Friday, March 28, 2008

Gearing Up for Earth Hour

I’m gearing up for Earth hour tomorrow evening here in Toronto from 8-9pm. Toronto like dozens of other cities around the world will be undertaking an hour of voluntary “lights out”

Originally started in Sydney, Earth Hour seems to be growing exponentially. Last year over 2 million people and 2100 businesses took part.

For a quick overview of what Earth Hour is, check out this Toronto Star article:

Some of the cities we will be joining tomorrow evening include:
Montreal, Vancouver, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen. The Toronto Star reports that over 150 cities in Canada alone will be participating this year – giving Canada one of the highest participation rates around the world.

What will you be doing for Earth Hour?

My own roots are intially in the environmental sector, and as such this initiative has captured my attention. Some of you may know that I hold a Masters degree in Environmental Studies, and a significant part of my work globally involved support to community based initiatives such involvement in establishing the Santa Elena Rainforest Reserve in Costa Rica, sea tutle research and environmental education in Guyana, and then support to the countries of the OECS (Eastern Carriben) on the GEF funded work around biodiversity and climate change initiatives, legislation and education. That's why when I do get to write about environmental issues and corporate social responsibility on the part of businesses - I get so excited!

I think that this is a great initiative and my hats off to WWF to finding an initiative and message that is really getting people inspired and fired up (especially little children). What steps will you take today to do your part?

With Earth Day also a few weeks away (April 22nd ) keep your eyes posted for more on what what you, your team and your business can do for the environment.

Have a great weekend!


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CHRP, CPT
Potentials Realized
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Succession Planning for Business Owners

Some of you may have noticed that I've been a little quieter than usual on the blog. It's because I've been involved in a number of pretty large pieces of work, one which revolves around Succession Planning for Business Owners. Later this month, YSSTAB will be launching the Succession Planning Webinar series for SME's (Small and Medium Enterprises) for York Region. York Region is just located north of Toronto and is Canada's fastest growing census division.

You can read more about the Succession Planning Webinar series over at YSSTAB's website. Approximately 70% of business owners will be retiring in the next decade or so and surprisingly a very small proportion have a succession plan in place. This has the potential for profound impact on the labourforce (for places like York Region especially where 95% of the labour force is employed with a SME), as well as the economy.

As a Business Coach, I am joining 3 other experts (a business valuator, a lawyer, and a financial planner) on this hour long webinar series, designed to provide SME's more information about sucession planning and what to consider when creating one for your own business.

It's been a very exciting process for me over the last few weeks and I am looking forward to keeping you posted as we move into the launch of the webinar series. In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing with you a number of the 8 strategies I talk about during the succession planning webinar.

Do you have a succession plan in place for your business?

Stay tuned!


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CHRP, CPT
Potentials Realized
Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960