A leader’s main job is to manage chaos

A leader provides his team with vision, values and guidelines critical to helping people make the best possible decisions for the company

A leader’s main job is to manage chaosA leader I met with once said something that has stuck with me. "Most people are trying to do what they believe is in the best interest of the organization. The trouble is they may not have the same point of view on what that is. And that leads to chaos." As an example, take the…

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changing

Alberta has an abundance of job vacancies to be filled by new graduates and seasoned professionals with the will to adapt

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changingNot too many years ago, Alberta’s economy was stable with an abundance of work. But as the oil and gas economy declined in 2014, industry-related work changed in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary and elsewhere. Trade workers from Eastern Canada moved back home, impacting real estate sales and rental vacancies. Doubt about the provincial economy settled…

Money key driver in people changing jobs

OfficeTeam survey says workers also move because they're bored, don’t feel appreciated or seek a stronger mission

Money key driver in people changing jobsShow me the money. When it comes to leaving jobs, money does indeed talk. A survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam found that 43 per cent of Canadian workers would move on to greener pastures for more money – 45 per cent of men compared with 39 per cent of women. "Professionals want to be rewarded and recognized…

Lower survival rates for self-employed: report

Unincorporated self-employed outnumber incorporated business owners in Canada: StatsCan

Lower survival rates for self-employed: reportSelf-employment has higher entry and exit rates and lower survival probabilities than business ownership in Canada, says a new report released on Monday by Statistics Canada. “Over the period from 2002 to 2013, almost one-half of entrants to business ownership survived five years while less than 30 per cent of entrants to self-employment did the…

Alberta unemployment rate inches up as more people seek work

But 2000 more positions were created in Alberta in June, to a total of 33,600 year-over-year

Alberta unemployment rate inches up as more people seek workAlberta’s unemployment rate jumped to 6.5 per cent in June, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Friday that the rate was up from 6.2 per cent the previous month. However, the number of jobs in the province moved in a positive direction as 2000 positions were created month-over-month and 33,600 year-over-year. Nationally,…

How to put your inner workaholic to rest

Today is National Workaholics Day. But by working smarter, you could work less – and have more time for family, friends and fun

How to put your inner workaholic to restIt's National Workaholics Day. Does this seem like something we should really be celebrating? According to Forbes, the average Frenchman works 18 hours a week; the average Italian about 16.5 and the British work 21.5. But in North America, our idea of full employment is a standard 40-hour week. And in some locales, that number…

Your gender may dictate how effectively you communicate

The most effective communicators come across as both confident and caring

Your gender may dictate how effectively you communicateA few years ago, I conducted research in the United States, Europe and Canada to see how gender differences in communication were displayed in the workplace. The first thing I found was that both men and women identified the same sets of strengths and weaknesses in themselves and each other. Top three communication strengths for…

The world needs fewer leaders and more good managers

Management is the infrastructure that allows a leader's vision to become a sustainable reality

The world needs fewer leaders and more good managersBusiness and management guru Henry Mintzberg made the argument a few years ago that businesses are asking for trouble because of their penchant for separating "leaders" from "managers" and placing leadership in a superior role over management. We are suffering, in other words, not from a lack of leadership, but from the absence of good management. Mintzberg believes that, while…

Tips for women heading to the executive suite

Assess the reality, take more risks, speak up, increase your visibility, be authentic, and learn to be powerful but still likable

Tips for women heading to the executive suiteMy special project when coaching female leaders is to improve their influence and impact skills – their leadership presence. You might be surprised to find that leadership presence is not an attribute automatically assigned to you because of your business results. Nor is it necessarily reflective of your true qualities and potential. Instead, it depends…

5 ways to stay sane if your boss is a micromanager

The worst thing an organisation can do is to reward pathological behaviour

5 ways to stay sane if your boss is a micromanagerMy boss, Janet, was clever, hardworking and had an amazing eye for detail. She had high standards: if you e-mailed with a question at 10 p.m., she replied by 10.05. She worked hard, delivered on time, hated mistakes and expected the same from her team. She was driving us mad. We had been working on…
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