LIfe is Full of Turbulence

Today at the Olympics, Canadian swimmer bronze medalist, Brent Hayden, won the bronze  medal in the men’s 100m freestyle.  In his post event interview, Hayden said life is full of turbulence but you have to build bridges and when you have a strong foundation you cross the bridge and cut through the turbulence. [Read more…]

And Your Answer Is…?

Will Change Hurt or Help?

In my work, I am always dealing with change.  It may be helping clients to implement new systems, facing behaviours that are not working for them, creating new products/services, starting a new business or switching jobs (or careers).  No matter how we look at it, change is a constant.  There are many commonalities in how business owners, leaders, organizations and industries are dealing with this reality but there are also many differences.  Some organizations are internalizing the changes (looking inward and identifying ways to restructure, identify efficiencies, and plan for the future), while other organizations are looking outward for support and ideas in addition to looking inward.  It doesn’t matter if the organization is large or small, there are examples of both approaches in each category. [Read more…]

Contrasts of Life

As I travelled from meeting to meeting today, I observed, heard and experienced so many situations that were such contrasts.  Here are some of the scenarios…

Scenario 1: A mother walking with her toddler down the road was dressed in a parka with the jacket closed and fur-lined hood was up and drawn tight.  On the opposite side of the street was a middle-aged man dressed in a Hawaiian style short-sleeved shirt, shorts and sandals walking his dogs. [Read more…]

EWM Article — Create a Business With Heart

I encourage you to check out my latest article in the Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine.   This article explores why businesses need to look at community-centered philanthropy as part of their business plan, client and employee retention programs.

     Create a Business With Heart

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…]

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Internal Motivation – Born or Learned?

When you have a goal that you want to achieve, what keeps you motivated to do what it takes to succeed?  A recent discussion with colleagues had us exploring this exact question.

In my opinion, people fit into three categories… [Read more…]

Write it Down & Achieve Success

Do you journal regularly?  Have you tried it and then gradually ‘fall out of habit’?  Well, you are not alone!
Journalling does require you to create a new habit but it’s a habit is strongly linked to success.  Who’s success — yours, if you journal.

A look at successful leaders throughout time reveals they all journal in some way.  Journalling help them gain the clarity of their vision, learn from successes and mistakes, and capture ideas when the iron strikes.  Proponents of journalling state that putting pen to paper to write your vision and goals, sets a stronger intention and makes them seem more real than if you were to type that information into a computer.  I have to agree with this suggestion.  Every year I write (or draw) my plan for the year and all the milestones I want to achieve.  I tried using a mindmap software program and writing my list of goals, also using the computer.  After about 2 months I realized that I didn’t have a strong connection to my plan and went back to pen and paper (and colouring pencils) and copied the information from the computer on to the paper.  After this change, I was much more connected and successful in achieving what I set out to accomplish. [Read more…]

Why Businesses Lose Customers

 I attended a Burnaby Board of Trade Boardroom Series workshop today.  The guest speaker was Roy Prevost, who describes himself as a customer service strategist and small business crusader.  Roy began his session by asking what is the objective of your product or service?

And your answer is …? [Read more…]

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