• CEO's Blog

    A gathering of random reflections from Atlantic Chamber CEO Sheri Somerville about business and other matters in Atlantic Canada.
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    Sheri Somerville
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    When I speak with any of the Chambers or Boards of Trade teams and board members from across Atlantic Canada, one common attribute rises to the top: they are ardent supporters of business and their communities. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    This is the best analogy I’ve heard in a while. When speaking with Doug Griffiths, author of '13 Ways to Kill Your Community,' recently about community building and the path to economic prosperity, he said to me (loosely paraphrased): "A spider doesn’t focus on the entire web, it focuses on one thread at a time...you really need to focus on one thing and the rest will come." Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Tuesday, January 8, 2019
    I love my profession, sailing and travel. So I was surprised to read a book on vacation I thought would fuel my desire to sail abroad, but that turned out to be an amazing leadership book. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Thursday, November 1, 2018
    Building credibility and trust: the intrinsic value of chamber membership. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    At least once a week, I’m asked Why should I join a chamber—which is essentially code for the age-old question: what’s in it for me? And while some may consider the question to be selfish or self-serving, I believe it is exactly THE most critical, and absolutely, the right question to be asking before shelling out your hard-earned dollars for membership. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Friday, August 31, 2018
    It’s always interesting when I am asked about the value and relevance of the Chamber in today’s business climate. Ultimately the Chamber’s value and relevance is demonstrated in the delivery upon a single goal: to further the interests of businesses in a local area. And in the current Atlantic Canadian economic climate, furthering business interests is critically important. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Friday, August 17, 2018
    A prestigious community of influence… At the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, our corporate partners represent a prestigious community of business thought leaders and community builders. We are delighted to have them in our corner because they help influence an environment where business succeeds in Atlantic Canada. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Friday, August 17, 2018
    No, you’re not late for yoga class. The kind of stretching I’m referring to is within the halls of your workplace and in business. There has been much discussion of late regarding women’s underrepresentation in the C-Suite and in Boardrooms. Granted yes, some of this is due to exclusion and other factors beyond our control, but some things we can control, and we should be taking a stronger hand in how our future unfolds. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    Networking…As anyone in business knows, it’s all about your network. And that means sometimes boldly embracing dreaded ‘networking’ events. And while some people make it look so easy, others simply cringe at the thought of entering a room full of people and saying ‘hello’ to a complete stranger. Read more
    Sheri Somerville
    Thursday, August 2, 2018
    “I’m exceptional at managing my managers.” Now this made me smile. I have to say it’s one of THE BEST things I’ve heard in a while (so refreshingly candid, practical and true) and it came from a young professional I consider to a ‘rising star.’ And yes, it’s a thing—'managing up’ is a critical skill. Read more