What’s the Secret Ingredient of Growth?

What’s the Secret Ingredient of Growth?

After witnessing over 50 pitches and hearing feedback from over 100 investors it was clear to me what investors believe the key to growth is, and it’s not what I or the presenting companies imagined.

You're Worth $70 Billion Dollars? You Still Have to Say "I'm Sorry"

You're Worth $70 Billion Dollars? You Still Have to Say "I'm Sorry"

Facebook was told that a third party application would sell the information of 50 million users.

My Boss Sucks

My Boss Sucks

Have you ever felt your boss has poor management skills and the management team makes ridiculous decisions? If only you were in their position, you would do things so differently.

Emotion, The Missing Ingredient

Emotion, The Missing Ingredient

My two worst subjects in school were History and Afrikaans. I literally would have opted for a root canal if I could avoid having to do them.  My loathe for these subjects showed in the results, as I failed them both.

Are Self-Driving Jobs Next?

Are Self-Driving Jobs Next?

Have you ever felt like you are in autopilot mode in a job?  Like when you are driving a car and thinking about everything and anything except driving and you suddenly snap out of it and think – WOW! I am already at work, how did I get here, the trip is such a blur!  

Jetlag, Coffee, and Round-a-bouts

Jetlag, Coffee, and Round-a-bouts

Have you every been severely jet lagged and desperately in need of coffee?  I have been many times, especially when I travel to Australia with my family of young kids ... lots of them! 

Definitely not the popular family to sit next to on a 20+ hour trip!

Pressure: Dust or Diamond?

Pressure: Dust or Diamond?

It was fall 2008 and I was enjoying a luxurious corporate evening event at the Bellagio in Vegas. Fabulous patio! My thoughts were freely flowing about how happy and amazing life was. The US recession had not hit Canada, my business results were fabulous, we had recently purchased a larger home, kids had entered private schools and my husband was thinking about quitting the job he hated and starting his own business. My personal happy reflection was interrupted by a senior leader who wanted to give me a heads up that, due to the hit our US counterparts had experienced, bonus dollars were being cut and details would follow. As the last sentence was completed, my cell phone rang. My husband shared his great news – he quit! 

Passion to Perform

Passion to Perform

I grew up as a 100-metre sprint athlete. I love winning. When I was about 8 years old, I was on a winning streak. I had won all my races that season. One mild South African winter's day, I was far ahead of the pack and looked behind me to see where the other kids were. That day, I came second. I was devastated.

Leveling Up

Leveling Up

I love the rags-to-riches story of Bethenny Frankel, American reality TV personality, founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails, author, talk show host and now one of the Dragons.

Courage to Commit

Courage to Commit

Commitment has two somewhat conflicting definitions. One talks about the quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity. The other defines an obligation that restricts freedom of action. One implies a freedom to choose, while the other insinuates you are owned by the choices you make.

Falling is an Advanced Skill

Falling is an Advanced Skill

I could see only shock and horror on the faces of my team members as the road to almost certain victory dropped into a steep decline, leading them to a guaranteed defeat. The project was a complete failure in their eyes and it was fascinating to watch the cacophony of emotions from stress and fear, to disappointment and embarrassment slowly taking their toll on them individually and on the team cohesiveness. A well-oiled machine that once worked so smoothly together now resembled a scene from a kindergarten playground: utter chaos and screaming.  

Be an OWNER not OWNED

Be an OWNER not OWNED

Our destiny is determined by our decisions.  Control your decisions control your destiny! Often we don't know or don't realize the full impact of a decision, until it is too late.

Today is the Best Time to Make a Decision

Today is the Best Time to Make a Decision

The quality of our life is determined by the quality of our decisions.  Often we don't know until after that fact whether a decision, big or small, is one that will change our lives forever.