Category Archives: Values

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…

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…

Calming the Lizard Brain: 5 Steps to Dealing With Drama at Work

You know that surge of energy or sick feeling that takes over your body when someone takes credit for your work, makes condescending remarks about your presentation, or steals the pomegranate juice you left in the office fridge? Anytime you get triggered and feel it in your body, you can be sure the ‘lizard brain’,…

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…

What a Mission Statement Really Is

Does your business have a mission statement? Do you know what it is, right now, without looking it up? If so, I congratulate you. Very impressive! Truly, I don’t think most people could pass this test. Certainly, most employees would not be able to remember the mission statement of the companies they work for, and…

Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ is Terrible Advice

Follow your passion! We are constantly being told this is THE key to success. Of course, it’s just that simple, right?  “Gosh, why didn’t I think of that?”, you say, as you slap your forehead. As if you haven’t already been racking your brain, trying to figure out what the heck you could possibly be so…

Building Your Brand with Your Values

In boardrooms, kitchens and cafes across the nation, people are building great businesses. And inevitably, they must ask themselves the following questions (hopefully sooner rather than later): what’s my brand? How do you put a brand together? How do you know you’re on the right track? Why the heck is a brand so important anyway?…