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Sometimes it’s hard to let someone go. Whether it’s in business or in your personal life, occasionally it’s necessary in order to move forward. This can be more challenging when you’ve put a lot of time, effort, money and heart into a situation or person.

I recently had to fire someone and while it’s not my favourite thing to do, it was necessary. Ending someone’s employment with your company, especially if they’re affecting the overall team and culture is important to help your company thrive.

Since I’ve owned businesses for several years, there have been some occasions where I’ve had to take this final step to release someone on to the next step in their journey. I’m not one to relish in making this type of decision. I like to give people ample opportunity to turn things around and to evaluate whether they’re in the right job in the first place. Read More

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As you build your business you’ll also want to create an effective team of people to help you. Even if you’re a one man or one woman show, you’ll likely need some help from various contractors and professionals such as accountants and web developers along the way.

Having an effective team can make a HUGE difference to the health, profitability and enjoyability of your business. The people who surround you are key contributors to your life. Most people spend more time at work than they do with their friends and family. You just may want to find people you enjoy!

I’ve made some mistakes in hiring and have certainly learned valuable lessons along the way. In this video I share 4 things to consider when you’re hiring or choosing who you want to work with. It’s worth the short time to watch the video so you can avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made! Read More


Being a leader doesn’t always mean you need to come up with all the answers or that you need to rule with an iron fist. In fact, being an approachable leader where others feel welcome to talk to you and want to bring ideas to the table can be extremely helpful to you and your company.

One of the keys to being approachable is actually listening and hearing people’s ideas or challenges. This isn’t always easy as sometimes you’ll hear things you don’t want to hear!

However, when you listen to what they have to say you may gain valuable insight about them, your company or new ideas that can benefit everyone. Once you have the information, weigh all the facts and make the best decision you can for the business or situation.

Some of the decisions you make may not be the most popular one. However, if you really have listened and people feel like their contribution was considered they’re more likely to contribute constructively again in the future. Read More

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