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How My First Job Changed the Course of My Career

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

How My First Job Changed the Course of My Career

Early on in my career I worked as a marketing director where I was priviledged to work with 27 independent businesses. That’s 27 independent business owners; 27 opinions; and 27 very unique personalities. My job was to increase participation of the businesses while promoting the overall entity of the entire group. Being fresh out of university, it was sink or swim. Needless to say, I had a lot of learning to do. Thankfully, I learned to use an important skill to my favor. I didn’t realize it at the time but now as I am researching successful...

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5 Ways You Can Change the World

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Ways You Can Change the World

Motivation is a funny thing. It has two opposite ends with varying degrees in between. On one end, we are motivated when we are on a roll and things are going so well we want more of the same. On the other end, we are motivated when our backs are against the wall and we have no choice but to do something about it. Either way, we are moved to take action; to either get more of the same or to make a change. And in between, are less intense feelings of motivation. Self-motivation is an essential part of excelling at life and in your career. Have...

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The Simple Way To Get Fired

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Simple Way To Get Fired

I don’t know about you, but I have worked in an environment where the boss was a hot head. It created a toxic work place where the staff around him had to walk on egg shells depending on his mood. Some days he was jovial and fun, other days angry and condescending. It was very stressful. Needless to say, I did not thrive in that workplace. Interacting with others requires self-regulation also called self-control. This is defined as the ability to control one’s emotions, desires, and behaviors in order to reach a positive outcome. It is an...

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Avoiding This 1 Thing Makes You Suck As A Leader

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Avoiding This 1 Thing Makes You Suck As A Leader

A friend of mine holds a GM position for Microsoft. He often makes comments about the great team and work environment created at Microsoft…but, he shared, it wasn’t always this way. Of course, being the workplace culture geek I am, I wanted to know more. He generously shared his thoughts on the subject. When he first became the general manager, he knew the people in this area of the company were in need of something. At his first meeting with the entire department he did something different. As in most organizations, someone creates a...

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5 Things About Personal Success Your Teachers Didn’t Tell You

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Things About Personal Success Your Teachers Didn’t Tell You

I recently asked a group of job candidates if they thought they were successful. I found their answers interesting. Some said no, they did not consider themselves successful since they were not working in their chosen field. Others were a combination of yes and no while others were a resounding yes. They were all in similar situations but it was their outlook that determined their answers. Of course everyone’s definition of success is different and is based on our own perception. What can you do to ensure your perceiving personal success? We...

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Are You A Likeable Boss?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Are You A Likeable Boss?

If you are challenged by low morale and an unengaged work team, you may want to consider the relationship you have with your employees. Most of us don’t like to think that there may be something wrong with what we say or do. Most of us have a need to be right and that our way is the only way. As the leader of the department or business, it really is up to you to create the conditions that will increase employee motivation and engagement. It may be tough to admit that your business or department isn’t perfect and you may be the contributing...

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Lesson Learned: Don’t Trust HR

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

As someone who works in the people side of business, those words make my skin crawl.  That said, I know the back story behind that statement.  A very good friend of mine was recently let go from her high-paying corporate job for being the squeaky wheel.  She was working under a very degrading, narcissistic boss who seemed to “target” certain employees to take out his frustration and the stress of his job.  She had been documenting situations directed towards her that were less than appropriate and finally reported to her HR department when...

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What’s All the Hoopla About Values and Engagement?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Last year I attended an HR conference where I attended a presentation on Values-Based Leadership. Sitting in that seminar I was screaming a resounding YES in my mind. This is exactly what I have been preaching. “When you support employees in satisfying their needs, they respond with high levels of employee engagement – they willingly bring their commitment and creativity to their work.” Oh ya, baby! Tell me more! The presenter kept making points that hit me at my very core. “We need a new leadership paradigm – a shift in focus from ‘I’ to...

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Lesson on Building Character

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently my son got into a little bit of trouble at school. Nothing serious, but it created a life lesson opportunity. It spawned a great conversation regarding difficult conversations and how people avoid them because it makes us feel icky and how if we are brave it can build character. I used the example of how some people chose not to show up for interviews because they don’t want to give “bad news” that they changed their mind. Even after I phone to confirm the day before, they chose not to tell me that they are not coming. They would...

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What Makes You Unique?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

You know I am an advocate of bringing your own personality and what makes you unique to work and aligning your values with those of the company, this example blew me away and got me so excited I just had to share. I recently heard of another example of how average, every-day people are making a difference in other people’s lives just by being themselves and using their business to make an impact. My sister was telling me about the cleaning service she is hiring for her house (sadly in another community and not in mine). She chose this service...

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