The 8 Things You Can Do to Ensure Your Business Survives Divorce (#7 is just Nasty)

ensure your business survives a divorce

Since the beginning of COVID, a few business owners have asked me what measures they should take to divorce-proof their business. I think the more appropriate question is how to divorce-ready your business. Similar to the assets of a marriage, a company’s assets are considered mutually owned within a marriage. The complexity of a business can be far more challenging … Read More

Wake Up Parents; You Could Lose Your Child to Suicide

child suicide

Last month I was invited to speak to a group of grade 7 and 8 parents about teen mental illness, what I’ve learned of our dealing with Madeline and what we were hoping to accomplish with The Maddie Project. We scheduled a date. I provided a summary of the content, and an agenda was sent out to all parents to … Read More

Do We Have a Responsibility to the Entrepreneurs of Today and Tomorrow?

entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow

Being an entrepreneur can be one of the most rewarding and liberating things you can do as a career. Equally valid, being an entrepreneur can be one of the most frustrating and emotional roles you can choose to make a living. Schools are great at teaching you how to succeed when starting a new business, but do these schools properly … Read More

Does the Entrepreneur’s Journey to Greatness Need to be so Damn Lonely?

entrepreneurs Journey to Greatness

Do you ever wish you could have an honest conversation with a fellow business owner without judgement? I’m talking a completely candid; no holes barred, these are my deepest and darkest fears kind of conversations. I’ve been doing this entrepreneur thing for 30 years, and over the duration, I’ve experienced many emotions: joy, frustration, pride, anxiety, depression, optimism, sadness, fear. … Read More

My Accidental 10-Year Journey to Discovering Emotional Intelligence

discovering emotional intelligence

There’s something ironic about me writing about Emotional Intelligence. Those who knew me 15-20 years ago would probably accuse me of not even knowing the definition of Emotional Intelligence. They wouldn’t be far off the mark. Since then, a lot has happened, including several devastating life events that have impacted the person I am and how I look at the … Read More

How Do You Know if You are CRA’s Favourite Target?

CRA's favourite target

No one wants to be in CRA’s cross-hairs.  You may be an unsuspecting victim even if you’ve done nothing wrong.  We’re not talking about people who are guilty of tax evasion or tax avoidance.  Your only criteria may be your marital status.  If you are single, divorced or widowed, then you may be CRA’s favourite and unsuspecting victim.  If you … Read More

5 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Want to be a Teenager Today

being a teenager today

This isn’t one of those nostalgic posts about “I remember when”, but my kids will probably accuse me of it. Obviously, there have always been challenges in raising teenagers but throw in social media, access to technology and our kids surpassing our knowledge base for certain things, and so our job as parents just got exponentially more difficult. Life was … Read More

9 Powerful Ways That Philanthropy Can Help to Build Your Brand?

philanthropy can help build your brand

Being altruistic usually means putting the needs of others ahead of your own needs.  So discussing how philanthropy can help to build your brand almost comes across as being hypocritical.  But being generous and charitable doesn’t mean that you can’t beat your chest a little, especially when it comes to being good corporate citizens and leaders in your community.  Here … Read More

8 Tragic Things People Don’t Understand About Losing a Child

losing a child

Earlier this month was Suicide Prevention Day. It’s been more than 6 years since we endured the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter Madeline. Since this tragic event devastated our family’s lives, I have felt a multitude of different emotions ranging from anger, gratitude, helplessness and, of course, inconsolable sadness.I read a blog post by Paula Stephens, “What I Wish … Read More