From Arlene: Are You Lonely Tonight?

From Arlene: Are You Lonely Tonight?

Operations | Posted by - April 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

In this video Arlene Dickinson acknowledges that entrepreneurs make critical decisions on a daily basis – some of which may produce feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Arlene provides recommendations on how to generate insight and knowledge from those around you in order to make well-informed and inclusive decisions.

Tags: arlene dickinson, dickinson, video, business, decisions, entrepreneur, family, friends, insight, mentor, operations, research, statement, tools

November 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm
I am in search of hospitality experienced business owners for advice and possible mentorship. I am in Vancouver, soon to be in the Okanagan, where I grew up, to start a ( boutique property) business. At the very beginning stage right now, I have questions like- which key business courses should I take?
Open to any help!
thank you, Tanja
Gary Susan Snow
December 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm
If your moving to the Okanagan try Community Futures - a wealth of information for new start-ups and entrepreneurs!
Dennis Thorne
December 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm
Happened to watch your video at midnight while taking a short break from working through 3 proposals all due at the same time, and I fully agree it is lonely when your wife and little girls are off to bed, and you sit up making those big decisions while your family and your entire company is sleeping...having someone to turn to is great but at this hour of the evening your video helped give me a little comfort and motivation to push through the workload staring at me..thanks Arlene.
Fran Banting
December 12, 2013 at 11:13 am
Many of us in leadership roles have people looking up at us for the decisions. And the question is, who do we look up to when we need to make the decisions. I know that when we are stressed or emotional the first thing that goes out the window is our logic. So when we are lonely and feeling overwhelmed, struggling with a decision, the first thing is to make sure we can think logically.
If we can take away all the emotional stuff blocking our decision, the answers usually step forward!
This is why we are told to "sleep on it" before making any decisions. The other aspect I found most helpful is to be transparent. We leaders sometimes don't like to show our vulnerability. Telling someone close to you that you are scared or undecided sometimes feels like you are showing defeat.
Most of the time that is only your perception. Vulnerability can open the doors to many opportunities including advice from the person you would least expect. Give someone the chance to give their input. Sometimes what you perceive as criticism is the idea or inspiration to take you to the next level!
Oh, but having Arlene's cell number would be great too!
Fran Banting
Sharon Lemay
December 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm
When you have a problem running away from your life or your problem will not find you peace.
This is my positive outlook on business and life.Arlene you did not run away, you became a dragon the day the judge spoke.You are a true inspiration for me.
Peace Sharon
Jim Haleschuk
January 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm
After watching Arlene on George's show, I really want to move back to Calgary, I miss it terribly and feel Arlene's company would could do wonders with my line of ideas. Not just one product but several and all interrelated.
February 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm
Thanks for the autographed book from Jeff. Great read and so inspirational. You are the best woman in the world.
Gord Vass
April 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm
This has happened at least a couple of times; I didn't post that ➨ "I am in search of hospitality experienced business owners for advice and possible mentorship..."
Joe Wasylyk
March 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm
Are You Lonely To-night can be especially brutal if you are a 40 or 50+ 'senior entrepreneur' and you really need some help with your present or future business project. If your weakness is social skills or heaven forbid you didn't keep up with all the new technical skills that you will probably need to grow your business or project, then still keep the Faith. There is some help out there. Try collaborating with a younger mentor who already possesses the social and/or technical skills that you will need. This option is NOT a guarantee that you will succeed however; it is an opportunity for some feedback, and a great opportunity for you to have a better product or service to take to the present very competitive marketplace.
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