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How to diversify your network!

How to diversify your network!

“A stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet” Anonymous Most people find networking events stressful. The idea of spending an afternoon after work or evening with a bunch of strangers trying to make awkward conversation doesn’t seem like most people’s idea of a good...

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Why people don’t follow procedures and what to do about it

Why people don’t follow procedures and what to do about it

You have been through this before. An employee seems to know what to do. You have communicated the procedure, and probably explained the steps. And…it isn’t done. Or it isn’t done right. You could tear your hair out! Ranting and raving, getting mad and frustrated or...

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How Arnold became a master networker and rocked his career!

How Arnold became a master networker and rocked his career!

Let me tell you about Arnold D’Souza and how he built a meaningful and well-paying job in Canada by having a clear career path and networking.   Arnold moved to Canada 8 years ago, from Dubai, where he handled the logistics for 40 countries and 27 distributors for...

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Your transferable skills: Finding and using them for work

Your transferable skills: Finding and using them for work

Are you confused about this talk of “soft skills” for getting a job? Do you wonder what it means to have “transferable” skills?   Do you want to have a fast way to find out what your soft, transferable - or whatever employers want skills  - are and then use them to...

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How Emanuel did it: 3 strategies for getting into an industry

How Emanuel did it: 3 strategies for getting into an industry

Emanuel was a Masters in Economics graduate and needed to find work. He found that the skills he had in math were useful for supply chain management so he decided to investigate the industry as a possible career route. To avoid being stuck in a survival level job, he...

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Diversifying your workforce…Who has time?

Diversifying your workforce…Who has time?

Have you ever been in a conversation with a group.. when one person was way behind what everyone else seems to know? I witnessed exactly that at a business dinner event just recently. Everyone at the table was talking about ways they were strategizing to find...

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Supervisory survival basics: Giving direction

Supervisory survival basics: Giving direction

Being good at your job has its downside. People usually come into their first managerial positions because they are good at what they are already doing. Decision makers identify them as responsible, committed and technically competent. With those company-friendly...

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4 ways to motivate others using your experience

4 ways to motivate others using your experience

What motivates people? The first response of almost everyone you ask this question is “money”. Yet in study after study, money has only proven to be a motivator when someone is in grinding poverty or in a situation of narcissistic hoarding. Even then, as soon as the...

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How not belonging teaches inclusion

How not belonging teaches inclusion

I’m what they call a 3rd culture kid. I belong to the 17.7% of Canadians who had one or two parents born outside of Canada and grew up learning to bridge different cultures, languages, and worldviews. Let me share with you a few stats about immigrants in Canada and a...

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Increase your leadership attraction: Your backstory

Increase your leadership attraction: Your backstory

Did you know that leadership attraction and marketing are related? You couldn’t control how your story started, but you can write a few good pages in there ― Mustafa Saifuddin As I was reading Russell’s most recent book called Dotcom Secrets, something really jumped...

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Channeling your inner “scary leader”

Channeling your inner “scary leader”

Lots of people come to me with their workplace issues and management dilemmas. I listen patiently and help them come to a few conclusions about their next steps. Upon reflection, I would say that 99% of the managers seeking my advice have problems because they have an...

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“If it ain’t broke” – Workplace lessons for the entitled

“If it ain’t broke” – Workplace lessons for the entitled

Here’s a workplace attitude comparison I think you will find interesting... You might remember when social media evangelist Jill Rowley’s employment termination at Oracle made the headlines. Rowley was portrayed as a talented creative whose free spirit did not fit the...

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Pre-influencing your team for great attitude

Pre-influencing your team for great attitude

I have been reading Robert Cialdini’s most recent book Pre-Suasion.   It's about how people are triggered to behave in certain ways under certain conditions. The short version is that people are influenced by reciprocity, social proof, likeability, consistency,...

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Andrew’s story: Finding work in chemical manufacturing

Andrew’s story: Finding work in chemical manufacturing

Let me tell you about how I first met Andrew Zheng... I was a speaker at the Chinese Students and Scholars Association gala (CSSA) and met Andrew during the networking portion of the evening. He impressed me by explaining how he landed a job in his industry right...

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How Sandra cracked the code on “Canadian Experience”

How Sandra cracked the code on “Canadian Experience”

"A career is a journey with stops along the way, not a destination." It’s a classic line that newcomers hear when trying to find work in Canada: “We are looking for someone with ‘Canadian experience.’” And while this isn’t necessarily an invalid point, it can be code...

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10 Ways to survive the new supervisor nightmare

10 Ways to survive the new supervisor nightmare

    So your time has come and you're officially the new supervisor!  Of course you are feeling both excited and perhaps a bit scared at the same time. You want to make a good impression and you want people to like you, but you recognize a need for discipline and want...

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Stop spending 80% of your time on one bad egg

Stop spending 80% of your time on one bad egg

Ever notice how there are those "bad eggs" on your team who, like vacuums, seem to suck not only your energy, but everyone's energy? Learning to deal with the "bad eggs" on our teams can feel like a trap.  It's easy to think that with just a little more coaching or...

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Live your work life as if you could die tomorrow

Live your work life as if you could die tomorrow

Recently I have been reminded of the importance of death... When we think about our own death and what might be our legacy after we have left this world, it can have a big impact on how we live daily. It has a lot of weight on how we treat people at work, in our...

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The quick guide to increasing cultural comfort in the workplace

The quick guide to increasing cultural comfort in the workplace

Increasingly organizations are looking to hire for "fit." They've become more conscious of the culture that they are trying to create within their company and look for people who have the "right" attitudes, energy, and predilections to meld well with what is already...

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Turning Twitter into a giant job board

Turning Twitter into a giant job board

Not one who needs to use a lot of words in a day?  You probably find that Twitter is a favourite social media space and it turns out that many employers feel the same way.  Hundreds of thousands of jobs are posted by employers using a mere 140 characters everyday, and...

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Gerard Keledjian: An immigrant success story

Gerard Keledjian: An immigrant success story

About four years ago I migrated to Canada from Dubai, UAE, bringing with me over 15 years of experience and the dream of starting an exciting, new chapter in my life. However, like most new immigrants, I struggled to find my footing. In my search for solutions, I made...

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Courageous conversations you wish you’d had

Courageous conversations you wish you’d had

Have you ever found yourself wishing you would have had a conversation that could have made a difference for you and for the other person? Maybe you wish you had told that wonderful colleague you appreciated her but were afraid it might be taken the wrong way or “go...

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To stop the talent drain, develop your own leadership

To stop the talent drain, develop your own leadership

Your leadership actions are predictors of your organization’s success. If you are in any kind of a management position right now, sit down with a pen and paper and take five minutes to write down your answer to this question: Why would anyone want to follow me? If you...

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On fasting, culture and family

On fasting, culture and family

You may or may not know that I am a Baha’i. One thing that Baha’is do as part of their spiritual practice is to participate in a month of fasting every March from the 1st to the 19th, then celebrate the Baha’i New Year on the first day of the spring equinox. So what...

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Is it true that some people can’t be motivated?

Is it true that some people can’t be motivated?

Unpacking Motivation Ever found yourself asking this question?  It's one that I am often asked, usually by someone who is frustrated with an employee who seems to have a lot of motivation issues, and usually when the asker has already decided that the answer to the...

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Build Powerful Engaged Teams

Build Powerful Engaged Teams

Outstanding teamwork doesn’t just happen. The core competency of management is to truly appreciate your staff and make the team more powerful than individual workers to produce business goals. Training is not enough. You can develop the individual until the cows come...

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Is online learning for you? Let’s find out

Is online learning for you? Let’s find out

Online learning isn’t for every professional. It might work for you, let's find out. For me, I have been taking and creating online courses for several years now, and it occurred to me that I should look at the characteristics of successful online learners to see if...

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