From Red Velvet Cake to Red Velvet Ropes

May 8, 2009

Yesterday’s topic was company values (see The Value of Red Velvet Cake). Today I am on to the value of having a red velvet rope to keep non-ideal clients out!  Yes. You heard right. The idea belongs to Michael Port, business coach, and author of the widely read Book Yourself Solid. Port conjures up the velvet rope you may encounter when…

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The Value of Red Velvet Cake

May 7, 2009

Dedication to every client’s success Innovation that matters, for our company and for the world Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships   What do the above points represent?  They are the core values of IBM as developed last year by the 319,000 IBMers around the world who engaged in an open “values jam” on their global internet. Believe it or…

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Who’s Got Your Back?

April 30, 2009

Today I enjoyed a beautiful lunch of salmon and salad prepared by a very good friend. Right beside my plate was a newsletter about an entrepreneur group from Ivey that she thought would be relevant to my business development.  As lunch progressed, she remembered another article she wanted me to have and ran to get this morning’s Globe and Mail from her recycling bin. Interestingly,…

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Difficult Conversations for Business Owners

April 24, 2009

You have made a decision to let a longstanding employee go because she no longer adds value to your company; your number one supplier is slipping badly and if they don’t improve, you are going to contract with another supplier; you need to tell your wife you are going on a week long golf trip with your buddies (and you neglected…

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A Procrastination Buster for Entrepreneurs- Part 2

April 20, 2009

What would you give  to stroke a few of your hardest tasks off your “to do” list without having to do them yourself (and without paying a dime)?  How about giving your time in kind?!   The principle is simple. We call it a work swap and before I go any further, let me give credit to my friend Tanya, owner of Board of Your Life  and my…

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A Procrastination Buster for Entrepreneurs- Part 1

April 19, 2009

So you have a long “to do” list and a few of the same pesky items keep showing up week after week. You just can’t seem to knock them off your list.  Maybe your reoccurring list looks a bit like this: ·         Update contact management software (but you hate IT stuff!) ·         Call people you met at recent Board of Trade…

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An Entrepreneur is Like a Great Tanguero (a.k.a. tango dancer)

April 8, 2009

So you might readily agree that one could draw parallels between tango and sex. I go so far as to say there are parallels between tango and business and specifically that there are common characteristics between tango dancers and entrepreneurs. And it has nothing to do with sex. Hear me out. For starters, is there any dance more complicated to…

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Business Impeccability

April 3, 2009

Impeccability, being without fault or error, is something to strive for in business.  And it doesn’t have to take on the heavy “absence of sin” definition.  So, go ahead…succeed wildly and make lots of room for mistakes too. In fact, fail and fail again.  As long as you learn each time and ask yourself how you can be more impeccable the next time, you are…

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Life is Sliding Doors

March 13, 2009

Sliding Doors is a 1998 film starring Gwenth Paltrow. The film follows the life of Helen Quilley (Paltrow), who is fired from her  public relations job.  The film’s plot splits into two parallel universes which run in tandem. In one universe, Helen manages to catch a train home on time, and in the other she misses it (see full description).  If Helen…

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Dancing in the Moment

January 20, 2009

I used to strap on tango shoes and “dance in the moment’ for real two or three times a week. I loved the sensation of moving around the dance floor with a graceful and skilled partner. And I endeavour to dance in the moment metaphorically in my professional life every time I coach someone in life/ business. It seems this…

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