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April 16, 2019
"If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you couldn't have gone any other way.” - Virginia Basketball head coach, Tony Bennett Watching March Madness I was struck by what it can teach those of us willing to pay attention and see beyond the game. I’m not speaking of the ability to shoot a free-throw or how to dunk in spectacular fashion, I’m talking about the grit, determination and emotional intelligence it takes to become a champion. After falling to defeat in historical fashion in last year’s first round, this number one ranked Virginia Cavaliers Men’s Basketball team could have crumbled. Being on the wrong side of history could have been the defining factor in the fall of a giant. ...
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Common Sense in Arguments is Not So Common

March 26, 2019
The two most important things when in a discussion with a business colleague are your words and your intent. Those might also be the two hardest things to control when a discussion turns heated and slides into an argument. In those instances, professionals often forget their professional courtesy ...
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The Slippery Slope That Is Social Media

February 15, 2019
If you are truly making your personal and business decisions based on your core values, then you are more likely instilled with the need to act for social justice where you see a wrong. However, the way in which you use your voice should remain in alignment with ...
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Entrepreneurship and Professionalism Go Hand-in-Hand

January 29, 2019
One of the benefits of working for yourself is the ability to define the culture you want in your business. If you want creativity to thrive you may look to hire and foster those that bring a certain joy to their work and environment. If you are in ...
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Pay Yourself First Explained

January 24, 2019
Take a minute to think about the instructions you are given when you board a plane and are readying for take-off… in the event of loss of cabin air pressure, place your oxygen mask on yourself before helping others. The logical side of my brain understands the rationale ...
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Success Starts and Ends with a Business Plan

December 6, 2018
“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin At an early age, Roy Murad was able to see opportunity where others didn’t. This led to the creation of Roy’s first successful venture when he was still in high school. To others, the opportunity Roy saw didn’t ...
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Work Smarter, Not Harder, Not Longer

November 9, 2018
I would hazard a guess that at least 80 per cent of entrepreneurs finish the day not having accomplished everything that they had set out to do. Does that mean that they need to work longer hours or does it mean that they need to change their routines ...
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Vacation Doesn’t Mean Working by the Beach

August 21, 2018
“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” -Earl Wilson, Journalist Why do we tend to judge those who take vacation? We’ve all heard it before, “is now the right time to take vacation,” “he can’t be that dedicated if he ...
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A Toxic Culture Could Kill Your Business

May 29, 2018
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” - Peter Drucker Culture is a deeply embedded part of any organization. It shows through your employees’ values, ideologies, assumptions, behaviours and attitudes; and is the one thing that is not only critical to success, but hard to shift in the face of change. Corporate ...
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Develop a Bench of Players

April 18, 2018
Crucial Strategy to Safeguard Long-term Business Sustainment Succession planning is a vital, yet often undervalued process for many small entrepreneurial businesses, but is something that is necessary for long-term business sustainment. This isn’t something that is absolutely required at the highest levels, but should be considered for every single ...
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