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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 a more traditionally “serious” business, you may look to institute a culture that thrives on structure and policies. However, it is critical that at the cornerstone of your culture is the expectation of professionalism. Professionalism doesn’t relate to how much money you make, or how you dress, your age, or your level of education. It does however have everything to do with how you, and those associated with your business, conduct themselves in all situations. It does also have everything to ...
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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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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 Professional In 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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