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Leadership and Management Plus COVID-19

Leadership and Management Plus COVID-19

What has changed for leadership and management since COVID-19? You may be wondering what has changed for managers since the experience of a global pandemic and widespread economic upheaval. From my perspective, the basics of management continue to be the foundation...

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Why do people follow bad leaders and what can you do about it?

Why do people follow bad leaders and what can you do about it?

Most of us have either experienced or currently work with bad leaders who are incompetent, tyrannical or vindictive. You may have asked yourself how someone so incompetent ended up in a position of power. Or you may wonder why everyone seems to put up with the tyranny...

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What is the Difference Between Training and Coaching?

What is the Difference Between Training and Coaching?

There can be confusion between the terms training and coaching. When an organization approaches me for training or coaching, there can be confusion between the terms training and coaching and what to expect for each. I thought it might be helpful to clarify how I see...

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Moving Effectively from Operations to Supervision

Moving Effectively from Operations to Supervision

Often people who are great employees are promoted to supervisory positions. After all who doesn’t want to promote a loyal, capable and dedicated employee who is well-liked by the team? Being a part of a team and knowing how to do your job well are important...

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A 2020 Vision for the Future of Work

A 2020 Vision for the Future of Work

Overview of the future of work trends Let’s recap on the future of work using the most recent OECD statistics. We already know that automation is on the rise, but that on a high skill level, it will only affect between 13-14% of new jobs in the labour force....

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Workplace Politics and Me: Do I have to play this game?

Workplace Politics and Me: Do I have to play this game?

You may have encountered politics at your workplace in some way or form. If you are like most people, you probably associate a negative connotation to workplace politics, and would like to stay as far away from it as you can. However, workplace politics need not be a...

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Workplace Politics: The Good, the Bad and the In-between

Workplace Politics: The Good, the Bad and the In-between

Workplace politics takes on different meanings in different situations, and may be positive in some situations, and negative in others. People understand workplace politics to be the 'dark side' of workplace culture. The Link Between Workplace Culture and Politics...

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Workplace Politics: The Basics

Workplace Politics: The Basics

Workplace politics is a part of life, and the more informed you are, the better prepared you will be to navigate the ocean of politics at your workplace. Especially as a newcomer to Canada, knowledge can prove to be powerful, helping you make informed decisions. Read...

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Self-Awareness Can Make You A Better Leader

Self-Awareness Can Make You A Better Leader

3 ways you can use self-awareness to develop ethical decision-making I. Two stories of leadership – which one would you rather be known for? I was at a construction manager’s meeting not so long ago when I heard these two presentations. The vice president of one of...

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Top Secrets to Communicating with Canadians

Top Secrets to Communicating with Canadians

Every culture has its preferred ways of communicating. Each culture also gives special clues to its members which let them know that they are on the same page. The shared understanding which arises from comprehending these clues is the key to successful communication....

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Top Secrets to Communicating with Canadians

Removing Obstacles To Team Success

You may be an inspiring leader who can motivate anyone to do anything. But if you can’t identify and remove the obstacles to individual and team success, it is all empty words that don’t build authority or credibility.   [bctt tweet="A great leader knows 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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Why You Need A Mentor And How To Get One

Why You Need A Mentor And How To Get One

As a newcomer to Canada, finding a job is a priority for you.However, you don’t just want a survival job; you want to shape your career here. Having a mentor to guide you on this seemingly daunting journey to establishing your career in Canada is crucial. Read on to...

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Are limiting beliefs about managers holding you back?

Are limiting beliefs about managers holding you back?

Feeling stuck? This post is for you! Read on... I work with a lot of supervisors in my supervisory leadership program. Some of them surge ahead and embrace the course, others struggle but start to move forward in their supervisor jobs as they see the power of setting...

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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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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,...

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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...

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