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  • Celebrating Individuality Helps Drive Success

    Here’s how Kimpton Hotels promotes it’s careers on-line: “Are you creative, passionate and entrepreneurial? Are you MacGyver–like in your ability to solve problems with a little ingenuity (and perhaps some duct tape)? Well then, we like you already! For us, this business is not about building

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  • Five Ways to Add Humor to Your E-mail Messages

    Encourage people to read them by using creative subject lines that mimic song titles, newspaper headlines, or breaking news reports. Add a humorous quote to your signature file, such as,”How can you make coffee until you’ve had coffee?” Molly Cox

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  • Staying Optimistic, Productive & Focused at Work

    Research by Six Seconds found that optimists scored 18% higher on employee evaluations – yet one more reason to train your brain to be more optimistic. The on-line shoe business Zappos purposely closed down one entrance to their headquarters to force everyone to funnel through the same

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  • Take a Break for Mind and Body Fitness

    If you are feeling snowed under by competing demands, short on patience and left with low energy at work, you aren’t alone. In 2012, an Ipsos Reid survey of over 6,600 Canadian workers, conducted on behalf of the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (The Centre), found that more than half of the respondents

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  • Workplace Communication: Are You Accessible AND Approachable?

    I’ve been doing some political door knocking for our federal election, which has given me a chance to practice my ability to suss out which dogs are approachable and which ones are, well, not so much. Of course some dogs are all bark and no bite, while others that seem

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  • Offbeat Employee Recognition Awards

    There really is no end to what you can recognize people for at work. And more and more companies are creating fun, offbeat awards as a way to inject some humor, boost morale, and create a culture of appreciation all at the same time. Here are some real-life awards from companies from around the world:

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  • Power Hours and Think Weeks

    Time for another round of random thoughts, ideas and musings…

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  • My Boss is Driving Me Batty! And Here’s Why!

    Here’s a recent Harris Poll reported in Harvard Business Review that reveals the top complaints employees have about their leaders:

    #1: Leaders not recognizing employees’ achievements (63%)

    #2. Not receiving clear direction from leaders (57%)

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  • Four Fun Lessons from a Fun Restaurant

    My wife and I recently enjoyed a fabulous meal at a funky little restaurant in the town of Field, nestled in the Canadian Rockies just a skip and a long hop down the road from Lake Louise. In addition to the amazing food, The Truffle Pigs Bistro (and what a great name that is) does a few simple things to connect with its customers and add a little charm.

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  • Act Your Way to A Better Mood

    I worked with someone a long time ago who never smiled. Whenever he said something remotely positive I always wanted to say to him, “Why don’t you tell your face!” As it turns out – not bad advice for all us!

    Here are three scientifically proven ways to give yourself a happiness boost at work in just a few minutes, according to research presented in the book “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” by Richard Wiseman:

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