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Category Archives: Communication

Do You Foster Useful Communication??

by admin on August 03, 2017

Tweet 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, ...

Make Their Goals Your Goals (Open Forum)

by admin on August 01, 2017

Tweet 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 ...

Everything I Know About Recruiting I Learned Duck Hunting

by admin on July 31, 2017

Tweet 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 ...

Go (A Little) Crazy

by admin on October 10, 2016

Tweet   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 ...

The Key to Good Communication

by admin on October 03, 2016

Tweet 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 ...

A Vivid Vision Perfect Future

by admin on September 19, 2016

Tweet 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 ...

Hall of Fame

by admin on September 12, 2016

Tweet When I mentor young entrepreneurs, I endeavor to give them a war chest of skills that will help them long into the future. One tool that I ensure each of them has is a Vivid Vision. I’ve talked about these invaluable documents a lot in other blog posts. They are one of my hallmarks. ...

Get Into Your Discomfort Zone

by admin on September 05, 2016

Tweet Chances are you’ve built a nice office for yourself. It’s comfortable space filled with everything you need to get your job done, whether it’s your laptop or pictures of your family when you need a bit of motivation. It’s the perfect spot to sit down and start mapping out the future of your company ...

World Class Culture & Leadership at 100MPH

by admin on August 29, 2016

Tweet Have you ever observed an athlete just before a competition? Perhaps you should look at the high jumpers during the Olympics next time, you’ll see many of them standing very still before they start running towards the bar, and then they’ll close their eyes and you’ll see their head bobbing up and down as ...

This Could Get Intense, and That’s A Good Thing!

by admin on August 22, 2016

Tweet “What’s your biggest fault?” “Tell me about a time you disagreed with a supervisor” Please. With all due respect to the highly trained HR insiders out there, I think traditional, wishy-washy interviews suck. It’s my experience that sticking to the pre-approved, PC interview script means the interviewee only says what he or she thinks ...

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