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New Year Resolutions Drive Me Crazy: 6 Key Questions to Create your Personal One Page Plan for 2017

Shannon SuskoJan 17, 2017

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Its January 2017 and everyone is talking about their New Year resolutions.  I have tried so hard to ignore it until now.  The purpose of this blog is to provide you with a tool that will allow you to create your Personal One Page Plan for where you want to be in 10 years, 3 years and 1 year.  This is all about getting rid of last minute New Year’s resolutions.  Drives me crazy!!


6 Key Questions to create your Personal One Page Plan:

Q1: What are your personal core values?  List 3-5 core values.

Q2: What is your personal core purpose? What are you most passionate about?

Q3: Where do you personally want to be in 10 years?  Gut it out – write it down.

Q4: Where do you personally want to be in 3 Years?  Gut it out – write it down.  Fiscally as well as your 3 Year Highly Achievable Personal Goal.  Where do you want to be with Family, Faith, Friends, and Fitness.

Q5: Where do you personally want to be in 1 Year? Gut it out – write it down. Fiscally as well as your 1 Year Highly Achievable Personal Goal. Where do you want to be with Family, Faith, Friends, and Fitness.

Q6: What do you have to do in the next 90 days to achieve your 1 year goal? Write down your 3-5 priorities in order of priority.

This should take no more than one page.  Put this up in a place where you will look at it everyday.  At the end of 90 days(For example:  At the end of March before April starts) – update the plan with your current thoughts and put it up in the same visible place each.  Do this every 90 days going forward.

Why I am in love with the Personal One Page Plan is that you are setting goals for yourself founded on what you believe in and passionate about aligned to where you want to go – 10 years, 3 Years, and 1 year away.  Time flies in life and if we do not set out our direction and ensure we have short and long term goals we will never get there.  So don’t just set goals at the beginning of the year – set goals every 90 days aligned to your annual, 3 year and 10 year plan. 

To help you with this building this plan – Please download your Personal One Page Plan here.


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Sparkle and Grit: Do you have it?

Shannon SuskoSep 27, 2016


On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. 

On October 12, 2016, Whistler, BC will celebrate the International Day of the Girl:  Sparkle and Grit.  This day is not just about or for girls – this day is about raising the awareness of everyone that we must invest in all youth.  Change our attitudes to grow a strong and vibrant community. 

This celebration this year is smartly named “Sparkle and Grit”.  I love meeting people with ideas – ideas they believe in – you can “see” the idea sparkling in their eye.  They see it. They can so easily describe it.  Lots of people have sparkle but not all people have the grit to get it done. 

I recently read Angela Duckworth’s book “GRIT”.  It’s a must read for all parents, educators, students, and businesspeople.  It reveals the secret to outstanding achievement.  It really resonated as “GRIT” is all about passion and perseverance.  It’s not about who is most talented.  It’s about who believes in their passions and follows through on their commitments.  They figure out how to get it done.  Whatever “it” is.

When I was growing up there was no celebration for the International Day of the Girl.  When I think back to that – I personally don’t think that it was unusual.  Growing up as a girl in a very traditional family – I was expected to do well in school and everything I did.  I was expected to go to University and get a degree.  After that I was expected to get married, stay home and raise children.  BUT – somewhere I got a different message.  Somehow these parental driven expectations were missed.   Frankly it’s not that I was not aware of the expectation – I certainly was – but for some reason I did not care.  I had other ideas and other things to do.

I did get good grades – top of my class.  I did excel at varsity sports as well as provincial level and national level sports.  I was and am a very high achiever – being the youngest of 5 kids (2 brothers and 2 sisters) in 6 years.  I did go to university and get a four year degree by the time I was 21.  I also went back for two more degrees in the very male dominated faculty of Computer Science.  I still did not care that I was only 1 of 2 girls in Computer Science Degree class as well as my Masters of Computer Science.  I was definitely aware but did not care.  Why?

Even after graduating from university and moving out to Whistler, BC to build my first tech company with 3 other co-founders one of which who 15 years old – I did not pay any attention to gender.  Really – why should I.  All I wanted to do was build a global payment processing company and believed we could.  When I was the last founder standing after a few years and CEO of the company – I was aware there were not many female CEOs in general and definitely not in tech.  I did not care.

When we sold this company to a US company and became the first female executive in the history of this company – I did not care. I can remember being warned that there were no female leaders in this company.   I did learn more about gender awareness that is taking place in the world through this experience but I did not let it stop me from being the very best to achieve the business results we were striving for.

I did leave and start another global FinTech company with a partner.  As CEO – my peers in the industry were still all male.  I did not care.  Not a bit.

I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak at all kinds of events – business, educational, universities and female focused.  It’s interesting the questions that I get asked at the female focused events over the events.  How were you able to raise $20+ million as a female?  How did you keep your team so diverse?  Why did you go into Computer Science?  How did you know you would be successful as a female?  WOW! 

None of these questions even entered my mind til then.  And it’s funny – that the answer to all of these questions are the same – I believed in myself.  I was passionate about what I was doing.  And thankfully I was able to find a whole-team of like-minded people who wanted to achieve the same goals.  Looking back it was the inherent support of my family, friends, teachers, and coaches and their belief in me. 

Come out and hear some great “Sparkle and Grit” stories from the youngest winners of BC Top 30 under 30 - Angela Wang and Madelaine Liu of Culitech.  Devon Brooks – co-founder of Blo and named by PROFIT Magazine as 1 of the Top 30 entrepreneurs in Canada.  And myself – Serial Entrepreneur and recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

The film Dream, Girl  will also be screened that highlights U.S. and Canadian, female entrepreneurs from brand new start ups to million dollar industries, in a mission to stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.

Whistler’s Celebration of International Day of the Girl is presented by  We need to support our local youth – male and female – in way that they first believe in themselves, are passionate about an idea, have the courage and confidence to take action and the grit to get it done. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to support this community event being held at the Rainbow Theatre – 6:30pm – get your tickets   All proceeds go to support:  Howe Sound Women’s Centre and One Horizon.

In: Business, International Day of the Girl, Sparkle and Grit

Scaling Up to Drive Predictable Profit!  Have Fun and be Free!

Shannon SuskoSep 06, 2016

Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop-Raleigh

As an entrepreur - I was looking for a framework to scale my companies easily.  I wanted to reach my goals with my team, have fun and be free to live.  The best news is that this framework exists - it is powered by Verne Harnish's Scaling Up 2.0. 

I am leading leading a Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop in Vancouver, BC on October 20, 2016 - 9am-4pm at the Diamond Ballroom - 1495 W 8th Ave -  4th Floor. 

If you want to learn how to grow your company with like minded entrepreneurs and leaders  – Click Here to Register. 

Hope you can join me in Vancouver, BC.

Happy Scaling!!

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It's Back to School Time!  Do you have your learning plan for the year set?

Shannon SuskoSep 01, 2016

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It’s Sept 1, 2016 – summer blew by and is coming to an end.  Kids are heading back to school.  It’s a good time to plan my own learning/professional development.  I don’t know about you, but I am wired that every September I feel it’s a start of a new year.  A new year to learn. 

As a child in grade school your learning was pretty much set out for you.  As you moved along to high school – you got more choice as to what you wanted to learn.  And then after high school the sky is the limit.  But every September you start off on a new year long journey of learning.  I loved it.  I did go to university for an extra long time.   Three degrees later.  20 years of building businesses later…..and I still am planning my year of learning starting today.

I am known in business circles as a business book junkie.  But I have also been known as a groupie of Verne Harnish, Patrick Lencioni, Jim Collins, Geoffrey Moore, and Brad Smart.  Too name a few.  Any time any of these thoughts leaders were close by or speaking at a conference I was there.  In particular in the early days of Verne Harnish doing Mastering the One Page Plan Workshops – I attend 2-3 per year of the same workshop with my team.  Verne did not have a book at that time (now he has three books – his latest being newly released “Scaling Up”) and I just wanted to take away all I could to grow my business.  Interesting enough – every time I went to the workshop – I was in a different place in my business, in my thought process, and my team as well.  Each time I walked away with something new, something actionable.  This is still true today.  

Not only do we as CEOs need to be learning but the whole team should have a development/learning plan for the year.  The more you can provide opportunities for your team to learn together the faster your team will grow together.

What is the best way to get a learning/develop plan started for your team?

  1. For every member of your team create a professional development for the year starting with the leaders. In my companies we would review this every quarter.
  2. Create an educational budget for every person in the company. If you are a newer company and do not have this luxury – you can easily setup book clubs. Leverage your team for internal workshops, lunch and learns, etc.
  3. Search locally for workshops, conferences and learning opportunities that would meet the professional development needs of your team for the next year. There are so many workshops going on everyday in large urban areas it can be overwhelming.
  4. Bring in a thought leader to your annual planning meeting or quarterly meeting or the whole company.

The key to this planning is to ensure there are opportunities for everyone to learn.

My plan for this year is to attend three professional development Summits - October 2016, April 2016, and May 2016.  Read two new business books a month and lead as many public/private workshops as I can. 

As I mentioned earlier, I have attended more than 20 Mastering the One Page Plan/Scaling Up Workshops and now as Gazelles Certified Coach I have lead over 100 public/private workshops.  Whether attending or leading I always walk away with something new.  I know many teams who have implemented Scaling Up for 1 to 3 to 5 to 10 years still attend a workshop once a year.  It’s a great refresh for the team.  Its gets everyone back on the same page.  It brings focus for the year ahead.

As my learning journey continues - I am excited to be leading a Scaling Up Workshop in Vancouver, BC on October 20, 2016. 

If you want to add this day to your learning plan – Click Here to Register

Hope you can join me in Vancouver, BC.

Happy Learning!

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Last week's 3HAG Workshop with @AequilibriumInc

Shannon SuskoMar 03, 2016

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Create Predictable Profit by David Greer

Shannon SuskoFeb 19, 2016



Thank you David Greer - you made my day, week....mon


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"There's No Such Thing As Stress—Here's What's Really Bothering You"

Shannon SuskoFeb 15, 2016
"In his book Creativity, Inc., Pixar CEO Ed Catmull uses the words "stress" once and "anxiety" once, but the word "fear" crops up 87 times."
Are you mistaking fear for stress? Pretty interesting article on the causes of "stress".

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"We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires"

Shannon SuskoFeb 05, 2016
Also: “You watch how they treat the waiter,” Phillips notes. “I love that.”

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Shannon SuskoFeb 04, 2016



Congratulations Kenyon Blunt !!!! This is a big deal!!! Well done!

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Shannon SuskoJan 27, 2016
Recently, I've been talking a lot about the importance of the 3HAG (3 Year, Highly Achievable Goal) and the role it plays in acheiving your company's long term goals. 
I wrote an article about how to find your company's 3HAG, which can be read here.
To register for the event, follow the link below.

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