Corporate Culture

10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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.

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

Leah Eichler | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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.

Are The Homeless Even People?

Jagneet Singh | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Jagneet Singh

Truth is, that wasn't normal by any means. As a society, our relationship with homeless people is simple; either you drop a coin or walk by. It's impossible to connect with people as people because we let ourselves get divided only by borders, but also by our occupations, social status, and other arbitrary self-imposed barriers.

Not For Sale: My Values

Jason Najum | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada
Jason Najum

I was hot-stepping downtown the other day, headphones pumping, feeling good after a little gym workout. And this stopped me dead in my tracks. ...

How to Get Over Getting Dissed

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

My wise self knows that I created my company to help people become their happiest and most authentic selves at work. I believe very firmly in being yourself, yet I questioned the value of my own authenticity at the slightest critique. The irony is not lost on me.

Why Gen X Is Unhappy and Hates Working

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

If not repaired, the unhappy Gen Xers who will remain in organizations will be unable to pick up the slack caused by retiring boomers and will stall the development of millennials. Gen Xers are currently supervising millennials bosses. So when observers warn of millennials leaving the workforce in droves, they might want to first investigate their Gen X bosses and their feelings of value.

Can Your Corporate Culture Make You Money?

Darrell Kopke | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Your organization has a culture whether you like it or not. The culture is a mood, feeling, and attitude. In our practice we describe culture as the sum total of conversations that happen in your organization and amongst its stakeholders. It is not genetically encoded; your culture can be shaped, evolved, and enhanced. The question is: Can your corporate culture make you money?

Millennial "Laziness" Is a Cry for Change

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

Today's Millennial Generation is realizing that the soul-sucking construct of the Corporate Rat Race no longer applies, and it doesn't meet the needs of humanity. Indeed, the Millennial Generation realized that there were a number of problems with the Corporate Rat Race. Here a few.

Make Way for Audacious Entrepreneurship

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

"I think a lot of entrepreneurs -- women and men -- ted to try and do everything themselves," says Natalie Sisson. "And that's where it goes wrong." If you're an aspiring entrepreneur you MUST check out The Suitcase Entrepreneur for easy and affordable bizhacks, from tech tips to marketing tools.

Gen Y: Self-Entitled or Underutilized Resources?

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

The Gen Y cohort of employees consistently mystifies and baffles many older employees, giving birth to an industry of experts and researchers who deem them lazy, self-entitled and in constant need of feedback. Is there any truth to this well-worn stereotype about Millennials?

Sink or Swim: How to Hire From a Deep Pool of Candidates

Jeff Quipp | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

Any way you cut it, the process of hiring employees that are the best fit for your company can be arduous and stressful. And with so many people looking for employment, we can expect that identifying the right candidate for the job will only get more difficult. Here are a few strategies we've been using.

In Business, You Can Still Be Kind

Mitch Joel | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

While the philosophy of why we work continues to evolve and modernize, it still feels like we hold on to the dogma of what business is supposed to be. Perhaps with all of this moral awakening, sharing on social media, connecting to others and events like Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, we should be paying closer attention to the human bottom line rather than the financial one?

How Mentoring Can Save Your Company

Mary Donohue | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Over the course of the past six months, I have been investigating the "trickle-down" effect of mentoring in the workplace. The trickle-down effect of mentoring is that it enables employees to be more productive and innovative. This is because behaviour is a function of the relationship between people and the environment.

Why Email Needs a Facelift

Mitch Joel | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

For almost as long as email has existed, people have complained about getting too many emails. We celebrate inbox zero as if we just gave birth to a new child. While some lauded the arrival of the first BlackBerry, many saw it as a digital manifestation of the ball and chain that would shackle them to their office.

Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast (Part II)

Tyler Elm | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Every corporation has a culture. Some are more "in your face" than others -- such as those that kick-off meetings with a corporate cheer -- and, if you've never really worked anywhere else, you might not even realize it's there.

Making Transparency Visible in Today's Healthcare Organizations

David Gebler | Posted 01.05.2013 | Canada
David Gebler

Today's integrated healthcare organizations are challenging from a leadership perspective, in part because they're formed by consolidating the varied and disparate cultures of regional hospitals, physician groups, labs, outpatient clinics, and other entities.

Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Tyler Elm | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

having a strategy is one thing, but being able to implement it is entirely another. After all, the value of a strategy is not what is written on the whiteboard or the back of napkin, it is the value unleashed by engaging the minds and hearts of motivated employees and suppliers.

A Business Tip From a Country Boy: Invest in People

Mary Donohue | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Bill Clinton at the DNC said what white- and blue-collar workers have known for 30 years: you need to invest in people to have an innovative and productive economy. My coach, used to say "you get corn, if you plant corn." Neither in government nor in business have we been planting corn. We quit planting it almost 30 years ago when we got rid of middle management in government and the private sector, and as the economy reveals, we are losing.

How to Avoid Corporate Scandal

David Gebler | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Business
David Gebler

Make no mistake about it. For companies that want to be perceived as operating "by the book," it's critical for their goals and standards to align with integrity. As Dan Ariely points out, none of us are above temptation. That's why organizations need to be. Here are my tips to CEOs for making their workplace -- both in and out of the office -- as free of scandal-causing temptations as humanly possible.

Seven Ways to Tell If You're Working for a Ticking Time Bomb

David Gebler | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Business
David Gebler

CEOs need to realize that highly desirable employee behaviour can become distorted and even destructive in a company driven by leaders with ulterior motives. Here are seven sure-fire signs that you might be working for a company on the brink of catastrophe.