Since this is my personal business website, I thought it best to let you know who I AM.
Like yourself, there are many sides to me and what I do, such as:
- A passionate business woman. I have the goal to help business owners prosper and enjoy their work through dynamic management training and consulting, as well as personal consulting.
- A professional speaker. I have delivered many hundreds of seminars through my company as well as been a keynote speaker on management topics at various conferences and conventions, across Canada and in England.
- I am the President and CEO of The Art Of Management Inc. (www.amican.com) which is 30 years old and mainly caters to healthcare professionals. I have 13 staff so yes, I understand the joys and frustrations of running a business day to day. I have made a point of getting trained on an ongoing basis so I have the tools to meet the challenges.
- An author of hundreds and hundreds of articles. Sometimes I marvel that there are that many business topics to write about and I constantly wonder what the heck I am going to write about next.
- I am a person. I have been happily married for over 50 years to a business genius, Bob, who is the co-owner of our company and is our Director of Consulting. Not only that, I am blessed to have a daughter, Andrea, who is a very smart young business person herself and is our VP Admin. She produced an amazing son Jayden who is 16 and keeps me current with that generation’s lingo and interests (e.g. “sick” means “awesome”).
- Photographer. I am an artist and express it through photography of anything.
- Volunteer. Helping others makes me happy and I will never ever stop doing volunteer work every week of my life because giving others happiness and strength is my passion.
Management skills are ingrained in me through many years of courses, wide angle reading, and running a consulting firm for 30 years that teaches management skills to healthcare professionals and coaches them into using them effectively.
When engaged to speak at conventions, seminars, or even an association dinner meeting, I strive to bring to life in the audiences the hope of a better practice and pass on true tools to create that vision. I have found that the secret to the attendee’s ability to apply to their practices what I have taught lies in the number of real, practical examples I give of actual application. Many have commented on this.
I have delivered hundreds of seminars all over Canada and been a keynote speaker at conventions for healthcare professionals in England and all across Canada.
In 1994, I wrote my first article ever, it was for a Canadian health professional magazine, I felt like I was going through the agonies of being born and felt nauseous. Of course I had left it till the last minute to get it written, so I was under intense time pressure. However, this was mostly due to nerves and the feeling that the editor would think I didn’t know what I was doing. I had never been published before and I was scared. The editor finally reached her threshold of patience and called to see if the article was ready. I told her that it actually was but that I was sitting on it for fear of rejection. She was very soothing and kind, and asked me to fax it over to her which I did. Five minutes later, she called me again and announced that it was exactly what was needed and perfect. I didn’t throw up after all.
From that time forward, the more I wrote and the more feedback I got from readers, the more my confidence grew. I have written many hundreds of articles on management for various journals, email newsletters, and so on, and actually enjoy it. I sometimes think, What else is there to write about? and then a doctor will tell me a problem they are having and voila! another article is born.
Thirty years of helping healthcare professionals isolate the problem areas in their practices and establish their true vision for their practice has never ceased to interest me. Everyone is completely unique and deserving of a lending hand to reach their goals. I have analyzed one-by-one, over 5000 practices to date and look forward to helping thousands more before I’m done. It is all about improving their ability to achieve their own vision.
The underlying problem with all the practices we assist is that the doctor/owner is not trained to be the CEO of their own business. Well-primed through their colleges to deliver amazing amounts of intricate care and services to their patients, they are yet untrained in the management skills necessary to bring their practices to their full potential. Here is where my company shines and shows its true colours. With close to 1,500 successful practice interventions under our belts, my consulting and training company has gained the skills to handle any problem thrown at it by our clients. It is our passion to bring about success for our clients.
I am an amateur with the technical side of photography but I have always been an artist and I love to “see” a great picture opportunity and grab it. Every person sees life from different eyes and perspectives and I love looking at what others have captured with their cameras as much as I enjoy taking pictures myself.