The Back in Business Podcast
Back in Business is a podcast series that interviews entrepreneurs about their personal struggles and failures—beyond just the business—to uncover strategies on how to rise stronger. Find our episodes wherever you hear your favorite podcasts.
“In the case of lived experience, there is no difference between an object that is perceived and the eye that perceives it.”
Sometimes our lived experiences drive us toward new career directions. That’s what happened with Ruthann Weeks, whose unfortunate encounter with an office bully led to Harmony in the Workplace, a practice that helps organizations from startup to enterprise to governments make sure they provide a safe and harassment-free workplace for everyone. There’s a lot of […]
Two terms come to mind in this episode of Back in Business. One, mindfulness, you’re likely familiar with. Our guest April Prescott has built a practice of teaching mindfulness to entrepreneurs to help them through stressful times. The other is a practice called radical acceptance, which April counsels her founder clients to use to accept […]
It’s not too much for Jay Downton to admit that things are tough for his business right now. It’s not always easy to look at revenue numbers for a restaurant chain for a pandemic. But when he’s never seen the founder of his company happier than when he’s giving his product away—to local homeless shelters—then […]
Maybe he’s not been elected the mayor of Edmonton, but we may as well admit that this serial entrepreneur, creator, and civic booster runs the place. But the co-founder of the Nation Network and president of Oodle Noodle constantly needs to remind himself to not bite off more than he can chew—and move past the […]
When Lindsay hit his low points, he questioned his relationships, his skills, his entire life. What got him to truly find his way back up was to step back and fill in the gaps: in his learning and skillset, in rebuilding his family, in finding an environment where he could thrive. In part 2 of […]
Lindsay MacVean has done a lot of things in a lot of different parts of the world—oftentimes as the result of past failures. But each time he’s dusted himself off, worked to repair his relationships and himself, and apply the lessons he learned from his last effort to his next one.
Don’t let anyone tell you that building a startup is easy. Mike and Amir, co-founders of Edmonton-based legal tech startup DealCloser, know that firsthand. They talk about the bumps in the road and smooth waters they faced as they grew the company. Episode transcript View the transcript of this episode
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a musician, or a public speaker like Lilly, putting effort into understanding who you are, how you continue to strengthen yourself, that’s what makes you ready to improve the world Episode transcript View the transcript of this episode
Mentorship can mean the difference between success and failure.
Making every decision consciously and positively will bring you to a new, hopeful, powerful place.
It’s okay to ask for help.
Sometimes figuring out who you are takes longer than you expect.
After so many years of doing one thing, how do you reconcile your identity and define who you are?
On the importance of mentorship and taking time to reset and reflect.
Candid conversations about finding the next thing and his desert walk to find it.