Pop Culture Career Lessons

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Five Collaborations Lessons From Minority Governments

British Columbia is in new political territory. This week the BC Greens and BC NDP political parties announced that they will collaborate to govern the province for the next four years. Minority and coalition governments are my favourite kind of political leadership...

Professions Learnings from the Movie Logan

Logan is the latest into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It tells the story of a gritty, future where mutants are on the verge of extinction. Logan is aged and weak and Charles Xavier, his mentor and friend, is an old, increasingly senile, man suffering from “a...

Five Collaboration Lessons from Our Debut Album

I love Dave Shumka and Graham Clark. They are Canadian heroes. Stop Podcasting Yourself is a trailblazing form of the medium that’s been making hearts smile since podcasting was a thing. And their latest project, Our Debut Album, in which two comedians (Dave and...

Six Workplace Collaboration Tips from Brooklyn 99

The Emmy Award and Golden Globe winning hit Fox sitcom Brooklyn 99 is one of my favourite TV shows. I want to be friends with Jake Peralta, I want to be mentored by Ray Holt, and my wife has a lot of Amy Santiago characteristics. The detectives from the 99 (said “the...

Four Pieces of Life Advice from Isaiah Thomas

I love The Ringer. When Kevin O’Connor visits Chris Vernon on The Ringer NBA Show it makes my heart smile. And I was thrilled when they got into it during a recent episode about Kevin’s interview with Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas mostly because of the...

Three Career Lessons from Rogue One

Rogue One is a dynamic and exciting new Star Wars story that has broken box office records. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theatres in December 2017. Packed into this great film are plenty of professional lessons for both the characters, the Rebellion and of course...

7 Professional Lessons from The Greatest Generation Podcast

Kurt and I are two guys who like Star Trek, but we’re kind of embarrassed that we listen to “The Greatest Generation”, a Star Trek podcast hosted by two guys who are kind of embarrassed to host a Star Trek podcast. Not only is our consumption of thoughtful...

Eight Professional Lessons from the Movie Chef

Last week I re-watched Chef – written, directed and starring Jon Favreau – on Netflix. The film is about Carl Casper, the head chef at a high-end Los Angeles restaurant who loses his cool, loses his job, loses a lot of peoples’ respect, but then finds himself on a...

Four Professional Lessons We Can Learn from Gawker (RIP)

This week, Gawker posted its last story. The snarky, gossipy website was the scourge of the New York media establishment, Hollywood and Silicon Valley (among other communities). Plenty has been written already about who killed Gawker and whether we should mourn its...

Five Lessons in Awesomeness from Tom Petty

My favourite podcast is called Stop Podcasting Yourself and a few months ago its hosts Dave Shumka and Graham Clark talked about Running Down a Dream, the documentary about Tom Petty that you can find on Netflix. I love Tom Petty and I think that Dave and Graham are...

Five professional lessons from Pulp Fiction

  Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is an American neo-noir film chock full of crime, drugs, twisting, and jiving. It’s hip, happening and, while it dates back to 1994, there are plenty of professional lessons scattered between Vincent Vega’s (freaky) stabbing of...

Five Professional Lessons from Captain America: Civil War

Last Friday night Kurt and I saw Captain America: Civil War. The summer’s hottest movie taught us a lot about international diplomacy, teamwork, spandex, friendship, and ourselves, too. Here are five professional lessons from Captain America: Civil War that you can...

Three Professional Lessons from Leicester City Football Club

Leicester City Football Club’s (LCFC) recent Premier League victory has the sports world talking. Such an achievement is unheard of in world football. Their victory is already being heralded by commentators as one of the greatest football achievements in history....

Career Lessons from Comedians

These days I’m on a real podcasting kick. One of my favourites is the Nerdist, which is moderated by comedian Chris Hardwick. Hardwick has all sorts of guests, but some of the most interesting are his fellow comics. During the hour long shows, comics such as Steve...

Five Community Building Lessons From Football Supporters

As a partner in a Vancouver Whitecaps FC movement called Curva Collective, I know a thing or two about creating a positive atmosphere through collaboration. Whether you call it “football” or “soccer” (I will call it the F-word), being a member of any sporting...

Six Professional Lessons from The Starters

The Starters is one of my favourite podcasts (it’s a show on NBA TV and YouTube, too). Last week the six-person team – Tas Melas, J.E. Skeets, Leigh Ellis, Trey Kerby, Jason Doyle, and Matt Osten – celebrated their 10th Anniversary with an oral history of the show....

Seven Professional Lessons from Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing in theatres across the galaxy. It’s all that people can talk about and, if you’re like me, then you might even be more excited to see Star Wars than for Christmas! With seven films that span five decades and yield dozens of...

Seven Professional Lessons from Children’s Books

As the dad of a toddler I read a lot of kid’s books. In fact, I read a lot of the same books over and over and over again much to my son’s delight. Such repetitive reading uniquely positions me to share with you these seven professional lessons from children’s books....

007 Ways that Emulating James Bond will Ruin Your Career

The latest James Bond film, Spectre, is playing in the UK and will open in theatres around the world next week. Bond’s character has been played by seven actors in over 20 films during the last sixty years. . Daniel Craig is the most recent gentleman to tackle the...

Five Professional Lessons from the Mission: Impossible Movies

Action mega-star and semi-controversial human being, Tom Cruise, has done it again! Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has hit theatres and is receiving critical acclaim and all of our money, too. Kurt and I love action movies and we also think that there is a lot to...

Five More Professional Lessons from Superheroes

Superheroes! Last week Kurt kicked-off our two-part series about how the adventures of superheroes, like The Avengers, give us clues about what it takes to build a successful career. Exploring the DC Comics universe this time (because I watched the Batman v Superman:...

Five Professional Lessons from Superheroes (Part 1)

This May audiences across Canada (and around the world) will be flocking to theatres to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s the latest superhero flick guaranteed to showcase a whole slew of fantastic, daring deeds powered by enough special effects to make your head...

Career Advice from the Watchmen

The Watchmen is a classic graphic novel that was recently turned into a stylistic and pulpy film. If you haven't seen it before, you can now check it out on Netflix. The Watchmen tells the tale of two generations of vigilantes who take the law into their own hands....

How the Whitecaps FC Fan Experience Models Great Workplace Culture

This Saturday is the home opener – or first kick – for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The club has been promoting season and single-match tickets by encouraging people to “experience the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver.” There are several examples of how the Whitecaps...

Career Advice from Your Favourite Holiday Characters

The holiday seasons are upon us and we’re awash in the magic of Christmas, Hanukah, Love Actually, my parents’ Awesome Semi-Pagan beliefs, and, of course, Festivus. As we share stories of holiday joy with friends and family, it’s important to remember that this time...

Professional Lessons from Popular Board Games

We all have our favourite board games. The professional lessons from popular board games like Monopoly, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Clue, and Scrabble can have a powerful impact on your career. For example, while almost all board games involve chance, many also require...

Top Ten Leadership Lessons from Chris Hadfield

In his book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life, Commander Chris Hadfield, weaves relevant suggestions for leaders through the story of his life journey as an astronaut. While some of these lessons are pretty obvious, others fly in the face of advice of renowned self-help...

10 Professional Lessons from the World Cup

After nearly a month of epic play, the 2014 World Cup is over. Germany is basking in the glow of victory. Brazil’s football soul has been crushed. And the United States’ love of the beautiful game is ascending. Countless stories have emerged from Earth’s most popular...

Three Reasons Why Panda Bears Are Horrible Role Models

Adaptability is crucial for success (career, community, family).People who are flexible with how the world is changing will lead its future as opposed to forever playing catch-up because they live in the past (are you listening, Republicans?). When it comes to building community, embracing change and nimbly adapting to life’s shifts is incredibly important – even necessary. Which is why panda bears are horrible role models for everyone everywhere.

Three Leadership Lessons from Spider-Man

Plainly put, Spider-Man leads with a unique formula of leadership of kindness, humour humility, smarts, passion, and responsibility. And here are three leadership lessons that you can take away from Spider-Man. No, this not a “new idea” and “a few people” have “already written about this” in “2010” – this being said, my lessons get to the punchline quicker and better. And the artwork (see below) that I chose to adorn this post is both adorable and (probably) concerning.

Grantland, The Wire and Smacketology

But that’s not what I’m talking about. The Souperbowl isn’t the thing that’s rocketed Grantland into a new whole class of awesome.

Smacketology is what’s rocketed Grantland into a whole new class of awesome. It’s got all the cool components of the Souperbowl and is also edutaining and important.

Tailgating – Like a Boss

It was about an hour before game day. The Washington Huskies were taking on the Arizona Wildcats and it was do or die time for the Huskies after being crushed last week by Stanford. At least that's the story according to the local university newspaper, which had...

Steve Nash’s Energy Efficient Community

During the month of October, youth in BC have an opportunity to Save Like Steve. Once again, my main man Steve Nash shows what it takes to build community. As discussed many, many, many times by the contributors to this blog, Steve Nash is the greatest. His resume...

Professional Starcraft

On a small YouTube screen I am watching a Starcraft 2 game featuring TheLittleOne vs Sen. It is Game 2 of a multi-game tournament. Play by play casting is being provided by HD Starcraft, a young Korean American Starcraft fanatic based in the Westcoast of the US. HD...

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