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Kelsey Ramsden

Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur

Kelsey Ramsden is a West coast gal and East coast business powerhouse. Profit Magazine named her Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur 2 years in a row (2012 & 2013).Kelsey is featured in best selling books and magazines from Forbes to Canadian Business as well as via various media outlets, she is sought after for comment due to her unique and candid perspective on current events in business, leadership, lifestyle and entrepreneurship. A Richard Branson Centre Entrepreneur, she believes that sharing insights from the trenches is paramount to success. Kelsey shares her expertise regularly on twitter and via her Barefoot Boardroom Newsletter <a href="http://www.kelseyramsden.com" rel="nofollow">www.kelseyramsden.com/subscribe/</a>
Why Accountability Is Important and How To Get

Why Accountability Is Important and How To Get It

When dealing with myself, if I am 'off again' with accountability, I calculate what I would have to pay someone an hour to do the work I am avoiding or not holding myself accountable for doing. Then I ask myself if I would pay someone that amount of money to surf Facebook, chat on the phone with their best friend, spend an extra 5 minutes grabbing a coffee on their way into work
10/07/2014 05:14 EDT
The One Thing I Did To Hire The Best Employee

The One Thing I Did To Hire The Best Employee Ever

It took me staying up all night and reaching near exhaustion to get fed up enough to seek a new solution to hiring. I hope you find you sleep easier knowing what I know now. You have to balance the great parts of the job you are offering with the truthful parts of both the job you are offering and what working for you can be like in order to find the right fit for a long term hire.
09/04/2014 12:49 EDT
Don't Succumb to Lonesome Entrepreneur

Don't Succumb to Lonesome Entrepreneur Syndrome

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.
07/15/2014 12:47 EDT
Entrepreneurs, This Is Why You Shouldn't Worry About

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

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.
07/08/2014 12:44 EDT
How to Find Your Ideal

How to Find Your Ideal Mentor

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.
07/03/2014 05:16 EDT
Making Connections vs. Maintaining Connections: Which Is Worth

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

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.
06/18/2014 05:10 EDT
The Key to Winning Is Simpler Than You

The Key to Winning Is Simpler Than You Think

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.
05/07/2014 05:58 EDT
Three Guilt-Free Ways to Say

Three Guilt-Free Ways to Say "No"

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.
03/04/2014 08:47 EST
You Want a Revolution? You Have to Make a

You Want a Revolution? You Have to Make a Plan

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.
02/27/2014 12:17 EST
What Modern Leadership is

What Modern Leadership is Lacking

I do some speaking here and there around the globe. Wherever I go, people always ask me about Leadership. I capitalize Leadership
02/26/2014 10:37 EST
Three Ways to Get a New Idea --

Three Ways to Get a New Idea -- Fast!

Here it is, the no holds barred answer of my top three truths about creativity. In my 12 years consciously studying my own creativity and those around me (and the 26 years I studied it unconsciously) I have found the following to be universally true...
01/16/2014 05:31 EST
I'm Not Just a Blonde at the Construction Site -- I'm the

I'm Not Just a Blonde at the Construction Site -- I'm the Boss

I grew up in an entrepreneurial family and construction was my family's mainstay. I have been around it my whole life and truth be told, my happiest place on earth is on a roadbuilding site with machines pushing and swinging dirt and people all working hard. Sure, being a girl in construction came with the standard issue nuisances you would expect -- naked pin-up girl pictures in the tool trailers, having to use disgusting man outhouses, getting hit on steadily, getting tolerated and not taken seriously -- but I just kept my head down and got to work. This got the people who make decisions to know that I was not just a little blonde token strutting around the job site but that I was watching and thinking and had value.
10/09/2013 12:42 EDT
Put Yourself On a Time Diet With These 3

Put Yourself On a Time Diet With These 3 Steps

Doing it all is a fallacy. Doing it all is a terrible idea and a cancerous notion. No one does it all. Doing it all meant I felt depleted and over-stuffed. Like a life lived continually in the after turkey-dinner haze of uncomfortable and tired. Here is my three step Time Diet Program.
09/26/2013 06:00 EDT
Are You a Burnout, or Burning the Candle at Both

Are You a Burnout, or Burning the Candle at Both Ends?

About 1.5 years ago I underwent a 6 hour surgery to remove a few cancer-inflicted organs. I was guaranteed to be a goner prior to that surgery. Before that, I thought I had it all figured out. I took serious pride in the statement "I am so busy." I was productive and important. I was burning the candle at both ends, and society loved me for it. But what did that get me?
09/20/2013 12:33 EDT