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By Debbie Ouellet 21 Jun, 2017

Key performance indicators (KPIs).

If you are fortunate enough to land a contract with a government or large corporate client, chances are good that part of that contract will include KPIs.

By Debbie Ouellet 17 May, 2017

Writing a great RFP (Request for Proposal) response is a critical piece of the puzzle for bringing home a win. However, the way that you approach the RFP process can also have a big impact on how often you win.

If your company regularly responds to RFPs, take a moment to gauge how well you do in the following three areas. If you find yourself coming up short, work at improving in these areas. Pair those improvements with a great solution and well-written response and then watch your percentage of wins increase.
By Debbie Ouellet 05 May, 2017

We all heard them growing up. Those eye-rolling, words of advice that Mom would say ad nauseam: aka Momisms. The truth is; Mom said them because she wanted you to be safe, happy and the best you that you could be. It got me wondering how much of Mom’s sage advice was transferable to running a business.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here are three of Mom’s nuggets of wisdom that just might help you build endurance, survive and thrive in business.

By Debbie Ouellet 17 Apr, 2017

You’ve received an RFP, read through it and are ready to begin your RFP response document. Before you start your RFP response, make sure that you don’t fall prey to these three common mistakes.

By Debbie Ouellet 03 Apr, 2017

An RFP (Request for Proposal) has just come out and your company is a perfect fit to put in a bid. Unfortunately, the lengthy document you have to review in order to do so can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to review an RFP to ensure that you’re compliant with the requirements…and to improve your chances of winning.

By Debbie Ouellet 28 Mar, 2017

A website’s About page can be one of the most visited pages. It’s often where a potential client will go to check you out before making that first contact. Here are 4 tips to help you make the most out of your About page.

By Debbie Ouellet 13 Mar, 2017

Recently I’ve been plagued by a feeling of guilt for not being busy enough. I know; it seems odd even as I write this. The fact is, I’m meeting my monthly goals and my clients are happy.

So why the guilt? It’s because I have time left in my day that isn’t bookmarked for a project or task.

Upon realizing this, it occurred to me that, perhaps now that I’m my own boss, I’m taking this ‘boss’ thing too far.

Let me backtrack a bit to tell you where I’m coming from. I got my first district manager’s job at the ripe old age of 26. Ever since then, right up until I left the corporate world nine years ago, I’ve been someone’s boss, fiscally responsible for the company’s district, then a region, then the country.

I like to think that I was a good boss for the many staff I had the great fortune to work with through the years. I don’t, however, think I’m a great boss for myself.

When you’re a boss, it’s all about productivity, profitability and results. And, I’ve never been able to walk away from the “measure it and you’ll be sure to pay attention to it” mentality of a boss’s role. Even today, eight years into my business, I measure how I spend my time daily, where my customers come from, what marketing brings the best results and a gaggle of other matrices for keeping me and my business successful.

That’s what bosses do. Right?

I’ve come to realize, though, that measuring success to prove that you’ve obtained it isn’t the same as having success. And, that some successes, in fact the most important ones, just can’t be measured. Like having a rewarding family life. Or giving something back of yourself to a world that needs it.

So, I’ve decided to stop being my own boss and start being my own best friend.

By Debbie Ouellet 10 Mar, 2017

We’re all serious business owners who want success and know that we have to work hard in our business to get it. But that doesn’t mean that running a business should be all work and no play. In fact, play is an important part of your business (and in keeping you sane in the process of running it).

According to Dr. Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute of Play, play comes in many forms and doesn’t have to be competitive. Play can be found in art, books, movies, music, comedy and daydreaming. He likens it to oxygen, “…it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.”

Why play?

By Debbie Ouellet 08 Mar, 2017

I have a favourite fantasy writer who has based a number of his books on the principle of ‘consensual reality’. That is, a thing only exists because enough people agree that it does. And, in the contrary, a thing ceases to exist if enough people agree that it doesn't.

By Debbie Ouellet 07 Mar, 2017

Time poor. Time starved. Time strapped.

These common phrases describe how many of us see our workdays. So much so that time management is a popular topic when you ask business owners where they need the most help. Unfortunately, many look to time management as a tool to help them cram even more into an already full day.

List-making, waking up earlier to extend your workday, getting back to emails in the quiet time after kids have gone to bed…the tips for doing more with the time you have are endless.

As I see it, there’s one overlooked tool that strikes at the heart of being able to manage your time more effectively. And that’s self-respect.

What do I mean by self-respect? According to the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary, self-respect is “a proper respect for oneself as a human being” . In my dictionary, self-respect has a lot to do with acknowledging that the things you need to be healthy, happy and successful are just as important as what your customers need, what your family needs and what your friends and communities need.

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By Debbie Ouellet 21 Jun, 2017

Key performance indicators (KPIs).

If you are fortunate enough to land a contract with a government or large corporate client, chances are good that part of that contract will include KPIs.

By Debbie Ouellet 17 May, 2017

Writing a great RFP (Request for Proposal) response is a critical piece of the puzzle for bringing home a win. However, the way that you approach the RFP process can also have a big impact on how often you win.

If your company regularly responds to RFPs, take a moment to gauge how well you do in the following three areas. If you find yourself coming up short, work at improving in these areas. Pair those improvements with a great solution and well-written response and then watch your percentage of wins increase.
By Debbie Ouellet 05 May, 2017

We all heard them growing up. Those eye-rolling, words of advice that Mom would say ad nauseam: aka Momisms. The truth is; Mom said them because she wanted you to be safe, happy and the best you that you could be. It got me wondering how much of Mom’s sage advice was transferable to running a business.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here are three of Mom’s nuggets of wisdom that just might help you build endurance, survive and thrive in business.

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