Everyone Can Be a Hero

The Masked Avenger rockets across the sky, a flame of yellow fury emanating from his heels. In the nick of time, he swoops to the ground, shields the innocent from the villain and stands defiantly to protect the values of justice. At least that is the way that it plays out in comics, movies, folklore. […]

Advocacy Actions

On July 7th, we wrote to the Government of Canada, as well as provincial and municipal leaders regarding changes we feel are required to improve safety, security and healthy community outcomes.  You can read the letter here: 07072021_Changes_sought You can read the background documents here: Background_package  

How to Read

(with intent and understanding) Now that I have your attention, this article is about how to read; feedback, criticisms, letters, emails, text messages and the like. The truth about communication is that while we may all think we are excellent communicators, a lot gets in the way of open, effective communication. Most of our communication […]

The Seven Important Qualities of Corporate Leaders

Each and every leader has a unique perspective, built upon years of interactions, rewards, concerns and issues. They have most often honed their skills through experience, intuition and strong core behaviours which enhance the natural abilities to communicate and create followership. In the past century hundreds, if not thousands, of books have been written on […]

Making Better Decisions

Every single day, as business owners we are faced with making difficult decisions. In this current environment of a Pandemic, restrictions and closures, PPE, and staffing challenges, combined with reduced revenues, these decisions become even harder to make, with consequences that can have far reaching impacts to your business. It is more important than ever […]

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 […]