Are You Ready for Change?

Last week I was fortunate to attend a speakers meeting.  Everyone attending the event was a speaker in their field.  The format of the meeting was quite similar to a Toastmasters meeting but each of us was asked to make two short impromptu presentations.

The topic for the meeting was “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking With It”.  When I was first told about the topic I was not very clear how I could incorporate that topic into a short presentation.  On my way to the meeting, I realized that the best topic to speak on was change! [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…]

Lessons We Can All Learn

Over the past weekend, the Grey Cup game was played between two great Canadian Football League teams – The Winnipeg Bluebombers and the BC Lions.  These two teams came to the game with every intention of leaving the field the champion!  Only one team could do so, but that didn’t stop the drive and determination of either team.

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Greatness comes from Confidence

Have you ever experienced a period where your self-confidence has held you back from taking advantage of opportunities? Stopped you from achieving your best? I wish I could say no to these questions. Through my work with other business leaders, I have learned we all experience these situations in varying degrees. The difference between success and failure is how we respond to them. [Read more…]

Firsts

As I travelled to the airport earlier this week, I realized I was experiencing several firsts.  They aren’t remarkable except for the fact that I noticed them.  I confirmed my first agreement in my newly created Ambassador program.  I then met the son of a friend for the first time.  My trip to the airport was also a fist.  It was my first time riding the skytrain (metro) from downtown to the airport (wow was that easy and cheap).  I also experienced my first problem getting my Blackberry to work — RIM was having network problems and I couldn’t receive or send anything.

I am also flying on a new airline and writing my first blog post at 35.000 feet.  My experience at the airport was the worst check in I’ve ever experienced.  The airline had only 2 of 7 kiosks working and first class passengers were forced to stand in line with economy passengers to try and check in – not that that was a smooth process either! I lined up with the economy passengers and waited for the horrible service from the kiosk check-in.  Once on the plane, I was asked not once but twice to change seats with fellow passengers.  I’ve never done this before either. It didn’t matter to me which of 16 seats I sat in, so I obliged.   I also landed in Phoenix for the first time.

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Don’t Be a Lone Ranger

As a business professional you are a leader in your own right.  You are the leader of your career – whether that is as an employee in someone else’s company, or as an entrepreneur leading your own business.  Each of us become part of a larger network in the business world.  Our relationships with others becomes our power network – a platform from which we can grow and develop.  Many entrepreneurs and professionals become lone rangers… working in isolation because they have an insurmountable list of things to accomplish.

When I attend networking events with a lot of employed professionals, I find networking is very different than when networking in a room filled with entrepreneurs.  I often wonder why the two groups are so different. Connecting with others, regardless of your employment status should be the same — to build relationships with others. [Read more…]

Champions overcome Adversity

The hockey playoffs are a great example of how teams have to play smart and overcome adversity in order to achieve the ultimate goal – the Stanley Cup. Despite their best efforts and great cohesive play, determination by the other team to capitalize on a weaknesses is steadfast and can quickly change a win to a loss.
The same perseverance and clarity of vision is necessary for business owners to remain successful and competitive when times are tough. It has been stated that companies who continue regular marketing during an economic downturn rebound more effectively and quicker than those who cut back or fail to market their business. Small businesses are the heartblood of our economy and are poised to lead the country to stronger economic times.
Businesses need to stay focused on what they do well, maintain a strong customer focus, remain visible and be ready to capitalize on weaknesses of their competitors so that they are easily differentiated. What are you doing to be a champion?

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