Celebrate more this Christmas, worry less about business

This year, stop rushing through the holidays long enough to let your thoughts be diverted from the burdens of work to the joyfulness of the season

Celebrate more this Christmas, worry less about businessWhat do we miss by rushing through the celebrations and skipping the festivities of the Christmas season? At the end of the year, many people celebrate holidays like Christmas or Hanukah, New Year’s Eve or Festivals of Lights. Even if you aren’t religious, you probably celebrate Christmas with gifts or family gatherings and large meals.…

Poverty, homelessness must be tackled by business

Not only does work help financially but it empowers people to take control of their lives and rise above poverty

Poverty, homelessness must be tackled by businessHomelessness is increasingly a problem in cities big and small across North America. Yet as business leaders we tend think the issue isn’t our problem – unless, of course, we have a business affected by a homeless camp, squatters in our doorsteps or addicts in our alleyways. We can’t comprehend why people aren’t working like…

Businesses must develop emerging leaders

We don’t recognize that times and technology have changed, we’ve been holding the organization back or we’re just exhausted by our years of leadership

Businesses must develop emerging leadersIt wasn’t the several times I almost died on the job. It wasn’t when I fell off roofs or rolled heavy equipment. But I can remember the day and time I knew I had to get out of construction. It was -35C and I was demolishing a gas station for my employer. As I went…

How to turn surviving into thriving

If we’re focused on thriving and growing during periods of difficulty and change, our brains look for these opportunities

How to turn surviving into thrivingWhile the overall economic numbers seem to indicate that the Canadian economy is firing on all cylinders, there are still areas geographically and by industry where businesses are struggling. Having lived through a number of difficult times in my 30-plus years owning and running businesses, I’ve learned there are a number of ways to improve…

How to turn overwhelmed into overwhelmingly successful

Make a written list, set priorities, breathe and relax, and then focus on one task at a time

How to turn overwhelmed into overwhelmingly successfulI recently woke up sleepless at 2:30 am. If you’re in a leadership role in a business or even in your household, you probably know the drill. My mind was spinning with the long list of tasks I had to complete. The 75-unit project I’m working on for a client; the three people who need…

Tree planting and the psychology of business success

It’s time you set some goals, tracked your progress and celebrated your successes

Tree planting and the psychology of business successTim Gilbert told me it would be tough but I never realized how tough tree planting was until I stood in the bush in the middle of nowhere, bugs swarming around my head, as I was exposed to the raw elements of a northern spring. With my bag of trees strapped across my hips, shovel…

Are your employees fogged in?

When we determine achievable goals and develop workable plans to reach those goals, our teams get clarity. And that brings productivity

Are your employees fogged in?The city had been socked in with a heavy layer of fog for weeks when I decided to drive up to an area I hadn’t been to before. As I climbed through the layers of cloud, I wondered where I was going and why people would live up such a steep hill. But as I…

The lessons every business can learn from Las Vegas

Build on your strengths to keep customers coming back, diversify in order to expand and increase your margins

The lessons every business can learn from Las VegasLas Vegas has grown from humble farming beginnings in the middle of the desert to an oasis that captures the imagination and money of people from all over the world. You might be one of the 40 million people who visited Las Vegas last year or one of the hundreds of millions who have been…

Procrastination and the art of dodging work

It certainly makes sense to prioritize your tasks and skip work that offers little overall value. But failing to fulfil commitments won't get you ahead

Procrastination and the art of dodging workI had a hard time writing this article. I’m not sure if it was fatigue or laziness, but I procrastinated even sitting down at the computer until almost the last minute. I had excuses, distractions, a nap and a few squirrels to chase on social media. I even saw something that said Bill Gates, or…

Finding your business’s sweet spot

Berry picking is a lot like business: you need to to work through the thorns, avoid the bears and pick where others aren’t

Finding your business’s sweet spotI like picking berries in the summer. It’s one of those memories that lasts into the fall and winter, much like the frozen berries that are hidden in the freezer for a tasty bit of summer on a cold day. I’m not sure if I was always a good berry picker but I do remember…

How to make your advertising more effective

Good advertising works to capture attention, elicit emotion and get responses, but most advertisers don't know how to go about achieving those goals

How to make your advertising more effectiveAdvertising can stimulate desire. Not that any advertising I ever participated in when I was single resulted in crowds of female admirers. However, working in the health food industry, I would often strive to create in my customers a desire for better health. My ads would try to kindle a response that would generate traffic…

Can your business survive a crash?

A healthy business ensure that all areas – sales, marketing, finances, management, vendors and customers – are exercised and challenged

Can your business survive a crash?I’ve been head over heels in love a couple times – but in cycling and business, I’ve been head over heels many times. Once, for example, I was on an early-morning ride on my road bike. I was doing hill repeats to get into shape to be able to keep up with the “fast crowd.” As I…

Regrets? I have a few. But I now know how to avoid them

By using tools that give perspective before making decisions, like the 10-10-10 rule, we can minimize our missteps

Regrets? I have a few. But I now know how to avoid themWe’ve all pushed send on an email or text and then regretted our actions 10 minutes later. It happened to me just this week. Someone shortened a deadline on a project and I questioned it. The person responded in a snarky manner. Squeezed by an already busy schedule with my temper rising, I sent an…

The best business leaders are courageous every day

If we want to be successful as leaders, we need to create an organizational climate where courage is celebrated

The best business leaders are courageous every dayIt takes courage for some people to get out of bed each morning and face the day. For others, it’s courageous to go up and say hello to a new person in their class or in their office. People who take risks to save lives, stand up for what’s right, face daily pain, jump out…

The best business leaders are courageous every day

If we want to be successful as leaders, we need to create an organizational climate where courage is celebrated

The best business leaders are courageous every dayIt takes courage for some people to get out of bed each morning and face the day. For others, it’s courageous to go up and say hello to a new person in their class or in their office. People who take risks to save lives, stand up for what’s right, face daily pain, jump out…
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