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Heather Boon
Who are you really?

The legendary basketball coach John Wooden said “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are”. When I read this quote the resounding truth of it swept over me and I realized that ...   Read more...
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Jeanne Treloar
How to take charge of your own website

So you have a website and it’s frustrating the daylights out of you! Or maybe you want a website and don’t know where to start? These days there’s much more online awareness than ever before and, according to 2006 statistics, 61 percent of internet users were buying online   Read more...
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Simon Sinek
The Journey

I flew from Vancouver to Los Angeles on Alaska Airlines today. The plane was old. The seats were shabby and the crew did the minimum that was required to be considered "service." All in all it was a great flight. I'm not being sarcastic. It was a great flight. And the reason was because of the captain.   Read more...
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Jaeneen Cunningham
Networking for referrals

Networking functions rarely produce the referrals you are looking for. This will probably disappoint many of you who have invested a lot of time and energy (and money) joining groups in the hope of generating new business. However, don’t start canceling your memberships just yet.   Read more...
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Lisa Murray
Is vision or pricing strategy most important?

Are you better off having a strong vision and not so strong implementation, or a weaker vision and phenomenal implementation? For business owners this question can mean the difference between success and failure. Here’s a small case study that demonstrates exactly what the risks are…   Read more...
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Margaret Sims
Dressing to attract success at networking events

It’s time for the last minute check before you get in the car to go to that networking morning tea, lunch or evening event. Business cards. Check. Promotional material. Check. Elevator speech. Check. Look neat and tidy. Check. And off you go to the event. Does it really matter how you dress?   Read more...
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Lee Stemm
What kind of business leader are you?

I was reading an article by Jim Collins an issue in Harvard Business Review. He was speaking about ‘Humility and Results Driven’ are two common character tics for successful leaders. It seems obvious that someone who is arrogant, self-important or condescending can never be a good leader.   Read more...
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Paul Groth
Attract your target market by expressing yourself

The way you would talk to your partner or friend about a product or service is the real you. Continue with that style of talking and turn it into a writing style, and you’ll have a very real and easy to write, easy to read story. Using that style of writing is what you generally steer away from   Read more...
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Lisa Murray
Strategy or Tactics

Many people I coach want to focus on the tactics… the ‘how’ of what they are doing ( eg those really big decisions, like ‘will I use Facebook or Twitter?’). The truth is, tactics are easily copied by your competitors, but a really smart strategy is a lot more difficult to ‘borrow’. Building a strong business starts with   Read more...
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Simon Sinek
Fan the flames

Building a fire takes work. It's easy to just throw a match on to something flammable, but there is no guarantee that it will catch. Or worse, it may catch and you could lose control of it very quickly and burn your house down. Remarkably, breaking down the steps to build a fire provides guidance on how to build a business, a social movement or an online community - anything you want to catch light.   Read more...
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