Archive for Business Relationships

My Riverdale: Danforth Jewellers

My Riverdale: Danforth Jewellers

I don’t own a lot of jewellery but get attached to the things I have. Last summer I killed two birds with one (gem) stone. I interviewed Jim Pappas from Danforth Jewellers down the street for my Yellow Pages story and also brought in a bag…

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My Riverdale: Red Label Hair Company

My Riverdale: Red Label Hair Company

In this instalment of My Riverdale, I am actually not profiling a business in my Riverdale neighbourhood. But I made an exception to write a story about a business farther away because Red Label Hair Company is where my colorist, Joanne Skillin, works. It may…

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Career Advice to My Imaginary Daughter: Choose Your Lovers Well

Career Advice to My Imaginary Daughter: Choose Your Lovers Well

Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm, started a campaign last year – Leaders & Daughters –  to mark International Women’s Day. The campaign includes both male and female leaders from companies like Apple, Verifone, and Hyatt writing encouraging letters to their daughters to help…

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My Riverdale: Mocha Mocha

My Riverdale: Mocha Mocha

I’m “Donald”ed-out. I can’t listen to him anymore. I don’t even find humour in Alec Baldwin imitating Donald Trump on SNL. I thought it was hilariously funny at first but his satirical rendition is so close to the truth that it’s just another depressing reminder…

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Women Come First at Upscale Sex Club (A Business Story)

Women Come First at Upscale Sex Club (A Business Story)

Liisbeth (a zine for feminist entrepreneurs) asked me to write a story about Oasis Aqualounge, an upscale sex club for women and their partners, that is striving for respect in the mainstream business community. Never one to shy away from a good story, I took…

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My Riverdale: The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings

My Riverdale: The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings

I interviewed the brother-sister owners of The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings, for one of my stories for Yellow Pages. I have pierced ears, which is probably about as “crazy” as I’ll ever get. I did make an appointment to get a belly ring once….

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My Break-Up with the G&M (And What Happened Next)

My Break-Up with the G&M (And What Happened Next)

I can’t remember which smart person said it but these words have stuck with me: “You learn more about a person at the end of a relationship than at the beginning.” This is true of couples as well as organizations. Last month I broke up…

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Why My Husband and I Decided to End a 25-Year Relationship

Why My Husband and I Decided to End a 25-Year Relationship

Dear Director, Loyalty & Retention (The Globe and Mail)   Thank you very much for your letter and 2017 calendar thanking us for our 25+ year loyalty as subscribers to the Globe and Mail. As my husband John reminded me, “I’ve had a longer relationship…

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My Riverdale: Petey’s Grooming & Treats

My Riverdale: Petey’s Grooming & Treats

Every member of my family has a favourite store in our Riverdale neighbourhood. For John, that is hands-down Book City where he routinely pops in to buy the New Yorker, the Economist and Downbeat. It doesn’t matter that he is paying quadruple the price to…

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5 No-Nos For Business Networking

5 No-Nos For Business Networking

Last night I was on a panel at the Strategic Capability Network to talk about business networking. In my mind professional networking is really no different than dating (something I write about a lot)—the same principles apply. Because we all love listicles (sigh), here are…

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