Interview Questions: Legal vs. Illegal

September 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello everyone, We have been receiving many inquiries in regards to legality of some questions that are being asked during job interviews. In this post we will answer some of them. Inquiry Area Illegal Questions Legal Questions Nationality Origin/ Citizenship – Are you a Canadian citizen?-Where were you/your parents born? – What is your “native tongue”? – Are... [Read more ...]

Executive Coaching Tip #1

September 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

When developing an effective 360 strategy, don’t forget to consider how the survey is positioned in the company.  As we have seen many times in different organizations, the perception of the 360 system by employees is almost as important as the the survey itself.  Make sure your leadership group understands and believes that the 360 feedback is for the purpose of learning and development of... [Read more ...]

Titanic vs. Icebreaker or Where Would You Rather Be When Hitting the Iceberg.

September 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“The iceberg concept” has been quite common probably due to it’s visual simplicity:  something harmless that is visible on the surface vs. something hidden under the water that can cause serious damage and lead to a disaster. Iceberg is a deception, false belief and/or a well hidden unwanted surprise. I often use “the iceberg concept” in conversation with business owners when we discussing... [Read more ...]

Professional Athlete vs. Regular Person That Goes to Work Everyday

September 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello everyone, For quite sometime now I wanted to talk about differences and similarities between professional athletes and just everyday people that go to work to earn a living. Since I’ve had a chance to experience both worlds: as an athlete (for some of you that don’t know I’ve spent 10 years training and competing in fencing) and as an employee who “worked his way up”, I can speak from... [Read more ...]

The Text Message Monster – Love it, Hate it, Deal with it!

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This story actually began at the Safeway’s daily counter when I was ordering some cold cuts…so how do we end up with the text messaging? Let me explain. First of all, I am going to be brutally honest and say that I am not a text message fan. I never was and probably never will be. However I do understand that the so called young generation with tattoos, piercings and smart phones have embraced... [Read more ...]

Making a Better World…and How Giving Recognition Contributes to Our Success

August 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist and poet who lived from 1803-1882.  He is one of the most often quoted speakers and writers of all time and I regularly defer to his wisdom.  The one thing that all of these skills and occupations have in common is great thinking- as they say, you are your thoughts!  So it is well worthwhile to consider that he described success... [Read more ...]

Risk and Research Factor (RnR Factor): When Hiring New Employees, Your Amount of Risk Depends on The Amount of Research

August 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Colleagues, Since this blog is my way to communicating my thoughts to the audience of business associates, friends, clients and website visitors I always like to start with a greeting knowing that there is a real people reading this. So hello again. Most of you who have met me, spoke with me (or may be heard about me) know that I choose the hard (and may be uncomfortable) truth that generates... [Read more ...]

Ten Tips for Effective Business Planning

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I wrote my first business plan over 20 years ago in college, and I have learned a lot of things along the way helping companies to succeed as a former financier and now a business consultant. In my business plan book, I cover over 100 business plan mistakes and have just as many tips. Here are 10 of those important tips when developing and writing a business plan: Tip 1: Have a business mentor who... [Read more ...]

A Guide To Job Interviews

July 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Once you have sent your cover letter and application form, the next step in securing your job is the interview. The first step was sending your application and after careful review by the company, you are seen as candidate for the vacant position.The employer got this information through an ad that was placed in the paper, referred by someone in the company or a headhunter, or by a person who simply... [Read more ...]

A Successful Business Plan Template

July 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I have been writing business plans for over twenty years and have perfected a business planning process that works for most businesses and business plan purposes. The final result of that process is an eight section business plan. Here is the winning template for that business plan. You can adapt it for your business planning purposes and change the order of the sub-sections to meet your particular... [Read more ...]

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