Why boundaries are not just important, but necessary

When we think of boundaries, you might think of a boundary that separates or divides something.  Today, I’m talking about healthy boundaries that allow us to protect ourselves and our energy in ALL areas of our life.  It’s your way of saying, “I’ll accept this…” and “I won’t accept this…”.  It’s understanding and knowing your limits.

Before I understood the importance of boundaries, I really didn’t understand what a healthy boundary meant, let alone applied them to my own life.  In my twenties, I remember being in a constant state of giving so much of my energy to everyone and anyone that I often felt depleted and drained and really didn’t understand why. 

I thought I was being nice and helping people who were coming to me either for advice or asking for my help, yet why was I leaving those interactions feeling drained?  Since much of my work and by nature, I’m open and giving with others, it was a game changer for me once I realized that boundaries weren’t just important but necessary. 

Once they were put in place (and still are), it allowed me to remain grounded in my own energy and FEEL like I still had energy for me while still being able to give energy to other things in my life that were important.  It also demonstrated that while I’m able to connect and be open with others as I always do, there’s a boundary I’ve placed for myself that I am now respecting.

Boundaries are not the same as blocks or walls people armor themselves with.  So, to be clear, a boundary is meant to be a healthy often, invisible barrier that allows you to preserve and protect your energy and yourself.  You’re respecting yourself and showing others what you will and will not tolerate. 

If you’re unsure of how to apply healthy boundaries to your life, take note of some of these simple practices and things you can keep in mind to help protect yourself and your energy.

  • Boundaries can be applied to ALL areas of your life; not necessarily at work or in your relationships.  Where do you feel you need to put a boundary or have more boundaries in place?
  • What are the boundaries you want to put in place and with who?  For example, the boundaries you might set at work with your colleagues might look different from those you set with your loved ones and friends.
  • Ask yourself what it is you need?  Is it more time?  Energy?  Power?  Respect? If you feel like there’s something you need more of and not getting, that could be a sign that you may want to create a boundary for yourself where your energy might be leaking or given away.
  • Set the intention before heading into that coffee with your friend, that meeting at work, etc.  Especially in the beginning as you’re just implementing this practice, think about what your intention is ahead of time until it becomes second nature.

One of my favorite writers and motivational speakers, Gabby Bernstein shares what healthy boundaries (2:37 min watch) look like for her. Take note of how she explains that while having a healthy boundary in place, she can still be kind and open.

Boundaries are for anyone who can use that invisible barrier in order to protect the most important thing you can control – YOUR energy.  You are in charge of where it goes and who you give it to.  While it may only be required in one area of your life, consider putting those healthy boundaries in place to serve your needs, whatever they may look like for you.

I’d love to hear from you!

Where in your life have you applied healthy boundaries?

Share in the comments below and let me know how boundaries have helped you in your life.

With so much love,

Lisa xo

Why a ‘side hustle’ and a full-time job can co-exist

So many of us are exploring our options to earn an income in new ways than ever before. The popular ‘side hustle’ is becoming more common as people explore possibilities and opportunities beyond the traditional 9-5.  For those who don’t know, a side hustle is simply a business venture or side business that you do in addition to your full-time job.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to, take that passion you have for, i.e. making jewelry, baking savory sweets, painting for fun, etc. and want to create a business out of it, then dipping your toe in a side gig without completely leaving your full-time job, can be the perfect opportunity to share your passion and make money while doing so.

If you do what you’ve always done, how will you know what else you can do?

In one of my coaching sessions recently, I had a client of mine talk to me about a side hustle she created at a time when she was in between jobs. She was challenged on if she should continue to manage it as she recently landed a new job at a non-profit organization.  Well, congratulations were in order to celebrate landing a new job, and while she was over the moon excited, she was struggling on if she should continue developing her side hustle.

So, we explored this further as she really wanted to make it work given the time already invested in it.

While we covered this topic in greater detail, here are a few things we talked through.

What’s important about your side hustle?

Her side hustle is being a fitness coach.  She’s devoted to health and wellness for her own well-being and wanted to serve others in the same way given her own personal struggles and how she was able to change her life.  She realized it was important for her on a much deeper level, then just making supplemental income and trying something new.  This was an awareness we uncovered that helped her see how much of a priority this was for her.

When you envision yourself working as a fitness coach, how do you feel?

This was another great awareness for her.  When she described herself working with clients, she felt empowered, strong, and like she was making an impact in people’s lives.  It brought a sense of fulfillment she hadn’t felt in years. She loves the feeling behind doing this work and it was far more rewarding than she could have imagined.

What’s the cost of doing nothing at all?

Aside from the obvious (not feeling the fulfillment she got from being a fitness coach) she felt as though she will have wasted the investment, she already made in creating her side hustle.  She started this business venture with the intention that it would be a small, hobby like business and an opportunity to give back in a field that she personally had attributed much of her own personal transformation to.  To abandon it and not do anything, would mean to let go of her initial investment and personal fulfillment she got from it, along with losing a few clients she was already supporting.

What would success look like?

Success for her would be devoting 5-10 hours/week on her side hustle, maintaining her new full-time job and having enough energy and time to do both without compromising the other.  She could scale back or do more as needed with flexibility, the financial investment was manageable, therefore not having to make any risky or large investments.

From here, we explored options she came up with on how she would continue to develop and grow this side hustle of hers in the midst of a new job.  They aligned to the ‘WHY’ behind her side hustle which for her, was more important then just tapping into her creative potential. 

A side hustle may not be for everyone, but if you’re even the slightest bit curious or pondering taking on a new challenge, it’s a great opportunity to explore a creative venture, generate supplemental income and it’s a safe investment as you don’t have to leave a full-time job to do it. Unless of course, it turns into something where you want to!  More importantly, it can re-ignite a fulfillment you may not be currently feeling in your full-time job and reward you in ways you never would have expected.

Take a chance, test the waters, get out of your own way and try something new.  Besides, how will you know what else you can do, if you’re always doing the same thing?

4 interview tips to help you prepare as a NEW manager 👊

So, you just got promoted (yay!) and are now managing people for the first time (another yay!).  It’s a great opportunity for anyone to gain people management experience and when you do, you learn a ton not only about others but about yourself.

When you step into your first leadership role, you’ll inevitably be faced with the task of hiring people as well.  Whether it’s hiring someone for your own team, or simply participating in an interview for a role in your dept./division and you’re elected to be on the interview slate.  What’s important in either situation, especially if it’s your first time is knowing how to conduct an effective interview.

There’s no manual on how to perfect an interview and I would confidently say, it’s all about practice, practice, practice!  But there are some best practices you can learn and adopt to ensure you’re starting off on the right foot.  I for one early in my career remember sitting in on interviews as an observer, listening in and it was a great learning opportunity on not only to understand what questions to ask (pertaining to that specific role) but the importance of preparing ahead of time.

Besides, second to being a great leader and leading your high performing team, hiring people will be one of the most important sets of responsibilities you’ll hold in your role.  Too many times, new managers are entering their leadership position with little to no guidance on how to interview and more importantly, how to assess talent.   Having some guidance and structure on what to keep in mind at the offset can be helpful and set you up for success!

Keep in mind your approach may vary depending on if you’re hiring for your team or someone else’s, however the below tips can serve as a great starting point to help you prepare before diving into your first interview as a first-time manager.

  • This may seem obvious; however, be sure to understand the position / scope of the role you’re hiring for AND ensure everyone that’s part of the hiring team is aligned and on the same page on what to look for.  The last thing you want to do is walk into an interview and not be clear on expectations and what you or your team are collectively looking for.  This will allow you to position and customize your questions appropriately.
  • Ask what you want to know. 
    • I can’t stress this one enough.  It’s been my experience, too many hiring managers will draw conclusions or make assumptions based on what a candidate said in passing or a comment they made vs. having asked a specific question.  *Get curious*, ask open-ended questions, learn the story, then form an assessment. 
  • Talk to your boss or other colleagues who have experience interviewing.  
    • You’re likely not the only one going to be interviewing whether for your direct team or someone else’s.  Find out if there’s a structure in place amongst the interviewers on the interview slate.  In some instances, if there are multiple interviewers, each person may focus on assessing a different skill set or component of a candidates background specific to the open position, i.e. one interviewer interviews for technical aptitude, another interviewer focuses on assessing for team or project management skills, etc. etc.
  • Design your questions to learn of a candidate’s WHOLE self vs. just their professional skill set
    • As a first-time manager new to interviewing, this is a great opportunity to develop a best practice of assessing for a candidate’s WHOLE self vs. just their professional background.  Learn to get to know the individual and assess for all skills. 

Remember, interviewing is a practice and a skill to cultivate.  The best thing you can do is prepare, then practice.  The best opportunities to learn are also when you fail, so if you feel as though your first interview doesn’t go as well as you would have liked, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try again.  Learn from those experiences and apply those learnings to your next interview.

Here are 2 questions I’d love to get your thoughts on. Leave a comment below and share your experience!

What other tips would you add to the above list?

If you’ve gone through this experience before, how did you prepare as an interviewer when you became a manager for the first time?

Stepping into your first people leadership role can be nerve wrecking to say the least, so be brave and share your experience that might just help someone who’s in this very place today.

With so much love ❤,

Lisa xo

Do you struggle with making a decision?

How many of you have struggled with making a decision?  I’m not talking about the simple ones like, what to make for dinner or where to go to eat with your loved one, although I know the “what do you feel like eating tonight?” decision can often take up the entire evening to decide. 😊  I’m referring to the really important decisions.  Making a career change.  Health-related decisions.  Quitting your job.  Selling your house and moving, etc.

More often than not, when we’re not clear about who we are and how that aligns to our values, it’s easy to rely on outside sources to help with making a decision.  Now, I’m not saying you should never consider outside sources to help you with reaching a decision.  In fact, I encourage it when you’ve reached a point when you know something needs to change and need help in considering all the factors that will help you in reaching a decision.

But when you’ve allowed too many outside sources consume your thoughts where it clouds your judgment and influences how YOU feel about the direction you should go in, then something’s off.

When we’re relying on outside sources instead of our own voice within, we can often find ourselves making decisions that are not in alignment with what’s right for us.

So, how do you learn to get more comfortable with listening to your OWN voice when making an important decision?

A couple of questions that I often reflect on which have been helpful when I need to reach a decision are the following:

  • How does this decision FEEL?

Many times, the idea of making a change can foster feelings of fear (Fear of the unknown, fear of not liking it, fear of making the wrong choice, fear of disappointing someone, etc. etc.)  But fear can also be confused with excitement and those good nervous like feelings.  Decipher between the two and listen to the feelings that come up for you.

  • What’s the impact of making this decision and who outside of myself does it affect?

If you have children and a significant other, then obviously you need to consider how this will impact them.  If not and it’s just yourself, how will YOU be impacted by this decision? 

  • What’s the cost of NOT making this decision?

Growth is not meant to be comfortable.  Change is the only thing that is constant.  Discomfort arises when we’re being pushed outside of our comfort zones; sometimes directly and indirectly.  What would happen if you did nothing at all?

  • What’s the worst-case scenario?

Will there be a significant financial impact?  Is there a sacrifice you have to make in order to follow through on this decision?  What else could come up?

  • Does making this decision get me closer to WHO I want to be?

We’re always striving to be better than yesterday.  How does this decision help you get closer to who you want to be, or more importantly who you need to be for where you want to go in your life?

  • What will I have learned from this experience if it’s NOT the right decision for me?

Sometimes even when we feel we have all the information at our hands, with the best of intentions, we realize after the fact it wasn’t the best decision.  IT’S OK.  It happens.  You’re human and you’ll survive.  What can you learn from the experience and more importantly, what did you learn about yourself?

Some of these questions may seem deep or even complex however, they can serve as a start for you to consider some of the questions to ask yourself.  If there are other questions that you come up with that you would add, please feel free to do so!

The idea is you want to get comfortable with listening to your own voice, so that even with all the information you may have gathered, you feel confident in making a decision that aligns to what’s best for you.

Now here’s another question I have for you.

What are some effective methods you use when you have to make an important decision?

Remember, your thoughts can help someone who just might need to hear a fresh perspective. Don’t be shy and thanks so much for stopping by! ❤

With so much love,

Lisa

What skills should you take notice of and why are they important?

What’s the most important skill you’re assessing when you’re interviewing talent?

Does a talent’s soft skill vs. hard skill and/or competencies to do a job hold the same level of importance for you?  I can probably guess that your answer would likely be no, although I’m sure you would agree it’s important just not as important as the hard skills to actually do the job.

In a world where artificial intelligence is creeping its way into many different industries and jobs, there will be forever the skills that AI simply will not be able to offer or do. That’s the human skills that we bring to the table, or otherwise known as soft skills.  Effective communication, compassion, empathy, passion, drive, etc. just to name a few. 

Why is this important and how does it effect you?  Well, if you’re a company that hires people, you want to focus on the FULL package a talent has to offer; meaning ALL skills are becoming increasingly important.  Not just their ability to perform a task and do a job.  It all matters.  In fact, LinkedIn‘s data as noted in their 50 Big Ideas in 2019:  What to watch in the year ahead article, suggests the fastest growing skills gap are related to soft skills.

If you’re someone who will likely be looking for a job at some point in your lifetime, your creative abilities and soft skills are what will set you apart.  They are the skills that can not be taken away from you and be automated.  The workplace is evolving, technology is constantly changing and skills and jobs are being automated.  As a job seeker, you want to understand how this affects you.

Now, I’m sure you can imagine, soft skills I find are typically more difficult to measure and assessing them can be tricky.  Simply reviewing a resume for key or ‘buzz’ words isn’t enough either.

For hiring managers and recruiters, here are some questions you can ask to help measure a few of the more common and important soft skills during interviews:

  • Communication skillsTell me a time when your communication skills were imperative to a problem you solved?  How were they used and what was important about that? (here, you’re not just looking for oral or written. Communication also includes what’s not being said – body language. You want to go deeper here)
  • Adaptability & FlexibilityHow have you dealt with change in your organization and what soft skills were critical to demonstrate during that time?
  • CollaborationWhat are some examples you can share when you’ve had to work with others you don’t know and how did you approach the situation? 
  • EmpathyShare an example of a customer service issue with your company or make one up.  Ask what soft skills they would demonstrate in that situation

I would also add to these.  You can also ask a candidate to share a real-life work issue at their current company (if they’re employed), and what soft skills are needed to solve it.

There are all kinds of different questions you can come up with and likely add to this.  The ones above are those I have found helpful in my experience, but please feel free to play around with these.   Also, don’t be shy to ask directly, what soft skills they deem themselves to be strengths of their’s and how they would relate to the position at hand.  As simplistic and obvious as it may sound, it’s a good question to ask, as chances are, candidates aren’t commonly being asked about their soft skills.

What are your thoughts on the skills gap being related to soft skills?  

How important are soft skills when you’re assessing talent for your organization? 

Please share your thoughts below! 

Thanks so much for your time,

Lisa  😉

Give yourself the gift to BE Present

Photo by Lisa De Nicola

Welcome back!  To a new year, a new start and 365 days ahead of you to DO whatever it is your heart ❤ desires.

Coming back from a relaxed holiday with lots of time for rest, sleep (LOTS of sleep), family time, filling my belly (and soul) with love and yummy treats.  I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.  The return to work after the Christmas holidays can sometimes be overwhelming as many of us are often being greeted by an avalanche of work that is just waiting to get done. 

There’s a sense of urgency to get things started, to gain some momentum having been off and business dormant for a few weeks.  To get some traction on projects that might have been set aside to get done or started on in the new year.  Not to mention, re-adjusting back to your weekday work routine of early mornings, preparing for your commute ahead (mentally and emotionally), early nights and let’s not forget your diet.  Gone are the holiday treats and magically you’re back to morning smoothies, soups and salads for lunch, etc.  😉

So how do you ensure a great start to the year without losing yourself in the hustle and bustle of routine? 

BE PRESENT.

Being present allows us to BE in the moment.  It helps us stay connected in the task at hand, the person we’re having a conversation with, or the meeting we’re trying to participate in, etc.  It also allows us to remain grounded and puts us in a relaxed state.  Particularly if you’re one who easily gets anxious by constantly projecting to the future or playing into the distractions that surround us all.  Just like maintaining balance in your day to day has its benefits, being present is equally just as important.  You can easily notice some of the benefits listed above once put into practice.


Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Believe me, I recognize the number of distractions we’re surrounded by.  Including those convenient devices we all walk around with 24/7, which can seem impossible to let go of all the time.  But the beauty that detaching and being in the moment in just the smallest of ways can offer us, is priceless.

In a world where we’re constantly planning for our futures or worrying about what happened yesterday, it’s no wonder we can’t appreciate the present moment for what it is!  The truth is, you’ll never have that same moment again if you’re too busy focused on the next thing to do.  What time you have to go to the gym, or that you have that appointment you need to make before you forget, etc. etc. etc.

I try my best to put this into practice every day, whether I’m by myself or with people and while it’s a work in progress, the benefits I can confidently say make a difference.  Not just for me, but the people I’m with as well.

Start with baby steps that can help shift your behavior.

Put your phone away when going to a business meeting or meeting a friend for coffee.  Not on the table face down – AWAY.

Take notice of your breathing and the way you feel whether you’re alone or with people.

If you have a nagging or recurring thought, notice it and let it pass.  Re-focus your attention to what you’re doing.  Writing down your thoughts or journaling before starting your day can help let go of any thoughts you might have and clear your head if you have a busy mind.

If you have someone in your life who is FABULOUS at being present – take notice of them!  Being around others who are equally present can make it easier to learn from and adopt simple practices.

Take notice of your surroundings.  Even if you go to the same coffee shop, ride the same bus or train everyday to work.  Try doing so without music in your ears, reading your book or scrolling through Instagram.  Try just sitting there without having to do something.

Again, baby steps to shift behavior.  It’s about progress, not perfection.  Give yourself the gift of BEING present and take joy in the benefits.

As always, I’d love to hear from you and please don’t be shy to share your thoughts!

What are some ways that help you BE present?

Thank you SO MUCH for starting 2019 with me!  I’m looking forward to the year ahead and what’s to come.  Thank YOU again for allowing me to fill your inbox each week, your time, attention, and energy. 🙏

With so much heart ❤ , 

Lisa xo

Resolutions, Goals, Plans – you don’t need a new year, you just need to start

I can’t believe I’m writing this to you as we fast approach the end of 2018!!

Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but time has been flying by for me and I can’t believe we’re already planning for 2019.

For so many of us, I know 2018 has been a crazy ride full of growth, stumbles, transformation, high’s, low’s, and lessons.  I know for me; the back half of this year alone was FULL of new learning’s to say the least, all in an effort to push myself and learn something new.  More than just learn something, but really go out of my comfort zone.  I’d say I was successful. 🙂

Having said that, as we’re nearing the end of this crazy year, it’s also the time of year when the buzz in the air is all about new year’s resolution’s and what NEW goals, we’re going to make for ourselves.  There might be some goals that were set for this year but for whatever reason, you didn’t get around to them, so they may make the list again for 2019.  It’s also the time of year that’s typically joined by some sort of inspirational quote that’s along the lines of, “2018 changed me, 2019 I’m coming back” OR “leaving this year behind and walking into 2019 like..✨?.” 

The truth is, if you’re going to set goals for yourself and plan for the year ahead, don’t WAIT for a new year to do it.  Start NOW! I know that if you REALLY want something bad enough for yourself – regardless of what it is, you’ll start right away and won’t wait for a new year to start working towards it, right?

What I would encourage you to do is, in reflecting on the year that’s about to wrap up before our very eyes, ask yourself a few questions.  This might even help inspire how to approach setting out NEW goals for yourself as you look to 2019.

  • What did I accomplish this year that I am most proud of?
  • What lessons did I learn this year that will help me move forward?
  • What did I learn that I can not only continue to apply in my own life but help someone else?
  • What’s one thing I need to change (if anything), that can help me with… this could be a limiting belief, and/or story, a pattern, a habit you want to break, etc. (fill in the blank)

Remember, goal setting shouldn’t be a once a year process!  Yes, it’s a great opportunity to be making a list and starting out a new year fresh but consider when you’re most likely going to accomplish a goal.  It’s not at the start of a new year; it’s when you’re ready, you’re willing and you WANT a desired outcome – whatever that is for you.

I can’t wait to head into 2019 and I’m so excited for so many of you who will be entering new chapters of your lives, starting new jobs, celebrating new milestones, gearing up for a life change – so many wonderful things to celebrate! 

While you’re looking forward to starting the new year, don’t forget to celebrate how far you’ve come!! Celebrate YOU – not just the big wins but the little wins too.  You might think you’ve done nothing at all, but it’s often in the smallest of efforts that we’ve shifted, we’ve learned something, we’ve grown, we’ve evolved, we’ve transformed. 

So, if you’re planning for the year ahead and you’re partaking in a similar exercise, what’s at the top of your list for 2019?

I wish you SO much success in the new year ahead!  I hope you enjoy this holiday season and sending you and your families all my love. ❤

Lisa

xo

Not sure what direction to take following your mat leave? Here’s what you should be thinking about

Taking a break from a thriving career to focus on starting and building a family can be such an exciting time.  For my go-getter, hustler, career-driven women, I know this can also be an adjustment when taking that step back.

Now that your mat leave is up and you’re ready to return to the workforce, you might realize the adjustment is more difficult than you anticipated.

So where do you start?

If you happen to work in a corporate environment and returning to the same job, your adjustment might look different than someone who is taking a leap a faith and deciding to start something completely different and new.  Particularly if you took more than the traditional 1 year of maternity leave (standard in Canada), but perhaps, a couple of years off.

The return can be confusing, difficult to understand where to start, and you may have a slew of other questions you might be challenging yourself with.

How do I re-brand myself when I’ve been out of the workforce for so long?

What level should I be targeting?  (you might consider this depending on where you were in your career before you left, etc.)

My resume has a gap in it, how do I best reflect my time off and stand out?

Naturally, the answers and your direction will vary for each of you depending on your needs. 

Some of you might want to return p/t, while some might want/need flexible hours, some need something close to home and are not open to a commute, etc.  Starting your own business may become an even more attractive option, as a result, to cover off on all these factors, thereby eliminating a traditional job search altogether. 

The idea is, you need to get *crystal clear* on what your “must haves” are and what you’re looking for.  From there, it will be much easier to target the appropriate opportunities for you and embark on a search.

Often, I’ve had candidates share they had a resume writer put their resume together as they were preparing to embark on a job search.  If you do take this route, make sure you know what you’re looking for and what your target is beforehand.  No sense in updating a resume to simply look ‘eye-catching’ on paper if you have no idea what you want, right?  Work from the inside out. 

  • Self-reflect – What’s important to you now that you’ve had a child?
  • Consider what you loved about your career – industry, role, etc.
  • What direction do you want to go in now – take a step back?  Go in a new direction altogether?
  • Think about your strengths and skills 

When it comes to your resume, include the things you’ve been doing while you’ve been off work such as:

  • Volunteer work – any charity work, whether you simply participated or organized directly
  • Contributing to your son/daughters’ school – PTA committee or other
  • Freelance/consulting/project related assignments you did even for a short period of time
  • Courses/workshops/conferences that you might have participated in or attended to keep up to date with what’s been going on in your industry
  • If you contributed to a blog or even started one while you were off to share your insights, etc.

The idea here is you want to be able to highlight anything you’ve been doing in addition to raising a family.  Without meeting and interviewing you in person to explain your gap while on maternity leave, your background and experience is what people see on paper, so you want to highlight everything and anything that is relevant.

The little things are important so don’t leave them out!

The transition back to the workforce can be an adjustment regardless of which direction you take.  Taking the time to self-reflect, figure out what your vision for yourself looks like returning to the workforce, can help alleviate the stress associated with the lead up when it’s time to go back to work. 

I’d love to hear from you as always!  Remember, your comments can help inspire someone who may need to hear YOUR perspective, so don’t be shy!

If you’ve ever made the transition back to the workforce after a maternity leave, if you found you struggled to make the return, what could have helped with the transition to make it easier for you?

Thanks for stopping by, and if you’re in this very place in your life, I wish you the greatest success on your return!

Lisa ❤

You’ve had one, I’ve had one – here’s how to talk about it in an interview

Most of us can relate to going through a bad experience throughout our careers, some of us, unfortunately, more than once.  Anything from a terrible boss, to being fired, to dealing with a difficult peer/colleague, to a toxic work environment, the list goes on and can all be attributed to bad experiences on the job.

The truth is, when it comes to our careers, there are times we fall short, even when we do our due diligence to make the right choices with the information we have.  For instance, we miss a sign, ignore that feeling we might have about an opportunity whether it’s the people, structure, culture, etc.  Before you know it, we find ourselves choosing a company that ultimately is in misalignment with what you’re looking for and what’s right for us.

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When turning down a MAJOR business opportunity is the RIGHT decision

These days, so many of us have a ‘side hustle’ in addition to a full-time gig OR you may just be a straight up entrepreneur and that’s all you’ve ever known. The corporate gigs haven’t been your thing and you only know how to work for yourself, following your dreams whether through a product or service-based business.

Maybe you’re on the other side of that and have been in a full-time job and have made the decision to leave and pursue a business of your own. (yay! Koodo’s to you)

While the better part of my career has had me focus on people and cultivating relationships with all sorts of talent, I’ve learned on my personal journey how important marketing is to any business.  Regardless of your path as an entrepreneur or small business owner.

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