Friday, May 06, 2005

Canada loves its bureaucrats..........I mean business leaders

Just took a look at a recent edition of Canadian Business and its article titled "Canada's global leaders" and by my count 40 of the 40 seem like highly skilled managers who have moved up the ranks of national and multinational corporations...............Mazel Tov to you.

Where are the entrepreneurs? Is our biggest contribution to the international market someone who knows how to climb the corporate latter? Where are the guys and girls who have struck out on their own and built something in their own name? If this were a list in an American magazine, it would be filled with the like of Dell, Gates, Bloomberg...........people who actually change the way other people do things.

While I am not saying that the people named by Canadian Business are not successful and bright, are there no Canadian entrepreneurs who have left their mark on the international market. According to this article, there isn't one "Power Player" who has done it on their own.

In my limited experience, there are two types of people in the business world, those who take a company from nothing or close to nothing (at the most a few million in sales) and build it into something huge, think RIM, Pattison, Magna, ATI, MDC. They make huge money now, but they didn't start these companies for the pension, perks, benefits and security. The other people are those that say they like taking risk and building businesses, as long as they don't put too much on the line themselves (and I am not talking about the risk of losing a job, as most entrepreneurs have EVERYTHING on the line)...............they talk the talk but when it comes right down to it, being the international marketing director for a multinational company or being parachuted in as the CEO of a 1 billion a year widget maker isn't exactly walking the walk.


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