The key to a happier job search

The key to a happier job searchCaring less will reduce your job search stress. In other words, the less you give a damn, the happier you are The Greek Stoic philosopher Hecato once said: "Cease to hope, and you will cease to fear." You would be hard-pressed to think of an activity that combines hope and fear more messily than job…

The importance of etiquette in the workplace

Practical solutions for achieving a more harmonious workplace

The importance of etiquette in the workplaceMastering workplace harmony: essential insights into office etiquette A nifty little book by Rhonda Scharf, Common Sense is NOT Common Practice, draws from her work in corporate Canada and the U.S. It is an indispensable book leaders should read because it’s about business on the day-to-day level in the office. Divided into five parts, the…

How to navigate awkward social situations

How to navigate awkward social situationsAnd connect with people with different communication styles Faith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith uses her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or…

Three traits that define extraordinary leadership

True leaders possess what is identified as the following three intangibles of leadership: will, fortitude and self-efficacy

Three traits that define extraordinary leadershipWhy do certain CEOs relish taking on leadership challenges that have literally ended the careers of their predecessors? Leadership is one of those mysterious intangibles pundits have yet to get their hands around. Considering the number of books and articles written about the subject, it's doubtful that it will ever be satisfactorily explained. Nevertheless, new…

Help! My boss is a hopeless nincompoop

Learning to adjust could be a career-enhancing experience. Incredible as it seems, your boss's ineptitude could be a blessing

Help! My boss is a hopeless nincompoopIncredible as it seems, an incompetent boss could be a blessing Unqualified candidates wind up managers every day. Imagine how qualified employees feel when passed up for plum promotions? In a perfect world, the best candidates quickly climb organizational ladders. But it’s not a perfect world, and unqualified candidates wind up with great jobs for…

Traditional employer/employee relationship coming to an end

Traditional employer/employee relationship coming to an endA new workforce ecosystem is emerging: That of the gig economy During a strike, it is customary for workers from various sectors and industries to show solidarity with their fellow workers on the picket lines, with passing motorists often offering supportive honks. However, the recent strike by federal government workers did not receive such backing.…

Employers do not care about your past experience

Employers do not care about your past experienceYour value to an employer is not “This is what I have done.” Your value is, “This is what I will do for you” Are you having trouble getting employers to respond to your applications? If yes, then change your focus. Instead of highlighting your past experiences, consider what you can do for the employer.…

Ten questions to power up your “Leadership Presence”

Leadership presence is far from mysterious. At its core is a set of practical skills that you can learn, employ, and improve

Ten questions to power up your “Leadership Presence”At the core of Leadership Presence is a set of practical skills that you can learn, employ, and improve I was once asked to coach a senior-level manager from a technology firm in Silicon Valley. I learned that this man’s work was of the highest calibre and that his advancement had (up to this point)…

Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winning

Having shortcomings is not the problem – as humans we all have them. The problem is not knowing what they are

Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winningHaving shortcomings is not the problem – we all have a dark side. The problem is not knowing what they are There is no question that we need to align people with jobs and situations that play to their strengths. Nothing is more powerful than leveraging what people do well: it builds engagement, accelerates projects…
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