This month’s SPARK book of the month is a new release by Monica M. Regan. With December fast approaching, setting your goals for 2012 is important for success.
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…]
During a recent networking event, the group had a discussion about business planning and why it is important to business success. I was pleased, and somewhat surprised by how many people in the group actually had a written business plan. I’m sure our discussion spurred on the others to get started.
At one point in the discussion we talked about how rapidly things change and this can force you to review and retweek your plan. That’s life! Things change — and its good they do! Would you want to get stuck in the same ol’ rut? Don’t leave things to chance. Take the lead and work your plan. You’ll love the results.
On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
An’ if somethin’ scares you
and you want to run
Jus’ let on like
it’s Hallowe’en fun.
– – – from an Early Nineteenth Century Halloween Postcard
Halloween is one of my favourite celebrations all year. It’s fun, inspires creativity and is an interactive experience.
The focus on small business continues this week in recognition of Small Business Week. A recent article by ISLTV.com featured the secrets to small business. This article cites a survey conducted by RBC Small Business by Ipsos Reid. The survey results revealed the following as the top three components business owners need to focus on in order to grow their business:
2) manage your time well (43 per cent)
3) engage in networking (38 per cent).
This week is Small Business Week . The theme of this year’s theme according to the Business Development Bank of Canada is “Power Up Your Business – Invest. Innovate. Grow.”
On September 8th, 2011, President Obama stated “Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin.” Bloomberg Businessweek writer, Charles Kenny states in his article “Rethinking the Booseterism of Small Business“, “the notion that small business is the force behind prosperity is not true. The longer the U.S. and other countries cling to this myth, the harder it will be to carry out the kinds of economic policies that might actually stimulate job growth.” An interesting thought particularly with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests happening worldwide.
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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Last week I attended the SOHO SME Expo. This expo attracted small and medium business owners in a wide variety of sectors. I had the opportunity to connect with many attendees while assisting a colleague, Sue Clement, Success Coaching with her booth at the event. I had the opportunity to share my programs as I networked around the room. I was amazed at how many people had not heard about mastermind programs. This struck a chord and I knew I had to share more information about this tool for success.