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August 21, 2018
“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” -Earl Wilson, JournalistWhy 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 just took off,” and a perennial favourite, “must be nice to take vacation, I certainly don’t have time.”The best business minds understand the value of taking vacation to refresh from the stresses of the job, and certainly never discourage others from taking the time necessary to re-boot. Not only is it good for morale, but productivity and creativity often improve upon return. Vacation time allows you to reconnect with family and friends while giving you enough distance from the day-to-day ...
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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 SustainmentSuccession 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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Finding Meaningful Careers On Your Own Timeline

April 4, 2018
How did you fall into your careers or how did those around you get to where they are? Was it through thoughtful planning and desire or was it based on being at the right place at the right time?So many people are in careers today that have ...
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Brand Experience Matters… Just ask Apple

March 21, 2018
There are few brands around the world that have reached the levels of true brand consistency and recognition achieved by Apple. In fact, it could be argued that there is no other brand who has so consistently and effectively integrated their brand at all levels of the customer ...
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The Changing Dynamics of Friendships in Business Part II

February 27, 2018
Part Two: Friendships and Business - Keeping it ProfessionalIn our last blog we discussed the implications of working with friends and the importance of open, honest and goal-focused conversations before proceeding. That is simply one aspect that is to be considered. The other is to recognize that there ...
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The Discussions That Never Happen in Business Part 1

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 ...
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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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