Category Archives for "Business Coaching"

Feb 05

The Value of Sticking together

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Family , Firestone Institute , Ideas , Life Coaching , Real Estate Investment Coaching

Most people know about the prisoner’s dilemma even if it’s just intuitively rather than explicitly— Two people are accused of a joint crime. Police detectives put both suspects in individual interrogation rooms. They offer each of them a deal—if you’re first to talk, you’ll get jail time of just two years. If the other party […]

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Oct 26

Murals are a powerful tool to revive urban areas

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Green for Real , Investing , Life Coaching , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Theming downtown Belleville Murals are a powerful catalyst in terms of reviving and improving urban areas. For example, Jane Golden started a program in Philadelphia to bring graffiti artists “in from the cold.” The Mural Arts Program (www.muralarts.org) in Philly employs over 300 artists each year and teaches more than 1,000 young people the art […]

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May 08

Making Retail Spaces Pandemic/Internet/Big Box Store Resistant

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

At the beginning of this pandemic, folks asked me what I thought would happen to real estate values. I believed office and shopping mall valuations would fall out of bed while industrial and residential would hold their own. The latter because people always need a place to live; the former because I thought nations (including […]

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Feb 07

Royal LePAGE Performance Realty Spring 2021 Training Program

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing

By Bruce M Firestone, PhD, Royal LePAGE Performance broker, Ottawa Senators founder, real estate investment and business coach How to become an indispensable lifetime real estate investment client adviser course APPLY NOW! DOWNLOAD THIS FORM, COMPLETE IT AND RETURN IT TO BRUCE@BRUCEMFIRESTONE.COM, https://www.dropbox.com/s/09vj5nqn29jwea8/rlp-lifetime-adviser-course-signup-form-bruce-m-firestone-institute-2021.pdf?dl=0 Schedule 2021 RLP training session #1: Don’t sell this house! March 18th, […]

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Feb 02

Commercial or residential at grade, which is better for the bottom line?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

I can’t believe that other landowners/property owners haven’t figured out how to repurpose their retail space to live-work-play-make spaces, all at grade. There is demand for these types of spaces from gigpreneurs who, for example, want to work in a street-facing studio and live behind their store, all on one level (ie, the ground floor). […]

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Nov 30

Met an attorney this week who can only be described this way, sorry to say: A know-it-all-know-nothing

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Green for Real , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Main Street Makeovers He must have received his law degree in the snail-mail. The guy didn’t know the difference between foreclosure and power-of-sale. Why is this even important? Foreclosure versus Power of Sale Because I advise a number of funds (REITs, MICs, Private Equity Funds, Mortgage Trusts, Mutual Fund Trusts, individual private lenders such as […]

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Oct 11

Get some professional advice/coaching/mentoring from a trusted and experienced source—says Terrell Owens

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , Life Coaching , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment

[Excerpt from Gadgets and Gizmos—how to tell if you own a real business or just an expensive hobby  available from, https://brucemfirestone.com/product/gadgets-and-gizmos/] I realize this is a somewhat self-serving headline since I am a real estate investment and business coach and my spouse is a California-based CTI[1]-trained life coach, but don’t take my word for it—listen […]

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Jul 11

How to pitch anything

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Book review of Pitch Anything, an innovative method for presenting, persuading and winning the deal by Oren Klaff, https://youtu.be/0ihMwKc2Sow With insights from Bruce M Firestone, PhD Plus, how a yoga teacher went from earning just over $30k a year to more than $100k Plus, how Prof Bruce successfully pitched the NHL for an expansion franchise […]

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Jun 19

What is the real value of a CEO? And how a bad one can kill you

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas

[This is an excerpt from Don’t Back Down, the real story of the founding of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and why big leagues count written by Sens founder Bruce M Firestone, PhD, available from, https://brucemfirestone.com/product/dont-back-down/] You have to laugh at the expectations of leadership in the US where they expect their leaders to have a […]

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May 26

Disaster also brings opportunity… for a new beginning

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

A client of mine asks, “Hi Bruce, what are your thoughts on real estate and the economy over the next 12-24 months?” Here’s what I answered: No one really knows what will happen, but in my view, there will be many opportunities for people with cash. I suspect several trillion dollars of real estate in […]

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