The Role of an Advisory Board in Start-Ups and Independent Businesses

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As the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) says, “it’s impossible for one person to know everything about their industry or business” (BDC, 2017). The concept of an Advisory Board, made up of knowledgeable business people, can provide experience and perspective that you may not have within your organization. These types of Boards are being… Read more »

Interview with Sherry Prenevost, Photographer – What does it mean to be a Canadian?

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As part of MarchFifteen’s Canada 150 celebration, we are interviewing prominent people in various fields to gain their thoughts and insights to the question, “What does it mean to be a Canadian?” Maria Milanetti was pleased to interview Sherry Prenevost, renowned social documentary and travel photographer, as part of this initiative.  MarchFifteen has enjoyed a… Read more »

Do values really matter?

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Just in case the title was misleading… Yes, they do! Organizational values are the foundation and essence of your organization’s identity. When properly implemented, they form the DNA of who you are as an entity. Values that are congruent with the core aspirations of your organization help to inspire actively living the purpose, and distinguish… Read more »

Interview with a Business Owner in Transition

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At MarchFifteen, we want to help you protect the future of your business and support you through succession and ownership transition. In past blog posts we’ve talked about the work we do in relation to succession planning in general. We want to go beyond that, and share with you an actual case we worked on… Read more »

Youth and Marijuana – A Pine River Perspective

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MarchFifteen believes that an organization’s reach extends to, and impacts, the community at large. After all, one of the organizational values we live by at MarchFifteen is “Higher Purpose” – Believing there is no healthy business without a healthy community around it, we play an active role as a responsible corporate citizen, giving back to… Read more »

When Too Many Smart People Spoil the Team – A Guest Blog by Hodges L. Golson

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We are pleased to be sharing Hodges Golson’s blog on the team dynamics if you have only uber bright people as members. Hodges has been consulting with CEOs on issues of leadership team effectiveness, leadership succession, executive selection and unique life-at-the-top questions and problems for over 40 years. We hope you will find this blog… Read more »

A Succession Planning Vlog

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We recently did something new – a vlog – thanks to Tim Haunn of The Haunn Group.  Maria Milanetti’s participation in the vlog was by interview, in which she and Tim Haunn discussed succession planning and we wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

Forbes Coaches Council Feature – 15 Ways You Can Foster Change While Managing Employee Well-Being

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As a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, Edyta gets the opportunity to share her coaching and entrepreneurial expertise with readers. This month she shares the advice to “reward people for failing” in 15 Ways You Can Foster Change While Managing Employee Well-Being. Read the full article here. Please share your comments, we’d love to hear them.

Sales Mastery Essentials for Non-Sales Leaders – Part 2

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    We learned about the business-damaging pitfalls of leaders not fully embracing sales in a prior post. These pitfalls include poor customer experience, high costs, and avoidable financial pressures. We, as non-sales leaders, can avoid these pitfalls by reaching a helpful level of sales mastery ourselves. Though the process of attaining this mastery may… Read more »

Focus, Faith, Fun and Fortune

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Oh my goodness…. 2016 was a tough year for me. I am glad it is over, and look very much forward to a more positive 2017. But will it be? Like for many of my fellow Boomer/Xers, on a personal side, a few fears have become a reality: aging and frail parents, son becoming independent,… Read more »