Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Expectations

    I was recently thinking that the biggest source of most frustration is hanging on to specific expectations. You may be thinking, well, if a contractor says that he will finish a project by X date or a friend says she  will show up by 7 …

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  • in the minority on this one

    When I was 11, my sister and I wore pink t-shirts covered with small round logos of pigs circled with the phrase, Male Chauvinist Pigs (MCP). We had matching MCP stickers that we stuck on my brother’s bedroom door although as far as I can …

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  • vacation strategies

    There are some jobs where vacations are a straight-out myth. If you’re the CEO of a public company or the leader of a country, you can be out there golfing but let’s be honest, vacation? Nah. Chances are very good that at least once a …

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  • On being overwhelmed

    This weekend I came across an email that I’d printed out from my BFF Marilyn on June 20, 2011. I didn’t save the email I’d written to her first but clearly I was overwhelmed and asking for her advice on how to cope with everything …

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  • New Approach

    Usually when I have a task that feels big, I start by doing something small. I’ll send an email to someone for information. Research one small, interesting aspect of it. Or make a Word document with a chart summarizing everything I need to do and …

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  • Changing course 2.0

    On the weekend Andrew read out from the newspaper that Jeff Bezos of Amazon says that he has had more failing ideas than winning ones. Sticking the chicken back in the oven, I replied that this is true but it sucks when you are smack …

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  • Springtime 2017

    Last week in Toronto we said good-bye to Spring and returned to Winter, now we are edging slowly backwards to Fall. Whatever is happening, it isn’t nice and it doesn’t feel like May. But we have a lot going on at Prairie Girl! Last week …

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  • Happy Or Not

    PGB’s focus is on two things: customer service and a great product. That sounds so simple and yet is complicated and hard, because “service” includes everything from catering to our giving back program, and “product” involves ever-changing ways to bake and package cupcakes and cakes. …

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  • Advice

    I’ve been thinking about advice – both giving and asking for it. When it comes to sharing advice, the rule is simple…and impossibly difficult to follow. “Don’t” If you haven’t specifically asked for my advice, you don’t want it – and honestly I don’t want …

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  • Valentine’s 2017

    Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and for the  first time in 3 years it lands on a week day. With so much of our business coming from people who commute into the heart of Toronto Monday to Friday, the last two Valentine weeks (with the 14th …

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