One Word for 2021

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When 2020 arrived, I had recently split with my husband of 17 years, sold our family home, and moved into a new apartment. The problem was that during the year of getting the house ready and sold, I turned away work. And I started the … Keep reading…

One Word for 2020

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided on my one word for 2019. It was a week after my husband had told me he wanted to split up… and I chose EMBRACE as my guiding word for the coming year. At the … Keep reading…

That’s Not What I Wanted to Hear

The best boss I ever had told me I was a crappy listener. Those weren’t the exact words he used, but Carlos was always blunt and to-the-point during performance reviews. I was young and confident… and completely surprised to be told I had this failing. … Keep reading…

What Would Your Hero Do?

Survivor fans might remember WWMD – “What would Monica do?” – from Season 34 Game Changers. Brad Culpepper often reflected on what his wife Monica would do in a given situation. He considered Monica his hero as she had made it to the final tribal … Keep reading…

Where to Get a Haircut in a New Town

A small business owner, let’s call him Bob, arrives in a small town for a meeting with a potential new client. Before his afternoon meeting, Bob decides he needs a haircut to get all spiffy. The receptionist at his hotel tells him there are only … Keep reading…

Resetting Expectations and Owning a Moment

I recently had the pleasure once again of hearing Toni Newman speak about innovation and being different. If you haven’t attended an event featuring Toni, you won’t hear the energy and conviction behind her message, but an important message it is. Below is my attempt … Keep reading…

Make the Most of Masterminding

If you’ve been in business for any length of time, you’ve probably been a member of a mastermind group (although you might not have called it that). If you’re new to self-employment, start or find a mastermind group… fast! I’ve written about mastermind groups before … Keep reading…

Getting a Reputation

“Reputation is the currency of networking and referrals.” – Scott Allen A positive reputation is one of our most valuable business assets and is built mostly on one thing: happy customers. What if you don’t have happy customers yet? What if you’re new in business … Keep reading…

Get Your Own Board of Directors

Mastermind groups can take many forms. I have been fortunate to be a member of several wonderful groups. In some cases, we didn’t call them mastermind groups… but that’s what they were. The concept comes from Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich. He defines … Keep reading…

What’s being said about you online?

An easy way to monitor your online reputation is to set up a Google Alert. It’s quick and free. Follow this link www.google.ca/alerts and enter your full name with quotation marks around it – like “Linda Daley”. It’s a good idea to set one up with your … Keep reading…