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Biology and business: genes and employee performance

Biology and business: genes and employee performance

Biology, employee performance, and business systems have more in common than you may think. According to the book “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins (first published in 1978 and widely accepted as the most significant communication about the basics of inheritance...

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Five Skills for effective workplace communication

Five Skills for effective workplace communication

Effective workplace communication can be learned! You may think you know how to communicate to your team or employees. But communication is not about what you think has happened when you speak with someone, it is about what actually happens between two people in...

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Me biased? 3 strategies to find out

Me biased? 3 strategies to find out

It is pretty easy to tell other people what they should do, how they should fix a work issue and how to fix their personality foibles. We can quickly see when someone else is so much in favour of a person or a project they can’t see the forest for the trees. We can...

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The Myth of “Old School” Management

The Myth of “Old School” Management

It always irritates me when I hear people excuse a manager’s poor performance by saying “don’t worry about (insert name of bad manager here), he/she is ‘old school.'" What does that really mean when someone describes a decision maker as ‘old school?' My initial list...

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Supervisory Basics 2: Setting Clear Expectations

Supervisory Basics 2: Setting Clear Expectations

Setting clear expectations is critical to team success When you are an employee, you expect your team leader to let you know what your job is and to teach you how to get that job done. Many supervisors make the mistake of assuming their team already knows what to do...

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Productivity challenge: Your employees are not your family

Productivity challenge: Your employees are not your family

The news is not good. It appears the Alberta approach to improving productivity is to throw more people, money and material resources at the issue without considering - or measuring for - the consequences. Financial Post’s July 25th story by Yadullah Hussein about oil...

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The paternalism checklist for women and men

The paternalism checklist for women and men

Isn’t paternalism a good thing? Paternalism. Isn’t that what you do if you are a father? Well, not exactly. To have  fatherly or “paternal” feelings towards someone is, at its root, kind and loving: it implies interest in the well-being and development of children and...

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5 planning strategies to build leadership from within

5 planning strategies to build leadership from within

Internal leadership development is something many companies fall short on. Bruce Anderson from the International Institute of Directors and Managers states that barriers to leadership building from within stem from a lack of: Time to coach Accountability with regard...

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5 Megatrends to rock your world – and mine

5 Megatrends to rock your world – and mine

At the Manufacturing Leadership Executive Summit this year, Frost and Sullivan’s megatrends and disruptive technologies presentations had some particularly close to home themes for me. As a business owner working in industry managerial training, e-learning and...

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