Marzena Czarnecka, Writer

Business writing with attitude


I write. That’s what I do. I write with an inimitable style and attitude about the most serious and complex of subjects. Except when I laugh at and skewer those … Continue reading


Strategy Session: Be A Quitter

And now, for something completely different. I don’t want you to persevere. In the November 2014 edition of The Strategy Session (Alberta Venture),  I get Oliver Baezner, the former Vice-President of Sales … Continue reading

November 4, 2014

Top 40 Under 40: Rachael L’Orsa: Into the fire

I interviewed Rachel L’Orsa while British Columbia was burning, and she was taking a break from jumping into its blazing infernos. I know. How cool is she? But that’s not … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Top 40 Under 40: Duncan Ly: “Cook with love”

Chef Duncan Ly and I spoke on the telephone… but I’m pretty sure I could smell what he was cooking in the background. For the full story: Avenue: Top 40 … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Amazing Calgarians: An Afternoon with Amy Dryer

I meet Calgary artist Amy Dryer at a loading dock in a back alley. There are two giant garbage dumpsters between us, and an army of grey porta-potties, protected by … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Top 40 Under 40: Amy Dryer: Creating with tenacity

My encounter with yyc artist Amy Dryer possibly changed my life. It might do the same for you. The “formal,” published result of our interview  is here: Avenue: Top 40 … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Women in Leadership: Opportunities lost. And not because our bosses are misogynist pricks

Yesterday, I spoke at the the Government of Alberta’s Women in Leadership: Paving the Way Conference, as part of the Systemic Barriers to Leadership session. The planning group asked me to … Continue reading

October 22, 2014

Strategy Session: The Remote Future

This month, John Piercy, Group Vice-President at Business with Shaw Communications, rejoins the Strategy Session (Alberta Venture) for another conversation about the future of work. We both agree you’re old … Continue reading

October 7, 2014

Strategy Session: Profile This

This month’s Strategy Session is about Dianetics. No, not really. Actually, it explores how to use personality profile tools to understand and work with people who are totally different from you. … Continue reading

September 8, 2014

Condo Craze: Calgary’s Housing Transformation

Best thing about this story: I used the phrase “and that product is not a one-bedroom converted rental unit that looks like the setting for a bad 1970s porn flick” … Continue reading

September 5, 2014

Strategy Session: The Art and Science of The Business Plan

This month, I want you to drop everything, and write a business plan. Like, a REAL business plan. Here’s why: You will do this, because once you have a business … Continue reading

August 4, 2014

A “lost” year: on standing still, moving forward, stepping back

First published on  Nothing By The Book, June 2014 Come. Come in. I have something I want to show you. Here, over here: this box. That one. And that pile over there. … Continue reading

July 25, 2014

Strategy Session: Want a tech-savvy workforce?

The July Strategy Session (Alberta Venture) is just pure fun. If you’re too busy to read the whole damn thing, do absorb these two points: 1. There will always be … Continue reading

July 3, 2014

A love letter to my flood plain

As we approach the anniversary of the 2013 floods:

June 13, 2014

Strategy Session: Star Search—five steps to skilling up your employees

The June 2013 Alberta Venture Strategy Session is all about using your talent to the utmost: that is, not letting your promising employees languish in dead-end jobs. The story-behind-the-story starts … Continue reading

June 5, 2014

Quote This: Matt Haig on Humans… or what I did today instead of working

“I know that some of you reading this are convinced humans are a myth, but I am here to state that they do actually exist. For those that don’t know, … Continue reading

June 3, 2014

Strategy Session: Motivating a 21st century workforce

The May 2014 Alberta Venture Strategy Session is all about motivation, and it needs no pre-amble. In gratitude to author-speaker-motivator Michael Kerr for getting me going on this one. • … Continue reading

May 1, 2014

Strategy Session: Sweating the Big Stuff

The April 2014 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture) was essentially about being productive, organized and not procrastinating. You know: focusing on the Big Picture? Getting things done? The amount of time … Continue reading

April 1, 2014


Canadian business writer. Historically focused on energy, renewable and not; law, particularly business of; and complex corporate sagas. Based in Calgary, writing nationally. Boasting an inimitable voice and style. Grappling with existential angst.

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