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How It All Began

Reading Time: 5 minutes (5 Min) North-West Expeditions Exploratory Trip: Nahanni Butte to Fort Simpson One of the best parts of starting North-West Expeditions has been to hear these old stories from Dad. We hope you enjoy them too.   Taken from excerpts of emails with Dad the story below is the story of how the original company was formed and their […]

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Listening is more important than technology: a story for product managers

Reading Time: 5 minutes I generally prefer writing on medium (probably means I need to choose a new word press theme?). This article was first published on Medium in the Bootcamp publication. If you prefer that reader you can see the original here. Cheap solutions: sometimes the problem isn’t the tech Ian RoweMar 21 · 6 min readCuriosity, listening, and building relationships […]

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Mostly Obvious: 5 Unhelpful Words To Stop Using (Today)

Reading Time: 3 minutes A lot of what we write and say gets in the way of what we a) need to communicate, b) need to get done, or c) all of the above.  As a leader in Apple Retail for about 13 years I had the chance to fuck this up a lot, and to learn. Between countless employee mentoring, training, […]

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Book Review: What A City Is For

Reading Time: 10 minutes What A City Is For by Matt Hern is about one of the most important topics of our time: how to deal with housing people and making cities work for all the humans in them. Matt Hern is clearly an incredibly well read deep thinker on this topic with great ideas. And he has written […]

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Reading 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes These are the books I’m reading this year. Instead of waiting to the end of the year I’m adding as I compete (or drop) them. I’m working to get better at letting go of books that I’m just not that into instead of struggling through… we will see. More books this year than last are […]

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5 Tips To Develop Faster Using “FYI For Your Improvement”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Many organizations use, or at least have access to, Korn Ferry’s FYI FOR YOUR IMPROVEMENT. At Apple Retail this tool provided the backbone for employee and leadership development. But, in my 12+ years at Apple it was clear that the tool was often mis-used, ignored, or at least misunderstood by both employees trying to improve and […]

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2019 Reading List

Reading Time: 3 minutes In 2019, I set a goal to read 3 books a month. I like to beat goals and so I read 42. This is the most that I can remember ever reading. Below is the list, most of them were great. Typically these lists link to amazon as a place for purchase. Last year I […]

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2020 Reading List

Reading Time: 7 minutes I’m not Obama, but if you’re looking for a read below are some ideas of what to pick up (and some thoughts about what to skip). A skimable read. Theme: Learning I read less than normal in 2020. It turns out that my commute by transit is my primary reading time (even more than before bed). […]

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NWE 2.0

Reading Time: 3 minutes To celebrate our Dad’s 80th in 2018 my brother, Steven and I, briefly brought North-west Expeditions back to life as a lifestyle brand. It gave us a chance to celebrate a part of Dad’s life that he, and we, have always loved by doing some big fun things like having a booth at an outdoor […]

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Working the Oilfields and Winning Canoeing Awards

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the highlights of North-West Expeditions has been having Dad send us his stories. Below are two of his short stories.  The first is about his trip to Canada to work the oil fields 1958. The second is about some canoeing adventures he had in 1972. Working the Oil Fields “Hi Guys, thought I’d tell you another story that […]

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The Story of The Maps – Valerie Cave (3 min)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s the story of the maps of Valerie, Cave 16. In 1973 we, Prokop Lobkowicz, Mike Skapa and I, did the first Nahanni River trip in two Avon Redshank inflatable rafts, each about eight feet long. We descended the South Nahanni River from Glacier Creek to the confluence of the South Nahanni and the Liard […]