Jay Godsall Posts

Searching for Solutions: East and Southern Africa

There are few feelings comparable to the excited, nervous anticipation of the unknown preceding an adventure. The sensation builds in stages, beginning in fantasy, fuelled by planning, and peaking in the final hours before departure, when everything is prepared and there is nothing to do but wait. For those A-type folks out there, who have their luggage washed, folded, labeled, and packed days in advance, this waiting game can be a foe. I’ve seen travellers far more worldly than I reduced to bundles of nerves as departure day looms.

Flight over Uganda

Why I Fly: Lead Pilot Tim Shopa on Canadian Aviation

After 31 years with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Tim Shopa has now joined Solar Ship Inc. as its Lead Test Pilot. A retired LCol., Shopa discusses Canada’s aviation history and sharing his perspective on what it means to be a pilot.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XIIs

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XIIs

A Lesson in Problem Solving: Ntangoraneurs

Go to most of the places in the world that have problems and you will hear certain people repeatedly say there is “no problem”:

Pas de problème (French)

Mei Wenti (Mandarin)

Tsy manine (Malagasy)

Ntangorané (Kirundi)

Hakuna Matata (Swahili)

The reason why certain people say there is no problem is partly because of their perspective and attitude toward problems and partly because extreme conditions create people who develop unique problem solving skills.

Inventing the Future

It has become common to use the term “disruptive” when referring to innovation and entrepreneurs.

As if this is a good thing.

Stronger than Steel

Investors spend time with analysts. Analysts ask the question “what?”

If all great new ventures answer the question “why?”, all the naysayer-right-hand-man-shoeshine-analysts ask the question “what?”

They sputter things like, “money has no smell,” and recount the times that “snake oil salesmen” have come into their office seeking money and then the money disappears.

They want numbers. They want certainty.