Before you read on, I wanted to mention that Catherine and I are old friends who met while we were both ski racing in our younger days. In the series of interviews on my favorite makers, I have decided to expand the connection to also interviews some of my favorite business owners as we are all part of a bigger community.
How did you learn to be a business owner?
I learnt the thinking processes in school but the hands on business woman learning definitely came form dad first and then peers and mentors.
Your process when you make decisions about your business. Do you think about all steps first, prepare a plan and then execute it or do you just make a move and go with your gut? What do you normally do?
I’m a planner. Although I realize that perfect planning is an illusion and you should always be ready to live plan B and sometime C... Decision making process is pretty rigourous process for me. I try and make sure to ask my team what they think so we can avoid blind spots! That said my risk aversion is low so I’m not scared to risk it if my gut is telling me too!
Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
Definitely an extrovert although I need my alone time.
If you could not be a business owner what would you be doing?
If I didn’t own my business I think I would have been in kinesiology or coaching a sport! I always admired the coach-athlete relationship. It’s actually reflects in my management style a little I think! I can be really tough on my crew but I truly believe that’s it’s because I know they can take it and we can do better as a team! And of course...we celebrate when we succeed!
If you won the lottery would you still continue to own your business or you would do something else?
Not sure about le lottery thing. I love the people I work with. I think I would just do things differently and more charity work.
What does retirement mean to you? Are you looking forward to a time where you will retire from doing what you do?
Retirement...I am looking forward to doing some travelling and having a bit more time and a less busy schedule. Sailing also! I think that by the time I’m ready to leave I will have trusted someone to take over by then and it will be important for me to step down and leave room for new ideas and leadership!
If you had to choose your spirit animal, what would it be?
An eagle! I dream of flying regularly!
And your favorite fruit?
About my buisness
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