A call to action

A state of rebellion

This article “How Friendship Holds Women Back in Their Careers” broke my heart.

It is upsetting for two reasons

(1) it rings true

(2) it is counter to my belief and a favourite topic: connection, deep personal relationships, are at the intersection of health and longevity, success and happiness.

Not surprisingly I guess that my theory, which is well researched, is a combination of common knowledge and discoveries based primarily on one gender – damn!

But let’s wipe the tears and surge the emotions towards action. Ladies, enough is enough!

If we love and trust each other & we believe in what we are doing, in the relationships that we’ve developed & the results we have & can achieve let’s foster it all and ensure that for us too connection, deep personal relationships is at the core of success.

We master the fruits that connection bears for happiness as well as health & longevity but let’s stop stopping there.

There is no shame in self-promoting. There is no shame in asking. There is none in business development or sales or feeding the family. Let’s help each other beyond the touchy feely – let’s do it economically too.

For those who say don’t mix business with friends – well they likely aren’t living an intense life where their passions of work and family and friends and fun (& CONNECTION) intersect. That’s too bad but for the rest of us there’s no separation.

Trust a friend. Refer a friend. Hire a friend. Bring two friends together to connect.

Men too … except you already do. Celebrate that & continue (& hopefully your circle is diverse & includes all types).

THE article:

#networking #connectionattheintersection #friendsfirst


The race you are running

I like this quote. It challenges my thinking and raises important discussions and questions.

Some of the things that I think would be a great conversation:

– what’s the balance of knowing what your competition is doing but

– avoiding arrogance & ignorance, &

– being focused & following your passion/path?

– how do you grow the market & collaborate while

– staying inspired and differentiating? (& ultimately competitive)

I think some ‘glances’, some healthy respect & some working together with the competition can be inspiring and can push you harder.

The core message of this quote remains true. You can harness your passion. You can show up with intensity and you can inspire. You can do this all with focus if you are not distracted by looking behind you or beside you.

There’s room in the race for all of you and the definition of winner should be individual. One company can win by being the best at one thing while your organization wins by being the best at something else.

Customers & clients win by having both those choices!

#collaboration #oprahrocks #competition #winning

For more informational on a new team that’s starting in a new race:

#financeleader #businessadvisor #connector #cfoservices


Can you afford a CFO?

Are you saving money by not hiring a CFO?

A Chartered Professional Accountant with over 5 years qualifications is going to cost you over $100k annually. A CFO/Controller level with over 10 years experience is going to expect over $150k for such a role. The best candidates with true leadership abilities are likely wanting closer to $200k or more. These salaries do not include the book-keeping, tax expertise and other junior level tablestakes that are the necessaries in small and medium business.

So it’s no wonder a start-up often starts without a finance leader.

And it’s no wonder that small and medium business hesitate to hire a finance leader that is beyond their book-keeper and tax expert.

Are you saving money by not hiring a CFO? Well an annual salary of $100-200k+ probably is too much in the early days. It’s likely too high for many growing small and medium businesses too.

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