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From the President’s Desk

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This week we invite Guest Blogger Martha Reavley, Associate Professor of Management at the University of Windsor. Plant Something Networking is like farming – it requires that something is planted – an idea – by a single network member or by a group and that members work together to nurture and grow that idea. Share your ideas and listen to others. Mutuality Farmers know a great deal about symbiosis as do great leaders. If you hate networking and think it’s phony, change your perspective....

Back to the Past. Let's say we have a flux capacitor and a DeLorean DMC-12. We go back in time to August 21, 2011 and take a look at Building Circles first blog published at 8:52 am: Title:  Why Am I Writing This Blog? To share stories with everyone on our experiences with connecting with people. Being part of many networking groups and having experienced success in some and having been part of creating a couple of successful groups are the inspiration to create...

Fear I have shared with you in the past my biggest fear is the fear of failure. This inspires me to focus on being successful with all decisions made. Sometimes I am wrong and like most leaders, good thing most of the time we are correct. Thanks to our instincts and our circles of people around us who help us make the right decisions on a consistent basis. Leaders overcome the fear of making mistakes and overcome the fear of letting others...

The topic of following through keeps arising when talking to other entrepreneurs, managers and sales professionals and thought I would share some updated thoughts on this subject. Following through is one of the key components to building and maintaining business relationships. Remember my blog about the three key components to good communication:  1. Follow-up 2. Follow-up 3. Follow-up. Are you going to do what you said you were going to do? Can I trust you are going to take care of this?...

This week we welcome Guest Blogger Maurice Marwood, President of MMARCO International Services Inc.  Great topic for all Entrepreneurs to take notice! As an entrepreneur, can you be confident of the longer term viability of your business? How do you know?  What financial tools and yardsticks do you use to measure and track viability? Is your expertise in marketing, selling, engineering and product or service development, rather than financial management? In addition to these day-to-day operational disciplines, the entrepreneur must also process...

Working with family has dynamics of its' own as compared to businesses that have no family involved. There are pro's and con's to working with family. Some of the pro's include your family members have a vested interest in the business. They care just as much as you do. You can trust them and they have your back in all situations. They can give you constructive criticism in certain situations. They see things from a different perspective and can share this...

It has been a year since we finalized the plans for acquiring a competitor and moving into a new location. This move and acquisition required a lot of attention by the four partners. We had many discussions both impromptu and formal ones. You can imagine all the ideas shared, the many discussions, brainstorming all the pros and cons for each idea. I found myself wanting to be involved in every conversation and realized this was just not possible. We still had a...

With our older daughter Haley taking Business at the University of Windsor and our younger daughter Syd going to Grade 10, one tends to reflect on lessons we learned in our youth. It's always interesting to note how similar and yet how different they can be.   Discipline is one of those lessons you learn to stay ahead of the game. Both treated homework differently - one never had homework while the other one always seemed to have homework, even when she...

This week's blog is by an anonymous Guest Blogger who sent in their thoughts on customer service. Whatever happened to customer service? I always thought it was common sense, apparently not! Is it too much to ask that someone be present when they are checking you out at a store or acknowledge your presence in a doctor’s office? Just look up, make eye contact, and give a small smile. I know you're busy I'm just trying to let you know I'm here. Your...

It's been over 5 years since we built the WindsorEssex Circle networking group.  Thanks to our co-founder Joe DiGiorgio for inspiring this networking idea. How the Circle started Joe is a "machine" when it comes to business and networking. He was inspirational in his quest to form a networking group to introduce each other to business associates. I added my touch to the format and used LinkedIn to form the WindsorEssex Circle name and to create the group. We sent invitations to...