How We Can Win: And What Happens To Us And Our Country If We Don't by Anthony LacaveraHow We Can Win: And What Happens To Us And Our Country If We Don't by Anthony Lacavera

How We Can Win: And What Happens To Us And Our Country If We Don't

byAnthony Lacavera

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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Our kids are smart, our banks are sound, our health care system is humane, our democracy is stable—but technological change is about to disrupt our economy and threaten our way of life. Canadians aren’t ready for the race to the future. Can we still catch up—or even win?

Yes, says Anthony Lacavera, one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. But we need to change the way we think and talk about our own abilities—dream bigger, aim higher and go for gold, not bronze. We also need to change the way we do business. Our dominant business culture, Lacavera believes, is fundamentally unCanadian: traditional, backward-looking, insular, timid, greedy, unoriginal—everything that Canadians themselves are not. And that unCanadian business culture, protected by outmoded regulations and government policies, is stifling our economic growth. It dumps roadblocks in the path of entrepreneurs who want to build the kind of powerhouse businesses that will create jobs and fuel our economy.
     Anthony Lacavera faced those roadblocks himself, when he was building WIND—an epic battle against the big three telecommunications giants in Canada. But he’s certain we have the talent and the brains to tear those roadblocks down. He gives us vivid portraits of some of Canada’s most important natural resources: our talented, innovative entrepreneurs, who want to change the world for the better (and, yes, make money while they’re at it). But we are shipping far too many of them to the United States, gift-wrapped in our tax dollars. They don’t want to leave—they’re forced out because it’s just too difficult to build big, bold businesses in Canada.
     How We Can Win explains what we need to do to keep them here, and what all Canadians must do to ensure our future prosperity. Our biggest problem is not that we are a small country, but that we think too small.
     We can be a nation of big dreamers and bigger doers. Not by aping Silicon Valley, but by focusing on uniquely Canadian strengths and then doubling down on them. If we bet aggressively on ourselves, and our future, rather than clinging to the status quo, we will create a new, more solid economic foundation—one that allows us to win the race to the future without leaving home.
ANTHONY LACAVERA founded Globalive in 1998 and serves as Chairman. Anthony also founded and was CEO of WIND Mobile, which he sold for USD$1.3 billion after it grew to become Canada’s fourth largest wireless carrier. A serial entrepreneur, he started his first business out of university with a small business loan from the Royal Bank of ...
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Title:How We Can Win: And What Happens To Us And Our Country If We Don'tFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.3 × 6.2 × 0.89 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073527259X

ISBN - 13:9780735272590

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Very insightful and interesting read providing firsthand experience.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read The ultimate wake up call if you want to be part of a better future.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pay attention to this one... Definitely not a book to be read and put aside! This is one to discuss with colleagues and friends as we stop celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary and look to Canada’s future. The book is a clear-eyed exposition of changes that must occur if we hope our economy to be successful for coming generations—your children and grandchildren, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Assuming that the necessary changes occur, the authors’ outlook is positive, but if Canadians remain willing to be junior partners, happy to go for the bronze, the future dims significantly. Pay attention, everyone!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wakeup call to all Canadians! Mr Lacavera “s How We Can Win is a wake-up call to all Canadians.He is once again playing “David” in tackling what he clearly outlines as the “Goliaths” that control the business environment in Canada: the government regulations, the cozy, slow to innovate business oligarchies.In a very readable style, he takes the reader through his own experiences with Wind Mobile, as well as those of other Canadian entrepreneurs, some who left Canada to pursue their success; others, like Reza Satchu who have initiated programs to encourage others in the entrepreneurial track. In making his very compelling case that Canada and Canadians will not pass on the same economic prosperity enjoyed by this and previous generations to their children,without some changes in attitude and policy, he points out the down-sides of the general willingness of Canadians and their businesses to be satisfied with “Junior Partner” status in dealing with the world, and to shun ambition, to accept paying more for services and not encouraging or demanding competition. But, admirably,Mr Lacavera remains committed to Canada and believes Canadians have the wherewithal to overcome the obstacles, and suggests proposals to encourage change, such as revising government programs that fund entrepreneurial start-ups to make them more effective, in the same way that revisions to how Canada funded Olympic athletes through Own the Podium has made Canada more competitive and successful in that area. He outlines programs like Next 36 that develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes among promising university students, and suggests that “thinking outside the box” , something American students are encouraged to do, needs to become a more prevalent expectation of university bound Canadians. All in all, Mr. Lacavera’s book is a fascinating read, and a serious challenge to the status quo in Canada--
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read I am not typically someone who reads books on the economy but this one was fascinating and easy to read. Great insight into our business culture, and what needs to change. Very optimistic outlook overall if Canada is willing to play to its strengths vs. protect the old boys club. Should be required reading for all as our way is dependent on a vibrant economy. The authors make a great argument for a serious reboot.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from straight talk on why Canadian businesses don't compete Always wondered why companies like Rogers, Canadian Tire and Loblaw's only exist in Canada. This book explains it with a lot of true stories that make it very readable and an action plan to build global companies and beef up the Canadian economy. I hope the PM reads it because we need to sell a lot more than oil to survive in the digital age.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I read quite a bit over the last few days. The plot-twists left me shocked and confused in the best way. It left me thinking hard, pondering every detail of the book. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-05

Editorial Reviews

“[How We Can Win] sinks its teeth into Canada’s commercial ecosystem, chewing over all what Lacavera considers problematic about how Canada treats entrepreneurs and how those entrepreneurs measure up against the world’s best.” —The Globe and Mail   “How We Can Win is a passionate call for Canadians to take advantage of our collective talents. It is an excellent read for anyone seeking to gain a snapshot of the Canadian competitive position and to understand the entrepreneurial viewpoint.” —The Bull & Bear“A breath of fresh northern air that has cleared my view of the future—and what we need to change to succeed together.” —Chris Hadfield   “How We Can Win delivers an urgent message: we don’t have the luxury of waiting to sort things out. The world economy is evolving quickly and Canada needs to catch up in the ways this book so beautifully demonstrates.” —Ajay Agrawal, Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management“A critically important book for anyone who cares about the future of the Canadian economy. The incredibly raw story of how Tony Lacavera started WIND—trying to shake-up the Canadian telecom industry—should be mandatory reading for all Canadian entrepreneurs, and for anyone else who is trying to weather this country’s business and cultural ecosystem. Not only is How We Can Win a courageous telling of the hard truths we need to hear, it is a real page-turner.” —Michele Romanow, a Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and co-founder of Clearbanc“[Lacavera] dares us to push the status quo and ask the hard questions. Canada has everything it needs to thrive. How We Can Win challenges us to go for gold and stop settling for anything less.” —Alkarim Jivraj, CEO of Espresso Capital, BetaKit“Both manifesto [and] blueprint . . . for how Canadian businesses can compete with the rest of the world.” —The Globe and Mail