Reality Testing Your Business

Have you ever heard of reality testing? It’s the ability to keep your emotions from excessively influencing how you interpret events (i.e. to be objective). Reality testing can be a great tool when working in a team, assessing a problem or . . . when launching your own business. Ottawa entrepreneur, Ashley Grandy has been kind enough to answer some questions this week around the theme of reality testing.

Along with her business partner, Ashley has launched an interested concept for the city of Ottawa with her business, Safe Way Home. This driving service drives home clients when they are no longer within legal limits of alcohol consumption.  But not only that – they drive your car home too. So the next morning. Ashley’s company is now in talks with some very big clients (as you’ll see. Think “Hockey”), but it’s taken some serious objective thinking to get this far in her company’s success.

Ashley, would you describe yourself as a realist or an idealist? How does this description manifest itself in your job?

“Realist. I have realistic expectations when it comes to clients and have pragmatic expectations for the pace of my business’ growth; putting time, energy, money, planning and personal investment into this business long before receiving financial reward.”

Can you describe a time when you should have listened to your instincts rather than being so objective. How do you confirm that your instincts are reliable?

My business partner at the growth stages felt that we wouldn’t be successful and wanted to cut our losses and give up.  I felt that it was premature and truly believed we had the foundation of a successful business if we could just get through the difficult beginning stages.  Now that we are in talks with the Senators and the calls are coming steadily, I’m happy I held my ground.

That’s why this business has been rewarding on both a professional and personal level; I’m learning to trust my instincts because I was fully prepared to learn a lot about business and had been researching, working hard and studying consequently but was unaware of the personal growth that would parallel this learning curve.

How would others describe the goals you set (Big hairy Goals or more attainable goals in small steps)? What information do you take into account when you set these goals?

Others would describe the goals I set as small, stable, safe, attainable goals.  What they don’t see is the large goals I am pursuing.  I have many visions but use them solely as a guide to setting the smaller, more attainable goals. It is these goals that other people are following that, in my mind, are just the steps necessary to attain the final objective.

When setting these smaller, more realistic goals, I consider my staff, co-workers and the tools they have to succeed in executing these goals and attaining this sense of achievement.  For the larger vision I have I consider the direction I want the business to go and how I want my business to appear; the personality I want my ‘Safe Way Home’ to exude to the public and the details necessary for achieving this goal.


Sister Leadership would like to issue a huge thanks to Ashley for sharing so openly about her experience with reality testing. Safe Way Home caters to individuals, corporations and events, and we with Ashley and her team the best of successes as they continue to grow.

cararesourcesSo why is reality testing important for your emotional intelligence? That’s what we’re asking and answering in this week’s Sister Leadership resource from the tool box. This week we are giving you eleven key take-aways of assumption to help you stay objective. First on the list, “You cannot not communicate.” Click her to read the rest of the snippets, and learn their meanings.

Till next week!


Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, certified in EQi 2.0 and EQ360, a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), has been coaching high-level women and men for over six years, and is now opening her expertise to those emerging in business. Camille pulls her blog topics from her unique coaching approach that combines her training as a EQi 2.0 and EQ360 certified facilitator with the dig-deeper tools of NLP.

Get in touch here if you’d like to talk with Cam about group or one-on-one coaching, and EQ assessments. With the miracle of Skype and telephones – distance is no issue!


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