The Ridiculous Ardbeg Tasting

The Edmonton Scotch Club held an Ardbeg scotch tasting on Saturday, February 3. It was the first time I'd been to an official club event. The last tasting I went to with some of the club members was the Millstone tasting at the Keg 'n' Cork (which was great by the way). For this tasting, we started with the first four whiskies, took a brief intermission, and finished the last four. It was an incredible night and my hat's off to Travis and the rest of the club for putting on a hell of an event. Notes and a few pics from the night are below. Kildalton Age: NAS ABV: 43% Nose: Light and sweet, I get caramel and vanilla. Palate: Soft on your tongue, there's a subtle smoke amidst…
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Whisky Advent 2017

I've been waiting for months (11 to be precise) to dive into Secret Spirits' fourth edition of the Whisky Advent Calendar. This year is bound to be exciting as I'm off to explore 25 different expressions of whisky including those from 10 independent bottlers. Jonathan Bray publishes his tasting notes over at singlemalting.com so please head over there to see what he has to say about each one. Onto the whisky! (more…)
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Levels, Roles, and Leadership Throughout

Something I've been chewing on recently is the notion that hierarchy and titles are antiquated concepts, especially for organizations looking to keep pace in (as Thomas L. Friedman has termed it) the age of accelerations. From my perspective, structuring a work force according to a hierarchy impedes the movement of people. A hierarchy implies that you work in one area for someone on certain things and need to take a new job in a different area for someone else to work on other things. When it comes to title, they tend to be narrow or skill-oriented (like "project manager, "customer service representative," or "accountant") and rarely reflect the reality of what a person really brings to the table. These sorts of titles lead to assumptions about a person's ability to contribute…
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Singularity U in Canada is something to celebrate

On October 11, 2017, Singularity University kicked off its Canadian movement with the inaugural SingularityU Canada Summit. What I'm most encouraged by is that more and more people are having the opportunity to attend Singularity University events. As I was listening to stories of people who attended in Toronto or via the webcast, I was reminded of the day I spent at Singularity in April this year and how fortunate I was to have that experience. I took a lot from that day including the concepts of abundance instead of scarcity, carrying a growth mindset, and embracing exponential thinking. I re-read my notes and a number of things stand out that I think are worth sharing: People Firmly establish your purpose in the minds and imaginations of people Crowdsource ideas…
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The result in front of us

One of my leaders shared what a former leader of his told him: if you’re happy with the result in front of you, then it must be the one you’re willing to accept. This statement cuts right through all the bluster and BS we tell ourselves as to why something didn’t land or turn out. You know the truth when you look in the mirror and ask, in your heart of hearts, if this is your best. Those who are always striving for better will know it’s time to head back to work; the rest will shrug and move on. I read the article, Mediocrity Is A Virus, by Benjamin P. Hardy and it reminded me of how easy it can be to shrug and move on. Take these statements from the…
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What’s one day?

At one point or another, someone (a person, a team, or an organization) has done something that's diminished the trust you have in them. I'll use an example of funding a mortgage where, from the outside, it seems straightforward: transfer money from the financial institution's account to the lawyer's account on this day and time so the customer can take the first step into their new home. Ask around and, no matter who a person banks with, these organizations have missed on hitting the date. Another example is you've ordered something and been promised delivery the day before you're leaving on vacation. In the Amazon Age, this has become an expectation of online retailers. But the delivery day comes and goes and you have to set off without that item…
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Greatness cannot be undone by one person

My heart and prayers go to the families affected by the events of last night in Edmonton. As more of the story unfolds and I read comments and reactions, I’m reminded how great our city is and know this cannot be undone by any one person. Life continues and our communities thrive because we refuse to succumb to fear and hatred. We will always be stronger together.
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