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Warning! Contest ahead!

business30+ years as an entrepreneur and it finally dawns on me why I beyond love “doing” business. It’s that mix of strategy, vision, execution and people skills on full throttle that you need almost all the time – especially in today’s ever-changing environment.

(I say almost all the time because I’m a big believer of Sabbath rest. One day a week to re-charge spiritually, mentally, and emotionally – which is another huge, huge secret to my survival.)

clueBusiness kind of reminds of playing Clue, one of our family’s all-time favourite board games. To win this game you need curiosity, smarts, ability to multi-task and read people. Having an analytical mind and a good memory helps too.

And let’s face it, a little luck never hurt either.

Our daughter’s new fiancée almost got kicked out of the house on his first visit because he won the game by relying purely on luck before properly validating his accusation – inching a win one turn ahead of my husband’s guess. Sadly for him, his future father-in-law has a  l o n g  memory.

This year 2017, our company Phantom Screens is blessed to be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Time to stop and smell the roses and ponder not about what past successful strategies and processes I executed rather reflect on WHO in this big world helped me shape Phantom Screens into what it is today – a vibrant growing business filled with awesome loyal people who ooze servant leadership.

And so I’ve made a list (oh, how I love my lists) of 25 People of Influence who have made an impact not only on me as a business addict, but by default on Phantom Screens.

Some of the people have been a wonderful bed of roses, while others the thorns themselves – but ultimately they all pushed me towards being a stronger person for learning from them.

If you’ve known me a while it’d be fun to hear your guesses who you think might be on my list.

In fact, I’ll tell you what. Let’s make a contest just for fun.

If you guess even one person on my list, I’ll send you a Starbucks coffee as your winning prize. Big stakes, people!

The only disclaimer is once I’ve published the name, your guess for that name won’t count. You’ll have all of 2017 to guess as the list dwindles down as I post about a name every two weeks.

So play and read along but please, please most especially join me in honouring these giants of wisdom who have taken the time, knowingly or unknowingly, to impart their wisdom on this little farm kid throughout my career.

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow!

27 Comments Post a comment
  1. Carrie #

    My guess is Patrick Lencioni

    February 3, 2017
    • Anonymous #

      Also to clarify – are these people on your list all authors / people in the public sphere or people you have personally know(n)?

      February 3, 2017
      • Hi Carrie! Here’s the thing – the people come from all walks of life and might be famous, or just known to me! So keep checking in and you’ll find out if you’re right!

        March 1, 2017
  2. Sarah #

    Bessie 😊

    February 3, 2017
    • Thanks for guessing Sarah! Be sure to check back over the course of the blog series to see if your guess is right!

      March 1, 2017
  3. You must know #


    February 3, 2017
  4. Katie McSween #

    I’m going with the Sunday School answer… Jesus.

    February 9, 2017
    • Thanks for guessing Katie! Be sure to check back over the course of the blog series to see if you guessed right!

      March 1, 2017
  5. Frank Ezinga #

    Your dad and your husband…

    February 9, 2017
    • Hi Frank! You are right, my dad is on the list. Check your email for your Starbucks gift card! As for my husband… you’ll have to stay tuned to see who makes the list! Thanks for guessing!

      March 1, 2017
    • Frank you are right! John made the list 🙂 The blog post just went up today!

      March 15, 2017
  6. Janice Ward #

    Ron Somers

    February 10, 2017
    • HI Janice, thanks for guessing! Stay tuned to see if your guess is right!

      March 1, 2017
  7. Janice Ward #

    Your Mom

    February 10, 2017
    • Congrats Janice, mom (and dad) were on the on the list! Check your email for a Starbucks gift card!

      March 1, 2017
  8. Lorraine #

    Billy Graham

    February 14, 2017
    • Congratulations Lorraine, you’re right, Billy Graham is today’s Person of Influence! Check your email for a Starbucks gift card coming your way!

      March 1, 2017
  9. Dana Bingham #

    Mr Rooke Sr

    February 17, 2017
    • Thanks Dana for guessing! Be sure to check back over the blog series to see if you guessed right!

      March 1, 2017
  10. Your father, your husband (family and core value drive)
    Mr. Rooke Sr. (His love and support from the very beginning)
    Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (Entrepreneur drive) – I’m not sure of some big Canadian ones.
    Ron Somers and Wayne (Business support and branding drive)
    Jesus Christ (Heavenly Father-Guidance for your entire life decisions and help with all decisions made.)

    February 19, 2017
    • Hi Peter, great guesses! You’re right – my dad was on the list, the very first blog post! Check your email for a Starbucks gift card coming your way. As for the other guesses, you’ll have to stay tuned to see if they’re on my list!

      March 1, 2017
    • Peter, you’re right again! The hubby made the list… on today’s blog post!

      March 15, 2017
  11. Tanis Patenaude #

    Beverly Phifer and Miss Katherine from Alabama!

    March 15, 2017
    • Great guesses! Make sure to follow the series to see if those wonderful women make the list!

      March 15, 2017
  12. Katie McSween #

    O’kay, you’ve featured your parents and your husband, which leads me to believe the nest generation will make an appearance on the list. Courtney and Madison.

    March 15, 2017
    • Haha good thinking Katie!! Stay tuned to the series to see if the girls make the list!

      March 15, 2017

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