ADD and Entrepreneurship

ADD and Entrepreneurship

This article isn’t meant to diagnose or treat any condition, including ADD. But if any of it resonates with you, you might find my 10 tips to be helpful. Ultimately, the goal is to understand yourself and outsource the things you will probably never excel at, so you can hyper-focus on the important, interesting, and profitable stuff.

Burnout and Stress Management

Burnout and Stress Management

It isn’t a sudden shift, like food poisoning from that poor decision you made last night. It creeps up on you over time, because it took time to create. Sadly, it also takes time to return from it and, as a business owner, the last thing you have is time.

Day in the Life

Day in the Life

Tiffany likes to get the day started after a couple hits of the snooze button and a good dose of coffee, but loves being able to juggle her clients, dog walks and time with her daughters and their varied schooling schedules.

Communicating with your Assistant

Communicating with your Assistant

When we talk to business owners about what they’re looking for in an assistant, or ask them about the best assistant that they ever had, we often hear about mind-reading. What many people (somehow) don’t realize is: Your assistant is not, and no assistant has ever been, a mind-reader.

June Update

June Update

.....aaaaannnnd just like that, we're half way through 2018.

Remember you, six months ago? When you had just fought your way through 2017 and had that fresh sheet of 2018 awaiting you? When you set all those goals, when you dreamed SO BIG?

Canadian Group Benefits: Change is in the Air

Canadian Group Benefits: Change is in the Air

The demographics of the business world are changing; the need for flexibility is growing and the cost of benefits is rising. Health Care Spending Accounts are a tax-effective way to help soften those costs while providing flexibility for employees from every walk of life.

Have you met... Jessica?

Have you met... Jessica?

Jessica is an organizational demon, with over a decade’s experience in the legal system and education as a paralegal. Due to her strong work ethic, Jessica earned deep respect and trust from the judges she recorded and supported.

Learn to Love Technology

Learn to Love Technology

Some people look at technology as a thing they have to understand and implement (or avoid altogether). That’s letting the tech-tail wag the dog. What you need is someone to understand your business and your intended results, and implement the technology for you.

The Delegation Challenge

The Delegation Challenge

Letting go of low-value (but necessary) tasks, and focusing on your purpose can be a challenge for many entrepreneurs. Where do you even start? How are you supposed to know what is to go where and by whom and when? Knowing what to delegate and how can be really tough but read on to see how you can become an expert delegator.

May Update

May Update

It's beginning to look a lot like summer! After a long, weather-weary winter, you may be looking for ways to spend some time outdoors. We want to help you get there, and we know delegation (surprise!) will get you there.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

Margaret likes to get a running start to her day and being a Slayer gives her the flexibility to fit her work around her fitness and family.

Forget What You Know

Forget What You Know

Challenge yourself. When you build a business from nothing, it can be hard to pry your fingers off your creation - even when it’s the best thing you could possibly do. When you must personally handle every little thing, you create a bottleneck in your business. It limits your growth. It leaves you exhausted. It puts a cap on your revenue.

Designing an Office for Productivity

Designing an Office for Productivity

What are the elements of an ideal workspace? Is there a perfect design or roadmap to follow? I wish I could say yes; however, there is no ‘one size fits all’ for any office – each work environment has its own unique aspects and drivers that can be harnessed to foster productivity and success. That being said, there are some key elements that can serve as a starting point for any space.

Know Thyself

Know Thyself

Getting to know ourselves and the people around us makes it a lot easier to work together successfully. Whether it’s understanding chronotypes, values, work styles, personality preferences, or even biology, this key knowledge helps us seamlessly work together, with everyone focused on being the very best possible version of themselves.

April Update

April Update

The first quarter of the year is over (!!!) and the stage has been set for the rest of the year. If you haven't stopped to review those amazing goals you set in January, now is the time. 

Everything is an Opportunity

Everything is an Opportunity

Walk into every room knowing that the possibilities are endless - so endless that sometimes it’s hard to even know what they are. Get comfortable with ambiguity. That’s where the biggest opportunities start showing up.

Delegate Like it's Your Job: Part 2

Delegate Like it's Your Job: Part 2

Last month, we talked about how to start delegating. Your first step was to list all the tasks you do in a given week, to give you an idea of the specific tasks you could be delegating. That was just the beginning. You’re about to take your delegation to the next level.

Have you met... Ellen?

Have you met... Ellen?

Ellen believes that bookkeeping is about much more than reporting to the government. She wants your accounting program to work for you, to give you the reports and information you need to better manage your business.

Culture: Why it Matters and How HR Can Help.

Culture: Why it Matters and How HR Can Help.

Culture is what you create every time you make a decision, communicate to your team, run a meeting, give someone feedback, design your office space, manage a project, hire, or fire. It’s the total impact of how you make other people feel, how you act, what you reward, and what you say.

Delegate Like It's Your Job: Part 1

Delegate Like It's Your Job: Part 1

Business owners often struggle with a key skill: delegation. Now you’re in a place where the work is too much for you to do alone or - possibly worse - you can do it all, but because you are doing it all, your business cannot grow. Scaling up requires focusing your time and energy on the things you do best, and handing off those other items (which are still vital and valuable) to someone else who does that best.