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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:

How Offering Shorter Summer Hours Can Increase Productivity

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The concept of summer hours first became popular in New York as the week wound down to ease rush hour Friday traffic flows out of town during sweltering summer days. Why wait until Saturday morning when you could leave your desk at noon on Friday, or even earlier?

Is it ever okay to cry at the office?

Jessica Glazer | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

In the 1992 film A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks' character, a coach, responds to a female player who started to cry almost uncontrollably when she couldn't handle the criticism, yelling: "There's No Crying In Baseball!! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!!!"

Make Data Your Friend by Using it Properly

Joseph Donia | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

Without careful attention to some of the ways data can be misused, we run the risk of acting on those insights with potentially damaging outcomes. Identifying mistakes individuals and organizations make when dealing with data is important not just to data analysts and decision makers, but to the public too.

10 Principles for Effective Prospecting

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

I used to think that the more people I reached out to, the more business I would earn. I soon realized that's just working harder, not smarter. That misguided approach burns up physical and emotional energy faster than a match set to dry grass.

This Is a Business' Biggest Secret Weapon

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

In an age where one well-placed tweet or a vine secretly filmed by an unengaged employee or unsatisfied customer can cost a company millions of dollars, business leaders will have to adapt or die. The inner workings of a company are no longer strictly "inner." And within this reality, transparency is the secret weapon for leaders in the new economy.

What Women Must Do to See Themselves as Leaders

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Each of us, male or female, form our identity using a combination of who we are inside and what the outside world feeds back to us. It's the latter that creates a problem for ambitious women. When people around us make it clear they don't see our gender as leaders, through actions or lack of action, it is more difficult for us to believe it as well.

The Medical Marijuana Industry Needs a Code of Ethics

Greg Engel | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Business
Greg Engel

Last year Canada garnered global headlines when it made an historic shift to a federally legal, commercial medical cannabis industry. In the rush to establish new companies, produce consistent supply of quality products, and develop relationships with physicians and patients, the industry has failed to clearly articulate a common code of ethics.

Google Canada Boss Says Canadian Businesses 'Bad Slow' With Technology

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business

"Canadian businesses need to be embracing these tools."

Try This Novel Approach to Business Reading

Jen Lawrence | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Jen Lawrence

As a business writer, people often ask me what books they should read to become better leaders. For years, my answer has been the same: read good fiction. If you want to learn how people think and behave, read a novel, a short story, or a play. Think of how effective we could be as leaders if we used our understanding of people to better empathize with our employees, clients, and boards.

Are We Pushing Innovation in Communication Too Far?

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Rapid innovation in communication has led to a communications crisis, fueled by the obstacles that create a challenge for professionals when trying to build both business and personal relationships. These obstacles include short attention spans and a need to interrupt to move a conversation along.

The Danger of Reality TV

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

We should really ban reality shows from television. For starters, they aren't that real, are they? The creators are extremely good at editing so that ...

The Executive Pay Model Is Broken. Here Are Three Ways to Fix it

Richard Leblanc | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Regulators have a poor track record of getting executive pay right. Indeed, some say U.S. Congress has been the single greatest driver of increasing CEO pay. According to a survey by Mercer, a majority of UK board members believe the executive pay model is broken. Here are three ways to fix it.

Take Advantage of the "Big Rocks" That Can Make You Rich

David Lester | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

It's the good "Big Rocks" that can actually make you wealthy (or poor) so let's concentrate on the big rocks! Large items that can make you poor are things like expensive dinners, cars, boats and big ticket clothing. And then things like business equity, investments, and property are the big items that make you rich.

Improve Your Workplace for Employees With Mental Health Issues

Shekhar Parmar | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Shekhar Parmar

As a business owner, my employees' health and well-being is important to me. I know that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Here are a few suggestions on what we all can do to make our workplaces better for those who are living with mental health issues and in turn increase productivity.

Raise Your Likeability Factor - It's Your Most Valuable Asset

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Likeability is not the ability to make people laugh or take centre stage all the time. It is about considerate behaviour and keeping promises that make people feel comfortable around you. You win them over by fuelling their belief that you are a trustworthy person who they can count on to do the right thing.

When it Comes to Personal Branding You Are Your Most Sellable Product

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The impressions we leave with people will usually determine our success or failure at engaging them further to create opportunities to enhance or restart our careers. Our handshake, ability to relate to others, the way we speak and dress and how we make others feel around us are all factors in the judgement process. They are also all factors that we have control over by establishing a strong personal brand.

It's Time for a Comprehensive Review of Canada's Tax System

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

The Conservative budget's failure to initiate a process of comprehensive tax reform is a missed opportunity to lift Canada's prospects for long-term prosperity and growth. Tax reform and simplification would improve Canada's international competitiveness, productivity and economic growth, from both a personal and corporate perspective.

Universal Canadian Drug Coverage Is Good for Business

Steve Morgan | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Business
Steve Morgan

Businesses care about the health and well-being of the Canadian workforce. Employees that can afford the medicines as and when prescribed will be healthier, happier, and more productive. In this election year, it is time for Canada's business leaders to call for universal, public pharmacare.

Earth Day Should Be 364 Days a Year

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Earth Day is an important date on the calendar that puts the spotlight back on the planet. However, as we all grow more interconnected around the world with a greater ability to have an impact -- both positive and negative -- it's equally important to recognize that the principles of Earth Day can't be ignored the other 364 days of the year.

Eight Dos and Don'ts of Timely Social Media Campaigns

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

Social media campaigns aim to enhance a company's marketing efforts, but sometimes, they don't always go as planned. Effective social media campaigns include posting original content that is timely, relevant and appeals to a target audience. However, what some businesses define as timely and relevant may not be the same as how the target audience identifies with it.

Job Titles Don't Matter: Here are Tips to Overcome Yours

Shannon Kelly | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Kelly

Your job title is only holding you back because you're reading way too much into it. Titles are entirely self-fulfilling, they make you, and only you, feel like you matter. So don't get bogged down in the "level game" because we're not all on the same playing field.

10 Things I've Learned After 30 Years in Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

When I started my business, my purpose was clear: to leverage my communications skills in order to become wealthy. I learned that unexpected things happen along the way and I needed to live by some non-negotiable beliefs if I was to be happy in my work. So, three decades later I am still learning. This is where I've learned thus far.

It's Time for a Big Data Code of Ethics

Joseph Donia | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

At present, there is no one governing body that oversees data usage by marketers and media platforms. There are codes of ethics put out by the Canadian and American Marketing Associations, as well as individual ethical codes drafted by marketing research associations among others, but who is accountable to them?

Are You a Control Freak? Use Your Powers for Good

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

Are you sometimes criticized for needing too much control? I often defend my controlling nature saying that it can be a good thing. There are some dangers associated with taking over a situation, however. Here are some points to keep in mind to ensure you don't cross the line at work.