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12 CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO BETTER DECISION-MAKING:
May 31, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | HARVEY SCHACHTER.

Here are 12 crucial factors that consultant Nathan Magnuson says you should consider in decision-making:

* Are you the right person to make the decision?
* What outcomes are you directly respons...
benefits  clarity  core_values  costs  data  data_driven  decision_making  delighting_customers  long-term  managing_up  Occam's_Razor  personal_control  priorities  questions  the_right_people  what_really_matters 
may 2018 by jerryking
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april 2013 by jerryking
Value, not cost, is the basis of education
Mar. 13 2013 | The Globe and Mail | TODD HIRSCH.

“Free tuition NOW.” But if the picketing university students were honest, their signs would read: “I want someone else to pay for my education.” Education is never free. Someone has to pay.

But the students’ view that someone else should help pay for their tuition is a reasonable request....Cost is what we give up to get something, and it’s usually captured by the dollar price of the good. Value reflects how useful, essential or emotionally appealing something is, and that can differ wildly between individuals and circumstances.

For a variety of reasons, cost is not always aligned with value. ...Like free drinks at an open bar, free tuition would no doubt be welcomed by students. But is there a danger education could be devalued? Would it be wasted if students dropped out of courses with less thought or regard, if they didn’t pay the tuition? Or might they “consume” too much, earning degree after degree with no practical goal in sight?...The tuition debate focuses entirely on the cost of education. But if we focused more on the value of education, the tone of the debate would change.

Postsecondary education offers tremendous value to students, both in terms of becoming critical, reasoned thinkers and also in terms of earning potential. There’s also value to society because education is a public good that benefits everyone.
education  valuations  costs  free  tuition  Quebec  Colleges_&_Universities 
march 2013 by jerryking
EXCLUSIVE - details on Lufa Farms energy-efficiency rooftop greenhouse design and expansion plans for North American cities | Energy Edge
07 August 2012

With energy accounting for as much as 40 per cent of the operating costs of many greenhouse operations, small and steady improvements on this front can move the needle in a big way on the bottom line.
green_roofs  greenhouses  Lufa_Farms  BrightFarms  costs 
march 2013 by jerryking
UNPRECEDENTED VOLATILITY A HALLMARK OF AGRICULTURE’S NEW AGE
* Have a plan for the future – perhaps a surprise to some, but many farmers don’t have a plan in place that paints a vision for where they want to take their operation over the next 2, 5 and 10 years.
• Have credit in place before it is actually required – it is human nature to leave things to the last minute.
• Implement a sound hedging strategy – in addition to the system of crop insurance in place in this country, there are many ways that Canadian farmers can take actions to manage their risk. Diversifying into new businesses is one example.
• Well-managed risk can pay off – at the same time, taking on some risk that is prudent and ts the risk pro le of the farming operation can pay off handsomely for farmers. In such a volatile and fast paced environment, there are bound to be some buying and selling opportunities that open up. Knowing when to take advantage of them can separate successful farms with those that muddle along.
• Know your costs – many producers have a good sense of how their top line is performing. But it is just as impor-tant to have a good understanding of the cost side of the equation.
• Maintain adequate liquidity and reasonable leverage – in order to mitigate the risks associated with increasing asset prices, it would be prudent for farmers to ensure that they have sufficient liquidity and manageable leverage if they are expanding.
• Use reasonable interest rate assumptions in assessing investment opportunities – even though borrowing costs are unusually low, farmers must be mindful of the fact that this low-rate environment won’t last forever.
agriculture  uncertainty  volatility  farming  liquidity  leverage  hedging  futures_contracts  diversification  new_businesses  risks  risk-management  risk-taking  OPMA  WaudWare  interest_rates  vision  long-term  never_forever  business_planning  credit  costs  anticipating  risk-mitigation  low-interest  cost-consciousness 
may 2012 by jerryking
The Real Cost of Cyber Attacks -
Feb 16 2012 Emma Johnson - Sponsored Content - The Atlantic Emma Johnson - Sponsored Content - The Atlantic.

The cost of a data breach are alarming - and rising. The Poneman Institute, estimates that on average a data breach in 2010 cost organizations an average of $7.2 million, or $214 per customer record - a $10 per-record jump from 2009. Meanwhile, incidences in which companies experienced breaches for the first time resulted in average costs of a whopping $326 per record in 2010 - up from $228 the prior year.

The breakdown of these costs is also often surprising. While the bulk was attributed to lost business, the Poneman report found that 16 percent is attributed to legal defense and compliance costs. To wit, a report from cyber risk consultant NetDefense found that the average legal defense related to a data breach was $500,000, while the average settlement topped $1 million.
cyber_security  insurance  cyber_warfare  data_breaches  compliance  costs 
february 2012 by jerryking
Trade Show Statistics
Winter 2006 | Report on [Small] Business |
trade_shows  costs 
december 2011 by jerryking
Trade Show Statistics
Winter 2006 | Report on [Small] Business |
trade_shows  costs 
december 2011 by jerryking
Innovate, Yes--But Where?
03.13.06 | Forbes | by Rich Karlgaard. "Today’s bestseller
list on management bursts with innovation-themed titles. Two I’ve read
and recommend are Geoffrey Moore’s Dealing With Darwin: How Great
Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution and Vijay
Govindarajan and Chris Trimble’s 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators: From
Idea to Execution." Startups, I think, hold the best cards when it
comes to two types of innovation: technology and price. But incumbents
also have ample areas in which they can innovate. Consider these
examples: Cost Innovation, Logistics Innovation, Design Innovation,
Line-Extension Innovation, Data-Analysis Innovation,
innovation  howto  Rich_Karlgaard  Geoffrey_Moore  data_mining  design  branding  logistics  Vijay_Govindarajan  books  start_ups  costs  taxonomy 
october 2009 by jerryking
Why is McGuinty allowing NW Ontario to be powered down?
February 21, 2009 G&M column by MURRAY CAMPBELL The focus
now is on the cost of electricity, which the industry says is too high
to allow it to be profitable.

Ontario's "all-in" price (which includes various fees) of about $72 per
megawatt-hour is the second-highest in Canada (after Alberta) and is
higher than most U.S. regions.
Ontario  northwestern  forestry  Murray_Campbell  recessions  costs  electric_power 
february 2009 by jerryking

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