Mission Possible

October 27, 2012

Heidi Vamvakaris, the beloved co-owner of Mykonos Restaurant in London Canada, has had one mission for thirty-one years. When my Profitable Broads group went for dinner we asked her what it was. Heidi said without hestiation,

To create a sense of well being and receive people with warmth and joy and give them a holiday feeling away from their stresses.

Now that’s a mission.


Pick a $ Number

October 10, 2012

“Do you know your optimistic number?” He says this smiling and relaxed. His jacket open, his jeans dark and crisp, small business growth guru Mark LeBlanc is asking the most important question.

Do you know how much revenue you want to generate each month? Regardless of whether you are a for profit or a community service, it’s wise to know your numbers.

For Diane Harris, Executive Director at Ingamo Family Homes it was $12,500. Each day she would ask herself in the morning and afternoon ‘What have I done to achieve my optimistic number?’

Here is where it gets a little whoo whoo.  Last Thursday, Diane Harris got a text message and a donation of, you guessed it $12, 500. Einstein said, “You can live your live as if nothing is a miracle or as if everything as a miracle.”

Miracle or not, knowing what you need to make per month, per week, per day focuses your efforts.

How do you do it? Let me know your process. I’ll happily share your best tactics.

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Do you have a SSDT?

October 4, 2012

The best in the world make the complex simple. They take us on intellectual walks of wonder and leave footprints of awe.

Max Dixon is a master speaker who has traveled the world serving  top corporations. I had the joy of being ‘Maxed‘ in Toronto.

He asked volunteers to give a tiny bit of their speech. Then he would lean in and whisper advice and ask them to speak again. The transformation was immediate. People spoke with more power, poise and impact and we learned why.

When Max asked for another volunteer, ‘Does anyone have a hard time being heard?’ my hand shot up and I got up. I read a statement with increasing volume. With each increase he would take a step back. My goal was to back him up to the wall.  I spoke louder and louder, my throat straining. He hit the wall. I took a breath.

Max walked back towards me, looked at me with such warmth and whispered  ‘stand at your full height’. He put one hand on each side of my head, tilted it and asked me to speak again.  I spoke with more volume and less effort. It was transformative.

Masters don’t give more information, they give epiphanies – a SSDT – a single simple doable thing. I’ve been standing taller ever since.

Good is no longer good enough. The goal is perfection and the path that takes us there leads to excellence.
Louise B. Karch