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Do You Foster Useful Communication??

by admin on August 03, 2017

Ever notice how the same people tend to talk a lot in meetings, and those who usually stay quiet never speak up? Quiet COOs against vehemently outspoken CEOs are a common example of how communication in most top-level meetings are quite lopsided, with one party doing all the talking. As the Chief Operating Officer, you ...

Make Their Goals Your Goals (Open Forum)

by admin on August 01, 2017

We all encourage our employees to dream big, but did you ever consider that helping them achieve those dreams could go far in achieving your own goals? It doesn’t matter if you are 2nd in Command and not the CEO. Personally helping your employees become more ambitious will ultimately only reward you and the organization ...

Everything I Know About Recruiting I Learned Duck Hunting

by admin on July 31, 2017

My grandfather Cam Shortts was a great businessman, but he was an even better hunter. He owned a successful hunting and fishing lodge in northern Ontario, an amazing place where I spent many, many days in my youth. It was a lodge that was frequented by corporate big wigs – CEOs, CFOs and COOs holed ...

Just Do It – Don’t Ask Permission…

by admin on June 03, 2017

Leaders need to lead – not make decisions for their direct reports.   Leaders are supposed to grow people, not do their work for them. When someone comes to you to ask permission, or to get your opinion – teach them to ask themselves these 5 questions before they email or message you, let alone before ...

Top 3 Reasons To Use a Retained Search Firm

by admin on January 30, 2017

With the influx of technology today, finding the right candidates and talents for your company is easier than ever, but despite these advances in technology, many such job postings, whether in print or on the Internet, are barely noticed, and when they do get noticed; you’ll have to spend a lot of time sorting through ...

PR Is Not Part of Your Marketing Department!

by admin on December 15, 2016

The popular misconception that PR should be considered a part of the marketing department is a big mistake. Public relations, in the way I’ve been doing it for 22 years, is a sales role and it needs to be treated accordingly. It takes the mindset of a salesperson to excel at PR, wherein marketing & ...

Go (A Little) Crazy

by admin on October 10, 2016

  If you are trying to create a fun, fostering environment that will inspire your employees to creative brilliance, you have to go a little crazy. (Although running your own company will probably already have you well on the way). I have always gone out of my way to create bright, colorful workplaces and done ...

The Key to Good Communication

by admin on October 03, 2016

A good friend of mine once asked me if I was “arguing to be right, or trying to be understood?” I ask myself that often – not because I argue a lot – but to remind myself that the key to good communication is listening to what people have to say, not telling them what ...

Refuse to Participate in Recessions

by admin on September 26, 2016

STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT! Stop complaining and stop making excuses. So what if the economy sucks? Yes, there is/was a recession. Yes, the housing market plummeted. I know. I get it. I read more news from multiple outlets than I probably should. As an entrepreneur and as a business coach, I don’t really ...

A Vivid Vision Perfect Future

by admin on September 19, 2016

I’ve worked with a lot of young, ambitious entrepreneurs in my time as a business coach and mentor. They are a diverse group, from tech savvy Silicon Valley insiders to master sommeliers. They’ve wanted a lot of different things, from more press to a better corporate culture. But underneath it all, they’ve all really wanted ...

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