What I Learned This Week: The Hero’s Journey

November 26, 2009

Most of us go on hero’s journeys in our lives and businesses. The idea of the hero’s journey or monomyth originally came from Joseph Campbell and had 17 steps.  I learned about a 7 step version on a group coaching call this week and raced to draw it for you (I still love that grade 6 feeling of using markers and…

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"Ship, then test!" says Guy Kawasaki

November 20, 2009

Last night I was invited to Challenge Your World as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (thank you, Martin Lessard!). Guy Kawasaki was spectacular as the keynote speaker. For the most part, Guy’s top 10 tips for entrepreneurs make a ton of sense. There are only a couple I dispute. My comments are in italics. Build what YOU want to use– in other…

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Coach Buffet: A Satisfying Soup

October 16, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Soup is your metaphor for the week, Cancerian.  Symbolically speaking, it’s the key to your personal power and a model for the approach you should take in everything you do. On the most basic level, you might want to eat some soup every day.  That will make potent suggestions to your subconscious mind about how to…

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All you can – – -?

October 13, 2009

They are Chinese and Indian many other ethnicities.  You often find them in hotels and on cruise ships.  They are often overflowing with plenty, and some would say they are wasteful. Many people overeat at them.  What are THEY? Buffets, of course.  They sound like a great idea when you are really hungry and you often regret it very quickly…

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Lead From Your Primary Aim

September 28, 2009

Over lunch I read three disperate things and somehow decided they were all connected (or that if they weren’t, I was going to find a way to connect them!).  Aim…Aim is the common theme I see.  And the three things I read are: 1)      Chapter 12 of Michael’s Gerber’s The E Myth Revisited (E stand for entrepreneur) outlining the importance of  “your primary…

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Risk/Reward: The Entrepreneur’s R&R: The Little Red Riding Hood of Cupcakes

September 24, 2009

This a.m. I sat at Cafe Momus in Old Montreal and enjoyed one of the best cupcakes of my life. It was creamy and chocolaty and just the right texture and consistency.  Across the table from me was Nadine Spicer, the woman responsible.  She owns Les Cupcakes du Chaperon Rouge  (Little Red Riding Hood Cupcakes) .  Her cupcakes are made…

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Choosing and Using the Right Coach

September 21, 2009

This article was written by Peggy Grall, executive coach and author of Just Change It.  The article was shared with me by Corry Robertson, a performance leadership coach who is participating in our upcoming Coach Buffet on Oct 15th in Montreal and November 17th in Toronto. Choosing a coach is a lot like shopping for shoes, and can be almost as frustrating. You…

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A Fearful Finch Flies From the Nest

September 17, 2009

This is a departure, dear reader, from my usual topics of business, coaching and a side of tango.  It is with great delight, that I break tradition and share with you a Dr. Seuss style poem instead. This poem is very dear to me as it was written by a special client I have been coaching after I read her “Oh the…

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Seth Godin’s Lessons From Very Tiny Businesses

August 23, 2009

Thank you to my friend and strategic communications expert Deborah Hinton of Hinton : for sending me the following tips from Seth Godin: 1. Go where your customers are. Jacquelyne runs a tiny juice company called Chakwave. I met her in Los Angeles, standing next to an organic lunch truck. Like the little birds that clean the teeth of the hippo,…

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Seth Godin's Lessons From Very Tiny Businesses

August 23, 2009

Thank you to my friend and strategic communications expert Deborah Hinton of Hinton : for sending me the following tips from Seth Godin: 1. Go where your customers are. Jacquelyne runs a tiny juice company called Chakwave. I met her in Los Angeles, standing next to an organic lunch truck. Like the little birds that clean the teeth of the hippo,…

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