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The Master Plan

Last month in my remarks to the Rotman Commerce Women’s Initiative, I told 4 stories. The first story was about rolling with the punches. Why? Because punches are inevitable. After law school, my Master Plan was to be a big tax lawyer at a big firm. But I didn’t get an articling job at a big firm. Instead I got a job at a small firm that had me doing all sorts of things including setting bail...

How to Take a Risk

I spoke recently to a group of undergrad business students. There was a Q&A after my talk. Someone asked a question I have been asked many times before. “How did you decide to take the risk of opening your own business?” When I have been asked this in the past, my answer has been some version of brainstorming all the things that could go wrong and then mitigating them. To work hard at writing...

Barney and Bud

On January 25th I am the keynote speaker at the annual symposium of the Rotman Commerce Women’s Initiative. I am really looking forward to it. For help with my comments, I am turning to a great book by Chip Heath and Dan Heath called, Made to Stick. One of their main points is that as audience members we just don’t retain information such as “The Top 3 Things to Remember about Success”. But we do...

Writing A Book

I’ve decided to write a book about changing jobs and the personal impact of career transitions. Its outline is still a little vague but I have met a really great writing coach and I am excited about working with Barbara. In thinking about it, I’ve reflected on what is the same and different among the things I’ve done work-wise. Many of the differences are apparent: different...

Decision-making

I got an email from a friend last week in which she weighed the  pros and cons of making a big change in her work life. She was very undecided and I could see why. I suggested that she try a big-decision-making technique that has worked for me. In a nutshell, it is to not decide.  I tell myself that today, right in front of me, I don’t have a decision to make, that I would be foolish to...

Boring, Not Boring

Way back in January I resolved to post blogs more frequently, to worry less about having something important to say and to just write about whatever is going on at PGB. That hasn’t gone so well. My writing has been spotty at best but I’m going to try again at that resolution. What I’ve been thinking about lately is how I assumed before I opened PGB (7 years and counting) that one day I would find...

email vacations etc

My last 3 posts were on how to get a real break when you are a small business owner; my thoughts on women only events; and limiting expectations of others so we don’t get all stressed out. I have updates. On getting a real vacation, I actually did it – I put an out-of-office note on my email account and asked Andrew to turn off emails on my phone so they simply weren’t there all...

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 yours. We give advice at every turn. It just makes so much sense to me that my son...

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 landing on Saturday and then Sunday) have been slower than in 2012 through 2014. We are all excited to see what tomorrow brings! But we are ready for a very...

Pop quiz

I was recently asked to answer a quiz for a newsletter. I thought their questions were interesting and fun. Here it is, with my responses..I’d love to hear from you about your responses to the questions that make you think… My first job ever was…as a freelance caterer when I was a teenager. I made crazy dishes like duck breast in puff pastry. My Mom and sister were my unpaid staff...

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