Either you compete and constantly find ways to improve or you
People under-estimate how truly competitive it is out there
– at home, across the country and globally, says Ryan Caligiuri of Ryan
As a growth strategist, Ryan works with companies to help
them generate leads, enter new markets and build new revenue streams and
If he were to make the news, it would probably be for doing
just that – working with small and medium-sized companies to help them find a
breakthrough for growth.
“That’s all I do, day and night,” he says.
It’s about finding where the gaps are between where a
company is today and where it wants to be, then addressing those gaps with
strategies that drive the organization forward.
“It’s not about using conventional means in a simplistic
way. It’s about looking at the present, envisioning something different and
developing approaches to make that vision a reality.”
Ryan says his creativity is the skill that’s helped him
most. He’s been able to generate a variety of creative solutions to complex
What he likes most about what he does is the conversations
he has with everyone from business owners and marketers to communication
“It’s exciting … what often starts with a friendly
conversation about their business and experiences I’ve had, turns into
something deeper. They may have a problem or goal … we talk solutions and make
sure there’s a plan in place to get them started and finished. Like a friend, I
make sure I’m there the entire way.”
A simple conversation can put out such good energy and
karma, he says.
“I love networking, which is really about listening,
learning and helping, if the time is right and the opportunity presents itself.
“In business, you have to have a level of trust before you
can work together. That’s why I love starting to work with people without them
even knowing it, simply by giving them strategies that can help. This has
fuelled a lot of great fortune in my life.”
Ryan shares his wisdom as a national columnist with The
Globe and Mail.
“More people are coming to me with their specific problems.
They ask me for advice because I’ve been thrown into the spotlight. They come
for guidance and help. I hear all types of challenges from all different
industries and sizes of businesses.”
He does a lot of work in Toronto, but being from Winnipeg has
had no impact on his credibility, he says.
However, people have suggested to him that travelling to
Toronto at least gets him out of Winnipeg.
“Whenever someone asks why I stay in Winnipeg, I turn around
and ask why they’d say that. They have no idea what Winnipeg is really like.
It’s a beautiful city that’s growing, expanding and constantly improving. I
love my city and make sure people know that every chance I get.”