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Cost Controls

In its purest form Business’s role in an entrepreneurs life is to: make money. This money is then used to fuel other aspects of the business owner’s life from salaries to investments, expansions to renovations. In today’s pandemic impacted world, the view on cost controls is more critical than ever before. If you are not […]

Video Meetings – the energy sucking vortex of doom

Or: why I feel so tired after yet another video meeting.. A few years back, when I was speaking professionally on the topic of leadership, I typically saw two main types of people in my audiences: those who wanted to be there, and those who were told to be there. As a speaker, the two […]

The Cart of the Matter

For many years, the homeless in our community and others have used Shopping Carts to store, transport and hold their personal effects. Recently, I have been privy to a number of discussions regarding a renewed push to recover Carts for local businesses, from whom they were taken.This is not a new conversation, in fact over […]

Rise Up in 2021

Lets face it, 2020 was a bit of a chaotic mess. We went from optimism and a fully functioning economy to a lock down and completely new work environment. Our business members went from a pretty decent marketplace to struggling to survive; a condition which will continue for the next six months or so. I […]

North Shore Design Charette – summary

The North Shore Neighbourhood Plan Design Charrette was held in November. The intensive five day process is designed to solicit ideas and create vision for the future. It resulted in these concept drawings. Figure 1: North Shore Design Charrette roll-up concept image from Saturday’s Zoom call. Saturday morning (Nov 21) the City of Kamloops and […]

Transaction or Aspiration?

How you define yourself can indicate how successful you will be. In recent weeks I’ve been having many discussions with business owners about who they are, and what they aspire to be. In these conversations two types of leaders emerge: Transactional and Aspirational. Transactional business people focus on the here and now. They look at […]

Leadership Within – Evaluations

“Evaluations are the single greatest indicator of your long term success in business. They support accountability and create performance environments.” Organizations without a strong evaluation framework are what we call operationally focused. Each day they bring a new set of challenges, which must be resolved prior to the execution of other business tasks or goals. […]

Leadership Within – Mentoring and Coaching

A Mentor and a Coach are very different from each other, yet their skills can be intertwined, depending o the situation you find yourself in. As a coach, you may need the person being coached to reflect and consider, before you can coach for performance. As a Mentor, you may need to coach people in […]

Leadership Within – Setting Performance Standards

As we move into our series on employee evaluation, we start with the first key component of a strong performance environment: Performance standards. Performance standards are the bedrock of any organization and its ability to perform, over time.When effective performance standards are in place, it is clear who holds what roles, how those roles are […]

Leadership Within – Degrees of Influence

When I discuss brand, I almost always ask the question:   What do people say about (your business), when you are not in the room?   The answer to this question is the result of everything you do within and outside of your business. It is influenced by your advertising efforts (which bring people in […]