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Are We There Yet?

If you are a parent, you have likely been asked “are we there yet?” This particular question is usually aimed at the backs of our heads by tiny voices, and the peppering typically starts 10 minutes into a multi-hour drive. The question is repeated with precision at 10-minute intervals and often becomes louder as the anticipation of what awaits at the destination becomes more intense. 

Of course, it would be virtually impossible to answer this pressing question if we weren’t aware of where we were going, or how long it should take to get there… perhaps it would help if we were more specific, and if we provided answers to a few questions in advance, such as:

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But What About Me Pareto?

Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto was studying population and land ownership statistics in 1896 when he came up with the 80/20 rule aka the Pareto principle.

One hundred and one years later, British writer Richard Koch published The 80/20 Principle. The book was a reinterpretation of the Pareto principle and extended the idea that the top 20% in any group is likely to produce 80% of the results.

The book, which has sold more than a million copies and been translated into 35 languages, has been called one of the most important business tomes ever written. For anyone whose job it is to analyze sales results – The 80/20 Principle is a must-read!

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Top 9: Cost Cutting Without Bloodletting

There’s really no reason for our low dollar to lower your spirits─provided, of course, you know how to squeeze the most out of every opportunity. Luckily, we do. And we’re freely sharing them with you. Read on (and share them with your friends).

1. Say yay to Canada

Stay in Canada and get the most of your dollar (up to 35% off). Would it be so bad to replace sun and sand with dog sledding in the North West Territories and the Yukon, or holding your annual conference in Victoria topped off with a gala evening in the Royal BC Museum? And what about Alberta, where the fallout of oil and gas means discounts on hotels and meeting space (even during the Calgary Stampede)? There’s never been a better time to do business at home. One caveat: Book early. Our favourable dollar is attracting a lot of attention from the rest of the world so demand is high, but supply is low (relative to other destinations).

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Good thing the setting was so perfect.

As tablecloths fluttered in the warm Panama breeze, some of the 220 guests mingled while others were fitted with Maui Jim sunglasses, a special giveaway for the welcome dinner. The four-piece band wrapped up their last set, and the National Sales and Marketing Manager took the stage.
“Welcome to paradise!” he said to the cheering crowd gathered at the InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa. “Wouldn’t it be great to stay here forever?”

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