Chamber speaker offers the five Cs of leadership

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by Lucie Roy

Jim Ewing, one of the co-founders of Pro-Vison Solutions, was the guest speaker at the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting Mar. 4. Ewing’s presentation was called The 5-C Leaders’ Focus and offered five topics for business success: content, customers, contacts, collaboration and creativity. Ewing added a sixth C by discussing the challenges businesses face.

Ewing said entrepreneurs share a common trait of self-reliance, striving for distinction through excellence, high levels of optimism and favouring medium risk challenges.

The presenter said most experts agree that risk taking is acceptable in business in order to train staff to be entrepreneurial, to offer room to play around and to offer opportunities to be creative.

Ewing spoke of the importance of making sure businesses were places where employees felt they belonged in the company and took ownership in it rather than felt just like an employee.

“One of the key messages I’d like to leave you with here today is to encourage you to find ways to create those active and vibrant relationship with those key stakeholders in your organization, to make them feel that they are valued, that the opinions and the ideas they could bring to the table have opportunity for expression and take some time to work with that and see if you can incorporate them in what you are trying to do,” he said.

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Champion Petfoods Marketing Events and Program Specialist Natalie Ince (left) and Planning Analyst Dominika Rychlikova recieved accolades from Chamber President Simon Boersma during the Mar. 4 meeting for their recent Premier’s Award at the recent Alberta Chambers Awards Night.

– Lucie Roy Photo

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Paul Smith also received praise from Chamber President for being a finalist in the Youth Employer of Distinction Category at the same awards ceremony.

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