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Another week has passed and my good intentions to work ON our business's "Big Picture" has come and gone. It's so easy to have my day slip away with operational needs, interruptions and otherwise "good" activities.

Good Intentions => No Results

Gosh darn it all!  Another week has passed and my good intentions to work ON our business’s “Big Picture” has come and gone.  It’s so easy to have my day slip away with operational needs, interruptions and otherwise “good” activities.  Does this happen to you too? Are you ready to turn “good intentions” into actions? Are you ready to make a plan for the next 1 – 3 years?  Think beyond “this quarter?” Are you committed to building a more sustainable, secure and profitable business? Do you have great products / services and get great value for customers but you’re lost in the operational whirlwind? Are you so busy being the “manager” that your “investor” hat is gathering dust? Did you say, “Yes” to any of these questions?  If so, you’re ready to make a strategic change in your business.  Get on a clear, simple path to achieve your vision today. Let’s do…

Great Family Leadership Retreat

Great Family Leadership Retreat

Fill in the blank – are you good enough? Smart enough? Understanding enough? Benevolent enough? Harsh enough?  Strict enough?  Thin enough? Confident enough? Having insecurities and questioning whether I am  ________ enough seems to be part of every human being’s struggle.  I struggle to be a good enough Mother, business partner, consultant, spouse, sister, friend, coworker, sister-in-law, fan, community member, volunteer, board member and so on.  I’m sure you do too! In a family business, our struggles with imperfection come with a lot of “baggage”.  Understanding each other’s strengths and personality styles contributes to a healthy culture at work as well as in family relationships.  Understanding contributes to better communication, improved conflict resolution and improved relationships – with co-workers, family members, friends or other individuals I interact with on a regular basis. Tolerance is not the same as understanding.  I can tolerate my partner’s behaviours but if I don’t work to understand…

The Business of Care Giving

The Business of Care Giving: Systems and Routines to Help

If you are a family caregiver for a loved one – aged or with a disability, you have likely discovered that before long, you are “running a small business”.  You are hiring staff, overseeing the needs of your loved ones, perhaps paying their bills for them, communicating with health and other program providers, filling out forms and reports and keeping other family members in the loop.  All this often on top of your “other life” – work, other interests, friends and family activities. We can help.  Whether you need a great referral for a service provider, a hiring process, home management routines, financial record keeping and reporting, or communications and transitions planning, our trusted business advisors and coaches can bring peace of mind.  Reduce your stress by running an efficient and effective “family business”.  We can help you develop Family CEO skills! Contact Laura to get started today. Like, comment and share…

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5 Little Known Factors That Could Affect Your Results

I failed my first accounting midterm yet went on to make the Dean’s list and achieved academic awards, graduating as top graduate from one of Canada’s premiere MBA programs. How did I achieve those results? By believing that I could effect my dismal result through hard work: effort. My experiences impacted my beliefs My beliefs impacted my actions My actions contributed to my results My early school experiences led me to believe that I was “gifted” and had natural academic talent that didn’t require me to put much effort into my studies. Because I held these beliefs, I didn’t study effectively and failed the exam. I’m sure I wallowed in self pity for a few days, blaming the instructor for writing a bad test and likely second guessed whether I had what it took to complete the program. If I had a fixed mindset, this experience would very likely have…

Work-Life Balance -What’s right for you? Balance. Blend or Harmony?

What’s Right for you? Balance. Blend or Harmony?

Many people, including me, have been searching for the “perfect” work-life balance. Just as often, I am also trying to influence my significant other to “fix” his work – life balance so we can invest more time together as a family. I’ve come to realize that for me, the solution lies in harmony rather than balance or blending work with home life. In our work with family businesses owners, the quest for the perfect work life balance is often at the crux of many of the challenges faced by couples. I’m curious about what works (or doesn’t work) for you. The Balancing Act The word, balance, implies that the solution lies in spending equal amount of time with “work” and “life” in order to get balance. It also assumes that balance is ideal – all areas need equal time. What images come to mind? I think about measuring/ weight scales…

Learn to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best - John Maxwell.

6 Strategies For Saying No Without Being An Asshole

If you’re looking at an overwhelming “to do” list and trying to pack everything into your life, you’re not alone. Many entrepreneurs resist saying no to requests from customers, suppliers, family, friends or staff. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, the business owner sacrifices physical and mental health in the reckless pursuit of “yes”. You want to say, “no”, but you don’t want to be an asshole about it. It is okay to say “no”. In fact, it is essential that you say no to many good ideas so you can say “yes” to great ones. Saying “no” frees up time and space to not only say “yes”, but also to take action and reap results from the essential few things in life that really matter. Whether you’re reading these tips from a business, professional or personal perspective, they work across the board. In a family business, I find saying “no”…

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Are You Missing Out? 9 Vital Functions of The Family CEO

You don’t have to look very far to find tips and strategies to help build business leadership skills. When it comes to family businesses, the family CEO is often floundering, knowing that the role he/she plays is vital to combining family with business yet receiving little or no help in building the skills needed for the role or choosing strategies. This leader often works quietly behind the scenes and without him/her, families begin to drift apart. The family leader, often a parent in the first generation of the family business, has strong facilitation and communication skills, convinces people to work together, is capable of developing trust and really keeps it all together. When business and family leadership is passed to the next generation, the family leader role is also passed, generally to a sibling and thus, the role needs to adapt to a new model where siblings recognize and respect…

Can We Talk? Communicating in business

Can We Talk?

Most of us are able to separate our working lives from our personal lives. We might socialize with people we meet at work but often our colleagues are not our siblings, cousins or parents who have known us all our lives. When you work with your family, that line is very blurry and it is not easy at all to separate work from personal. Open, honest communication can be scary. It takes intentional thought and skilled communicators to keep the peace – especially where there are conflicts. Families quickly learn that they make a lot of assumptions about each other. These assumptions are based on history and can often change a business conversation into a personal one, “You’ve been like that since you were a child!” In one family we studied, parents fell prey to attribution errors much more frequently with their children working in the business than with non-family…

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