Canada Business

How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts Together

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

It can be challenging to find the time to suggest to an employee that they either speak up or speak less. This individual approach can lead to resentment and further encourage behaviour that lies at opposite ends of the scale. A key thing to realize is that it would be uninspiring to lead a team where everyone was the same.

How To Score a Real-Time Marketing Touchdown

Carlos de Torres | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada
Carlos de Torres

With the way consumers take in big events like the Super Bowl, real-time marketing should be a consideration for all marketers when it comes to the overall strategy. Traditional advertising undoubtedly plays a role in what consumers will take in, but big events have come to mean eyes on many screens.

These Days, Retailers Need to Be in the Entertainment Business

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Society has changed and people have changed, and they want more. They want an experience. They want to be entertained. We believe that retailers are as much, or more, in the entertainment business as they are in the products business.

As a Former Employee, I Know Target Will Survive. But Will the Rest of Us?

Former Staff Member | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Business
Former Staff Member

Target's mistakes have caused untold hardship for thousands of people across Canada. But the hardship didn't start with its retreat. Minimum wage is appallingly low, and it is extremely difficult to make ends meet. When profits didn't meet expectations, hours were cut, further adding to our financial worries. Many thousands of us were notified a year ago that we were no longer eligible for benefits.

Target's Flaw Was in Its Plan, Not in Its People

Gabriel Granatstein | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Business
Gabriel Granatstein

The death of a company is not a pretty thing. The announcement on January 15 was earth-shattering for so many. However, my faith in my colleagues -- my fellow Canadians -- is only reinforced by what we've tried to do to help each other since the announcement we were closing. We are trying to help each other find jobs. We are reviewing our friends' CVs.

5 Ways To Stand Out As An Introvert

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Living
Evan Thompson

Some might interpret your silence in the face of the steady flow of conversation as indifference or disapproval because the conversation does not meet your intellectual standards. In fact, you may be very interested in all that's being said. You just don't have the confidence or energy to jump into the conversational fray.

How To Build Profitable Client Relationships That Last

Evan Thompson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

One thing I have learned after more than three decades as a marketing communications consultant and business coach is that robust client relationships take time, even years, to build. They are the result of efforts to build trust through delivering value. Here are ten tips to consider to create client relationships built on trust.

How to Deal With a Management Bully

Shirley Williams | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Business
Shirley Williams

Does your manager have the traits of a bully? You may be dealing with a Hirogen Manager, an organization's hunter that sees his or her employees as prey. Here is the test. Are the following quotes familiar to you?

Why Your Business Needs Meaningful New Year's Resolutions

John Laforet | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Business
John Laforet

What are your business resolutions for the New Year? We often take this time to reflect on our personal lives, but as small business owners it's an excellent opportunity to examine our professional lives as well. Less daunting than a business plan, meaningful resolutions can give your organization a fresh look at its direction and ultimate goals.

How to Create An Agile Business Culture

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

The reason most companies are so deeply affected by disruptive technologies is their cultures resist adapting until it is too late. They are so entrenched in their current paradigms that they can't see the future iterations of what they are as a business.

3 Myths About Side Hustlers Debunked

Chivon John | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Business
Chivon John

If you're anything like me, the moment you tell someone that you're a side hustler it elicits a response of awe and wonder...or maybe it's well disguised pity that you're filling every waking moment with work. Filling your days with extra projects in the hopes of kick starting your passion or transforming that passion into your paycheque is foreign to some, but its steadily becoming a reality for many.

2015 Corporate Governance Trends

Richard Leblanc | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is a list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are or should be doing in response.

Three Things Gandhi Can Teach You About Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Gandhi's passive resistance freed India from British rule in 1947. How Gandhi was able to diplomatically overturn 100+ years of oppression without a war is remarkable. Look a little deeper into Gandhi's story and you'll see three ways that 'Bapu' was a marketing genius.

10 Tips From a Millionaire

Alana Hurov | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Alana Hurov

What does it take to become a millionaire? I posed that question to 52-year-old, self-made millionaire Bobby Genovese. With a net worth of over $200 million dollars, the venture capitalist seems like a pretty perfect person to offer up some valuable advice.

Why Canada Is Headed for a Retail Bloodbath

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

These companies are going to have to counter a major disruption with a major disruption of their own. Most of the retailers who are in trouble are tinkering around the edges: a few more glitzy end aisle displays here, another rebrand there. Stripped down to its simplest form, these stores are glorified shelvers of stuff.

Three No-Nos For Your Holiday Business Party

Sue Nador | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I'm all for flirting and having fun at a business event. But there is a difference between playful flirting that builds rapport and predatory flirting that crosses the line of professional conduct. Let's all have some fun while keeping in mind that our professional reputations are as fragile as those beautiful ornaments on the Christmas tree.

How to Navigate the "Prediction Season" for 2015

Jeff Quipp | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

As the holiday season nears and 2014 comes to an end, we're at the cusp of being inundated with countless lists and predictions about what 2015 holds. Everybody has the desire to gain insight into what's on the horizon. But with such a huge number of resources to turn to, how do you cut through the noise and find what is truly valuable?

Stop the Struggle: It's Time for Frustration-Free Packinging

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With the holidays just around the corner, this got me thinking about the issue of "frustration-free" packaging. Not only is complex wrapping simply no fun for the kids receiving gifts packaged in such a manner, the fact is it's a much larger issue for the most rapidly growing segment of our population -- older adults.

10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Success defines many of us. We are often judged by our lifestyle, our clothes, our cars and the company we keep. Whether we truly love the work we do and look beyond our job status as a way of validating ourselves varies from person to person. If ambition trumps all else, here are 10 ways that it can wreck your career.

The Rise of the Women Helping Women Movement

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

In case you have not noticed, there is a growing trend of women's empowerment organizations springing up everywhere that are geared to helping professional women achieve success and fulfillment. With so many popping up, it makes me wonder: are career women that hungry and in need of support groups to empower themselves?

Your Office Chair Might Be Killing You

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

Sitting is the new smoking, or at least that's what the manufacturers of standing desks (and there are several of them these days) will tell you. The medical profession agrees, and experts have identified some 34 diseases and conditions that are associated with excess sitting.

Break Down That Workplace Gender Bias With These Simple Tips

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

The guys I worked with teased me. They saw me as a hospitable female underling, lucky to be included at a sales meeting. I continued to disarm them with copious levels of service and their unconscious bias prevented them from seeing me as competition. By 1989, I was promoted to be a Vice President in head office and had leap frogged over most all of the guys in that meeting!

The People in Your Inner Circle Can Make Your Life Richer

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

As we craft our business plans for next year, we focus on our profit objectives, marketing efforts, and ideas for innovation. Here's another category to ponder: Who are those people in my business life who truly "have my back"?

12 Things Established Professionals Can Learn From Millennials

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

My mentoring work has led me to conversations with millennials who have left a positive and lasting impression. I have learned much from them -- practically and personally. Their different view of the world, while seemingly foreign to the older generations, can provide a different lens through which to see things that can have a profound effect on business.

Think Twice About What You Do After Work and What You Post on the Internet

Leah Eichler | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Prof. MacDonald said that if your personal life jeopardizes your professional or public role, it's reasonable to expect you to warn potential employers, but only really substantial risks need to be divulged. On the employer's side, if a lot hangs on their employees being "squeaky-clean," it's up to them to do a thorough background check.