Canada Business

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:

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 ...