Author: Mike Desjardins

At ViRTUS our Wildly Courageous Decision (WCD) is to become the Apple of the consulting world.  I've been asked numerous times to go into more detail about the process of defining a WCD. First off, the Wildly Courageous Decision is actually a blend of two different...

In a prior blog post I wrote about the new domain that's now available, ".tel".  Unlike normal domains (.com, .org, .uk, etc.), .tel is actually an online business card that maintains all of your public and private contact information.  I've registered my .tel as http://mikedesjardins.tel. A...

Arriving from Seoul (Incheon) at Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan, we caught a glimpse through the windows of a Fedex MD-11 jet upside down, in pieces, charred, and smoking on the main runway.  My heart goes out to the families of the two pilots who were...

David Long, CEO of the Terminal City Club (private business club based in Downtown Vancouver, BC) and I have just completed an alliance that offers ViRTUS Members an exclusive rate to join the club and gives us a fantastic venue to host our Exchanges in....

Every year the PROFIT 100 turns successful entrepreneurs into the heroes of Canadian business. The PROFIT 100, now in its 21st year, is the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Its alumni include some of the biggest names in Canadian business, such as Research in Motion,...

This year marks ViRTUS' 10 year anniversary.  It's been an amazing journey so far marked by some fantastic milestones: growing to 160 Exchange Members in Vancouver (CEOs and Executives) working with a range of companies from $1M - $9B in revenue in leadership development, team development,...

The most effective framework for strategic planning for a small to medium sized entrepreneurial company that I've come across is laid out in the book, The Rockefeller Habits, by Verne Harnish. If you've been looking to find a straightforward way to engage your team in a...

Adult Experiential Learning Cycle Experiencing - designed to generate individual data from one or more of the senses (hear, smell, taste, see, touch), thinking (interpreting, judging, conclusions, assumptions – based on past experience i.e. stored information), action (verbal and nonverbal), wanting or intending, feeling (positive/negative affective or...

CEO's and Entrepreneurs who are interested in delegating decisions to their team need to setup a framework for that empowerment so that they feel comfortable with the way decisions are made. Here are the six questions that CEOs and Entrepreneurs ask themselves when they are making...