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Sonar Moment - Reflections on leadership from CEOs in the Pacific Northwest

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Sonar Moment is a monthly one-on-one interview series with CEOs in the Pacific Northwest hosted by Heather Ferguson, principal counsel for Whale Communications Ltd.



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Welcome to the Sonar Moment Holiday Special.In this show, we look back over season 1 and comment on the wit and wisdom of the past year's CEO guests. This is an extended version of our show featuring two experts in the field of management. Peter Ciceri is the former president of Compaq Computers and of Custom House. He is also the former Chair of Sierra Wireless Systems. Today, Peter is a registered clinical psychologist who regularly counsels CEOs. Richard Wolfe is the Francis Winspear Chair...
Welcome to the Sonar Moment Holiday Special.In this show, we look back over season 1 and comment on the wit and wisdom of the past year's CEO guests. This is an extended version of our show featuring two experts in the field of management. Peter Ciceri is the former president of Compaq Computers and of Custom House. He is also the former Chair of Sierra Wireless Systems. Today, Peter is a registered clinical psychologist who regularly counsels CEOs. Richard Wolfe is the Francis Winspear Chair...
I had heard so many good things about Kathy Stinson and the Victoria Cool Aid Society that I had to go and check them out. When I did the pre-interview with Kathy prior to the show, I found myself in a typical non-profit office - bare, small and a bit cluttered, right in one of the buildings that house Cool-Aids formerly homeless tenants. It is ironic that a Sonar Moment focused on planning and the execution of strategy should come from a social services organization and not a comparable...
I had heard so many good things about Kathy Stinson and the Victoria Cool Aid Society that I had to go and check them out. When I did the pre-interview with Kathy prior to the show, I found myself in a typical non-profit office - bare, small and a bit cluttered, right in one of the buildings that house Cool-Aids formerly homeless tenants. It is ironic that a Sonar Moment focused on planning and the execution of strategy should come from a social services organization and not a comparable...
Sometimes it’s hard to explain how the young man before you, not even 30, came to sound so erudite. At least that’s what you think when you hear Kyle Vucko, this thoughtful, intelligent man, speak about founding a business, being a professional manager, finding financing and becoming an investor himself. While still in the dorm room at the University of Victoria, Kyle and his partner, Heikal Gani, had a very big idea they now call “Indochino”. They felt there was a better way to help...
Sometimes it’s hard to explain how the young man before you, not even 30, came to sound so erudite. At least that’s what you think when you hear Kyle Vucko, this thoughtful, intelligent man, speak about founding a business, being a professional manager, finding financing and becoming an investor himself. While still in the dorm room at the University of Victoria, Kyle and his partner, Heikal Gani, had a very big idea they now call “Indochino”. They felt there was a better way to help...
Whenever I talk to Alex Glassey, I think of a pinball machine. He bounces, random but not randomly, between many different paddles until the bells and whistles are set off to say he’s won. Alex is the master of leverage — taking this project and lining it up with that program — then ripping off another thought from his fertile mind to create an entirely new idea. When I first heard him speak at an association breakfast I loved his ideas so much I tracked him down and practically begged...
Whenever I talk to Alex Glassey, I think of a pinball machine. He bounces, random but not randomly, between many different paddles until the bells and whistles are set off to say he’s won. Alex is the master of leverage — taking this project and lining it up with that program — then ripping off another thought from his fertile mind to create an entirely new idea. When I first heard him speak at an association breakfast I loved his ideas so much I tracked him down and practically begged...
On meeting Sage Baker for the first time, I looked up – way up – and, at 5’9” myself, that doesn’t often happen. Now that I know her better, I look up to Sage for many things; among them her innovative approach to commercializing new products and her strong sense of community. I borrow one of her expressions all the time – my true north – about finding your direction and sticking to it. At a mere 37 years old, Sage is, well, sage. Hope you enjoy my chat with her.
On meeting Sage Baker for the first time, I looked up – way up – and, at 5’9” myself, that doesn’t often happen. Now that I know her better, I look up to Sage for many things; among them her innovative approach to commercializing new products and her strong sense of community. I borrow one of her expressions all the time – my true north – about finding your direction and sticking to it. At a mere 37 years old, Sage is, well, sage. Hope you enjoy my chat with her.
There was simply too much to talk about. Scott Phillips, president of StarFish Medical, is a thoughtful man and someone who reflects well on what it means to be an entrepreneur. If anyone out there is thinking about jumping into the fray and starting a company, this interview is for you. If you already have a company then you will laugh and recognize some of the situations Scott talks about. And that is just a small part of the wide ranging talk we had leading up to taping. I am going to have...
There was simply too much to talk about. Scott Phillips, president of StarFish Medical, is a thoughtful man and someone who reflects well on what it means to be an entrepreneur. If anyone out there is thinking about jumping into the fray and starting a company, this interview is for you. If you already have a company then you will laugh and recognize some of the situations Scott talks about. And that is just a small part of the wide ranging talk we had leading up to taping. I am going to have...
Clarity is something Robert Haydock feels strongly about. Clarity of intention and clarity of action. In 2008, he bought AML Oceanographic. Then he traveled the world for a year with his family – something that was long planned and that he didn’t want to give up. As we talked, he was very open about the ups and downs for the company in having its CEO away for a year. For me, it was a lesson in leadership and doing just what he talks about – achieving clarity.
As every entrepreneur will tell you the phrase “in sickness and in health” applies equally to your marriage and your company. But when your organization is doing poorly, it affects more than your bottom line. It affects employee morale and your ability to bring about change. Jane Butler McGregor took over the Victoria Conservatory of Music at just such a time for this venerable old organization and within 4 years brought it back to financial health. She shares her secrets with me, as well...
Clarity is something Robert Haydock feels strongly about. Clarity of intention and clarity of action. In 2008, he bought AML Oceanographic. Then he traveled the world for a year with his family – something that was long planned and that he didn’t want to give up. As we talked, he was very open about the ups and downs for the company in having its CEO away for a year. For me, it was a lesson in leadership and doing just what he talks about – achieving clarity.
As every entrepreneur will tell you the phrase “in sickness and in health” applies equally to your marriage and your company. But when your organization is doing poorly, it affects more than your bottom line. It affects employee morale and your ability to bring about change. Jane Butler McGregor took over the Victoria Conservatory of Music at just such a time for this venerable old organization and within 4 years brought it back to financial health. She shares her secrets with me, as well...
Gary Eisenstein is proof that an advanced education does not necessarily drive success. He is quite open about being “grade 6 graduate”, and he means that literally. He got his first job at 12 washing dishes in a restaurant and never stopped working. A serial entrepreneur, Gary fell in love with his third company, Falcon Software, and built it into a successful operation servicing some of the largest customers on the planet. I talked with Gary on several occasions and felt he would make a...
Gary Eisenstein is proof that an advanced education does not necessarily drive success. He is quite open about being “grade 6 graduate”, and he means that literally. He got his first job at 12 washing dishes in a restaurant and never stopped working. A serial entrepreneur, Gary fell in love with his third company, Falcon Software, and built it into a successful operation servicing some of the largest customers on the planet. I talked with Gary on several occasions and felt he would make a...
Mark Grambart was scooped up by Mercedes Benz right out of university. He climbed the corporate ladder and travelled the world but couldn’t seem to soothe the itch that made him want to be an entrepreneur. I first met Mark in the comfortable Contech offices, with the comfortable Contech dogs – yes, real dogs – roaming around and knew that he was creating a very special corporate environment. Just how special forms part of our wide-ranging conversation this month. I hope you will join us.
Mark Grambart was scooped up by Mercedes Benz right out of university. He climbed the corporate ladder and travelled the world but couldn’t seem to soothe the itch that made him want to be an entrepreneur. I first met Mark in the comfortable Contech offices, with the comfortable Contech dogs – yes, real dogs – roaming around and knew that he was creating a very special corporate environment. Just how special forms part of our wide-ranging conversation this month. I hope you will join us.
Smart, confident and with style. Welcome to the look of the new start-up entrepreneur. Tish Hill is a visionary who likes solving problems for people. If she wasn’t so in love with start-up businesses she would probably be the next Faith Popcorn and predict future marketing trends. After working with various start-ups on 3 continents, a short stint working with local businesses led to her setting up Diggit – ecommerce and web presence for local, often home-based, businesses. Towns you pass...
Smart, confident and with style. Welcome to the look of the new start-up entrepreneur. Tish Hill is a visionary who likes solving problems for people. If she wasn’t so in love with start-up businesses she would probably be the next Faith Popcorn and predict future marketing trends. After working with various start-ups on 3 continents, a short stint working with local businesses led to her setting up Diggit – ecommerce and web presence for local, often home-based, businesses. Towns you pass...