Business lessons from a $4 Christmas gift

With four school-aged kids in our house, Christmas morning is quite the production. Wrapping paper flies everywhere as the kids open their gifts from Santa, mom and dad, grandparents, and other relatives. Among the mix this year was a new bike, a giant dollhouse, an Xbox, some Lego sets and, of course, lots of clothes.  … Continue reading “Business lessons from a $4 Christmas gift”

How to become a purpose-driven business

Recently I partnered with my local Chamber of Commerce (one of the best little CoC’s in the world by the way!) to present a webinar about how to become a purpose-driven business. The presentation covered the what, why, and how of purpose-driven businesses, as in: WHAT is purpose? WHY is it important to clarify the … Continue reading “How to become a purpose-driven business”

Purpose, joy and Verafin’s $2.75 billion exit

Last week’s news of St. John’s, NL-based Verafin’s sale to Nasdaq for $2.75 billion has many business owners in Atlantic Canada saying Wow! – myself included. In fact, when I shared a link to an article about the sale on my Facebook page, that’s the only word I added to the post: Wow. It’s all … Continue reading “Purpose, joy and Verafin’s $2.75 billion exit”

Founders Forum: 6 key takeaways for business owners

This week I attended the 2nd annual Founders Forum hosted by Planet Hatch in Fredericton. It was so great to be back at an in-person conference (yes, with all public health protocols in place) for the first time in what seems like forever. Founders Forum bills itself as “the place for no BS conversations amongst … Continue reading “Founders Forum: 6 key takeaways for business owners”

The missing structure between strategy and operations

I write often about the four parts of any business, which I call the 4Ps: purpose, planning, people, and processes.  Purpose + planning = the strategy of your business, that is, what you’re setting out to do and how you’re going to do it. People + process = the operations of your business, that is, … Continue reading “The missing structure between strategy and operations”

5 essential ingredients of a winning business culture

Once you have the right people in the right seats, and a process for ensuring that your people remain the right people in the right seats as the business grows (as discussed in the last article), you have set your team and your business up for success. In this article I will provide some thoughts … Continue reading “5 essential ingredients of a winning business culture”

How to create a culture of accountability in your business

Many a business spends a ton of time, energy, and money on creating strategic plans that no one in the business can even put their hands on six months after they were created. All of the Rah! Rah! that resulted from the strategic planning retreat has long since fizzled just a few months down the … Continue reading “How to create a culture of accountability in your business”