What are you avoiding today?

The worst outcome in many cases is much better than not dealing with what we’re avoiding

What are you avoiding today?I caught myself trying to avoid work last week. Part of my job is to make phone calls to prospective clients. As it came closer to the time I had blocked out to make the calls, I found myself getting distracted. I went through my emails, clicked on links, looked at social media and even…

Helping businesses harness the power of AI

Helping businesses harness the power of AIArtificial intelligence can do a lot to help businesses, but its dynamic, complex nature can also make it challenging to learn – which is where Stephanie Husby loves to step in. As a machine learning educator for the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), the University of Alberta graduate teaches the AI for Strategy and Management course, helping non-technical managers…

Feds reject Fintech help to SMEs during Covid-19 crisis

Trudeau government siding wth traditional banking over the interests of small companies looking to survive the pandemic

Feds reject Fintech help to SMEs during Covid-19 crisisBy Paz Gómez Research associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Liberal government has blocked financial technology (fintech) companies from distributing aid to businesses affected by the pandemic. In the age of cryptocurrencies and investment services like Robinhood, the government clings to banks and relics such as cheques by mail. PayPal, Wave and the Canadian…

How Phil saved her employer a full year’s salary

Hiring and on-boarding new employees is costly. Less staff turnover means your organization will reap considerable rewards

How Phil saved her employer a full year’s salaryLast week, I called my local credit union about my account. The phone was answered by Phil, who I knew as a long-term employee of the credit union. Over the years, I’ve gone into the branch on a regular basis. Phil would always be serving her customers in a caring manner, greeting people by name…

‘Any kids yet?’ and other minefield networking questions

Networking is crucial in business these days. But what happens when we break rapport before we even start?

‘Any kids yet?’ and other minefield networking questionsNetworking in business has spawned books, articles, podcasts and videos. You name it, there’s content out there for a business owner looking to rock their networking. The best advice I’ve been given is to simply be curious. Go in, look to have one or two conversations and just ask questions. Then listen. But what happens…

Five reasons why businesses and leaders fail

Most entrepreneurs build a business without a clear concept of what they’re building, the systems they need and where the profit comes from

Five reasons why businesses and leaders failI had a video meeting last week with woman whom we will call Sally. Sally was meeting to talk about her business, which she had started a couple of years ago. At one point in the conversation, Sally said she was making $2,000 a month but needed to make $5,000 from the business. Luckily for…

Adding, changing photos on your website

How to make your DIY photo shoot a success and, most importantly, give you some amazing images to use to grow your business

Adding, changing photos on your websitePhotos are an important part of any social media feed. And along with stock photos, you need to incorporate some photos of you, your team, your product, your office, etc. If you aren’t in a position to hire a photographer every quarter, you are going to have to do the photo shoot yourself. That means…

Working your business when your business doesn’t work

We have to put serious energy into looking at what’s working for us and what’s not and make a decision to adjust our strategies

Working your business when your business doesn’t workIn the winter of 1987, my startup company Winewear Fashions had cash flow problems. Not only could I not take wages, but I hadn’t been able to pay bills for several months without putting cash into the business. I took a job on the side selling books door to door in Vancouver to pay for…

Get the most out of your online meetings

We went from in-person meetings to chaos-driven online meetings. And we didn’t stop to learn how to run these meetings

Get the most out of your online meetingsFor the past six months, business meetings have definitely looked a little different. People are utilizing Zoom calls, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams to replace the in-person meeting. Some don’t like mask protocol, some have their kids at home with them and some just see the advantage of having an online meeting (with one person…

Want a better business? Sleep on it

Running a business requires a lot of brain power. If a business is struggling, it takes even more mental energy. That means you need to be well-rested

Want a better business? Sleep on itLast week, I couldn’t sleep. Whether it was the new project I’m working on or the basketball team I’m coaching, my mind was spinning. I’d fall asleep immediately, but wake up at 2 or 3 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep. Wide awake, my mind was turning. I was thinking about new ideas; how…

5 steps to optimizing your small newspaper website

SEO is incredibly important to the success of any online news outlet

5 steps to optimizing your small newspaper websiteYou have a great online newspaper, but aren’t getting as much traffic as you'd hope. Ensuring that your website has complete visibility to customers should be your number one priority. This is where search engine optimization (SEO) comes in. SEO is incredibly important to the success of any online business. Although Google makes dozens of…

Three questions to ask when you’ve been disrespected

Is it disrespect, miscommunication or misaligned values that are harming your business relationships?

Three questions to ask when you’ve been disrespected“My client doesn’t respect me!” my colleague vented through the phone. It’s a feeling every entrepreneur has felt at one point or another in their career. It’s one I certainly empathize with. As I listened, it became clear that the client wasn’t being disrespectful. The two parties simply had disconnection in their communication styles, coupled…
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