Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

My Daily Personal Practice – A Variation Of Meditation For Goal Setting

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Have you ever tried to meditate? It sounds simple enough: just sit still, and try not to think about anything. Clear your mind, and enter instant nirvana. It’s promoted as the key to inner peace and has been credited with everything from curing diseases to boosting sex lives, so it seems like it’s worth a…

On Forbes – Hard Lessons In The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur: The‏ Phone Call That Changed Everything

Read the full article on Forbes “Stop yelling at me,” he said. This stranger, a man who I’d never met and was expecting to save my business from disaster, said those very words and spun me around completely. When I got off the phone with him a few minutes later, I was shaken. His voice…

Article on Forbes: The 2 Most Important Words in Business

Read the full article on Forbes Can you define your workplace culture with just two words? Be brutally honest here. Maybe your words would be boring and stressful. Or phony and gossipy. We won’t dwell too long on that–what I really want you to do is get clear on the two words you want to…

Article on Forbes: Don’t Have a Business Degree? Stop Waiting to Feel Qualified – Here’s What You Really Need

Click here to read the full article on Forbes A four-year degree in business will likely cost you $25,000 to $50,000 depending on where you go to school. An MBA will run you closer to a cool $100,000 by the time you factor in all expenses. Is it worth it? Well, as someone who spent…

Article on Forbes: How Kindness and Generosity Made My Business More Profitable

Read Full Article on Forbes.com You know it’s profitable to be socially-conscious and charitable when big companies make ‘corporate responsibility’ a priority. Does that sound cynical? Actually, I couldn’t be happier about this development: we all benefit when companies make a sincere effort to contribute more. If you’re a small business owner, it might seem…

The Peace in Peace & Profit

This blog post is different than what I usually share.  But today marks nine years since my whole life felt like it was turned upside down when my step-mom passed away from a tiring battle with breast cancer. In the beginning, the heartbreaking loss was almost the only thing I could think about, but as…

Playground Rules in the Workplace

Imagine you take all of your staff to the playground today, so everyone can get a little sunshine and much-needed vitamin D while they work. Each employee brings their workload with them and takes a seat on one of the teeter-totters. Do they all get to swing freely in the air, while balancing a manageable…

5 Parenting Tips That Will Make You a Better Boss

“I’m your boss, not your mother.” How many managers have wanted to scream that while dealing with bickering or whining employees? Yet the truth is, parenting and managing have far more in common than we might like to believe. I always saw my business as my baby, so the analogy strikes me as perfectly apt….

Taking 100% Responsibility: What it Means

Want to hear a fun story? I am going to share with you one of the worst moments I ever had in business… and tell you what I gained from it. In my first year of operating my first store, it was a whirlwind of excitement. Business was good, and I was insanely busy but…

Are Your Buddies Bad for Business?

Quick: write down the names of the 5 people you spend the most time with, and then write down the qualities–good and bad–that you associate with them. Does this strike you as a great list of people? Do you feel good when you’re around them? Do they inspire you and challenge you to be the best…

Is Your Business an “Unkind Environment”?

It breaks my heart to hear friends and family tell me about their stressful, de-humanizing experiences at work. When you consider that the average person will spend between 90,000 to 100,000 hours or more at work during their lifetime, it’s sad to think that so many people have a negative experience of those hours. Obviously,…

6 Business Tips from Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid, and I still think Mary offers a lot of wisdom to live by: Feed the Birds: share your wealth with others. Use your business as a vehicle for making contributions to your community, by training your staff to be visionary leaders, sponsoring…

Your 6 Most Important Things

There are about 5 kajillion different methods and systems for improving productivity. My favourite? It takes about 5 minutes, and the ability to write or type a list. Oh, and it will literally CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I apologize for the all caps there–I don’t want to shout at you, but I cannot overstate the magnificent,…

Innovation Vs. Systems: Seth Godin’s Linchpin & Michael Gerber’s E-Myth

Two fantastic books, two very divergent views. And I believe the key to massive success is to apply them both. Gerber’s approach has revolutionized many a business in the past couple of decades, encouraging entrepreneurs to think big, create businesses they can grow and scale easily. It’s the McDonald-ization effect, creating operations that provide adequate–not…

“Insert Smile Here” Vs. Making a Genuine Connection

I will never, ever tell my staff to follow the ‘insert smile here’ model of customer service. You know, like the kind of scripted dialogue you get at McDonalds. Or the automatic “hello” you get upon walking into WalMart. Some people might appreciate that kind of mindless interaction, but I don’t. And I’m sure my…