Surprising Lessons from an $11,000 Chair

I was on the cusp of purchasing my dream massage chair this weekend. Ever since I set foot in the Bodo Store in Calgary back in 2009, I had fell in love with this amazing space-ship of a massage chair: The Inada Sogno Dreamwave. Top of the line in the world of robotic massage chairs,its…

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What’s a Burn Rate and Why You Should Care

Ok, by now (hopefully) you’ve noticed that I’m female…and with women, people always think of the glass ceiling, or how women never get as high a salary as men do. But I beg to differ. even as a female working in a male-dominated tech industry, I think that consulting rates are not gender specific. And regardless…

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How to Be More Comfortable Around People

Comfortable Around People

You’re the technical expert. You’re brilliant. You’re seasoned in your field. Why is the doofus who can’t code a lick your boss? A common misconception and we see this happen time and time again in every organization. People, especially in IT, are hired in a technical position for their technical skills. Makes perfect sense, right? They…

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7 Ways to Win with Internal Audit

Ways to Win with Internal Audit

Just had a meeting with internal audit at my client. Never a popular group, but over the years, I have come to realize a set of tips to keep in mind that have saved my hiney, and ensures smooth sailing with the auditors. 1. Ok. The first rule in an audit meeting is to keep…

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Do you Think like an Employee or a like a Boss?

Mantis sitting on a rock, thinking with a cigarette in his mouth.

Let’s talk about mindset. Before you begin anything, mindset is key. I recently took a course in Internet Business Mastery and the first week alone was spent on mindset. The great Michael Jordan once said, ‘I take two shots. Once in my mind, and once in reality.’ Talk to any professional athlete,  and they will tell…

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The Secret to Being Timeless – Advice from a 105 yr old Japanese Doctor

Is it possible to be timeless? I know 20-somethings who are afraid to turn 30; I know 70 year olds who have made 25-year plans. Age was never an issue for me. Regardless the years, between my fitness and my Asian genes, I frequently am assumed to be much younger than I am somehow. Looking…

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How to Get People to Your Way of Thinking Every Time

Everybody knows a sales job when they see one. No one wants to be sold. For those of us in IT and accounting, we also abhor being the sales person. Somehow we think that sales is beneath us.. or that we can’t bring ourselves to sell something to anyone. Being married to a salesperson, I…

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Back To Basics. The 3 Fundamentals That Everyone Always Forget About Being a Role Model

Last night I recorded a podcast with my partner Perry about fitness. Certainly we had talked about fitness before, so that wasn’t the part that made it special. What made it special was the fact that the topic revolved around a question that his mentor asked him recently: How can I be a good role…

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A Man, A Beach, and a Secret to Launching your Business

A couple weekends ago, it occurred to me that I live on beachfront property. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Really Cat? How can you possibly just noticed that you live on beachfront property? Well, this wasn’t always the case. I live across from the river that bisects our beautiful city. In the last few…

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