If you follow my blogs on a frequent basis, you probably know that I have a strong desire to include a ‘give-back’ program in my business. Giving back is, in my opinion, an important component of any business and their corporate social responsibility (CSR). Corporate social responsibility offers a business a wonderful opportunity to connect with their community. Employees and customers are becoming very discerning about which companies they align with. CSR is one area that I believe should be included in every business, no matter how big or small. [Read more…]
This video was shared on Twitter. I remember this event and was touched at the time. This video sends all of us two key messages.
Don’t Give Up! You don’t have to do it alone! You cannot succeed if you give up!
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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…]
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…]
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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…]
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?