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Cognitive Biases – How to Clear the Fog and Make Better Decisions

When I heard the topic for the upcoming Women of Whistler event, I was fascinated and frankly a bit confused at the same time. Cognitive bias? What exactly is that? Apparently these are the little tricks and shortcuts our brain produces. And apparently these can cause some serious problems when making decisions. So even though I thoroughly research, carefully weigh options and think through potential outcomes, there is still something (unknown to me) messing up my decisions? Wow. I need to learn more about this please.

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An article was posted online detailing common cognitive biases and a few examples stuck out. The Information Bias is the tendency to seek information when it does not affect action. More information is not always better. (Perhaps when I am looking to purchase a new laptop, I should not look at every model ever produced in the last three years and it might take me less than six months to decide.) Or The Bandwagon Effect: The probability of one person adopting a belief increases on the number of people who hold that belief, commonly called Groupthink. Perhaps why meetings are often unproductive. The full article can be found at http://mentalfloss.com/article/68705/20-cognitive-biases-affect-your-decisions

Claire Booth will be sharing her insights with the Women of Whistler on September 29. When reading Claire’s bio, I learned she has spent thousands of hours analyzing human behaviour and has years of market research experience. During the event, she will help us identify our cognitive biases, look at our problems from a different angle and help us figure out how to remove these biases.

Sign me up please.

I always enjoy the Women of Whistler events because they combine learning and inspirational speakers with a great networking opportunity among local businesswomen. The next event is Thursday September 29, 6-8 pm at the Maury Young Arts Centre. I am going to www.womenofwhistler.com to register right now. Hope to see you there!

Lynn Gadsby

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Women of Whistler Presents Accelerate Your Growth with Mentorship

Whistler, April 27,2016 – Taking the time to develop an effective mentor relationship will have an immense impact on success. Moderator Jill Earthy, Vice Chair of the Women’s Enterprise centre and an accomplished entrepreneur, will be joined by a panel of local women with diverse perspectives on the power of mentorship. Together the panel will share inspiration and lessons on how an effective relationship can create a powerful shift in one’s life. Early bird tickets are available on womenofwhistler.com for $40 (Chamber Members) and $50 (General Admission) until May 16, when the pricing goes up to $45/55 respectively. Read More

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What is Mentorship?

mentorchalkboardSometimes thought of as teacher & student, it has become a sharing of wisdom & master mind of ideas. I've been part of a women's mentor group for the past 3 years and it's been a wonderful experience of sharing ideas and collaborating, getting motivated and moving forward, enriching both my career and personal life.

Are you limiting your growth by not having a mentor? Leveraging the expertise of a senior leader can elevate your career exponentially.  A mentor will dial you into a wealth of knowledge and open new doors, but can also lead to a lifelong connections.

Taking the time to develop an effective mentor relationship will have an immense impact on success.

Join in at the Women of Whistler event on May 17th at 6pm to hear Moderator Jill Earthy, Vice Chair of the Women’s Enterprise centre (accomplished entrepreneur) will be joined by a panel of women with diverse perspectives on the power of mentorship.

Together the panel will share inspiration and lessons on how an effective relationship can create a powerful shift in one’s life.

Key takeaways:

  • The role of the mentor and mentee
  • Finding the right mentor
  • The different types of mentoring and maximizing mentorship
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As Women of Whistler drives the development for business women in Whistler, mentorship is a key piece of the equation to create a community where bright ideas are nurtured, growth is accelerated, and integrity is celebrated. Don't miss out on our next Women of Whistler event - Accelerate your Growth With Mentorship (sign up here).

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Where Did The Robin Go?

RobinSpring has definitely sprung in Whistler, with the birds chirping on the still crisp mornings. But where has our infamous round robin gone? Once a standard practice at Women of Whistler events, the round robin was a great way to learn who was in the room so that you could connect with them in the event that they might be able to fill a need that you or your business may have. It was exciting for some, and terrifying for others. Although it lasted less than a minute, for most, the thought of public speaking may have kept them away from our events. When your attendance numbers have increased from an average of 60 amazing women (and occasionally a few good men) to closer to 90, the round robin grew into an unmanageable part of the events. With technology and social media changing the networking landscape, we decided to let the robin fly away to another nest, and instead leverage the power of networking at the event. Each year we try to include a topic that will inspire you to be a better networker; more of a connecter. Currently, if you wish to share your contact information with those attending WOW events, you can select to do so when you register for the event. We provide an information sheet with attendee contact details on the back of your seat at the event, and we also send the list out to everyone prior to the event in our final reminder email. We are always looking for ways to support you better, and encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with us in each post event survey, or by contacting us. You can also find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram (new – stay tuned!). We encourage you to join the conversations and share on social. While the robin may have left our nest, we hope you enjoy the networking we provide at our WOW events. Join us on May 17th at Nita Lake Lodge to give WOW networking a try! At the bottom of this page is our newsletter sign up if you want to be notified about our events via email.
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Women of Whistler Presents The Art of Negotiation

Whistler, B.C. December 10, 2015. On Thursday, December 10th at the Nita Lake Lodge. Cynthia Roney will enlighten the Women of Whistler on simple yet effective steps for successful negotiation.  She will discuss the traits of great negotiators, mistakes often made during the negotiation process and will identify your specific negotiation style with a tailored self-assessment tool. Read More

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How to Get What You Want out of Life!

The Art of Negotiation

The title of this Women of Whistler event immediately grabbed my attention and I am fairly certain I am not alone.  While we are lucky enough to live in beautiful Whistler and enjoy this amazing lifestyle (let’s face it, life is pretty good here), there are still things to be accomplished, dreams to fulfill, checks to be made on bucket lists. And just how do we get what we want out of life?  Perhaps an opportunity to learn more is presenting itself.

Negotiation always seemed to me like a term for corporate executives in large firms.  According to the event speaker, Cindy Roney, the art of negotiation is applicable to more than just the big boys in suits, it’s a skill we all should have in our toolbox.  And a skill we can fine tune.

Cynthia’s bio lists an impressive number of accomplishments.  She has extensive experience in executive business and leadership coaching and is CEO of her own coaching firm.  Her clients include Royal Bank and Telus, as well as new start-ups. I will be paying close attention when she talks about why women often feel uncomfortable negotiating, why we don’t ask for what we want, and the how consequences of not negotiating show up in our personal and professional lives. Sign me up.

The key takeaways listed on www.womenofwhistler.com

  • The top 10 traits of great negotiators & top 10 negotiating no-no’s
  • A simple 5 step negotiation process to get what you want
  • Self-assessment tool shows how you measure up as an effective negotiator

Tickets for the December 10th event are available at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce for what promises to be a very interactive and informative evening at Nita Lake Lodge.

Lynn Gadsby

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(Net)working It: Confessions of a Super-Connector

Out of the Mouth of Babes

Networking is one of those business methods that is hard to define. What is successful networking? Does it have to end with a business proposition or can it be simply getting the word out?

Networking has always been interesting for me, I loved speaking to people and discussing business ideas. I never thought of myself as actively networking, just sharing ideas that would complement our businesses.

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Breaking Trail with the Women of Whistler

 Unconventional Career Wisdom from Whistler Women

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Most people will agree that Whistler is a very unique place in the world.  We do things a bit differently here, don’t we?  Our mountain playground is the center of many local social and business lives.  Our challenges are different too, such as getting in a few turns before work or consistently struggling with keeping good local staff.  So I think it makes sense that a career path carved out in Whistler would be a bit unique too.

What does a Whistler career path look like anyway?

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Women of Whistler Presents Breaking Trail

Whistler, BC May 7, 2015 –  On Tuesday, May 19 at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre three of the corridors brightest minds: Danielle Kristmanson, Maureen “Mo” Douglas and Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden will be taking part in a panel discussing how to carve a meaningful career path in the mountains. The evening goes from 6:30-8pm, nibbles are included, and tickets are available on the Women of Whistler (WOW) website: womenofwhistler.com Read More