What I Think: Our Stuff Is Meaningful

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This is difficult … writing about something that I wished never happened. I am smart enough to know that not talking about it doesn’t mean it never occurred. Yet avoidance feels better,

Overwhelmed?

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Canadian workers are still feeling the proverbial “time crunch”, but innovative programs and thinking may provide a step toward easing this pain More Canadians than ever before are feeling the strain of trying to maintain a balance between their increasingly demanding work lives and the responsibilities of their home lives. It seems Canadian workers are […]

Over And Up

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Planning key to successful rescue operations On August 5, 2010 a northern Chile mine collapsed, trapping all 33 miners inside. What could have been a tragedy has become an amazing tale of survival. In late August, rescue workers made their first contact with the miners, lowering food, water and medicine. A few weeks later rescue […]

Total Compensation Mix is More Important Than Ever

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Total compensation is more important in attracting workers than retaining them. That’s the conclusion of a study of 1,000 employees working for mid- to large-sized organizations. The Towers Watson’s 2010 Global Workforce Study asked workers what attracted them to an employer and what kept them on the job. When it came to attraction, competitive base […]

10 Tips to Avoid Distraction While Working At Home

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The home office has many advantages: the commute is great, getting laundry done and dinner on the table is much easier. However, it isn’t always easy to handle the distractions of home — the attention-seeking spouse and children, the cat that insists on sitting on your keyboard, the telemarketers, and the neighbours at the door. Then there […]

Atlas Shrugged

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Time to release the weight from your shoulders I have never read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, even though her books lined the bookshelves of my university comrades back in the early seventies. One look at her thick tomes was enough to intimidate me. Recently, I have been drawn back to her work, more by […]

Messages, Meat-eaters and Mental Models — Oh My!

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Why our changing world demands rethinking common stereotypes Look at my picture. No, really, look. Okay. Now you can read on. But before you do, let me get a few stereotypes out of the way that may be running in your head about me. First, I don’t know karate, kung fu, tae kwon do or […]

What Kind of Water Drinker are You?

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Find your fountain We all know water is as essential to life as breathing air. It helps us digest food, replenishes the fluids we lose through breathing, sweating and other bodily functions and helps keep away headaches and sluggishness. With so much variety in water product on the market, is there an optimal choice we […]

Does Your Behaviour Foster Trust?

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Stephen Covey shares how to build trust at work In every personal relationship, there’s the equivalent of a trust account, says Stephen M.R. Covey, CEO of training company CoveyLink Worldwide and author of the business best-seller, The Speed of Trust. “Just like a bank account, you grow the account when you make a deposit and […]