An ode to Weird Barbie and everything she represents

Enjoy this read, I was happy to contribute to this article in Glamour UK discussing the little bit of me I saw in the weird Barbie character.


Kate McKinnon portrays Weird Barbie in the summer blockbuster Barbie. Her character is introduced to viewers under a veil of mystery and, on account of Margot Robbie’s Stereotypical Barbie, trepidation. However, I was introduced to Weird Barbie long before the film. As were many others. We just didn’t realise there was a name for it at the time.

As the younger sibling, I often ended up getting my big sister’s hand-me-downs in the'90s. It’s a rite of passage any kid sibling goes through. I inherited her Walkman when she graduated to a Discman. A few years later, I was given said Discman when she upgraded to a fancier model. But the one thing I never inherited was her Barbie dolls. Why? Well, she had chopped off all their hair some years prior and coloured them in with various felt tip pens. My mother, unwilling to...

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Leading With Heart: Unleashing The Power Of Emotional Intelligence

In my early 20s, I had little to no emotional intelligence (EQ). It was not something I deemed as a success factor. Truthfully, I had been conditioned to avoid it due to beliefs that emotions demonstrated weakness. Decades later I know this is not true and have built a successful career and business that leverages the power of emotional intelligence to build strong relationships.

For many, EQ is a skill that needs to be cultivated. For me, it took a mentor who showed me that you can be a strategic and successful leader while leading with heart. He used his emotional intelligence to develop social awareness and empathy toward his team, with respect to both their personal issues and workplace concerns. He allowed us to show up as we were every day and was supportive of us as people, not just resources. He led a team for three decades that would give 100% of their ability in return with this superpower.

My mentor encapsulated the importance of relationship building and leaning into EQ...

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Beyond Short-Term Results: The Hidden Risks Of Fear-Based Leadership

In a recent consult with one of my career-coaching clients, she explained to me that an abrupt change in leadership had occurred.

Her personal objectives were clear: to take 20 years of industry experience and move forward within the organization into a more senior role.

After reviewing her résumé and discussing at length her leadership readiness, I asked why she had become increasingly pessimistic and negative about being able to achieve this goal. The new leader who had been put into place within the past few weeks had begun to take a toll across the organization.

They came in “ready to shake things up” and made the following announcements:

• “I was hired to do a job; I have no loyalty to any of you.”

• “Your department is broken beyond repair. Why do we need it?”

• “There is a reorganization on the horizon; do what you feel with that information.”

• “Your role may remain, or may not....

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Don't Fake It Till You Make It — Become It

Uncategorized May 26, 2023

What if you fail, but what if you fly?

Fear of failure is the thought that keeps every entrepreneur awake at night. All the time, energy and investment could be for nothing if the idea or delivery isn't successful.

For many of us, the thought of going back to an older version of ourselves isn't an option anymore. I could personally never be an employee again. Mentally and physically, my mind and body would revolt. The freedom and passion that come with the grit and grind of entrepreneurship are my motivators to wake up everyday and keep this machine going.

This all sounds idealistic and wonderful, but what happens when you are in the midst of it all — the building, planning, sourcing, scaling — and the pressure becomes palpable? How do you handle the toll of decision-making in those moments when fight-or-flight kicks in? Everything we do in business today is magnified because of social media and the rapid speed with which information is shared to create buzz and...

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How To Manage The Leadership Balancing Act Successfully

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Being a member of the leadership team is one of the most challenging, demanding roles because these people carry the weight of a workplace on their shoulders every day. From ensuring the company's financial health to managing employees, they must be strategic thinkers, problem-solvers and visionary leaders.


It's no secret that being a leader can often be a lonely job, and it requires a high level of resilience, emotional intelligence and grit. During a recent discovery call with a CFO, I was amazed at how raw and honest he was about the gravity of the stress he felt and how troubled he felt knowing that the members of his team were struggling.

The Core Responsibilities Of Executives

We ended up discussing four management areas that many of my clients worry about: the company's financial position, employee...

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Kevin O'Leary on Leading and Innovating to Build a Better Digital Asset Marketplace

entrepreneur Jun 05, 2022

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Our Full Length Interview: Kevin O'Leary & Ben Samaroo

In an exclusive interview, the 'Shark Tank' investor explains the changes and movements being made towards a regulated cryptocurrency market.

The crypto market is expected to grow to $32B USD by 2027 and with trillions of dollars sitting idle in the global economy, all eyes are on the debates happening in the US right now as committees ramp up their discussions on regulations.

This brought me to Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, strategic investor in WonderFi, which provides novice users with a simple way to buy crypto on regulated exchanges like BitBuy and recently acquired Coinberry, earn interest and track performance, while maintaining full control and custody of their assets. I reached out to O’Leary, as my interest in how talks are progressing and how the team at WonderFi...

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Entrepreneur's Startups Magazine - Print Issue March 2022

entrepreneur Mar 24, 2022

Less than 24 hours since Entrepreneur Media semi-annual print issue was published, I woke up this morning to a flooding of my inboxes from strangers around the globe who connected to my feature piece.

While it's beyond flattering to be selected, it is always the feedback and connections that mean the most.

They say it takes a startup an average of 3 years to get a solid footing and foundation set. What happens during this time?

You learn what works and what doesn't.
You gain and you lose; money, patience, time, people....
It can be an extremely lonely and isolating journey (without the compounded effect of doing so during a pandemic).

To all the #entrepreneurs just getting off the ground or in flight, take advantage of the stories shared and learnings, if you can be spared one mistake it's definitely worth the time.

Download or visit your old school newsstand!


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What's New for 2021 - Canadian Taxes

canadian tax Feb 21, 2022

Stay up to date with the latest for your Canadian tax return for 2021

Here are the some of the changes specific to COVID that you should be aware of:

COVID-19 benefit repayment - If you repaid all or part of COVID-19 benefits received in 2020 or 2021, you're able to choose the year to deduct the repayment amount. You should receive a slip reporting repaid amounts for EI (T4E) as well as CERB, CRB, CRCB, and CRSB benefits (T4A).

 *You must select the year to claim the repayment

Work-from-home expenses - If you had to work from home due to COVID-19 closures in 2021, you're able to make claims in the Employment Expenses section on forms T777 or T777S, under the same rules introduced in 2020.

Provincial COVID-19 assistance - One-time provincial payments to help you through COVID-19 are not taxable and should not be reported as income on your 2021 tax return.

 There have been some general tax changes as well to consider:

Disability Tax Credit - The eligibility requirements for...

Continue Reading... How Amazon's Domination Could Benefit Your Business

Learn about the benefits and key processes associated with becoming an Amazon Seller to ensure you make the right choice for your business.

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Revenue from brick-and-mortar sales channels are decreasing, ecommerce is on the rise, and there is one company that owns roughly 40% of the ecommerce market: Amazon.

Even before Covid-19, Amazon saw its revenue and growth increase year after year. During 2020, though, the company saw a 60% increase between April and July alone. At this point in time, we don't know what a post-pandemic marketplace will look like for most businesses. But business owners should consider the best path forward to bring in consistent revenue and keep their real and virtual doors open.

Amazon’s success is important because it allows small businesses worldwide to capitalize on its growth and expands the scope...

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