascinated how we evolved the Edmonton brand and engaged our whole community in the process. They ask, “How did … Continue reading →
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Let’s Talk Brand & Reputation
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What are the first images that come to mind when people think of the word Edmonton? Are they images of festivals and events? Images of young entrepreneurs? Images of blue skies and river valleys? Images of Rogers Place and PCL … Continue reading →
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Canada’s Budget for Edmonton Businesses
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Last night at dinner, the discussion on the federal budget was deafening. Everyone was focused on the escalating debt and the deficit, all with spirited and good intention. But beyond the big looming debt number, not one business owner knew … Continue reading →
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Global Intention
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After university, I decided to spend a year abroad – something every student should do before they enter the workforce and inherit the conventional view of possibilities. I headed for Japan, fascinated with how this country had emerged post-WWII as … Continue reading →
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Talk to the Customer
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When sales were down and anxiety was rising, my ol’ boss George Goeders at Procter & Gamble used to say to me, “You can’t solve it by sitting in here, get out there and go talk to the customer.” Words … Continue reading →
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Structure Follows Strategy
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It has been a long time since Alberta had a Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, and it is long overdue. The announcement by Premier Notley last Thursday brought cheers from many across the province, as we can now establish … Continue reading →
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Why Are We Waiting?
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There’s a nervousness growing on the streets and in the conversations happening in our coffee shops across Alberta. There is concern and angst among people who are typically risk-takers, adventurers and entrepreneurs. And it’s becoming infectious. And it’s becoming concerning. &...
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Relative Advantages at Risk
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Like many, I watched both the Canadian and U.S. political debates last week. And like many I shook my head at the shameless pursuit of these potential leaders to get their media sound bites, as opposed to the much needed … Continue reading →
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Entrepreneurs Matter
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Becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business completely changed my life. At first, it was a quest for independence and freedom … to move away from working for someone else, to take the risk, to see if I could do … Continue reading →
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Wanted: 100 of Alberta’s Best
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******************************************************* Wanted: Over One Hundred of Alberta’s Best Leaders Role: Dynamic team member responsible for building a better province. Requirements: Abundance of ideas, strategies, policy capacity, courage, accountability, transparency and urgency. Reward...
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The King is Dead; Long Live the Queen
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The grumpiness is deafening. The astonishment is mind-numbing. And the continued entitlement is unbelievable. No different than the morning after Iveson was elected as Mayor, no different than when snowboards were first allowed on ski hills, and no different than … Continue reading →
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What Happens Next Matters
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People ask me what I’m hoping for as a result of this election and I say “an effective opposition.” By late Tuesday night, Albertans will have chosen 87 Members of our Legislative Assembly that will form government from a blend … Continue reading →
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Lessons from the Waiting Room
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My appointment was for 9:30am. I got in at 10:30am. Not bad, because my expectation is so low that I brought two hours of reading materials. This was a smart move, as the most current magazine in the waiting room … Continue reading →
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