Are You (Your business) Heading Toward Greatness or Doom?

July 4, 2010

Good to great transformations don’t happen in one fell swoop says Jim Collins. Collins uses the concept of a fly wheel (a massive metal disk mounted horizonally on its axle, 30 feet in diameter and 5000 lbs).  The first pushes to turn the wheel take a lot of energy and the wheel inches forward. Add lots more energy and many…

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When to call the coach

June 5, 2010

Hey, look who is featured today! What a pleasure to wake up and read the great coverage on business coaching (and my coaching!) as today’s feature on the front page of the business section of The Gazette: When to Call the Coach. Thank you Alison MacGregor for writing a balanced and comprehensive feature on business coaching. Thank you, Marie-Claude Pelletier, my client and President of Les…

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Faith and Brutal Reality- The Stockdale Paradox

June 4, 2010

Admiral Jim Stockdale was a prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam. Jim Collins writes about him in Good to Great. Stockdale was imprisoned for 8 years from 1965 to 1973 and tortured over 20 times. As a prisoner he did everything in his power to create conditions that would increase the likelihood that he and his fellow prisoners would survive…

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A Sales System to Find a True Fan, Or Many

May 17, 2010

One of my friends is dating online. Currently, she’s despondent, confused and depressed. The way I see it, online dating is like managing a sales system.  You pour a bunch of suspects into the top of your funnel and take steps to weed out all but qualified leads.  You talk to/ meet with the most compelling of them and through…

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Are You Digitally Disasterous or Digitally Distinct?

February 11, 2010

I am somewhere in the middle: digitally dabbling.  This is according to the results of this Online Identity Calculator I used earlier today to assess my online identity.  This article by Meg Guiseppi, CPBS, MRW, CPRW  of Executive Career Brand (as posted on tells you why you too should find out how you rate, and do it regularly. And while Meg focusses on executives, when you are a business…

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Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life- Part II

February 10, 2010

This past weekend Tanya and I created what I’ve dubbed our Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life Challenge in which we gave ourselves $50 each to buy food in secret which we would then combine to cook up a menu and meal together. Tanya bought: I bought: Morbier cheese Chocolate with pink peppercorns Mussels Oatmeal crisps Red chilli peppers French country farm sausage…

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Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life

February 8, 2010

I am just back from a weekend in Toronto with my dear friend and business partner Tanya (hereto forward known as Tanya with no preamble about how we are both best friends and business partners!).  The working weekend was set up about a week ago when we recognized that some face time was our answer to busting through the Seth Godin style…

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My Reputation is Golden

January 29, 2010

It is confirmed.  My reputation is Golden. Retriever, that is! In early January, I embarked on a journey to get information on how I am perceived by my current and past clients, colleagues, friends and family (well all the friends and family are current!).  My motivation was curiosity.  My intention: To gather information I could use in my marketing (i.e. where is the sweet spot…

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Playing to Your (VIA) Strengths

January 11, 2010

Twice in the past month I was pointed to the online VIA Survey of Character (or VIA Inventory of Strengths, VIA-IS). I didn’t pay it much attention the first time (it was Christmas after all!) but the second time it crossed my radar, I checked it out as it was presented as the “un-DSM-IV” which essentially means it is not about mental…

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Business Creativity and Innovation Thanks to Mr. Potato Head (and Frosty)

January 7, 2010

According to Hasbro: The three newest members of the MR. POTATO HEAD family offer tons of imaginative fun for playful toddlers. The charming PRINCESS SWEET POTATO figure comes complete with tiara and frog prince for royal adventures, and FRYER FIGHTER tater is ready to squelch flames with his handy fire extinguisher.  Swashbuckling spud CAPTAIN POTATO CHIPS figurine has a peg leg,…

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