Your homepage should be constantly generating leads for you. The best way to make that happen is to create a homepage that grabs the first time visitor’s attention within seconds.
We’ve actually been asked this very question a few times lately so we thought we would put together a blog post answering this very question by highlighting some of the main reasons why we think your business should have a LinkedIn Business page. First, LinkedIn is the largest growing online professional network with more than 332 million members.
This innovative networking platform has truly revolutionized the way people network online by providing us with numerous ways to strategically network, make new connections, build relationships and generate new opportunities.
We are huge supporters of farm-to-table which is linked to the local food movement and the overall buy local initiatives found in many communities. Ottawa’s buy local initiatives and community gardening networks have developed a real momentum and continue to grow year after year. It is now becoming a buzzing hub and supporters of this buy local initiative are having an impact on what grocery stores and restaurants are offering and we love it!
When I was working on my PhD, my supervisor was not a believer in face time. He knew that just because you were in the lab didn’t mean you were busy or productive. What he was most interested in was the quality and quantity of data we produced. If you worked all night and slept all day that was fine by him. The same philosophy followed me into my postdoc where the primary researcher always told us her focus was not on lab time but on lab results. It was only when I left research and started working within a law firm environment that I realized
Some people are all about Spring cleaning but Labour Day weekend and the arrival of September trigger in me a need to get even more organized. I focus on ending the year on a positive note, professionally and personally. September to me represents a fresh start even more than the arrival of Spring and there are many reasons behind this yearly feeling.
There is something about the early smells of Spring and that extra hour of light that makes me want to air out and reorganize closets and cupboards. I think it is the anticipation of a new season arriving – the very thought of feeling warm while being outside makes me smile. This time of year my thoughts always turn to freshening up the home. There is something truly satisfying about creating the “donate”; “trash” and “keep” piles. Once all is said and done you feel lighter and more organized.
Lean business practices are a hot topic right now. There are even consultants that have labelled themselves as lean business sensei. The irony is that many of the articles and blogs are long and unclear as to the precise take away message. What does it really mean to run a lean business? It is about getting the value-creating steps of your business to flow in a tight sequence so that the product flows smoothly and efficiently to the client.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left – Margaret Thatcher
A former colleague and very dear friend sent this quote to me another lifetime ago. She was trying to reach out to me at a time when I was stuck in a bully pit. I had just been on the receiving end of a long and scathing personal attack. The point she was trying to hammer home was that the reason the attack was personal was because there was no sound business decision to attack me. The bully took the cheap shot road.
Today I had a relaxing lunch with a friend and former colleague. We haven’t worked together for years and yet every time we meet we seem to pick up exactly where we left off. He also owns his own business and he was curious to know what surprised me the most when I started my own business. So here it is – my biggest surprise was finding out who amongst my close network were TALKers and who were DOers.
Family businesses are a different environment; there is a level of complexity of relationships that does not exist in other enterprises but how can you tell if things have gone too far? Has a line been crossed? Here’s a short quiz to see if you should maybe make some major changes: