Not all habits are bad

In the world of sports for example, becoming successful is contingent on positive habits

Not all habits are badWhen we talk about habits, most of us immediately reflect on those we wish to break or remove. Habits like smoking, overeating, alcohol consumption, gambling and chewing ones nails, etc. seem an easy pattern to fall into, but stopping them somehow seems so much harder. We start out with such great intentions towards daily exercise…

A leader’s main job is to manage chaos

A leader provides his team with vision, values and guidelines critical to helping people make the best possible decisions for the company

A leader’s main job is to manage chaosA leader I met with once said something that has stuck with me. "Most people are trying to do what they believe is in the best interest of the organization. The trouble is they may not have the same point of view on what that is. And that leads to chaos." As an example, take the…

Hunkering down or hiring: the entrepreneur’s dilemma

Every growing business must, at some point, bring on help, but you need to know when the time is right

Hunkering down or hiring: the entrepreneur’s dilemmaWhen you start building your business, long hours are expected. But no one can – or should – keep up that pace forever. It’s a drain on your personal, mental and physical health, and it will kill your business growth, too. “When I first started out, I did do everything,” says Sarah Picciotto, founder of OnPoint…

Businesses must develop emerging leaders

We don’t recognize that times and technology have changed, we’ve been holding the organization back or we’re just exhausted by our years of leadership

Businesses must develop emerging leadersIt wasn’t the several times I almost died on the job. It wasn’t when I fell off roofs or rolled heavy equipment. But I can remember the day and time I knew I had to get out of construction. It was -35C and I was demolishing a gas station for my employer. As I went…

Social media levels playing field for small business

Only half of small businesses in Canada survive their first five years. Digital tools are critical to their success

Social media levels playing field for small businessSocial media levels the playing field for Canadian small businesses and unlocks economic growth, says new research revealed Tuesday by Facebook Canada. The report, Empowered In The Digital Age: Leveling the Playing Field For Canadian Small Business, said only half of small businesses in Canada survive their first five years and accessible digital tools are…

Banish the dreaded performance review in 3 easy steps

You don't engage your employees by handing them a report card like they are grade-school students, but by helping them paint a picture of their future

Banish the dreaded performance review in 3 easy stepsThe dreaded performance review is quite possibly the most detested human resources program ever invented. It doesn’t matter what process, form or technology is in place to accomplish this task, it is always bad. And it doesn’t work – ever. The reason I know this is because I spent a year thumbing through job descriptions…

How to turn surviving into thriving

If we’re focused on thriving and growing during periods of difficulty and change, our brains look for these opportunities

How to turn surviving into thrivingWhile the overall economic numbers seem to indicate that the Canadian economy is firing on all cylinders, there are still areas geographically and by industry where businesses are struggling. Having lived through a number of difficult times in my 30-plus years owning and running businesses, I’ve learned there are a number of ways to improve…

Dealing with “ambiguity” in the workplace

You may have come across the phrase 'must be comfortable with ambiguity' in a job description and thought to yourself, 'Isn't that a bad thing?

Dealing with “ambiguity” in the workplaceYou may have come across the phrase 'must be comfortable with ambiguity' in a job description and thought to yourself, 'Isn't that a bad thing? How can a company acknowledge ambiguity exists within their system without taking steps to correct the situation?' Ambiguity, which often is defined as 'vagueness,' can also mean directions that can…

Taking your first steps up the management ladder

Leaders who advance to a new echelon often underestimate the challenges they are about to confront

Taking your first steps up the management ladderIn the U.S. military, they call them 'Mustangs' – personnel who have advanced from the enlisted ranks to positions of leadership. Some of them have gone all the way to the top, winning general's stars and recognition as history's finest leaders. The same thing can happen in the business world. Outstanding men and women, rewarded…

What to do when the boss is the problem

Sometimes the only way to deal with a truly difficult boss is to change jobs

What to do when the boss is the problemSome bosses are gems and others ... not so much. While every person's personality can, on occasion, clash with another's, some supervisors seem to make a habit of making life miserable for the rest of us. But what can you do when the person in control of a large portion of your life (and your…
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