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Written by Joe Carroll   

ImageI don't usually write a ‘Part 2' column but friends throughout the industry - and on both sides of the border - have convinced me there are many other events that have taken place over the past few decades which should also be considered ‘Game Changers'. This is not intended to be a historical essay. I am only going to mention those companies or events that I have witnessed personally in my 40 years in this industry. My comments are purely personal and anecdotal.

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Where are you most creative?
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageStudies show our ability to think creatively is affected by where we are and what we're doing. This is important to know because if you can figure out where you're most creative, you can spend more time there and you'll become a more creative person.

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Be part of the solution
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Written by Michael J. Knell   
ImageThere is a simple way for every business owner in the furniture, mattress, appliance and flooring industries to help bring economic sanity back to Canada. Create at least one new job this year. And then create another one next year - and then yet another, the year after that. It is vitally important we do this for no other reason than to show our customers we are not part of the problem, but part of the solution.
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Game changers
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Written by Joe Carroll   

ImageMomentous events have changed the course of history. When asked to list the most significant in recent years, most of us would immediately think of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; the recent tsunami in Japan; the ‘Great Recession' that began in late 2008 and doesn't seem quite over; or, the global influence of the Internet. These examples are ‘game changers'. Once they occurred neither business nor life in general was ever quite the same.

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When the market is over-served, even the best cut their price.
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   
ImageSeabourn Cruise Lines is consistently rated the number one small luxury cruise line on the planet. And yet, their scheduled July 22 cruise from Venice to Athens, one of the most beautiful itineraries anywhere, has been advertised and selling at 64% off the regular price.
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Here's the next big step in the demise of the western world as we know it!
Donald Cooper
Written by HGO Staff   

ImageThe economic and political strength and the standard of living that the western world now takes for granted have been built on our ability to do three things extremely well. First, we have created and endless stream of innovative products and services. Second, we have produced and delivered them with world-class efficiency. And, third, we have created powerful brand names that have a relationship and emotional connection with their target consumers.

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