Chaos Normal for Mompreneurs

"Mompreneurs" are kicking their work into high gear now that those with school-aged children are on their own during the day. According to some of these entrepreneurial mothers, balancing priorities of raising children with building a successful business isn't as easy...

Remembering a Marvellous Mentor

I'll never forget lunch on the first Tuesday in October 2001. It was my first volunteer committee meeting, my first time at the London Hunt Club and it was the first time I'd heard Ron Logan utter the words, "Well, that's just marvellous!" When I arrived at the club,...

Bosses Can Be Big Help to Build a Foundation

As an independent business owner with big aspirations for building a strong network, you have a lot of decisions to make. But, fortunately, you're the one who gets to make them. Increasing your networking activity when you're employed by a company means that, to a...

Impossible to Calculate Return on Investment

Can an accurate return on investment (ROI) on networking activities be measured? This question was posed on the LinkedIn discussion board of London Linked -- a networking group for professionals. If you're a London-based professional on the social networking site...

Be Yourself in Professional, Personal Life

A business consultant, who happens to be a good friend, shared with me her frustration that so many people starting out in business try to be something they're not. She constantly reminds clients to be themselves if they want to build a big portfolio and find success....

Still a Long Way to Go

In 1967, Florence Bird was named by prime minister Lester Pearson to chair the groundbreaking Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada. From her 1970 report came the concept that women should be entitled to equal pay and equal opportunity as their male...

Healthy Volunteering a Fine Balancing Act

Volunteering is a great way to build relationships, raise your profile and best of all, to support a great cause and find personal fulfilment. The challenge is that when you do a good job, it likely will lead to more volunteer opportunities. Next thing you know, you...

Over-Involved Helpers a Negative

Managing over-involved volunteers in not-for-profit organizations is a delicate process for human resource managers, executive directors and volunteer co-ordinators. There is a fine line between positive contributions to an organization and being so involved that the...

Be Selective When Attending Meetings

As I helped friends prep for their first outing to a large business event, it reminded me how unnatural it can feel for a young professional to walk into a room full of the community's movers and shakers and try to walk out having made some quality contacts. This...