The job-market payoff of a hands-on bachelor’s degree

The graduate employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders from Polytechnics Canada members was 91 per cent in 2015-16

The job-market payoff of a hands-on bachelor’s degreeThere are bachelor’s degrees and there are applied bachelor’s degrees. The difference – when it comes to finding fulfilling employment – can be dramatic. In late November, Statistics Canada released its comprehensive reports on education, covering a wide range of topics, including overall education attainment and the skills mismatches and earnings potential of bachelor’s degree…

Nothing in life is simple any more

Your life used to be fairly predictable: get a job, get married, have kids, retire. Today's uncertain world requires a whole different set of skills

Nothing in life is simple any moreI just learned a new acronym: VUCA, which stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. I guess I’m behind the times since the term has been around since 1998, when it was introduced in the U.S. military to describe the situation in Afghanistan, replacing some less printable alternatives. Unfortunately, today VUCA describes far more than…

Banish the dreaded performance review in 3 easy steps

You don't engage your employees by handing them a report card like they are grade-school students, but by helping them paint a picture of their future

Banish the dreaded performance review in 3 easy stepsThe dreaded performance review is quite possibly the most detested human resources program ever invented. It doesn’t matter what process, form or technology is in place to accomplish this task, it is always bad. And it doesn’t work – ever. The reason I know this is because I spent a year thumbing through job descriptions…

For entrepreneurs, purpose statements are where it’s at

A clear, concise purpose can give you an edge over your competitors

For entrepreneurs, purpose statements are where it’s atPersonal development programs like Tony Robbins, Landmark, or Context International, to name but a few, all ask participants to ponder simple questions like, “Why am I here?”, and “What is really important to me?”. Questions like these are designed to help individuals define “why” they exist, to bring “purpose” to life. Identifying “purpose” has an…

6 powerful ways to make a positive first impression

You have just 7 seconds to make a good first impression

6 powerful ways to make a positive first impressionYou're at a business conference and you turn to the stranger standing next to you. He turns to face you and in that instant your brain makes a thousand computations. Is he someone to approach or to avoid? Should you flee or be friendly? Will he harm you or help you? In about seven seconds…

Is your enthusiasm undermining your message?

Present your big ideas in a way that meets group needs and you might find that they’ll support your plans. Push too hard and they won’t even hear you

Is your enthusiasm undermining your message?It’s no secret that we all have different styles when it comes to communicating. Some people are articulate communicators and others aren’t. Some people get right to the point while others tell a story first. Mix communication styles and add emotion and it’s likely that important elements will be missed entirely. Take this example: Justin…

Why it’s hard to spot a liar

Most of the observable signs of lying (helping to spot a liar) are dependent on the liar feeling a negative emotional arousal and an uncomfortable sense of conflict

Why it’s hard to spot a liarA short time after The Truth About Lies in the Workplace was published, I received this email: I had just begun reading your book, and had gotten to the part about body language signs that point to someone who is lying when I was confronted with a real life situation. A parcel (that was meant…

4 easy steps to boosting employee productivity

The more productive your workers are, the more lucrative your business will be

4 easy steps to boosting employee productivityWhen you own a business, it is important to do everything you can to boost employee productivity. The more productive your workers are, the more lucrative your business will be. The following guide provides you with a few ways you can ensure that your business is as productive as possible at all times. Create custom…

Body language secrets for people who hate networking

6 changes you can make to your body language that can turn that networking experience from frightening to fun

Body language secrets for people who hate networkingImagine that you are at a networking event with the intent of doing business with some of the other attendees. In your mind, how’s that going for you? Do you see yourself socializing with ease and grace, or – if you are anything like me – has the very word “networking” increased your stress level…

Why you can’t fake your feelings

If you try to fake how you really feel, your audience (team, staff, co-workers or boss) probably won’t buy it

Why you can’t fake your feelingsI was once asked by a Senior Vice President of Human Resources to work with a leader whose micro-management was limiting her team’s effectiveness. When I met with the client, (let’s call her Judith), she was effusive with her praise – going on and on about how much she had heard about me and how…