Victor’s Insider Scoop on Part of My Previous Life Working in the High Arctic …
March 15th, 2010 | top of page

This article and photos were first published in the Summer 1981 Issue of North/Nord magazine under the title Another Day on the Arctic Seismic Line. The whine of the helicopter engine starting evokes a Pavlovian response from the survey crew signaling us to pull on our heavy arctic parkas and mukluks. By the time the turbine engine has reached its operating speed we are buckled inside the fuselage of the Hughes 500C waiting for the pilot to Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Part of My Previous Life Working in the High Arctic (Part 2) …
March 14th, 2010 | top of page

This is the second installment of an article and photos that were first published in the Summer 1981 Issue of North/Nord magazine under the title Another Day on the Arctic Seismic Line by Victor Allison. As Jan and I constantly work the length of the chain apart there is little opportunity for casual conversation. It is not unusual for several taciturn miles to pass by with only our thoughts or the passing scenery to entertain us. Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on What Are QR Codes and Why Should You Care? …
February 10th, 2010 | top of page

What, you don’t know! Don’t be embarrassed. I didn’t know either until last week when someone in my MasterMind Group brought them up. QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes, are two dimensional Barcodes developed by Denso and released in 1994 with the primary aim of being easily interpreted by scanner equipment in manufacturing, logistics and sales applications. Compared with other barcodes, QR Codes have several advantages: (i) they can hold a very large Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on What It’s Like to Heliski
February 7th, 2010 | top of page

First: Heliskiing is my MOST favorite thing! Second: People want to listen to your vacation story (and want to see your vacation photos and videos) when there’s a helicopter involved. In the 1970s I was on my way to becoming a heliski guide. I’d passed the prerequisite courses of Emergency Medical Technician and Avalanche Safety for Ski Guiding. I’d then passed the difficult Winter Assistant Guide Course given by the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides). I Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Why You Should Copy Success Instead of Trying to Solve Problems …
February 1st, 2010 | top of page

How much time do you spend trying to solve problems vs. scaling successes? There was a good article in the February 16 issue of Fast Company written by Dan & Chip Heath: “Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard”. The article expands upon the topic of finding success within failure. Here is the link to the full article that contains some real world examples of how this actually has worked. I’ve provided a brief Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on How to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Everything …
January 1st, 2010 | top of page

I’m hoping that many of you will already be familiar with this because it is by no means new. But, if you have not heard of TED you really need to check it out. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. In essence TED consists of a library of short (15 minutes or less) riveting talks given Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on How To Weather The Commercial Real Estate Storm …
November 15th, 2009 | top of page

Here’s a few quick tips on what you can and should not do come out of the current downturn without only a barrel to wear: 1. Keep your tenants happy! Maintain regular contact (what’s bugging them?) and treat them with respect. Within reason, do whatever you have to do to keep them in your building. 2. Stay current with any ongoing maintenance issues including landscaping. You want your buildings to look good to new prospective tenants. 3. Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Why, Even If You Aren’t Ready to Sell, It’s Not Too Soon to Start Thinking About Selling …
October 1st, 2009 | top of page

It will pay to have all your ducks in a row when you are ready to market your property for sale. It is not unheard of for a deal to die if critical due diligence materials are missing or for a buyer to exact a price reduction in order to close without a specific document. What may not be so clear is what this preparedness entails. Before acquiring a property you should be aware of the terms Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on What IRS Auditors Look for When Examining a Business …
September 15th, 2009 | top of page

When an IRS auditor shows up in your office be aware that they are there not just to examine your return—they are also there to examine you. If there is a disconnect between your reported income and the perceived economic reality of your appearance and surroundings you can expect the auditor will raise a red flag. Tax attorney and author Fredrick W. Daily states that the IRS is likely to investigate these eight areas when your small Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on How To Present Like Steve Jobs …
September 1st, 2009 | top of page

I watch all of Steve Jobs’ keynote presentations for three reasons: 1. I have never owned a PC—I have always used Apple computers, 2. I own Apple stock (which is up 123% this year thank you very much), and 3. Because Steve Jobs is a master presenter. So even if you don’t fall into categories 1 and 2, you should watch Steve Jobs for reason number 3 and learn from the master. What is so magic about Continue Reading

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