No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiver

There are a few basic truths that reveal themselves in almost every story of sudden-onset caregiving. The first is that love remains intact

No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiverFalling into caregiving is a particularly apt descriptor for anyone whose spouse has suffered a stroke or received a cancer diagnosis. The day of a loved one’s serious head injury is the marker for a family life before and after caregiving. A catastrophic event or diagnosis catapults a caregiver into another land – a territory…

You’re fired! So what comes next?

Whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, out of work, no more paycheque

You’re fired! So what comes next?It's happening all the time: Workers get the proverbial boot. But whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, you're out of work, and there's no more paycheque. It means pounding the pavement and looking for a new job. It's natural to be overwhelmed with negative emotions –…

The six stages to a successful negotiation

In a global business environment, negotiations are more important than ever because complex variables must be considered

The six stages to a successful negotiationNegotiations take place every day in our private and business lives. Skilful negotiation plays a large part in building a successful career – especially a power job with a global company. Getting a great job involves a series of negotiations. High-value candidates can negotiate virtually anything – salary, benefits, working hours, perks, advancement prospects and…

Think twice about jumping on a job offer

Our advice for evaluating whether a job offer is too good to be true

Think twice about jumping on a job offerWhat do you do if offered a job that sounds too good to be true? A headhunter calls and says he has the job opportunity of a lifetime.  Do you jump on it or back off and consider it carefully? Big mistakes are made when emotions take precedence over sound, objective reasoning. Masterful executive search…

Why bosses screw up and what to do about it

There is no concrete set of skills necessary to be a boss

Why bosses screw up and what to do about itMention the word "boss," and we immediately think this person has some special abilities or training. When bosses make bad decisions, we're horrified. But we're also amused and pleased at the same time because it demonstrates they're human after all. Whatever your job, there is a curriculum, agenda, rules or protocols that prepare you for…

Ten tips to becoming a better communicator

Be mindful about practicing. Eliminate wasteful communication. Make the hours matter and become a better LEAN Communicator

Ten tips to becoming a better communicatorIn his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell states that an individual needs to practice a complex task for about 10,000 hours before he or she becomes a world-class expert. He cites the Beatles, Mozart, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and others. (Ability, luck, support from others and timing are also important for…

Why asking for a raise triggers intense anxiety

Many career-builders turn squeamish when it comes to asking for a raise through fear of rejection and how to broach the subject diplomatically

Why asking for a raise triggers intense anxietyMany career-builders turn squeamish when it comes to asking for a raise. The reasons include fear of rejection and discomfort about broaching the subject diplomatically. Often, it's hard pinpointing the exact reason. Maybe it has something to do with negative attitudes toward money often being passed from one generation to another. As children, parents and…

How to play corporate politics and win

If you expect to get ahead, you must understand and respect the power of organizational politics

How to play corporate politics and winIf you expect to get ahead, you must understand and respect the power of organizational politics. There is no escaping it. Fiercely competitive industries are rife with politics. Refusing to play organizational politics can be career suicide. Politics – the business of high-stake schmoozing and winning people over – aren't for everyone. But the measure…

Protecting yourself, and your assets, in case of incapacity

Don't underestimate the importance of having a plan in place for when the inevitable happens

Protecting yourself, and your assets, in case of incapacityEvery day, we make financial and health-related decisions and often don’t give these decisions a second thought. But how – and by whom – would these decisions be made if we’re suddenly incapable of making them for ourselves? You can’t underestimate the importance of having a plan in place for when the inevitable happens. And it…

A strong leader understands employee behaviours

Understanding, analyzing and dealing intelligently with employee behaviours is a key to good leadership, increased productivity and higher profit

A strong leader understands employee behavioursAmerican actress Mae West is quoted as saying, "The best way to behave is to misbehave." That may have worked for Mae West, but it won't work on the job. Most companies want behaviour that inspires productivity, performance and, of course, profit. Behaviour can be broken into five categories: 1. Behaviour is observable. An employee…