Joy of Six: the six secrets to running a successful business

Joy of Six: the six secrets to running a successful business At a recent event I attended that Ellevate Network, Toronto hosted, Marg Hachey presented the six secrets to running a successful business. She is qualified to speak about successful businesses because she has ranked in the top 10 of the Top 100 Women Business Owners in Canada eleven years in a row, and she used her personal advisory board to accelerate her company’s growth 1100% in six years. Six Secrets to Running a Successful Business 1.    Compelling Business Model To operate a successful business requires having a compelling business model, which includes understanding … [Read more...]

Creating a personal advisory board

personal advisory board

Creating a personal advisory board A recent study revealed that 93 percent of small medium enterprises attribute their success to mentors. No business or professional for that matter can succeed without the right kind of support, and the support needed changes at different life cycles of the business and person’s career. Several years ago, I attended an event, and I was delighted to hear the speaker say that one mentor is not enough, since no one person can give you all the support you may need to attain professional success. This is something that I have believed for a long time. If you are a business owner or a senior level executive … [Read more...]

How are you celebrating National Mentoring Month?

National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month January is National Mentoring Month, how are you celebrating it? National Mentoring Month was created in 2002 to focus national attention in the United States on the need for mentors. I try to write at least one article in celebration of the occasion, but this year, I have struggled with what to write. Last year, I did something different when I profiled Napoleon Hill's invisible counselors, who are the same as invisible mentors. I seldom view mentoring the traditional way, and when I was not thinking about how to celebrate National Mentoring Month, it occurred to me that the people in my LinkedIn group, … [Read more...]

To Remember More of What You Read, Take Notes by Hand

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To Remember More of What You Read, Take Notes by Hand How much of what you read do you remember? Research shows that if you do not take active steps to remember what you learn, within an hour of being introduced to the new information, you forget over 50 percent. A good way to prevent the Curve of Forgetting from setting in, is to take better notes while you are reading that you review from time-to-time. But what does it mean to take better notes? That’s a very good question, which I will try to answer. Additionally, a study by two psychological scientists, Pam Mueller of Princeton and Daniel Oppenheimer of UCLA, found that when … [Read more...]

How I Keep Track of What I Read

Keeping Track of the  Books You Read from Around the Globe

How I Keep Track of What I Read If you have been hanging out with me for a while on this blog, you already know that I love to read. I cannot remember a time in my life when I didn’t read books. Reading gives me such pleasure so I indulge all the time. Over 13 years ago, while listening to Earl Nightingale’s Lead the Field, he recommended that we read a book a week. Earl Nightingale was a very successful author, motivational speaker and journalist, who died in 1989. I thought that Nightingale must know what he is talking about, so I took his words to heart. I wanted to make sure that I kept track of what I read, and that I honored the … [Read more...]