Why employees jump ship

Employees don't quit their companies; they quit their bosses

Why employees jump shipContrary to popular belief, low salary is usually not the primary reason for quitting a job. Statistics predict that most career-builders won't be working for the same company a decade from now. They're likely to have at least two more jobs. Even though frequent job changes often have a lot to do with variables beyond…

Why it’s not that easy to catch someone in a lie

Seven reasons why it is still hard to know when you are being lied to

Why it’s not that easy to catch someone in a lie"You're next in line for a promotion." "Let's have lunch sometime." "I'd love to read your report." "No, those pants don't make you look fat." We get lied to all the time. People are dishonest out of politeness, to avoid punishment, to protect others, or to deliberately mislead for personal gain. Some years back, Tim…

Ten questions to power up your “Leadership Presence”

Leadership presence is far from mysterious. At its core is a set of practical skills that you can learn, employ, and improve

Ten questions to power up your “Leadership Presence”I was once asked to coach a senior-level manager from a technology firm in Silicon Valley. I learned that this man’s work was of the highest calibre and that his advancement had (up to this point) been fast-tracked. But now his career was stalled. When I asked why this high performing manager needed coaching, here’s…

Just say no to sugarcoated communications

Got a bad taste in your mouth? Maybe it's from all those sugar-coated messages you keep getting

Just say no to sugarcoated communicationsSugar-coated messages are in bad taste. In survey after survey, people ask for straight talk on all issues. They don't want artificially-sweetened words that supposedly will help the medicine – that is, the tough messages – go down. When you sugarcoat communication, you're superficially making something attractive or palatable. That's inauthentic, which can cause more…

How Santa knew if you were naughty or nice

There are plenty of factors at play, but it’s clear that Santa understands human response and has more than a little science on his side

How Santa knew if you were naughty or niceHave you ever wondered how Santa Claus determined whether to leave you a present or a lump of coal on Christmas? How he knew if you’ve been naughty or nice? I don’t have any hard evidence to back me up, but I’m pretty sure that he must be a first-class lie detector. If so, here…

Toxic bosses a career-builder’s worst nightmare

Best advice:  Muster all your coping skills and try to make the best of a horrible situation until another job is found

Toxic bosses a career-builder’s worst nightmareEvery industry has its fair share of toxic bosses. Many are accomplished, and extremely successful. Some are working for or running well-known companies.  Others are geniuses who created breakthrough technology. Typically, they make sterling impressions during the interview process. Unfortunately, their toxicity doesn't surface until you're working with them. Management consultant and author Robert Bacal…

The importance of the human touch in a digital world 

Incorporating the human touch in communications is what will give businesses the competitive edge in the digital marketplace

The importance of the human touch in a digital world Most of us use our cellphones and computers to inform, make requests of and collaborate with co-workers, clients and customers. The digital age has connected people across the world, making e-commerce and global networking a reality. But does this reliance on technology also mean we’re losing the ability to effectively communicate in person? Ulrich Kellerer…

How to avoid being the competent jerk at work

A "competent jerk" runs the risk of losing out on opportunities and being ignored

How to avoid being the competent jerk at workHow easy are you to work with? It's worth asking and, even better, checking. To paraphrase Bobby McFerrin of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (remember that tune?) fame: In every work day we have some trouble. When you're difficult to work with, you make it at least double for your colleagues. And if you're considered a…

5 successful strategies to doing more with less

Are you feeling pressure from your boss to deliver, deliver, deliver?

5 successful strategies to doing more with lessDo you find yourself suddenly being asked to do more with less?  Did there used to be someone in the office beside you whose job responsibilities have suddenly become your responsibilities?  Are you feeling pressure from your boss to deliver, deliver, deliver? It isn't as if you were slacking off before. Between the meetings, the…

How to deal with harsh criticism

We have a tendency to fixate on the most devastating of critiques, rather than focusing on the ones that offer honest, objective and useful feedback

How to deal with harsh criticismIs it just me or do others find themselves overly fixating on criticism about their performance? I wasn't sure I had a thick enough skin after the first reviews came in when I began speaking professionally (and I was in law enforcement at the time). I prepared, practised delivery and made every effort to ensure…

Five tips to spotting liars at work

While not foolproof, these tips are strong indicators of possible deception

Five tips to spotting liars at workHere are my tips to help in spotting liars at work. 1. Begin with a baseline Spotting liars begins with observing a person’s baseline behaviour under relaxed or generally stress-free conditions so that you can detect meaningful deviations. One of the strategies that experienced interviewers use is to ask a series of simple questions while…

Is there power in positive thinking?

The idea that you can think your way to financial success is a staple of both business books and the self-help movement

Is there power in positive thinking?If you’ve ever picked up a motivational book or attended a wealth building seminar, you’re probably already familiar with terms like “Positive Thinking” and “Create your own destiny.” Ever since Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking hit New York Times’ Bestseller List in 1952, the idea that you can think your way to financial…

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distance

The long drive golf champion and motivational speaker encourages people to recognize their passions and pursue them

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distanceLisa “Longball” Vlooswyk is  an eight-time Canadian long drive champion, keynote speaker, golf/travel journalist and golf entertainer. Tell me about Lisa Longball. How, why and when did you start this venture and what you do? Vlooswyk: Well I wear many hats as Lisa Longball. I compete at a world-class level in the sport of long…

Ten strategies to improve your odds of a better hire

If you take your time, and trust your gut, you are more likely to find the best candidate

Ten strategies to improve your odds of a better hireHiring is rarely something managers look forward to. It often feels like an arduous process that ends in a crap shoot. But there are strategies that improve your odds of hiring well. Don’t stay inside the box. In my experience, employers do not cast a wide enough net when they recruit talent. Human resources professionals and…
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