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…

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…

Christmas dream routes through East Germany

Erfurt, Potsdam and Rostock, in East Germany, rival many of their big city cousins, especially during the Christmas season

Christmas dream routes through East GermanyLike Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, emerging from a world of black and white, East Germany has been transformed into a Technicolor version of its former self. While relatively unknown to those outside of the country, the cities of Erfurt, Potsdam and Rostock have been transformed into vibrant tourist hot spots that rival many…

Try Greek Salad with a Maple Twist

Greek Salad is one choice I might make when out for dinner or a quick lunch. But today, I thought, why not try to make it at home?

Try Greek Salad with a Maple TwistRomaine lettuce is one ingredient I love to use in many of my salads - in fact I truly enjoy a good Caesar as a side or main dish. However, with the E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated lettuce, my thoughts turn to another I enjoy - Greek Salad. This is one choice I might…

5 ways to ensure your customers pay on time, every time

It’s important to keep a steady hand on the finances to ensure there is always enough money available to pay your own bills

5 ways to ensure your customers pay on time, every timeWhen you examine common reasons that most businesses fail, issues with cash flow generally come up every time, for both new companies and the most well-established organizations. As a result, no matter the size of a venture, it’s important to keep a steady hand on the finances and ensure that there is always enough money…

Tips for terminating employees with dignity

Most managers, regardless of level, handle the uncomfortable task of terminating employees badly

Tips for terminating employees with dignityMost managers, regardless of level, handle the uncomfortable task of terminating employees badly. The biggest mistake managers make is terminating them in a harsh, unkind and insensitive way. The manner in which employees are fired often fuels lawsuits. Right or wrong, if employees feel that they are being unfairly treated, they perceive it as grounds…

The Canada option: is it still viable for Alberta?

Separation has become a real possibility thanks to the abuses and injustices imposed by Ottawa

The Canada option: is it still viable for Alberta?In the past couple of weeks, a retired senior oil executive, Gwyn Morgan, a former premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, and a veteran journalist, Don Braid, all commented publicly on the current position of Alberta in Canada. They agreed on the nature of the problem, but stopped short of suggesting the obvious response. It’s not…

A mansion fit for a queen

You know you’re in grand company even before you pass through the wide iron gates: standing sentry are two members of the ceremonial guard

A mansion fit for a queenIt’s a mansion fit for a queen. It ought to be: Rideau Hall, after all, is where Her Majesty bunks down whenever she’s in town. And whether she’s here or not, her Canadian representative, the Governor General, works and lives on the premises. Fortunately, the villa is open to the public and. last summer, I…

Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit will lead to long-term prosperity

The determination to succeed against, at times, daunting odds is in Calgary’s DNA

Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit will lead to long-term prosperityAs Calgary tackles the challenge of reshaping its economy, the ‘can-do spirit’ is building on a legacy of achievement. Calgarians have a rich history of remarkable success that flows from lofty ambitions and embracing hard work. Think of the world-famous Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Olympics, a globally significant energy sector, or the hell-or-high-water recovery from…

Vigorous vetting crucial to Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund

Partner content: Fund established to help transform and diversify Calgary’s economy

Vigorous vetting crucial to Opportunity Calgary Investment FundBy Calgary's Business For companies looking for support for transformative investments in Calgary, opportunity and scrutiny go hand in hand. The $100-million Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund was launched by the City of Calgary in April to address local challenges and take advantage of the wave of innovation that’s defining the economic future for cities around…

Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing career

B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner is a watchdog that barks public interest but whose bite is about self-interest

Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing careerThe Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) was created to provide independent civilian oversight over municipal police forces in British Columbia. But a string of recent cases shows the OPCC is more about overreach than oversight. I know. I was one of the cases. This summer, after 40 years of unblemished service with the…

Why Olympic decision 2026 matters to every Calgarian

The conversation around hosting the Games is an opportunity to unite different age groups and mindsets

Why Olympic decision 2026 matters to every CalgarianA generation after the 1988 Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Games. Calgary city council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in hosting the…

Is Canada’s economic future a game of political ping-pong?

A conversation on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion fiasco and where the nation can go from here

Is Canada’s economic future a game of political ping-pong?By Doug Firby and John Stewart Troy Media Editor's note: Thursday’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling overturning the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a victory for opponents but a devastating blow to Alberta’s plans to boost oil-and-gas exports from the province. Doug Firby, Troy Media’s publisher, and John Stewart, editor-in-chief, discuss the…

Diversity in Canada has the capacity to inspire the world

It’s imperative for our political leaders to continue being strong custodians of Canada’s pluralistic identity

Diversity in Canada has the capacity to inspire the worldIt’s a time of reckoning for Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A new poll shows that many among us want to see the number of immigrants coming into our country lowered. According to the Angus Reid Institute, 49 per cent of surveyed Canadians want to see the federal government's 2018 target of 310,000 immigrants…

What was it like to volunteer for the ’88 Calgary Olympic Games?

There’s so much to gain by volunteering for something that can bring so much good to our community

What was it like to volunteer for the ’88 Calgary Olympic Games?A generation after the 1988 Winter Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Calgary council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive, and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in…