The Road to TEDx

Daryl Hatton ConnectionPoint, Entrepreneurship, Personal

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.”   H.W. Murray The role of startup CEO is challenging both personally and professionally. The variety and depth of problems you work on are incredible. Not only do you get to collaborate with amazingly talented and motivated people, but together you end up creating a business out of thin air. If you are lucky, it may even become one that changes the world in a big way. This is deeply satisfying. But the icing on the cake is that, along the way, there are many opportunities …

Stress is killing us

Daryl Hatton Health, Personal, Social issues

A friend of a friend committed suicide yesterday. This is not his failure; it is ours. We, as a community, have let him down in the most painful of ways. The chaotic state of the world (pandemic, politics, environment) is incredibly stressful. Some, like this young man, are not handling it well. Sadly, he successfully hid his distress and his actions were surprising. We didn’t figure it out until it was too late. And we all are damaged by his loss. We can and must do better. This stress surrounds us, assaults us, damages us. It is having profound effects …

Epic Data Hammers Apple

Daryl Hatton Uncategorized

I love that Apple is being beaten with their own words and their own concepts. They deserve it. For a company that likes to promote itself with “Think Different”, it is obsessively focused on just the opposite: utter conformance to their highly restrictive rules. In the Apple Universe, there is only one way to do things – the Apple approved way. Is there any clue in the name of main street at their HQ? One Apple Park Way. People drop the “Park” in common usage… For those too young to remember, in 1984, Apple released an ad on the theme …

Dr Bonnie Henry

Daryl Hatton Social issues

I’ve been thinking tonight of why Dr Bonnie Henry is so widely admired and, in particular, why I respect her so much. It is pretty simple: She talks frankly and empathetically about the serious and dangerous situation we are facing. She is obviously not only well briefed but also a deep subject matter expert on infectious diseases AND the intricacies of our public health system. Her knowledge of the daily inner workings of our very large health network is impressive. Her “situational awareness” of things like the various outbreaks in institutions across the province is outstanding. She knows what is …

Not a racist but…

Daryl Hatton Social issues

I originally posted this on Facebook but have captured it here to remind me… I’m frightened by something I’m seeing. There is a situation developing that is tearing at the very fabric of Canadian society. I’m appalled at the disrespect for core Canadian values it demonstrates. Fortunately, it is very easy to identify. If you recently have used the phase, “I’m not a racist but …” Simply take out the words “not” and “but” and we’ve identified the villain. There you have it. You are a closet racist. And you are destroying Canada. Not protecting it as you so naively …

Eulogy for Darlene Grunder

Daryl Hatton Personal

I’m Daryl Hatton – Darlene’s eldest child. I’d like to share with you some stories of my mom and what I’ve learned from her. Darlene Marie Shorten, was born New Year’s Eve, 1937. In thinking about how she lived her life – this seems like the perfect day! Being very unselfish, she generously shared her special day with the rest of the world and, in response, the world threw the biggest party you can imagine, on that night, EVERY YEAR. There were even fireworks! But the underlying point is that, to her, it was never about her birthday, or for …