Women in Business

Storytelling Creates Leaders

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

All over the world human beings seek a wise person to tell them a story, to give them something to believe in and make them feel that they belong to something. At their core, our world history, our family history and all major world religions are simply a series of stories, emitted by a leader, and then retold.

Three Secrets to Unravelling Risk

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Ever felt like risk stopped you from doing something you truly desired? Ever had risk keep you up at night?

Don't Succumb to Lonesome Entrepreneur Syndrome

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Ever felt like an army of one in your business? I get it. It is both tremendously powerful food for my ego and poisonous for my mental health. Today I share three ways to combat LES (lonesome entrepreneur syndrome) and win the battle of entrepreneurial solitary confinement.

Entrepreneurs, This Is Why You Shouldn't Worry About 'Normal'

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Nothing is normal or weird. Never focus on what the norm is or what is standard procedure. Rules are there for interpretation, unless they accompany jail time. Keep every solution open as an option. Never rule out a possibility because you've put options into "boxes". Unwrap every option like it's Christmas morning.

Women Are Dreaming Bigger and Speaking Louder

Doina Oncel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Doina Oncel

Across the Fortune 500 companies and throughout cities worldwide, women appear to hold the short end of the stick. Women are considerably underrepresented as CEOs, officers, and directors in the corporate world. Since women occupy nearly half the total work force in the United States, what is the reasoning behind these inexplicable labour statistics?

How to Find Your Ideal Mentor

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

In answering hundreds of questions from entrepreneurs over the past month, I have heard the number one call for help to be "I need a mentor." Here are the top five things you need to ask yourself before you go looking for a mentor.

The Media Needs To Change Their Message About Women in Business

Leah Eichler | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

To give women more opportunities, Invest in Muslim Women funds training centres in India and Pakistan, giving women marketable skills in industries such as fashion. After a training session, the average woman's salary in India jumps from $12 a month to $60 -- a five-fold return that has the added benefit of raising her status in the family as well as in the community.

Making Connections vs. Maintaining Connections: Which Is Worth More?

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Plainly, even if you think you have connections -- you likely don't. It is not unless you have made a connection to someone...you developed that connection through a number of interactions, that you might be able to call them a connection. This matters not though.

Want to Climb the Corporate Ladder? These Skills Are a Leg Up

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

In today's highly competitive business world, climbing the corporate ladder takes more than a good education and solid job experience. You need to have an edge -- and being a strong communicator can help. But business communication isn't just about public speaking and writing.

15 Lessons After 15 Years of Being an Entrepreneur

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

As an entrepreneur I've learned valuable lessons along the way; on how to run a company, how to manage people and how to create a signature culture that transcends every part of the organization. So on this historical day, here are my 15 lessons learned over the past 15 years.

Six Reasons Why Business Trips Are Like Summer Camp for Moms

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

You go to bed exhausted and you wake up way too early. Campers love to stay up whispering to each other (about who sucked at field hockey, that sort of thing), just like moms jump at the chance to hang out with adults, whose food they don't have to cut up, and who don't argue with you about why you can have another glass of wine, but they can't have another pop.

Why My Dress Went Viral

Gloria Roheim McRae | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Style
Gloria Roheim McRae

I was still having a hard time deciding between which dress to wear, and I thought it was an easy thing to ask my social media tribe about, on Instagram and Facebook. After all, I am a social media strategist, and I'm always experimenting with online engagement. That's when the fun began.

The Key to Winning Is Simpler Than You Think

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

The key to winning Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur of the year two years in a row can be simmered down to just this: I dared to apply two years in a row. I am willing to go at something a second time, even if it means I might not finish as well the second time.

Women Don't Have to Act Like Men To Be Successful

Krista Thompson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Krista Thompson

I like a good joke and going to the bar. But I also like being my authentic self. At the WPO conference, women demonstrated their female qualities without apology. In fact, women's natural leadership tendencies to convene, facilitate and define problems for team resolution were well on display.

'Thinner and Cuter' Women Get Better Jobs and Higher Pay

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

One study, reported in 2011, of 10,000 graduates of Wisconsin high schools found that overweight men experienced few barriers to getting hired and promoted but fat women, for a variety of reasons related to reactions to being overweight, were less likely to earn college degrees, had jobs with lower earnings, and less social status than thinner female peers. Women working in television have been required to be thin (and young and beautiful) to be hired and retain their positions. Fat females, in day to day situations, confront discrimination in many forms. A 250-pound aerobics instructor in California who was fit, had many students, and no record of performance issues was denied a Jazzercise franchise.

Successful People Share These 5 Habits

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

I hang around with all kinds of successful people. There are all kinds of success. You, too, likely hang out with all kinds of successful people if yo...

Do Women Actually Want to be On Top?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

I was recently invited to Revolving Tables, a fundraising dinner for the Israel Cancer Research Fund, with 36 CEOs heading each table of which only around eight were women. It gave me an old school feeling, like those Mad Men days were still here.

Why You'll Be Happier If You Stop Striving For 'Work-Life Balance'

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

"Balance" suggests that women's role is to straddle both carefully ensuring that each side stays perfectly equal to one another. Am I the only one that pictures a teter totor (never, thought I'd have to put that word in print, let along look up the spelling), with a laptop and note book on one end and screaming children on the other?

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

Why Banning the Word 'Bossy' is a Battle That Can't Be Won

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jody Steinhauer

For starters, the word "bossy" is just one in an endless list of putdowns directed at women who look to stand out from the crowd. Know-it-all, controlling, pushy; all words meant to discourage someone who gravitates towards leadership. Is the next step to ban all these words as well? Instead of fighting an unwinnable battle to eliminate words, we should be promoting their antonyms.

Why You Should Be an 'Expert' in Something

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

I became fascinated by what it takes for someone to become known for their expertise, and over the past two decades, I've honed the skills of positioning people and organizations as experts. To advance professionally, we all must demonstrate and share our expertise, putting ourselves and our talents into the spotlight.

Female CEOs Abound, So Why Are Women Still Earning Less?

Yasmina Soussi | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada Business
Yasmina Soussi

Facebook's, Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer, Virginia Rometti, the CEO of IBM and others are proof that women can perform at the same level as male business leaders. Why are women still being treated differently in the workplace, and why do women oftentimes have lower salaries than men for similar jobs?

Are You Ready to Expand Your Business?

Anne Day | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

Recently I received a call from a woman who wanted to take her program on the road. She wanted my advice on how to proceed and how to take her business to the next level. I cautioned her about leaping in and trying to expand too quickly, especially if she didn't have the staffing or resources in place to manage the growth.

Three Guilt-Free Ways to Say "No"

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

I have said yes to things that I had no business saying yes to. Things I had no time for, no interest in, could not afford...all manner of yesses have slid past my lips so I feel confident in saying that I have been around the yes-block and have come back with a better roadmap than when I started. Here are the three ways you can say no, guilt free.

You Want a Revolution? You Have to Make a Plan

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

As I sit down to write this post all I can hear between my ears is "Revolution" by the Beatles. "You say you want a Revolution, well you know, we'd all love to see the plan." I do not claim to be a great Beatles philosopher but I am going to claim that unless there is a plan for change, it is not going to be alright.