How to avoid being the competent jerk at work

A "competent jerk" runs the risk of losing out on opportunities and being ignored

How to avoid being the competent jerk at workHow easy are you to work with? It's worth asking and, even better, checking. To paraphrase Bobby McFerrin of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (remember that tune?) fame: In every work day we have some trouble. When you're difficult to work with, you make it at least double for your colleagues. And if you're considered a…

5 ways to ensure your customers pay on time, every time

It’s important to keep a steady hand on the finances to ensure there is always enough money available to pay your own bills

5 ways to ensure your customers pay on time, every timeWhen you examine common reasons that most businesses fail, issues with cash flow generally come up every time, for both new companies and the most well-established organizations. As a result, no matter the size of a venture, it’s important to keep a steady hand on the finances and ensure that there is always enough money…

Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posers

Teaching Country Dance for Beginners to actual rural folk proved to be an eye-opener

Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posersBack in my not-so-halcyon days of youth and yore, when I practised the challenging social craft of ballroom dance instruction, I accepted a contract to teach 'Country Dance for Beginners' at a community centre in the small hamlet of Thorhild, Alberta. I had taught at various community centres in and around Edmonton to urban posers,…

Tips for terminating employees with dignity

Most managers, regardless of level, handle the uncomfortable task of terminating employees badly

Tips for terminating employees with dignityMost managers, regardless of level, handle the uncomfortable task of terminating employees badly. The biggest mistake managers make is terminating them in a harsh, unkind and insensitive way. The manner in which employees are fired often fuels lawsuits. Right or wrong, if employees feel that they are being unfairly treated, they perceive it as grounds…

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?

Trade, trade, trade your way to the perfect family

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?A few years back my dog suffered from GDV, gastric dilatation volvulus, a sudden killer that can affect the healthiest dog. GDV is more commonly known as gastric torsion, where that cute, furry little quadruped stomach flips like a young Eastern bloc gymnast and is quite often fatal if not caught in time. Even if…

Beat interview hysteria by thinking like an athlete

Instead of wasting energy obsessing about what could go wrong, think like an athlete by psyching yourself for the win

Beat interview hysteria by thinking like an athleteIt's perfectly normal to be nervous about job interviews. For many job candidates, "hysterical" more accurately describe pre-interview jitters – especially if a great job rides on an outstanding interview performance. So it's no surprise that many job candidates suffer severe anxiety before job interviews. They don't eat or sleep. They obsess about the pending trauma…

Why companies can’t be honest with their employees

HR pundits justify avoiding the truth, arguing that organizations are softening the blow and taking the sting out of terminations

Why companies can’t be honest with their employeesYou're summoned to your boss's office and told that you've been "selected out." Strange words. What do they mean? "Selected" sounds positive. But "out"? That's clearly a negative and confusing word. Together, both words are perplexing. An optimist may interpret it as sort of a promotion. A sceptic is worried. The term "selected out" is…

Be sk(c)eptical about Canadian spelling

Canadians never really know which way to go when practising that murky art of American or British usage

Be sk(c)eptical about Canadian spellingIt is hard not to be skeptical when spelling in Canada. Our spellings are coloured by our Commonwealth heritage and Canadians are in the unenviable position of never really knowing which way to go when practising that murky art: American or British usage? One has to admire the sheer efficiency of American spelling; they do…

There’s no taboo to social lying

Too often, the truth can set you free – from jobs, relationships, money and social opportunities

There’s no taboo to social lyingThe first thing to remember in this day of mass media saturation is that there are no great lies – if something is repeated often enough it becomes the truth. That being said, the ultimate great lie is that it is always better to tell the truth. There are needful lies; lies of omission, white…
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