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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

How to Have What you Want or Want What You Have

A story never told... I have not told this story to anyone, even my closest friends, so this is a bit of a stretch into the vulnerability matrix, even for me. This is a story about how I started a...
12/15/2014 04:22 EST
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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
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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
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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

Successful People Share These 5 Habits

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 you see success that way. I do have to say though th...
04/04/2014 03:43 EDT

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 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 Lacking

I do some speaking here and there around the globe. Wherever I go, people always ask me about Leadership. I capitalize Leadership because in the context of this post -- it is a double noun. It is both...
02/26/2014 10:37 EST

Why You Shouldn't Worry About Being Judged

Do you ever feel like people are judging you? If your answer was not yes, than clearly you are not paying attention. People are judging you. All of the time. I mention judgment not to make you feel e...
02/21/2014 02:45 EST

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
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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 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

How to Communicate Yourself to Businesses

Connecting with people is a gift of mine. Pretty bold opening statement. I re-visit it to say that connecting with a certain type of person is a gift of mine...and it is a gift of yours, too. In the p...
09/24/2013 05:29 EDT

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