Canada Business

You Can't Rush Success In the Race to the Top

Kelly Lovell | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

We create career expectations, relationship goals and five-year plans, all pressuring us to succeed within constrained periods of time. While I do believe that planning and having attainable goals is good practice, I feel our understanding and assessment of our personal success shouldn't be linked.

How Should a Board of Directors Oversee Ethics?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

In all of my interviews with directors over the years, when I ask about a director's greatest regret the answer is consistently, "I should have spoken up when I had the chance." Chances are several of your colleagues are thinking the exact same thing.

How Gamification Can Transform Business Processes

Liisa Atva | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Business
Liisa Atva

Businesses have successfully used game-like experiences to increase loyalty and engagement long before the term gamification was coined. However, the rapid rise of gamification can be attributed to several factors: the quest to get a reaction, the pervasiveness of social media, web-based and mobile technologies, and the growth of the video game industry.

Weathering The Oil and Gas Storm by Enhancing the CFO: Part 3

Marc Joiner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Alberta
Marc Joiner

The way the industry thinks about the areas of capital planning, budgeting and forecasting has to change, as priorities shift from identifying and finding opportunities to getting the most out of a portfolio of assets that often far exceed the available capital.

What to Consider Before Joining a Board of Directors

Evan Thompson | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Two sets of criteria are part of your due diligence when making your decision to join a board of directors -- philosophical and practical -- and you need to assess both carefully before either accepting or passing on the invitation.

How to Conquer Public Speaking

Marco Pasqua | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Living
Marco Pasqua

Although we've all probably had to face the fear of public speaking at some point in our lives, it's hard to imagine why anyone would put themselves through the torture of sweaty palms, a fast beating heart, tunnel vision and a host of other side effects all in the name of delivering a message.

10 Reasons There Should Be More Women in Tech

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Business
Sacha DeVoretz

When I was growing up, my parents often told me that I could do anything that I wanted. There should be no closed doors on my career aspirations. I grew up around women who were researchers, professionals and innovative in their respective fields.

Giving up on My Dreams Helped Me Find My True Calling

Marco Pasqua | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Marco Pasqua

I could have just given up and accepted my fate but each time one door closed, I took a sledgehammer and built a whole new building. As long as I kept what was important to me from the beginning in mind, the possibilities of what would happen next would be left in my hands.

How to Get Content Marketing Right

Joseph Donia | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

To produce good content, brands will need to get out of the mindset of old-school publishing. No, you generally can't ask for the sale in that piece of content. No, it's not an opportunity to list all of the benefits of your product or service. It is however an exercise in reflection and creativity, and an opportunity to build trust.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team to Succeed

Evan Thompson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Successfully motivating business teams has been so frequently compared to coaching a winning sports team that I thought twice about using the popular sports metaphor in this post. But business success is driven by a united team whose members respect one another and recognize that each has very different roles -- and strengths.

Here's Some Business Advice for Cecil's Killer

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

While I make my living turning challenges into opportunities for business, this advice may not be what he wants to hear. My advice isn't going to save his practice, nor turn around his reputation. What I'm hoping is that it will save those affected by his practice; his employees, his community, his family and Zimbabwe.

Weathering The Oil and Gas Storm by Enhancing the CFO: Part 2

Marc Joiner | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Alberta
Marc Joiner

The world is always reinventing itself, and for that growing number of organizations and their CFOs who desire or expect Finance to play more of a catalytic and strategic role, the key challenge is likely not in seeing the need but in overcoming a number of systemic barriers in their way.

Slash Business Travel Costs with These Five Tips

Brian Robertson | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Business
Brian Robertson

Often SMEs organize their travel on an ad hoc basis, only to find out at the end of their fiscal year that their travel expenses have ballooned. To manage your business travel costs, planning is key. Here are our top five industry tips to help slash your costs.

Avoid These Five Common Digital Marketing Mistakes

Jeff Quipp | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

There may be numerous reasons to explain why you may not be seeing an increase in leads, sales, or other targets on advertising spend. As an example, your ads are sending traffic to your site's homepage instead of to a landing page, designed specifically to convert visitors into leads or sales.

Great Interpersonal Skills Can Be Learned

Evan Thompson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

If you feel you just don't have that gift of natural connection, don't worry. Great interpersonal skills can be learned. You can become aware of others and engage them more naturally and easily than you think. You first need to get over your belief that you're "just not a people person" and that it's not your responsibility to foster teamwork -- just results.

My Orgasmic Business (That Has Nothing To Do With Sex)

Melissa Dawn | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

When I set out to create my own brand, I didn't want just another tagline. I wanted a rallying cry. A call to arms to start aligning our careers and businesses with the values that matter to each of us. So of course, my tagline had to reflect my own core values. It had to be brave, fun and real: me.

Weathering The Oil and Gas Storm by Enhancing the CFO

Marc Joiner | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Alberta
Marc Joiner

Though hardly out, oil is still down -- and the same goes for Canada's high-cost producers. And though this particular bust is not altogether like the last one, a comparison to the 1980s can be helpful.

From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Ladies, you have a lot to offer any industry. You are intelligent, nurturing, and have so many great qualities that are the corner stones of success. So hold your head high, know your worth, learn from each other and show 'em what you're made of!

Top Tips For Better Search Engine Ranking

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Business
Sacha DeVoretz

To find out all the tips and secrets to have a more effective website and one that people will see, I spoke with Jill Schoolenberg, Vice President of GoDaddy Canada. Jill shared with me all the top tips to help small business websites get up there in the search engine rankings.

Can Showcasing Your Failures Land You a Job?

Bobby Umar | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Business
Bobby Umar

Most successful people will concede that they've achieved their success because they understand that failure taught them how to succeed. We learn and grow from our failures. They teach us how to deal with adversity and disappointment, what it takes to achieve goals, and they give us an appreciation for the journey.

15 Signs You Have an Entrepreneur Mindset

Kelly Lovell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

True success of an entrepreneur comes not from their ideas, but from their inner mindset and character traits. It takes a certain type of leader to endure startup life and persevere past the hurdles that will inevitable lay ahead in their efforts to inspire disruption or bring a new innovation to life.

Are Your Products In Sync With Your Clients' Needs?

Evan Thompson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

If you aren't aware of your clients' changing needs, how can you make sure you're still meeting them? You need to make sure you are helping to solve your clients' business problems rather than just selling them your products. And how does your product offering stack up against a saturated market? Do you stand out?

Understand Your Online Target Audience in Three Steps

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

Understanding your target online audience is a key process in order to achieve objectives such as increasing sales and leads. To some, this can be a daunting process, but there are three simple ways to get to know your audience: testing, leveraging analytic platforms and doing competitor research.

Going on Holiday May Save Our Minds and Our Economy

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Who killed summer vacation? That's the million dollar question -- literally. Long gone are the days of casually taking a few weeks off with the family to go on a road trip, or jetting off to a remote destination where the real world ceases to exist. This is a problem.

What Small Businesses Can Learn From Elite Athletes

Dave Borrelli | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

The business world has always been a lot like the world of sports. You work as a team. You face off against competitors. You can win and you can lose. While there is no finish line or final buzzer in business, entrepreneurs require the same single-minded focus and determination to reach their goals. On the eve of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, here are five tips small businesses can learn from the world's best athletes: