Mindset & Change

This week I was reminded how quickly things change.  I was working with a client who was experiencing change so quickly they began to feel overwhelmed.    This professional is highly proficient in their career and has a successful business.  No one is immune to these situations.
Together we worked on the priorities and identified the greatest opportunities, what could be delegated and what needed a quick fix.   My client was very positive and open to the changes and his goal was to remain on the forward edge.   In the end his plan to manage these changes were clear and his stress level was in check. [Read more…]

Another New Beginning

Gung Hay Fat Choy

In recognition of the start of a new lunar year in the Chinese culture, I want to wish everyone a very happy & successful new year!  Gung Hay Fat Choy means “Best Wishes and Congratulations.  Have a Prosperous and Good Year“.

The Water Dragon is the most prestigious symbol of good fortune in the Chinese astrologic calendar.  It is mystical rather than an earthly animal, and brings with it enormous success but it can also bring significant crashes. [Read more…]

A Leader as a Trailblazer

On January 19, 2012 Canada, women’s sport and her family and friends lost a talented, inspirational young woman — Sarah Burke.   Her official website (http://sarahburkeski.com/) described Sarah as a “snow industry icon”.  She was “a freeskiing pioneer, six-time X Games gold medalist and … a legendary athlete, role model and an inspiration.  As the first competitive female freeskier, she successfully lobbied the Winter X Games to include women in freeskiing events on equal standing. [Read more…]

A Special Deal

I  introduced our new Business Leadership Journal earlier this month.  In honour of my Grandfather’s birthday (a good reason for a special price), I decided to offer a special price.  I’m excited about this new business / career tool that will keep you focused and accountable to your goals and plans and learning from your setbacks and successes. [Read more…]

Leadership – it’s challenges and opportunties

John Furlong recently spoke at the TEDx-SFU event in Vancouver.  I hope you will enjoy his talk and gain some leadership insights.

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Do You Only Rise to the Occasion?

Motivation has been on my mind a lot in recent weeks.  I know I recently wrote about whether motivation is born within us or learned.  (I hope you’ll take a few minutes to review that article).  As an avid Vancouver Canucks fan, I watched the Boston game this past Saturday where the Canucks were on their game, followed by Monday’s game against the Florida Panthers, where the game was slow and unexciting.  The rivalry for the Bruins game was high, especially after the Stanley Cup Finals in June 2011.  On the other hand, getting that same motivation for a team that most likely isn’t a play-off contender, and they only play once a year is a lot more difficult. [Read more…]

Add SPARK to Your First Impression

On Saturday afternoon, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Young Women in Business – Simon Fraser University group.  This group of young business students are very astute and soak in information.  Maureen McKinnon began the afternoon session with her “May the Force Be With You” presentation on resumes, portfolios and interviews.  Even I learned some new tips.

I was the second speaker.  My presentation focused on making a good first impression.  More about this in a moment.  I was followed by Chelle Morgan who helped us with her fashion and cost saving ideas — a great job.  Lastly, the YWiB executive shared tips on dinner etiquette.  A wonderful addition to a well rounded program.

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Take a Beeline to your Target

Have you ever wandered off course when trying complete a project or reach your goals?  If you are like most people, the answer is most likely a definite yes!  In my Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine article 5 Secrets to Turning Good Intentions into Great Results, I mentioned how creating a board of directors can be valuable in keeping you on course.  Staying on track can be a huge challenge.  Each day we are pulled in different directions by clients, suppliers, employees, our own career or entrepreneurial tendencies for innovation and by life itself.  Engaging with a Coach is one way to keep yourself on-track but this approach may not be for you.  Another option is to find an accountability partner or group, also referred to as a mastermind or peer mentoring group.   Groups can be facilitated by a Coach or self-directed.

I personally have used, and continue to use both approaches to keep my business growing and developing.  Without the support of my coach and mastermind partners, I do not believe that I would have achieved the growth and fulfillment I have.  I never stop learning from them.  I also love to share in their successes too. [Read more…]

Book of the Month – January 2012

Are you in business?  Do you represent another company (as an employee or a sub-contractor) or are you the business owner?  No matter which position you hold, how you communicate about your product and services to clients, colleagues and prospects will have a significant impact on your bottom line.

My Book of the Month for January 2012 is “Positioning” by Al Ries and Jack Trout.  As marketing experts, Ries and Trout share the importance of communicating to create the right positioning image in the minds of others.  If you are not getting the results you want, this book offers valuable information, case studies and ideas to break through your own challenges.

Described as a must read for anyone in business today, “Positioning” is easy to read and a great addition to every business library.  As a marketing classic, “Positioning” is as relevant today as it was in 1981, when it was first written.

A more detailed summary of this book is offered by QuickMBA.com

Have you read this book?  Share your thoughts…

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