As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, community builder and volunteer I am committed to, and invested in, the Port Hope community. I have been a Municipal Councillor, President of the Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce; I am a local business owner and the proud recipient of an Innovation Business Excellence award. I have a track record of effectively managing large teams, an achievement which requires strong leadership skills.
For 17 years I was a senior executive managing large department stores for the Hudson Bay Company, which consistently led the region in sales and profit. I have owned and operated a successful communications company in both Port Hope and Toronto for the past 8 years. My organization was recently featured as an industry leader in a national magazine.
I was elected to Council for the Municipality of Port Hope in 2000 and served a three year term with the portfolio of Economic Development and Tourism. I was successful in elevating Economic Development and Tourism to a full Municipal Department at Committee of the Whole. During my term, the committee developed initial marketing and branding materials to position the community in a positive way. I also introduced basic by-laws to facilitate economic development and commercial growth. I am particularly proud of the work I did as founder of Port Hope’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Previously I had been a warden of St Marks Church and when my council term ended in 2003 I continued investing my time and skills in Port Hope in a volunteer capacity as one of the founding directors of Small Town Radio. Since January 2009, I have been a member of the Port Hope Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors with a role on the Executive since 2010. I became Board President in 2013 and under my guidance the Chamber received accreditation, successfully launched Port Hope’s Young Professional Association, initiated an international trade show in Port Hope and has been a thriving, member-driven association committed to economic growth in the region.
I truly care about our municipality and want to drive an agenda of change and prosperity. I know I have the vision, experience, skill and leadership to bring positive change. I consider it to be a privilege to serve this wonderful community. I am ready to be the next Mayor of Port Hope.
Port Hope, Ontario
For Immediate Release
Smaller, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper:
Julie Mavis declares intention to run for Mayor in Municipal election.
Long time Port Hope resident Julie Mavis has officially declared her intention to run for Mayor in Port Hope’s upcoming Municipal Election.
Mavis’ platform will take a simple approach to solving Port Hope’s complex challenges; Smaller, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper. “These are not unique words,” states Mavis, “These are words we all understand and they are the words we need to start using when we talk about the next government in Port Hope. We need a fundamental change of mindset in how we manage this community. Under my leadership the government will stop growing and start contributing to a better life for all Port Hopers.”
Mavis asserts that we need to overhaul the governance model and committee operations to get the right people focused on the right things. “We need to develop more nimble processes and embrace innovation to further sustainability and prosperity in our community,” says Mavis. “Creating a competitive landscape that is attractive for new businesses and a destination for young talent needs to be supported by a healthy fiscal environment. We have a critical and urgent need to change our financial model. We have to broaden our revenue streams and identify long term solutions” says Mavis.
Mavis believes she has the skill, commitment and experience to lead essential change. She reaffirms that Port Hope has always had an incredibly engaged citizenry and now, under her leadership, the public’s concerns will be listened to and their opinions respected. “We need to improve our communication systems to create a transparent, inclusive government. We need less government and more empowered citizens”.
Mavis feels that Port Hope is an outstanding community in which to live, work and raise a family but it lacks a unified front since amalgamation. Port Hopers are tired of negative, divisive politics. The harmonizing of Ward 1 and Ward 2 to represent one Port Hope needs to begin and everything we do must make life better for all residents of Port Hope.
“A great community needs long term vision, thriving partnerships and, most importantly, strong leadership,” says Mavis. “We’re one community with a shared purpose and we’re all in this together.”
1. Envision the future | Business and technology has fused into one system, one conversation, one strategy for one world. This is central to understanding the future. Strategic leadership is having the ability to think ahead, to study industry and to seek out what opportunities are available. Leaders have to search for future gains and advantages.
2. Be conscious and aware of your brand | Understanding and developing one’s own personal brand can build the same equity as a good business brand. To do so we have to set goals, develop a mission statement and then define a personal vision and value statement. The integrity of your brand must remain consistent and solid but the message it sends out must stay fresh and vibrant, otherwise it will not stay top of mind.
3. Innovate to create new opportunities within your industry and beyond | Entirely new industries will be formed by innovations yet to be brought to market. Innovations are about new business models, marketplace collaboration, and knowledge engineering. At least 20% of your time and your company’s resources should be devoted to innovative services or products.
4. Embrace disruptions in your industry | Disruptions are coming in the form of emerging markets, new technologies, and changing customer demographics. Embrace these changes and demand a cultural change within your own organization.
5. Understand that human capital is your most valuable resource | Hire only the best. Once you have hired, do not accept mediocrity. Hire for attitude, then train, mentor, nurture, and coach to develop skill. Make it a policy that everyone who works on your team is one of the best in their industry. Make sure your best people are highly visible and are in positions of influence. They should be where they can contribute the most. That way they will help to attract the culture of great talent you are striving for.
6. Refuse to maintain the status quo | Leaders must think critically. Challenge everything. Find better ways. Leaders must change current mindsets and current methods. The most important thing is that as leaders we must constantly strive to make our processes, products or services better and better.
7. Always keep learning | Never stop talking to other professionals. Constantly encourage feedback and dialogue with those around you. Keep reading and stay in touch with your industry. Knowledge is power. How you get that knowledge or where it comes from doesn’t matter; what matters is that you do. Keep trying. Keep learning. When you make the decision to lead a company you make a commitment to your staff, customers and suppliers. You make a promise that you will continue to grow and learn.
8. Take a vacation | There is nothing worse than a leader who is bored. We all periodically reach a point where we should be doing something other than work. Vacations help us put everything back into perspective, they help us refresh and relax. It doesn’t matter how much work you have to do, you’ll do it much better and be a more interesting person if you take a break.
9. Build on your strengths – don’t focus on your weaknesses | Build on your strengths instead of spending time working on your weaknesses. Whatever business you are in, focusing on weak areas takes energy and effort away from building on strengths. Your strengths will suffer; they will be in danger of becoming weaknesses. Trying to be well rounded, or all things to all people, doesn’t set you apart. Great strengths, and a little lopsidedness, does.
10. Analyse and make decisions | A good strategic leader holds steady. Don’t jump on new thoughts or waves until you’ve analysed the market, opportunities and trends. Thoughtfully review options. Make a decision before you become paralyzed by too much information and too much time to think about it. Have an opinion and take a stand.
11. Motivate your team | Good leadership involves building trust with your team and engaging key players. Even when different points of view exist, good leaders can bring the cause to the foreground and make a difference. Good leadership respects the rights and dignity of others. Good leaders are not self-serving. They are keenly aware of how their decisions affect others. Good leaders create a desire in others to be self-sufficient by empowering them. Good leaders motivate others and put the needs of the team ahead of their own. Great leaders don’t overshadow others – they elevate others.
12. Be your own mission statement | Who you are and how you behave every day is your company’s mission statement. You are your company. When clients deal with your company their focus is on you. When you dress professionally, deal with people openly and honestly, treat your colleagues with respect, pay your suppliers on time and contribute to your community, you are your company’s mission statement. If you are belligerent at parties, if your favourite word is not printable, if you engage in gossip or manipulative behaviour… that will be your company’s mission statement.
13. Build on your strategic plan | The starting point for a growing business is always a strategic plan. Once you have a strategic plan, stick with it. Strategic plans are meant to evolve, but not to be thrown away. Tossing it always results in repeating again and again the process of getting there. Leaders with vision will take the plan, implement it step by step and nurture and embrace its evolution.
14. Step outside of your comfort zone | The most dangerous place to stay is in your comfort zone. It is the least safe place for anyone to be. If something outside your zone grabs your attention run with it. If it gives you an opportunity to shine – do it. You never know what you may discover.
People want companies to communicate in a human like manner. They want a conversation with the organization. That is why social media has become such a powerful tool. Social media can create a sense that a company is being authentic. It enables people to interact with and also to have an affect on each other. It decentralizes authority and allows information to come from all directions, not just top down. Social media allows information to be shared at breakneck speed across all types of networks; older forms of communication can’t hold a candle to it. However, there is a downside: social media is fraught with risk.
Social media can leave your organization having to constantly deal with opposing views and values. Instead of concentrating on your own message, you may have to concentrate on disputing or disproving that of others. You may find yourselves dealing with fraudulence, a vulnerability to hacking, or worse: it’s very easy for someone to set up a Facebook page and claim that it’s you.
It’s time to find other methods to communicate. Young people have already started drifting from forms of media they made successful, particularly Facebook and Twitter, because their parents are listening. And those with jobs are concerned that their colleagues and bosses are listening. We can’t go backwards – any new form of communication must be Internet based –– but is must be a secure and safe environment in order for the conversation to continue in an authentic and transparent manner.
Last week I listened to a webinar featuring Andy Paparozzi, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the National Association of Print Leaders (NAPL), presenting the State of the Industry report 2013. Industry, in this context, refers to the PRINT industry.
The report consisted of at least 45 minutes of wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth doom and gloom evangelism. “The print industry will never be the same again! We will never get back to pre- Great Recession numbers!” Mr Paparozzi, talking about the industry to which both he and his listeners belong, continued in this negative fashion. “Between 2010 and 2013 sales in the industry have pretty much remained the same but that is still more than 21% below pre-Great Recession levels. As an industry we are not getting worse but there has not been enough progress. Conditions are not better. Business is a slow tough grind, it is uncertain and a roller coaster ride. Many organizations are revising sales down for the year. “
Mr. Paparozzi’s message was not exactly motivating. Some of my key employees were also listening to the webinar; they said it made them feel deflated and anxious. But at the same time they were a little bewildered because we at Cats Media are busy! There are times when we can’t hire fast enough. Why were they hearing so much negativity?
Mr Paparozzi went on to tell us that there are dramatic variations of performance from company to company and that the industry leaders are doing well, some with increases of up to 54%. In order to compete we have to change our mindsets. He then provided a laundry list of things we could do, such as ‘think creatively, meet more clients, listen better, be flexible and critique self’. Sorry Mr. Paparozzi but you are wrong. Those suggestions are in no way creative and are not going to get anybody very far.
On one thing, however, he is right: we do need to change our mindset but not the way he suggested. In my opinion the print industry is a dinosaur. In fact I don’t even believe that there is a print industry left. It’s gone! Print is no longer an industry it is simply a service. It is one component of a total package. It is definitely profitable in the right context and still sought after by the right clients for all the right reasons. But it is just a small part of the big picture and the big picture is MARKETING. We have to be marketing service providers, not printers. That is how we must change our mindset.
If you have yet to change the culture in your organization then you should put a sign saying ‘We are not Printers!’ at the front of your building for every employee and client to see. Eventually the message will get through. And if you are worried that this sign may make you lose sales then your mindset definitely needs work!
Personal branding is a very effective form of marketing. Each one of us has our own brand; it’s the way we market ourselves to others, consciously or not. Understanding and developing one’s own personal brand can build the same equity as a good business brand. To do so we have to set goals, develop a mission statement and then define a personal vision and value statement. Personal branding allows us to share our passions and talk about our dreams.
Personal brands must not be allowed to stagnate. A strong brand must always be active in order to be relevant to today’s issues. As a business professional it’s important to always be aware of how your activities affect the health and growth of your brand. Are you active in your community? Do you adhere to the rules of the road? Are you shopping downtown and supporting local merchants? Do you greet your neighbours when you see them on the street? Do you nurture your staff? Are you supportive of clients by constantly seeking ways to make their lives easier?
The integrity of your brand must be consistent and solid but the message it sends out must stay fresh and vibrant, otherwise it will not stay top of mind. Your brand becomes meaningful when it is embraced by people who can relate to your values. So being relevant means understanding what is important to your clients or community. It also means always staying in touch so you are constantly aware of shifting priorities. This will allow you to offer messaging with a perspective that continues to reflect the values that initially drew people to your brand. Values should remain the same, consistent and solid. No brand should change with each passing trend if it means that the brand does not stay true to its owner.
Remember that it is people who will follow your brand. People are your clients. Corporations or associations may endorse you but those endorsements start with one interested person paying attention. It’s important not to be seduced by other audiences; personal brands need to stay relevant to people. Give your audience a fresh way of viewing the values that give meaning to your brand. Give them a new and creative angle that will grab their attention. At the same time, your voice must remain consistent.
One way to strengthen your brand is to get your clients or community involved with it. Give them opportunities to interact with you. Organize seminars or other learning experiences, or simply create an opportunity to connect online or meet for coffee. Ideally it has to be something your clients or community want to share with others. It is also imperative to reach your clients the way they want to be reached. Be present where they want to be, whether that’s on social media or traditional print. Create a personal marketing kit that tells the world who you are and what makes you unique. Your kit can include your business card, your blog or website, LinkedIn profile or Facebook page. For those of you searching for new employment it can also include your resume. Your personal brand describes what you do, how you look and what makes you smile.