4 sure-fire ways to reduce productivity in your organization

Our simple 4-step plan to reducing productivity and watching your business go down the drain

4 sure-fire ways to reduce productivity in your organizationA lack of productivity is actually a serious concern because the more it costs us to produce something the less competitive we are in the global marketplace. And the less competitive we are leads directly to fewer jobs, diminished earning power and a lower standard of living. The usual explanations as to why we struggle with productivity…

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’

Derek Blair of Insights Matter talks about how quality research can result in real operational change in businesses

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’Derek Blair is president of Insights Matter. Calgary’s Business: What is Insights Matter? Blair: We are a consumer research and market insights company. We help companies and organizations that are looking to solve marketing-related challenges and questions like: “What do our consumers and clients want?” or “Why do they buy and how do they make…

Why the workforce gender gap matters to business

Reducing barriers to adding women to the workforce in Canada could add $150 billion to $420 billion in GDP over 10 years

Why the workforce gender gap matters to businessBy Denise Mullen and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of British Columbia In British Columbia and Canada more broadly, the proportion of females aged 15 and over who participate in the labour force remains nine percentage points below that of males. And it has stayed this way since the early 1990s. Why does this matter? Sometimes,…

The power of humour to change workplace culture

Michael Kerr describes how to escape ‘a soul-sucking, fun-sucking, Dilbert-like work environment,’ just as he did, and raise productivity

The power of humour to change workplace cultureMichael Kerr is an international speaker and expert on humour in the workplace. Calgary’s Business: How and when did you get into this field of humour at work? Kerr: I started Humour at Work 21 years ago, after working as a senior manager in a soul-sucking, fun-sucking, Dilbert-like work environment. I knew I had to…

Six proven strategies to boost productivity and profits

Increased productivity leads to a stronger competitive position, higher profits and better quality

Six proven strategies to boost productivity and profitsPaying attention to productivity leads to better profits in one-third of the Canadian small and medium-sized companies that measure their overall productivity index. Seems like a slam-dunk, doesn’t it? But a 2016 survey of more than 1,500 Canadian entrepreneurs by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) showed that less than half of Canada’s small and…

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…

Soup’s on: major upheaval awaits the food industry

Kraft Heinz may not get its hands on Campbell Soup, but the industry still faces major consolidation and widespread change

Soup’s on: major upheaval awaits the food industryCampbell Soup Co. stocks soared after news suggesting the company could be bought by Kraft Heinz Co., one of 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s pet projects in the food sector. Even though the deal is highly unlikely, the rumours point to a much larger story in food processing. Since 2013, the acquire-and-cut modus operandi has…

Finding and maintaining motivation this summer

Good performances don't happen by accident – they're a result of positive and tactical thinking. So train your thoughts

Finding and maintaining motivation this summerIt’s officially summer! School is done. The kids are excited about sprinklers, beaches and long bike rides with friends. Your colleagues are booking time off and your work productivity might be suffering a bit. With the birds chirping and a lawn chair calling your name, it can be really challenging to muster up the motivation…

How women can escape the Imposter Syndrome trap

Own your success, take your place at the table and power up your body language

How women can escape the Imposter Syndrome trapSandra was introduced to me as a highly successful business professional with exceptional leadership skills. She was being groomed for a top executive position and she sounded perfect for my favourite kind of coaching assignment: I love working with accomplished women who are looking to become even more effective. It should have come as a…

How to keep meetings positive and focused on the outcome

Strategies you can use to avoid the swamp of unproductive meetings

How to keep meetings positive and focused on the outcomeDo your days feel like one unproductive meeting after another … and another? Have you noticed how often people get bogged down in the same issues you talked about the last time you got together? You ask yourself: “Why are we going over the same ground again and again?” Somewhere between the positive intentions that people start with and a…

How to overcome the sales/marketing disconnect

We need regular, repeatable communication systems that bring marketing into the sales cycle and allow sales to contribute to the marketing plans

How to overcome the sales/marketing disconnectOne of my clients was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on marketing programs yet their customers didn’t seem engaged. They felt there was a problem with their sales team and asked if I could help. In many businesses, there’s a disconnect between the marketing department and the sales team. In an established business like…

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…

Don’t wait until your business is in pain to find a cure

Prioritize your problems, identify all the best possible solutions to the most important issue and decide how to implement them

Don’t wait until your business is in pain to find a cure“Gross!” my kids yelled as I showed them the big lump of yellow wax that I had just picked out of the sink. To me, this lump of “gross” wax was a relief. A few days earlier, I had barely survived a flight from Rome to Dublin without screaming in pain. My ear was plugged and…

Mastering the fine art of marketing for the betterment of your business

The best marketing plans make offers that benefit customers and give the businesses involved tangible boosts

Mastering the fine art of marketing for the betterment of your businessBusinesses go all out during the holiday season to get us to spend our carefully-collected coins in exchange for glittering goods and services. Every form of media jingles and jangles with inducements for us to get to an establishment or website and partake of the delights offered. No wonder we become jaded. And no wonder…

Five things to do when your business is failing

It’s all about getting a broader perspective, knowing your customers, understanding your financials, marketing properly and asking for help

Five things to do when your business is failing“I told myself I wouldn’t cry,” said the woman on the other end of the phone as I asked her about her business. Patiently I waited for her to dry her eyes and compose herself. She went on to tell me how the summer had been tough, sales were slower than usual and now, months…