The gigantic hot mess the cannabis industry is in has become overshadowed by COVID-19. Whilst the virus spread has exacerbated the industry malaise, the rest of the world’s industries just caught up pretty fast. This pandemic provides a shadow to … Continue reading Week 25: Essential Service
If you have undertaken the Myers-Briggs personality test, probably the most recalled moniker of the 4 archetypes is E for Extrovert vs. I for Introvert. It seems to be the out-group separation that most people orient around. In earlier years, I … Continue reading Are you an E or an I?
We are in the midst of a pandemic. Surrounded by uncertainty, in an undulating, fast-paced changing situation. We must keep up our spirits, and also be highly pragmatic. What do we need to do to survive? Thrive can wait for … Continue reading Week 24: Self-Isolation
I am standing outside a cannabis store. Opaque windows, the flashing OPEN sign. I don’t like shopping this way. I don’t feel in control of my shopping experience. I nervously go inside. Therein, a sterile environment, the hum of budtenders … Continue reading Week 23: THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE!
I used to work in Soho, a place renowned for its Sex Shops, a hot mess of porn videos, poppers, lingerie, live show, kinky boots, “intimate accessories” etc. The area had critical mass. Everyone was out for a good time, … Continue reading Week 22: Cannabis Porn
To entertain me at dinner sometimes, Lori deploys her very best customer services skills and enquires “May I offer you a refreshing beverage to go with your meal?” The word beverage is very strange to me. It seems very formal. … Continue reading Week 21: When Is A Drink A Beverage?
I have mentioned before, the cannabis industry is moving at warp speed. My month is your year. And I ain’t trying to say I’m something special. Witness the semi-permanent look of loafish bemusement on my face. [Note to self: turn … Continue reading Week 20: Merch Mountains
We are entering quarter-end season. Those who work for publicly-listed companies will know it well – I have been through 50+… The churn of numbers and financial reporting; then the finessing of the corporate narrative on top. With transparency and … Continue reading Week 19: It’s Q-end All Over Again
More industry impact this week in the news: two of the behemoth LPs, Tilray and Aurora, announced 10% cuts. $ACB did nearly $1b of write-downs. Ouch. It has become an industry standard recently to replace execs, often the CEO; to … Continue reading Week 18: The Hits Just Keep On Coming
I sent a newsletter out this week. Something new here, nothing new in itself. Just an attempt to connect the dots differently for people around the organization. It took me a few hours to work through the logistics, but I … Continue reading Week 17: Communication challenges and opportunities