Kelsey Ramsden
Kelsey Ramsden is a West coast gal and East coast business powerhouse. Profit Magazine named her Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur 2 years in a row (2012 & 2013).Kelsey is featured in best selling books and magazines from Forbes to Canadian Business as well as via various media outlets, she is sought after for comment due to her unique and candid perspective on current events in business, leadership, lifestyle and entrepreneurship. A Richard Branson Centre Entrepreneur, she believes that sharing insights from the trenches is paramount to success. Kelsey shares her expertise regularly on twitter and via her Barefoot Boardroom Newsletter

Entries by Kelsey Ramsden

The #1 Question Entrepreneurs Should Ask

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:10 PM

"What should I do?"

This is the # 1 question I get as a coach.

It's the question that leaves hordes of smart people stuck in a limbo of analysis paralysis or simply halted to a standstill, unable to make any decision.

On three separate occasions during my...

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How to Have What you Want or Want What You Have

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:22 PM

A story never told...

I have not told this story to anyone, even my closest friends, so this is a bit of a stretch into the vulnerability matrix, even for me.

This is a story about how I started a business that did not...

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Why Accountability Is Important and How To Get It

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:14 PM

I've met with hundreds of people who have the same problem as you...and me. Accountability.

It is fair to say I have an on-again off-again thing going with a very important part of maintaining success.

Always a fan of truth telling, I tell you this: Accountability has been both my...

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The One Thing I Did To Hire The Best Employee Ever

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:41 AM

I was terrible at hiring, could not find the right fit and wound up doing more work rather than less with each hire until I finally figured this out. The one thing I did to hire the best employee ever: I stayed awake all night.

Her interview with me was...

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Three Secrets to Unravelling Risk

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Ever felt like risk stopped you from doing something you truly desired? Ever had risk keep you up at night?

On Getting Comfortable With Risk...

One day as I sat across from a well-intentioned pitcher who wanted to 'pick my brain' and 'buy me a coffee' (two things I will...

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Don't Succumb to Lonesome Entrepreneur Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Ever felt like an army of one in your business? I get it. It is both tremendously powerful food for my ego and poisonous for my mental health. Today I share three ways to combat LES (lonesome entrepreneur syndrome) and win the battle of entrepreneurial solitary confinement.

Do you ever...

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Entrepreneurs, This Is Why You Shouldn't Worry About 'Normal'

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Huddled over a scooped-out-to-empty deodorant stick, re-filling it with soft butter in the kitchen of the condo we were staying at in Turks and Caicos for our family Christmas vacation I finally accepted that my family was not normal. We were spending christmas eve 'inventing' the Amazing Butter Stick! Butters...

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How to Find Your Ideal Mentor

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 5:16 PM

When I started out in business I had bravado. A prestige of courage and I knew what I was doing.

I soon found out that I had virtually no idea what I was actually doing and that I was either going to stick with the 'fake it till you...

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Making Connections vs. Maintaining Connections: Which Is Worth More?

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:10 PM

I am writing to you from Austin, Texas, where I had the honour of spending the last three days meeting the women Dell selected as their top 200 women in business from around the world.

I met Michael and Susan Dell (founder of Dell computers), Brene Brown (a researcher/storyteller...

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The Key to Winning Is Simpler Than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:58 PM

When I won Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur of the year the second year in a row I proceeded to email the publishers of the magazines who present Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur Award and threw myself under the bus.

"Ian and Jane -- I think your auto-format document...

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Successful People Share These 5 Habits

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:43 PM

I hang around with all kinds of successful people. There are all kinds of success. You, too, likely hang out with all kinds of successful people if you see success that way.

I do have to say though that I am in awe of some of the success I have...

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Three Guilt-Free Ways to Say "No"

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 7:47 AM

Saying no can be a challenge for even the most well-oiled productivity machine. (Who could I think that is?)

There is a culture around yes which makes us all feel that we need to say it and say it a lot. Saying no somehow makes a person the bad guy....

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You Want a Revolution? You Have to Make a Plan

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Want Something to Change? Improve Your Ask.

I love music. I almost always relate thoughts I am having with lyrics of songs. As I sit down to write this post all I can hear between my ears is "Revolution" by the Beatles.

"You say you want a Revolution, well you...

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What Modern Leadership is Lacking

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 9:37 AM

I do some speaking here and there around the globe. Wherever I go, people always ask me about Leadership.

I capitalize Leadership because in the context of this post -- it is a double noun. It is both a person and a place.

You see, Leadership is something we can...

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Why You Shouldn't Worry About Being Judged

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Do you ever feel like people are judging you?

If your answer was not yes, than clearly you are not paying attention.

People are judging you.

All of the time.

I mention judgment not to make you feel ever-more under a microscope ...but to ask a question I am...

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Three Ways to Get a New Idea -- Fast!

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Some questions I hear a lot:

"How did you think of that?"

"How do you think that way?"

"How did you get to be so smart?"

I get asked these questions all of the time.

Kidding! I do not get asked the third questions -- ever -- but a gal...

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I'm Not Just a Blonde at the Construction Site -- I'm the Boss

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 12:42 PM

I have received a few questions from readers with blog suggestions but one stuck with me in particular. It is one I am asked a lot when I do mastermind one-on-one or wing-man work with women and one that is hard to muster up the courage to ask: "What are...

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Put Yourself On a Time Diet With These 3 Steps

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 6:00 PM

I just did an interview for a national magazine and as I was talking about my daily routine (we were talking about commuting) it occurred to me that my routine is the reason I can succinctly answer the question -- "How do you do it all?"

Better than how I...

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How to Communicate Yourself to Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Connecting with people is a gift of mine.

Pretty bold opening statement. I re-visit it to say that connecting with a certain type of person is a gift of mine...and it is a gift of yours, too.

In the past few weeks I have been writing posts, talking to people...

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Are You a Burnout, or Burning the Candle at Both Ends?

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:53 AM

About 1.5 years ago I underwent a 6 hour surgery to remove a few cancer-inflicted organs. I was guaranteed to be a goner prior to that surgery.

I had 3 kids under 6 and was running a couple of multimillion-dollar construction and development businesses at the time. Not only did...

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