Rumbling with the Vulnerability

If you know anything about us BarnRaisers, you know that we give a shit. This tagline isn’t just for shock and awe – did you hear that consultant cuss! – but is an authentic guiding principal. We care deeply about not only our clients but also about building a better world. Which is why we will only take on clients who are committed to making the world a better place.

As a team, we’re committed to gaining insights and tools to help us serve our clients better. From classes to conferences to reading, we’re always finding ways to remain an effective resource for those we’re working with. And, because we give a shit about our clients – current, past and future – we thought what better way to help than to pass on some of this knowledge on to you? With that in mind – welcome to our inaugural BarnRaising Bookclub, where each month we’ll share insights we gained from a book we’ve delved into.

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Stop Floundering

Ah, founders. We love you. Without you, we wouldn’t have amazing innovations and breakthroughs. Your ideas, blood, sweat and tears are making our lives – dare we say world! – better. By asking tough questions and looking at the world through your own unique lens you’ve given us exactly what we needed – oftentimes even when we didn’t know we were missing it. Continue reading “Stop Floundering”

To Lead Not to Manage

We’ve all met them. Those elusive unicorns of the business world: good leaders. Charismatic, energetic, There’s a difference between managers and leaders. Leaders are individuals who inspire and encourage those around them. They seek out collective wins, they celebrate the successes of their hires. Leaders focus on the big picture and don’t get bogged down in the minutiae. That is, however, where managers thrive. Managers are the hawk circling their prey – keeping an eye on every detail and deadline. Second guessing their staff, unashamedly taking praise for successes and quickly attributing blame for failures. Continue reading “To Lead Not to Manage”

Your Best Year Ever

For some, the New Year starts at the stroke of midnight, January 1. It’s full of Old Lang Syne, champagne, kisses and resolutions. For others, like us, the New Year starts the Tuesday after Labour Day. It aligns with the start of school, and fall, and pumpkin spice lattes. For others, it could be the start of a new fiscal year. Regardless of when your New Year (official or otherwise) starts, we can all agree that it tends to be filled with reflection, visioning and plans. Continue reading “Your Best Year Ever”

Do you feel what I feel?

Design – be it a product, service or business strategy – works when it’s human-centred. When the designers – graphic, product, marketers or managers – take the time to really understand not only the problem or issue from the customers’ perspectives, but also the solutions. Continue reading “Do you feel what I feel?”

What’s mantra got to do with it?

What’s your mission statement? If we were to hazard a guess, it would be a long thesis statement that is posted on your website and maybe hanging on your office wall. It was something you and your team worked hard on crafting. It probably included an offsite team retreat and includes loads of inspirational words and non-committal statements. It’s completion was celebrated, and it gets pulled out from time-to-time, tacked into a job posting or on an annual report without even a solid dusting. And while you did it and have it, we’d also guess that none of your employees could recite it to us, let alone tell us what it means, both for the business and to them. Continue reading “What’s mantra got to do with it?”

Swipe Right

Classified ads. Craigslist. Kijiji. Dating apps. All designed to help you either promote what you have or what it is you’re looking for. Everything, from long walks on the beach to a new-to-you set of summer tires, it’s all there laid out and on display. You just have to choose which direction you want to swipe. Continue reading “Swipe Right”