Make social networking work for you

Social networking opens up a new avenue for those of us who were not born to be social butterflies

Make social networking work for youIs it just me or is everyone more interested in 'networking' these days? I've noticed a significant increase in 'join my network' requests from people I know, have known, or barely know through sites like LinkedIn. Everyone seems to be interested in connecting and exchanging contact information. Is social networking taking over the planet, or…

5 strategies to increase your leadership presence

Leadership depends entirely on how other people in the workplace evaluate you

5 strategies to increase your leadership presenceLeadership presence, that illusive but “we know it when we see it” quality, is a blending of personal and interpersonal skills which, when combined, send all the right signals. It’s how you show up, how you make others feel, and how effectively you communicate both verbally and non-verbally. It's the "wow" factor that sets you…

Is self-employment really for you?

If you want to thrive as your own boss you need to be prepared to sell yourself every day

Is self-employment really for you?Have you dreamed of being your own boss? Most of us probably have. We think about the flexibility and freedom it offers. We wonder how much more income we would retain if we simply contracted out our services. We imagine what it would be like to be our own boss. That picture of three-day weeks…

When is it OK to tell lies at work?

When asked if it was ever okay to lie at work, most people said 'yes!', but only under certain circumstances

When is it OK to tell lies at work?We tell all sorts of lies at work. We flatter, exaggerate, omit, and mislead – primarily to avoid punishment, to make ourselves look better, to control information, or to protect others. Some of our workplace lies trigger feelings of anxiety, guilt, or remorse. But there are other lies that many of us feel justified in…

12 ways to survive and thrive in challenging times

Our tips to surviving an uncertain future, whether you feel secure or think your job may soon disappear

12 ways to survive and thrive in challenging timesWhile we can't control the economy or the other forces of change, we can position ourselves to survive and even thrive in challenging times. Here are a dozen tips to consider, whether you feel secure or think your job may soon disappear: 1. Don't get caught unaware. Too often, workers fail to recognize the early…

How to use the ‘Rule of 3’ to make better hiring decisions

Striving for three final candidates allows hiring committees to keep an open mind, test for fit and plan for imperfection

How to use the ‘Rule of 3’ to make better hiring decisionsIn The Secrets of Great CEO Selection, Ram Charan advises hiring committees to keep an open mind, test for fit and plan for imperfection. One of the organizations I'm involved with just concluded a chief executive officer selection process so this topic is fresh in my mind. A key lesson I learned is how important it…

Your guide to unsticking your team’s potential

How to deal with three team-member dysfunctions that can get in the way of team effectiveness

Your guide to unsticking your team’s potentialThe 'team' is probably the most complex and irritating relationship in an organization. As individuals, we seem to be able to work with most people one-on-one, perhaps in groups of threes, and also as an entity of hundreds and even thousands. Where we struggle most is when there is a medium-sized group of us clustered…

Do you have the grit it takes to be successful?

Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval reveal that the secret to success lies in showing grit

Do you have the grit it takes to be successful?Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization, once said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led to achieving my goals: My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Pasteur would have approved of Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin…

Disruption has reshaped the corporate sector

The roles of employees and their required skills are also changing. And policy-makers face critical new challenges

Disruption has reshaped the corporate sectorThe Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is one of the leading business education institutions in Canada. Over the coming weeks, faculty from the school will share insights from their research that help readers understand what’s happening in our economy. Corporations evolve a lot differently today than the world’s most valuable companies…

What are Canada’s top-rated workplaces?

Top 25 employers rated by Indeed, based on reviews from job seekers

What are Canada’s top-rated workplaces?Wondering what the top-rated workplaces are in Canada? According to a report released on Tuesday by Indeed, an online job site, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts leads the way, followed by Ledcor. “With such a tight labour market and a low unemployment rate, there is a lot of competition in recruiting today. In order to stand…

A smile can change your future, and your business

Serotonin and dopamine, produced in your brain by a smile, help to improve your mood

A smile can change your future, and your businessWhenever I give a presentation on the impact of body language in the workplace, I always include a section on the power of a smile. That’s because research shows that facial expressions send feedback from your face to your left frontal cortex, which in turn triggers the release of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine into…

Women caught in the “Double-Bind” paradox

Men retain their perceived likeability when promoted, while women are seen as aggressive and bossy

Women caught in the “Double-Bind” paradoxHe’s the boss. You’ve become bossy. He’s assertive and confident. You’re seen as aggressive and domineering. He’s successful and liked. You were better liked before you got promoted. Enter the Double-Bind paradox, which states that as males rise in rank and status at work, they retain (and often increase) their perceived likeability – so they…

Skilled trade jobs go begging in Canada

Skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill, followed by sales representatives and drivers: ManpowerGroup survey

Skilled trade jobs go begging in CanadaA new report by ManpowerGroup finds that 41 per cent of Canadian employers say they can’t find the skilled people they need to fill jobs. “We continue to see increasing demand for skilled workers across all sectors of the Canadian economy from trades and transport to sales,” said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada.…

3 situations when team interventions won’t work

Before jumping head-first into a team building session, ask yourself if it really going to resolve the issue

3 situations when team interventions won’t workLeading a team requires a skill set that is completely different from that of managing direct reports, the people who work directly under you. I have worked for leaders who were great at galvanizing a team but really ineffective one-on-one, and amazing bosses who were terrible team leads. Actually, most of the people I’ve worked…

Six mistakes people make when they start a new job

25 per cent of people who move into a new job will fail. Paying attention to these six common mistakes will help make sure you are not one of them

Six mistakes people make when they start a new jobWhat happens when leaders take on new roles or responsibilities in their company? 'Onboarding' – the process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the company – has focused almost exclusively on employees who join from the outside. But there is usually a lot more internal…
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