Archive for Business Relationships

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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My Riverdale: Kelly’s Studio Esthetics

My Riverdale: Kelly’s Studio Esthetics

My aestheticians Kelly Margetis and Maria Siotis are very brave women. No task is too daunting for these business partners, and I’ve made them walk through rings of fire. Dealing with my Picasso-esque eyebrows is not for the faint of heart, not to mention my…

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