February 20, 2018
Working with Friends: Part One“A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.” – UnknownFriendships are one of the most precious parts of life and are to be highly valued. In business, however, this can be something entirely different and the two should never be intertwined without considerable thought, honest discussions and a common agreement on roles and expectations. Bringing friends into a business has to ultimately be about what’s best for the business… period.The critical conversations that will likely be the difference between a successful or non-successful business relationship rarely happen says Business Advisor and Entrepreneur, Roy Murad.“No doubt there are benefits to working with friends; the main one being the ability to work with someone you trust and who would have ...
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The importance of Being a Mentor

January 31, 2018
Cast your Mentoring Net Wide   “A good coach will make his players see what they can become, rather than what they are.” - Ara Parseghian   Regardless of your level of experience or knowledge, mentors are one of the most valuable assets you can leverage throughout the duration of your ...
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Social Media: Is it really any different than traditional advertising?

January 16, 2018
There is no doubt that social media is one of the strongest influencers in the world today… both personally and professionally. You have to look no further than LinkedIn to see professionals seeking input from other professionals; or to Facebook community pages where moms are asking other moms ...
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Transparency: There’s Really No Secret Sauce

December 13, 2017
“In business, one of the things you have to take as a given is that everything has been done before.” - Roy MuradIn a world of oversharing there are expectations that businesses make everything available and when businesses seem to be “hiding something,” the brand is negatively impacted. ...
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Entrepreneurs Should Welcome a Good Argument

November 16, 2017
“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” -Desmond Tutu We have all been there… sitting in a board room, discussing a very important topic and feeling like you’re point is not being understood. This can be especially true and frustrating for entrepreneurs explaining their strategy that they believe will ...
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Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

October 18, 2017
Inspiration is a powerful word for something that moves you to action. Perhaps it is a quote, perhaps another person that catches your attention and demands; but whatever the source of your inspiration, do not waste the moment or toss it aside.“Here are some favourite quotes that ...
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Is Morality in Business Dead?

August 1, 2017
“All’s fair in love and war,” but what about business? Think about this… if what’s financially right is at odds with what’s ethically right, what do you do? Take that one step further. What if you could guarantee that nobody would find out?Morality, What's in it for ...
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Versatility Keeps You Relevant

July 5, 2017
“There is nothing more constant than change.” HeraclitusAccording to futurist Thomas Frey, 60% of the best jobs in the next 10 years haven’t even been invented yet. What does that tell us? It tells us that to keep relevant, we all need to be versatile as individuals and ...
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Loyalty to Those You Do Business With

July 1, 2017
Loyalty, whether in your personal life or in business, is all about choice. You have the choice to stay with a company, or move on; you have the choice to bring a positive attitude to work every day, or bring drama; you have the choice to focus on ...
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Historic Homes: More than Bricks & Mortar

June 14, 2017
Being a part of a community is much more than an address; it is a commitment you make to bringing out the best in that community. If we look around our Canadian cities today, can we honestly say that we are building strong communities, or are we simply ...
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