The Strategic Oenophile

This is a guest post written by my father, Jerry Adel, which originally appeared in the March 2009 issue of the Strategic Leadership Forum’s Focus on Strategy newsletter. Jerry Adel is President of Jerry Adel & Company Management Consultants. A long-time Strategic Leadership Forum member, Jerry has developed a reputation for choosing great wines for their informal, collegial Book Group meetings.

While shopping for wine with my list in hand at our neighborhood wine store, I am frequently approached by other customers seeking help in picking a wine.

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After explaining that I don’t work there, I sometimes offer to help, and I often start by asking them what they like and what they’re going to use the wine for. In reality, they don’t have a strategy, and they are generally inclined to want to just grab something with a minimal investment of time and effort.

But for me, the fun in wine is in the research, the hunt, the selection, the purchase, the organizing and storing, and – of course – the drinking.

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Being Tourists in Toronto

Some relatives from Massachusetts visited us in Toronto this weekend, and we spent some time showing them around our city. First we went up the CN Tower…

The Rogers Centre (formerly known as Skydome sits near the base of the CN tower.

The Rogers Centre (formerly known as Skydome sits near the base of the CN tower.

The views from the top were absolutely stunning on this mostly clear day.

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The Spoons at Lakeshore Mardi Gras

Legendary Canadian new wave synthpop band The Spoons played a free concert at Lakeshore Mardi Gras at Colonel Samuel Smith Park on Friday night.

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As a Canadian, I grew up listening to The Spoons and while I assumed that they were quite popular, I really don’t have a clue as to how far-reaching their popularity is beyond Canada.

All I can say is that being able to attend a free concert from such a great band is really a treat.

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Cliff Lumsdon Park

If you live in a big city like Toronto, wherever you go you can hear a constant hum, mostly of roads and highways.

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This morning I stumbled upon Cliff Lumsdon Park in New Toronto while out on some pre-Thanksgiving dinner errands. I got out of the car and was immediately struck by a deafening silence.

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Pizza in Sorrento, Italy

I thought Toronto had some pretty good pizza, until I went to Italy and ate pizza there.

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You might say I thought that the pizza was better just because I was eating it in Italy. Whether this is the case or not, I somehow doubt I’ll find a pizza like this anywhere in Canada.

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Running on a Cloud

I checked out Sunnyside Park while on a jog and discovered that a portion of the boardwalk spanning from the foot of Roncesvalles, west to the Humber River was constructed using planks of recycled plastic.

A blog post mentioning Humber Bay would seem incomplete without a shot of the Humber Bay Arch Bridge.

A blog post mentioning Humber Bay would be incomplete without a shot of the Humber Bay Arch Bridge.

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A Brief Trip to London

In February 2014, I took my first trip outside of North America, to London, England.

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It was a 4-day trip (which really means two days if you factor in the travel time), and even though it was a business trip, we managed to fit in some sightseeing.

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When Mannequins Unite

Sears has been having quite a bit of trouble in Canada as of late, and is shutting down their location at the Sherway Gardens mall in Etobicoke, among others.

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They were liquidating merchandise for quite a while, and now they seem to be down to getting rid of their store fixtures. As such, they’ve grouped all like items together.

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