Decision Making

A Simple 10-Point Parenting Primer For Uncertain Times

Linda Simpson | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

How many times have we wondered exactly how to parent our kids when our kids throw us a curve or -- as we found out recently -- world events upend our sensibilities? Perhaps surprising is that how we parent has several underpinnings that never change, no matter what the circumstance

Are You On Autopilot? Wake Up!

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Have I started doing my job on autopilot? Have I started taking my relationships for granted, not giving them my full attention? I applied it to my eating habits, my exercise, my sleep... even the way I clean my house. I realized that unless we get scared into paying attention to what we're doing, we often think we are committing 100 per cent to a task when we are not.

6 Career Lessons Your Cat Is Trying To Teach You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Have you ever seen your cat burned out? Of course you haven't. That's because he's a MASTER relaxer. Lounging in the sun, having a little stretch, a big yawn, an afternoon nap (they don't call it a cat nap for nothing) -- your cat really knows how to chill. So learn from it.

6 Ways To Influence Decision Makers

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

There comes a point in your career when you may want to flex your persuasive muscle, it could be the quest for a promotion or establishing your public brand. Whether you're a student or a senior level executive, competition is fierce and there's never been a greater time to get noticed and be heard.

Why Playing It Safe Is Actually A Myth

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

You can always be fired, downsized, or replaced. Your company could fold. The economy could tank. Depressing, I know. But, oddly enough, it's also empowering. Knowing there's no 100% guarantee frees you from pressure fall in line, fly under the radar, cave to the pressure, and suck it up, all for the sake of "security."

It Might Be Too Late For Parents To Stand Up To Their Kids

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

It all starts from the day they're born. I am proposing that, to paraphrase any person from England, you start the way you mean to go on. Let them take over your night's sleep for longer than a year? Hmmmm. Jeopardize every social plan you try to commit to? Not good.

This Word Game Is Better Than Any New Year's Resolution

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

Instead of thinking about what physical goals you want to reach (lose 20 pounds, make six figures, buy a house), you think about the why of these things. How do you think they're going to make you feel (maybe sexy, wealthy, secure)? You'll discover a whole bunch of other ways to achieve those feelings.

Your Approval Hang-Up Is Killing Your Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Imagine that you didn't have to take flak from anyone, disappoint anyone, or impress anyone. Or pretend that everyone was so concerned with his or her own business that they wouldn't pay any notice to your own career choices. What would you choose if nobody was looking?

We Must Move Beyond Rhetoric To Solve The Refugee Crisis

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

One who wants to take in the Syrian refugees presents only the narrow facts and arguments that support such a conclusion. One who wants to refuse these refugees also only presents the narrow facts and arguments . All you hear is misleading simplicity -- from both sides.

Alzheimer's: Dealing With Decision Making And Wills

AlzLIVE | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There will come a time when your decision making will be increasingly restricted. You can prepare for these changes through planning and communications with trusted people in your life and this can help ensure your autonomy is supported and respected.

Overcome Decision Fatigue In 3 Simple Steps

Erin Blaskie | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Business
Erin Blaskie

Without limiting your day-to-day decisions, you can easily burnout on the decision-making process, which leads to poor choices and the potential for error. This phenomenon is otherwise known as decision fatigue.

How To Make Decisions Without Distress

Susan Valentine | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

When we feel stuck, our usual tactics -- giving ourselves more time, assessing pros and cons, soliciting our friends for advice -- don't really help, and in fact, can escalate our anxiety.

Why We Make The Wrong Choices

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.30.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Getting exactly what we want is rare. Usually it's give and take. Conflicting interests make it necessary to bargain constantly. However, we also haggle with ourselves when no one else is around to limit our options -- often unconsciously. As behavioral scientists tell us, even under the best of circumstances, smart and regrettable choices balance each other out over time.

You Must Choose to Succeed in Order to Get Ahead

Anne Day | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Business
Anne Day

I've found that once I've made a major decision, it wasn't as scary as I thought it was, and I wonder what too me so long. When you step outside your unhappiness, you find that there is a life and it is there for the taking. It is just getting over that first hurdle of making a move and once you've jumped that... you can win. You can get ahead.

Your Destiny Is Determined by Your Decisions

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.20.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

I believe we are in full control of our choices and that our actions, in response to what fate offers us, matter. We are here to learn lessons and the hard decisions we have to make are what helps us grow as humans. Our destiny is not something we can sit by and let happen to us.

What to Consider Before Joining a Board of Directors

Evan Thompson | Posted 08.20.2016 | 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 Find Your Dream Job

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A lot of people beat themselves up because they think they're supposed to know exactly what their ideal career looks like. So they refuse to experiment or to commit to even minor changes until they know what the big picture will look like in exacting detail.

The Naked Truth About My First Year of Business

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.06.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Running your own business is pretty fucking sweet, no question. But let's keep it real, people. Entrepreneurship is also challenging, humbling, and exhausting, especially when you're just starting out. What can you expect in your first year of business? Here's the naked truth about mine...

You Should Ignore Bad Advice, Even From People With Good Intentions

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Every human being on earth crafts a unique set of biases based on his or her own experience -- you, me, and everybody else. We use this experience to dish out advice. But what works for one person (say, someone who loves you and wants only the best for you) might not work for you.

Why Emotions Are Important When Making Decisions

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I was recently at a restaurant and overheard the patrons to my right having a discussion. One of them said: "You should never make decisions out of fear." Everyone at the table seemed to nod approvingly at this piece of advice.

Leaving No Doubt About Grad School

The Reply | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

The debate surrounding whether to seek higher education post-bachelor's versus gaining workplace experience is common amongst millennials. Whatever direction you choose, becoming confident in your decision is a key part of the journey.

Are You Lost or Are You Just Afraid?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Most of the people I work with come to me because they feel lost and they don't know what they want. At least, they think they don't know what they want. But more than half of the time - heck, most of the time - the problem has nothing to do with knowing; it's the fear associated with the desire.

How To Find Clarity In The Face Of Life's Big Questions

The Reply | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

It's exhausting, this constant pressure that exists in the "real world." We're making decisions today that outline the rest of our lives. The choices we make now help us discover who we are, what we want in life, where we live and what people we want to spend our time with. How do you know which path is best? The truth is, you don't.

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? These 6 Strategies Will Help

Matthew Held | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Decision fatigue is a psychological condition, where a person's decisions degrade due to mental exhaustion after a long session of decision-making. The following six strategies will help you tackle decision fatigue and make better decisions.

In Decision-Making, Timing Is Everything

Jessica Knox | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Business
Jessica Knox

The more time I spend in a leadership role, the more acutely aware I become of how often decision-making moments arise. A hiring decision, a strategic play, or, one of the toughest decisions for any business: when to say no to revenue-generating opportunities.