Susan Washington: Your Success Coach
What’s Your Business?
Susan Washington, B.Ed., M. Ed., is a Professional Certified Coach, Senior Mentor, & Business Adviser dedicated to helping local individuals, leaders and Start Ups excel and stay strategic.
If you’re flying solo but don’t need an HR department or boss, Susan’s expertise will allow you to get and stay clear on your top priorities & goals. Reduce stress and wasted time, money, stalling & avoidable inefficiencies.
Because lasting innovation take creativity, structure, course-correction, accountability and the right plan.
Why Did You Start Your Business?
I love leadership, life-long learning, teaching, coaching and supporting people’s business & personal success. I worked in the field of ‘conventional’ education for years but when I saw a continued need for more strategic learning and expertise in the start up and business world, I got my coaching certification and have found business coaching much more satisfying for me than the classroom. Certain principles of achievement work to create intentional change, and there is no mystery to building a successful change strategy.
What Does It Say On Your Business Card?
You can love what you do even more with the right mentoring, strategy and accountability.
What's Your Neigbourhood And Why Do You Love It?
I went from Vancouver, to North Vancouver in the last decade. Even though I grew up in Winnipeg, I love my neighbourhoods now because there are so many people opting for life in the entrepreneurial realm. Especially compared to that one ‘set’ job that folks in my grandparents’ generation experienced. There’s so much innovation happening in our world and it’s exciting to learn about and be part of Vancouver/North Van’s community.
Best Kept Secret or Little Known Fact About Your Neighbouhood?
It takes minutes to get ‘out of the city’ & into nature, but the community here is dynamic, smart and thriving.
The One Piece of Advice You’d Give Other Local Businesses Is….
When you stick with it and stay focused, any reasonable idea is attainable if you have a good plan, work collaboratively, minimize drama, honour your top priorities and manage your mental attitude.
What’s The Most Important Business Lesson You’ve Learned?
Know your reasons. Be true to your values and your preferences.
What's The Best Business Move You've Made Recently? The Worst?
Collaborating with good people is the best thing I’ve done. Trying to ‘do it all alone’ and not ask for support and help is always the worst.
What Local Suppliers (goods or services) Can't You Live Without? Why?
I love our local yoga studios and farmer’s markets. Business-wise I support a range of innovators, creatives, and tech types because I love entrepreneurs who have the courage to open shop and provide services that bring more emotional intelligence and connection to our world. I love our local ‘mompreneur’ community. The girls in our family love Lunapads, Vancouver Mom and Nicole Bridger.
What's A Little Known Fact About Your Business?
Momentous is not better.
There is a sequence to things and there are known achievement principles that make life easier.
The right amount of structure allows for greater freedom.
One Thing That Never Ceases to Amaze You About Doing Business Here Is….
I am amazed by the commitment and perseverance of the people I do business with.
How Does Your Business Work To Better Our World?
Less negativity. More purposefulness. Less saying Yes when you mean no. More clarity and less apologizing. More meaning. More connection. More contribution and collaboration.
Why Is Local Important To You?
Local makes more practical and global sense. I love local because local is sustainable and collaborative.It’s less disorienting to be in a world where we work together and know each other. Life can be frenzied and isolating but having good relationships makes good global, business, emotional and financial sense.
How Do You Support Other Local Businesses?
I like to connect people. I am also grateful to be a business owner that works largely on personal referrals. Building lasting relationships is important to me. Good relationships make business easier and more fun. Te truth is we are surrounded by like-minded people, but we need to stay connected to find each other. If I can help others succeed it’s a better world for me and for those I care about.
You Are Excited About The Future Because…
The future is our collective responsibility and the more I work with others that are making the world a better place, the more we can make good things happen together.