I am a driven, dynamic leader. I am a seasoned strategic professional, drawing from a unique and varied career to provide expertise in revenue generation, market expansion, operational restructuring, cultural change and transforming challenges into opportunities.
As a business owner, manager, financial advisor, analyst, employer, developer, board member, community member, moderator and business consultant I have learned and developed the skills and knowledge to be comfortable, effective, and confident in my role.
I am committed to the growth and improvement of my community through support and action, to the continued strength of business in Canada and to the pursuit of excellence in my personal life and professional practice. I believe in the constant pursuit of knowledge, change as an individual and increasing my awareness of the world and the people I interact with.
2010 Finalist, Saskatchewan Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Mentor, Futurpreneur Canada
I provide strategic performance coaching, business counselling, and direct consultation. I offer guidance and expertise for start-ups, transitions, succession, finance, project management, business development, strategy, and planning. All based on a proprietary AIR System of Assessment, Integration, and Reinforcement. I have experience in, and access to, a number of unique and practical business modalities.
All of my business services are provided on a pay what you can basis. I will never exclude someone that is in need of my help because I’m out of your budget. If I choose to work with you, I completely believe in my ability to fundamentally change your business, and your ability to benefit from it.
“Asking Ben to work with me proved wise in a few ways. Ben’s natural empathy allowed him to see my strengths and weaknesses clearly from the beginning and he quickly built in mechanisms in our time together to help me focus on strengthening the weak points without shattering my ‘fragile’ ego. His relaxed manner belies the intensity behind the way he works, gently pushing me to seek my boundaries and to push beyond them, he never once ‘cracked a whip’, yet I found myself working harder than ever before.
Ben’s sensitivity to the nature of the project allowed us to set goals from the beginning and even as I wavered from time to time, he never let us lose sight of them. Ben created the space around my work to allow room for it to grow, and to be perfectly honest, grow into something much bigger than I could have imagined in the beginning.
As a mentor, as a coach, I could not have asked for a better person than Ben. His non-judgmental character, his commitment to vision, his empathy and sensitivity to the goals and needs of others made the work exciting and fulfilling. I would without a shadow of a doubt work with him on my next project.”
I create opportunity.
I create opportunity by helping people turn ideas into real things.
I help people to recognize opportunity and give them the tools to seize it.
I’ve learned the hard way and want to show people how to avoid the mistakes I’ve made.
There are better, easier, faster ways to get things done.
I can do it.
I am genuinely fascinated by the details of people, what they do, how they do it, and WHY they do it.
IDEATION WITHOUT IMPLEMENTATION IS DELUSION
Implement and Adapt
Do it, see what works, change what doesn’t. Do it again.
Don’t work the hardest. Seek the shortest path to the result you want.
Start with Why
Simon Sinek said it best. If you don’t know why you do it, no one else will. www.startwithwhy.com
This book was an absolute game changer for me. It fundamentally changed my approach to business and life.
I’m not here to put in time, I’m here to get the job done. www.gorowe.com
Get Shit Done
That’s it. Get Shit Done.
Dream. Plan. Do.
Having the best plan in the world means nothing if you don’t follow it.
Kim Hoyer knows that the fun is in the dreaming, the structure is in the plan, and the win is in the doing.
Failure is Necessary
If you have never failed, you haven’t risked enough.
Failure is building a bridge across a river, having it fall in around you as you walk across. Building it again, falling. Building it again, falling. Building it again, getting across, knowing you built it right, and now everyone who comes after can cross on yours, or build their own the right way.
Know when to Quit
Quitting is not giving up. It’s knowing when to retreat, regroup, and begin again with a lesson in hand.
Release – Revise – Release – Revise.
Let your consumer inform your direction.
Minimum Viable Product
What is the least amount of energy that can be spent to get a product or concept out in the world?
What is the least amount of money that needs to be spent to prove a product?
Spend at least 20% of your time working on something you love, rather than something you have to.
Take one day every week, and focus on something that you are interested in, that isn’t related to your everyday tasks.
Spend it staring out the window. Spend it talking with your Circle of Genius. Spend it helping someone else craft their ideas.
4 hour work week
Love the work you do. Consciously craft your life
6 and 1
Work 6 weeks – Take 1 week off. And make it truly a week of rest. No email, no phone, no stress. (I haven’t achieved this one yet, but I will.)
Craft your life so that you are not tied to place.
People are not motivated by money, but by autonomy and purpose.
Take an hour every day to work on yourself. Walk, read, think, improve your body and your mind. Dedicate this time to making
Circle of Genius
Surround yourself with people that elevate your mind, spirit, and energy. Connect with people that are better than you. Spend your time with the people that challenge you to grow, to change, and to improve. Look around you… the people that you have coffee with are the person you will be in 5 years.
Grounding / Earthing
Connect to the world. You are electrically connected to the earth and need to be physically hooked in every day.
Fuel your body with the best you can. Your health will determine your ability to compete, deliver, and sustain.
You can get to the top, without stepping on the people you pass on the way up.
Be a mentor, get a mentor. You’ll learn from both.
Never give up. Never give up. Never. Give. Up.
This is how I work, how I play, and what I strive for every day.
My Strengths Finder
Ben Beveridge – Gallup Strengths Finder Report
Top 5 Themes
Futuristic, Learner, Strategic, Input, Individualization
Because of your strengths, you envision what you can accomplish tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or in the coming decades. Your goals and aspirations motivate you to keep moving forward. The tension you feel when a deadline is fast approaching forces you to concentrate on the right activities, discard irrelevant information, and not waste time on intriguing distractions. Your one aim is to reach your objectives. Instinctively, you take advantage of every opportunity to describe to others all the amazing things you see happening in the coming months, years, or decades. Your vision opens people’s minds to new and wondrous possibilities. You challenge them to consider ideas they might not have thought of on their own. Driven by your talents, you are eager to get started on a project once you realize what you can accomplish in the coming weeks, months, or years. You work very hard to breathe life into your big dreams. These often push and pull you into the future. Chances are good that you are filled with hope every time you think about the good things you can accomplish in the coming months, years, or decades. Thinking ahead probably reinforces your sense of personal wellbeing. When you are forced to concentrate only on current situations, you are less enthusiastic about life. By nature, you naturally think about what you can fix or do better. Your mind is usually occupied by what you can accomplish in the coming months, years, or decades. This explains why you find today’s events ordinary and less fascinating than the future.
Driven by your talents, you yearn to increase your knowledge by being kept in the information loop. This explains why you gravitate to people who converse about ideas at a deeper and more thoughtful level than most individuals are capable of doing. “Making small talk” — that is, engaging in idle conversation — probably seems like a waste of time to you. Because of your strengths, you automatically ask individuals questions to discover their talents, interests, hopes, fears, successes, or failures. By being inquisitive, you begin to see each person as he or she really is. The insights you have are most valuable when there is a job to do. You are apt to be the one to whom others look for ideas about assignments to give each individual. You are likely to understand what is and is not a reasonable expectation to place on someone. It’s very likely that you thirst for new ideas and knowledge. Often you lose yourself in a book. You pore over the ideas contained on its pages for long stretches of time. Why? You want to absorb as much information as you can. Instinctively, you adopt a much more favorable outlook on life when you can identify the conditions that produced various outcomes. You probably need to know why something did or did not happen. You are impelled to examine the details of many events, processes, programs, or mechanisms. Chances are good that you fill your mind with new ideas by asking questions, reading, studying, observing, or listening. Normally, you accumulate facts, data, stories, examples, or background information from the people you meet. Determining what they want to accomplish in the coming weeks, months, or years generally satisfies your curiosity. These insights also allow you to understand why individuals behave they way they do in different situations.
Chances are good that you probably feel very good about yourself and life in general when you know the exact words to express an idea or a feeling. Language has fascinated you since childhood. Your ever-expanding vocabulary often earns you compliments. Driven by your talents, you demonstrate an ease with language. You effortlessly verbalize your thoughts. You relish the opportunity to share your insights. You derive pleasure from actively participating in conversations when group members propose ideas, seek solutions, or debate issues. Instinctively, you usually feel satisfied with life when your innovative thinking style is appreciated. You automatically pinpoint trends, notice problems, or identify opportunities many people overlook. Armed with this knowledge, you usually devise alternative courses of action. By evaluating the circumstances, available resources, and/or the potential consequences of each plan, you can select the best option. By nature, you can reconfigure factual information or data in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions. You bring an added dimension to discussions. You make sense out of seemingly unrelated information. You are likely to generate multiple action plans before you choose the best one. Because of your strengths, you usually identify problems others fail to notice. You repeatedly create solutions and find the right answers. You yearn to improve things about yourself, other people, or situations. You are drawn to classes, books, or activities that promise to give you the skills and knowledge you seek.
Because of your strengths, you usually are quiet during conversations, taking in everything that is said. You are particularly attentive when intelligent people toss about their ideas, theories, or concepts. Often you acquire more information and gain more insights than the speakers do. When you choose to expound on a topic that interests you or pose pertinent questions, many individuals listen carefully to every word you utter. By nature, you tend to read several books or publications at the same time. Without confusing yourself, you can peruse — that is, studiously examine — one for a while, then put it down, pick up another, and continue reading where you left off the last time. Your need to gather lots of information probably explains your capacity for juggling a variety of topics, plots, and authors in the same time span. It’s very likely that you derive much satisfaction from reading books, magazines, newspapers, Internet sites, pamphlets, memos, or documents. Acquiring knowledge is as much a pastime for you as it is a necessity of life. Often writers stimulate your thinking about the people, situations, or things you need to make better. Instinctively, you can escape the tension, pressure, or stress of everyday life by reading a good book, diving into a publication’s articles, or pulling up information on the Internet. You are apt to take reading material with you on vacations, business trips, rest breaks at work, or tables for one at restaurants. You routinely dog-ear pages, underline key ideas, or scribble notes in the margins so your latest discoveries can be easily retrieved. Driven by your talents, you are the ideal example of a person with an open and agile mind. Thinking consumes a great portion of your time. You like to exchange ideas with individuals who are as well-read as you are. Your passion for the written word fuels your thought processes and lays the groundwork for sophisticated conversations. When you are alone, you probably reflect upon the thoughts of brilliant writers or the findings of notable researchers.
Instinctively, you might offer assistance to certain people after you have spent some time observing and talking with them. To some degree, you pinpoint each one’s unique interests, talents, limitations, experiences, goals, knowledge, or skills. Maybe these insights permit you to tailor your response to meet the person’s situation. Driven by your talents, you sense that every person is one of a kind. You can quickly discover what makes someone distinct from everyone else. It’s very likely that you may offer assistance to people who are struggling to assign a level of importance or urgency to various jobs. Sometimes you help them break a big project into separate manageable tasks . Perhaps you outline the order in which they need to complete these smaller chores. Chances are good that you may be more successful when you work on your own. Knowing that your contributions benefit someone else might please you. Because of your strengths, you sometimes view events from the perspectives of the people involved. Perhaps your sensitivity permits you to feel the joys and sorrows of certain individuals. You might sense what particular people are thinking before they utter a word.
My DisC Profile
Ben likes to set his own pace. When others try to rush him, he feels threatened and may balk. He can be friendly with others in many situations, but primarily with groups of established friends and associates. He is sociable and enjoys the uniqueness of each human being. He can be spontaneous and casual in familiar circumstances. The familiar atmosphere allows spontaneity when he is in his comfort zone. He likes to start and finish activities. Others who work with him know they can depend on him. Ben can be open, patient and tolerant of differences. His natural quality of being nonjudgmental is a great strength. Because he is receptive and listens well, he excels in gathering information. He doesn’t resist change as much as he resists being changed.
He needs to be an active participant in situations that will impact his work. Once Ben has come to a decision, others may find it difficult to change his mind. If changes are inevitable, and he sees enough benefits, they will be made. Others see him as a good neighbour, since he is always willing to help those he considers to be his friends. Ben looks to people for support and inner-satisfaction as a way to reach his personal goals. Outwardly, he may appear to be totally accepting of others. He may, however, have deep convictions that are not apparent to others.
Ben can be sensitive to the feelings of others and is able to display real empathy for those who are experiencing difficulties. When challenged he can become objective, searching hard for facts and figures. This may be his way of defending his decisions. Logic is important when trying to influence him. He pays more attention to logic than emotional “hype.” He often thinks over major decisions before acting. Once he makes a decision, he can be organized in carrying it out. He finds making decisions easier when he knows that others he respects are doing the same thing; he then has a feeling of stability and “family.” He uses logic to assist him in decision making. This tendency is helpful to others in his group. Once he has arrived at a decision, he can be tough-minded and unbending. He has made his decision after gathering much data, and he probably won’t want to repeat the process.
Ben usually is considerate, compassionate and accepting of others; however, on some occasions can become stubborn. Stubbornness surfaces when his ideals and beliefs are confronted. He likes to know what is expected of him in a working relationship and have the duties and responsibilities of others who will be involved explained. Communication is accomplished best by well-defined avenues. He tends to be possessive of information; that is, he doesn’t voluntarily share information with others outside of his team. He remains aloof from active participation in unfamiliar groups. He will talk more, however, in a group of people he trusts and has known for a long time.
Ben can be outgoing at times. Basically introverted, he will “engage” in social conversation when the occasion warrants. Sometimes he will withdraw from a verbal battle. If he feels strong about an issue, he may retreat to gather his resources and then return to take a stand! He is somewhat reserved with those he doesn’t trust or know. After trust has been established, he may be open and candid. He is more motivated by logic than emotion. To him, logic represents tangible research.