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The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

Guide Books Review: To Drucker, the way to thrive is clear. Spend more time on your opportunities, and less on your problems

Reading Time: 3 minutes An effective business executive is a doer who learns how to get the right things done to enhance organizational opportunity. According to Peter Drucker’s book The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done, the effectiveness of an executive’s “doing” rests on five essential practices: time management, choosing what to contribute to […] Read more

“Collectively, we need to do better,” says friendship expert Shasta Nelson. “Friendship is a human need.”

I get by with a little help from my friends

We can get better at connecting with other people and developing friendships, and it will add immeasurably to our lives

Reading Time: 5 minutes Do you find yourself craving connection? Wishing you had more friends? Or that you could spend more time with the friends you do have? Do you long to be able to share more of your worries and concerns with your friends? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in the majority. […] Read more


Inhaled medication has long been used to treat a variety of lung conditions.

Guide Health: All inhalers are not equal

Inhalers are great tools for delivering your medication just where it’s needed, but they must be used correctly, which too few people do

Reading Time: 2 minutes It makes sense that inhalers are used to control the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and emphysema because inhalers deliver their medication right into the lungs where the breathing problems occur. Inhaled medication has long been used to alleviate various lung conditions, but the first actual inhaler was introduced in 1982. It was the familiar blue […] Read more

Bulletproof your Farm

Bulletproof your Farm

Guide Books Review: “If a family doesn’t take time to talk about — and agree on — a precise end destination, its members will always end up miserable.”

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bulletproof your FarmBy Andy Junkin 128 pages / Published independently If you find yourself in a situation where the family farm business must rapidly change in order to survive, but every partner is fighting for control and not listening to each other, what can you do to motivate everyone to make necessary, life-saving changes? Andy […] Read more


Find your flow

Find your flow

The path to feeling happier and healthier, from the science of positive psychology

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’ve ever looked up at the clock and been surprised at how much time has passed, you were likely experiencing what positive psychologists call a state of flow. It’s in these flow experiences that you lose your sense of self. Your worries disappear and time slows down, says Sarah Gregg, a life and business […] Read more

A taste of Kensington Market.

No passport required

Guide Canada: While the West sets new export records, Canada itself is becoming increasing global, and there’s no better proof than what Canadians are eating. So give yourself an education and a lot of fun by following travel writer Anna Hobbs’ tour of Toronto’s incredible culinary scene

Reading Time: 5 minutes As a food-loving travel writer, my work-world turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. True confession: More than once, I imagined a magic carpet that would whisk me off, far off, on an exotic culinary adventure.  But wait! There is a wow foodie destination within Canada’s stay-safe borders and, as travel restrictions begin to ease, […] Read more


A newer class of diabetes medications have been shown to improve outcomes for heart failure.

Guide Health: Diabetes drugs aren’t just for diabetes any more

This new class of diabetes drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors may boost your heart health as well

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the newer classes of diabetes drugs seem to be advertised for not just diabetes, but cardiovascular health as well, and indeed research has shown this to be valid. The class is the SGLT-2 inhibitors, that is Sodium GLucose coTransporter-2 inhibitors. They act by inhibiting this transport protein in order to prevent glucose re-absorption […] Read more

Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise

Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise

Guide Books Review: “Your role in the family business will ask much of you — your intellect, your emotional intelligence, and even your courage.”

Reading Time: 3 minutes Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise By Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer Harvard Business Review Press / 320 pages / $38 From the very first sentence on the first page, you’ll recognize this book’s relevance and value to a family farm business. The book can be best summed up […] Read more


“Our brains work against inclusion,” warns diversity expert Michael Bach, who adds that economic research shows how good inclusivity is for the farm.

Me? I’m not biased!

We all have unconscious biases. Acknowledging this isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s smart too

Reading Time: 6 minutes The truth is, it has probably happened to all of us. We meet someone for the first time and we walk away saying, “Wow, they’re a lot different that I thought they’d be.” Maybe we don’t think there’s a reason, but if we probed just a little, we’d often find it’s a sign our unconscious […] Read more

Creams and ointments are an ideal way to deliver medication to skin conditions.

Guide Health: A little dab will do you

A little can go a long way when it comes to topical medications

Reading Time: 3 minutes The saying “a little dab will do you” really is true when it comes to applying creams and ointments to your skin. These creams are termed topical agents because they are applied directly to your skin where they act. At any one time, it is estimated that 75 per cent of Canadians are using a […] Read more