Introduction

About Me

For over 25 years, Lois has helped over 4,000 individuals and organizations improve their results using a comprehensive, solution-focused approach to change and growth.

She especially loves working with people and companies in transition. In other words, when what used to work no longer works, and new ideas and a map for the future are required.

Growth is both complex and simple.

Complex:
e.g....
-You want to increase sales but don't have the internal processes to support new growth.
-You want to improve internal processes but don't have the right team in place.
-You want to hire the best team but recognize you don't have a clear picture of the culture you're trying to create.
-But how can you create an awesome culture if you're not clear about your vision and your brand?
...and so on.

Simple:
e.g....
You need to know what to do TODAY to accomplish what you have in mind.

Growth is bigger than marketing, sales, cashflow, HR, or even leadership. Growth involves fitting all these pieces together coherently to fulfill your life and business vision.

Lois has made it her life's work to understand growth from as many perspectives as possible in order to be able to simplify complex issues and clarify the best strategies for moving forward in any situation.

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Specialties: Small business growth, sustainable development, coaching, training, mentoring, business process improvement, organization development, strategy, leadership development, effective communication, productivity, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, career development, peer mentoring, training, psychological type, behavioural style, branding, marketing, internet marketing, website development, copywriting.

My Skills

leadership-development
management-development
executive-development
executive-coaching
business-networking
mentoring
coaching
organizational-development
emotional-intelligence
business-process-improvement
mbti
performance-management
culture-change
succession-planning
team-building
brand-development
personal-branding
career-development
career-management
career-transitions
resume-writing
marketing-strategy
online-marketing
social-media-marketing
website-development
sales-process
copywriting
project-planning
personal-development
leadership
career-counseling
conflict-resolution
employee-training
blogging
change-management
small-business
interviews
marketing
strategy
training
workshop-facilitation
management-consulting
business-coaching
business-development
job-coaching
time-management
management
organizational-effectiveness

Work/Experience

External Advisor (Volunteer) at AIESEC Laurier

September 2012 - Present
AIESEC is an international organization entirely run by students and recent graduates. Local branches in 110 countries collaborate to run an exchange program that enables local employers to efficiently hire students and recent grads from universities around the globe. This collaborative endeavour provides valuable leadership and management experience for all participants.
As an external advisor with AIESEC Laurier, I help students develop relationships in the local business community, and coach individuals and small groups in the areas of talent management, leadership, and career development.

Principal at Ready2Grow Associates

June 2006 - Present
Ready2Grow Associates works with owners, managers, and professionals who are committed to business growth.

We do this by targeting the key obstacles and challenges that can prevent people from achieving the results they desire for their business.

People who work with us:
* Get more clients and customers buying their products and services.
* Get more done in less time, with less stress.
* Overcome long-standing inner barriers that have limited outward success.
* Build strong teams that are also committed to business growth
* Make more money at the end of the day
* Are empowered to give more back to the communities they care about.

Ready2Grow Associates also helps professionals in career transition to reinvent themselves and move forward in new ways. Our clients have often worked with other programs, may have done all the assessments...but still don't know what they want to be when they grow up. We help people identify and activate their underlying inklings, passions, and values that are often far more important to their life direction than pretty much anything else. We also help people overcome inner barriers, ineffective habits, and obstacles to success. We teach people important life skills such as managing up or down, influencing, and networking to get things done.

Principal at Meta Team Solutions

January 2004 - January 2006
Meta Team Solutions was set up to train and coach employees in organizations to work together better. Clients included:

University of Waterloo
Assante Capital Management
Hospital Logistics
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Health Unit
Grand River Hospital
Association for Community Living
Kitchener Public Library
Communitech
Project Management Institute
APICS
Society for Technical Communication

In 2006, my business partner and I parted amicably; she continues with Meta Team in a different location. I took the part of the business that I liked the best...helping small business owners grow...and spun this concept into Ready2Grow Associates.

Employee Assistance Counsellor at Pace Consulting & FGI

January 1998 - January 2003
Provided individual, couple, family, and career counselling to employees of client companies from high-tech, manufacturing, government, banking & finance, and retail sectors. http://www.pace-eap.com and http://www.shepellfgi.com

Counsellor at Tillsonburg Multi-Service Centre & New Life Counselling

January 1990 - January 1998
-Provided individual, couple and family counselling to hundreds of clients across a wide geographic area, teaching skills required to resolve complex interpersonal issues, and facilitate community growth.

Counsellor at George Brown College & Humber College

January 1985 - January 1988
Provided counselling and career counselling services to college preparation programs of up to 400 adult students

Education

University of Toronto

Degree: M.Ed.

York University

Degree: BA, BEd
Field of Study: History, Education

Tyndale University College & Seminary

Degree: Certificate
Field of Study: Theology & Faith

Location

Contact Information

Kitchener, ON Canada

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