Some chicken, some neck

If you live in Mississauga or Brampton (and one million people do) tune in on Thursday at 2 p.m. for In Business with David Wojcik. The half-hour segment on Rogers Cable Channel 10 also features telecom analyst Lawrence Surtees. Surtees explains why Nortel failed; I talk about how Research In Motion succeeded.

In the show taped today we both agreed on one thing: the best technology CEOs in Canada right now are RIM’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. We are good company. Barron’s today announced that Mike and Jim are on the magazine’s list of the the 30 most respected CEOs in the world.

Local cable draws as many viewers as some network shows. In Business, now in its second year, focuses on numerous topics of interest to startups as well as small and medium-sized business. Nortel is a lesson in what not to do; RIM provides secrets of success.

But for all RIM’s achievements to date,  a worried Wojcik asked: “Isn’t RIM a one-trick pony?” I paraphrased Winston Churchill: “Some trick, some pony.”

In addition to this Thursday’s air date, the show will repeat six more times in the coming days. If it’s judged among the season’s best, the show could still be running this summer. See you then!

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