Why Start-Ups Are Like Parenting

Ryan Spong | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

For those of us who have founded companies, startups are like your first-born -- exciting, terrifying and usually there are only three of you! There is only one goal: survive. It's crisis management everyday and the strategy is "let's find something that works today."

My Mentor Taught Me the Power of Personal Modesty and Humility

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Business
Jay Rosenzweig

One very telling trait in a prospective candidate's makeup is their ability to ascribe whatever success they may have had thus far in their careers to the influence or assistance of others. Often they will speak of a mentor or a series of mentors as pivotal figures. One very special mentor and teacher of mine is the Honourable Irwin Cotler.

My Dad's a Better Mentor Than Yours

Jessica Glazer | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

When you are part of the start-up world, one of the things everyone will tell you is that in order to succeed in your career, you must find yourself a mentor. Someone who can help guide you through the trials and tribulations you will endure in your business because they have been there themselves.

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.

How to Be an Effective Mentor

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Kathy Buckworth

The biggest hurdle for most people seems to be how to get a formal mentor and how to become one. I spoke on this subject at a conference for women entrepreneurs and at the end of the session I had exactly one woman approach me.

When Women Take Risks in Business

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Even though not every risk delivers the results we desire, one thing is certain: the biggest risk for a woman is to hold back and try to be one of the crowd. If we hide what makes us special and unique, our companies will suffer and so will our careers. It is a lost opportunity.

How To Use Mentoring As a Business Development Tool

Mary Donohue | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Mentoring is seen as the heated steering wheel in your next car. Nice to have but you could live without it. It's not airbags or anti-lock brakes of the business world. But it can be standard equipment, just as formerly high-end safety features are standard on the cheapest of cars.

10 New Years Resolutions for Milenials

Ken Rabow | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Yeah. I know. New years is soooo far away. You might as well wait. Start cramming when the Dick Clark replacement is at the 3...2...1 before figuring...

The Greatest Gift I Ever Got Was Giving My Haasen Fraas Away

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

I was meant to give that ice cream to those people. To have all the people in the airport help me out on my odd quest and it would not possibly have been as sweet, if the ice cream had survived. So what did I learn? If I had kept it all for myself I would have had nothing.

The One Thing I Did To Hire The Best Employee Ever

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

It took me staying up all night and reaching near exhaustion to get fed up enough to seek a new solution to hiring. I hope you find you sleep easier knowing what I know now. You have to balance the great parts of the job you are offering with the truthful parts of both the job you are offering and what working for you can be like in order to find the right fit for a long term hire.

Why We Should Mentor Millennials Suffering From Mental Illness

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Some with Bipolar or other mental health issues but they had one advantage that Robin Williams did not (I really wasn't going to say me, please)... they had not learned how to succeed in life. They were stuck and nothing before our work had worked.

How to Find a Mentor

Kelly Lovell | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

While we cannot make up for the experiences we lack, we can certainly draw from the knowledge of those who have lived before us. Regardless of your age or the stage you are in your life, I believe mentorship is an invaluable tool. There is a reason why maps were created. Imagine a road trip without the aid of a map?

How To Be Relevant in an Hour a Week

Elan Divon | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

The average Canadian spends a whopping four hours and 20 minutes a day watching TV (5 hours in the U.S. for comparison), and that doesn't include social media time. That's 30 hours a week or 1560 hours a year in which the average Canadian sits on a couch. So here's my challenge to you: Give up one sitcom, one iffy reality show to free up an hour of your time each week.

The Invaluable Benefits of Mentorship for Today's Youth

Mark Lievonen | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Business
Mark Lievonen

All of us need mentoring in our lives -- to inspire us, motivate us and help us achieve our aspirations. Industry studies show that mentoring programs in the workplace are good for both mentors and mentees, and can improve retention and career advancement.

Tea Not Troubles Brews For Reformed Youths At YOU Made It Cafe

CP | Susan Greer, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Impact

LONDON, Ont. - From the outside, except for the slightly unusual name, you might not suspect there's anything special about the YOU Made It Cafe in do...

The Key to a Happy Childhood? Mentoring

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Living
Danisha Bhaloo

According to research, as well as my own personal and professional experience, the key to a happy childhood is mentorship. Kids who have a positive role model in their lives are more likely to succeed academically and develop healthy lifestyles.

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.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- In Conclusion

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So you went from being a slacker with unrealized potential to a mover and shaker in the world in 13 steps. Or more likely, you just read all the blog versions of the whole book (without skipping over too much, I hope) and you are wondering a bunch of questions. I will answer the questions first and then get to the ones who have gone through the 13 steps.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step 13: Helping Others Helps You

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

Most people feel something missing in their lives. So, how do we bring meaning into our lives? How do we begin to feel truly alive? Do something crazy! Help someone else. Choose to make one small positive change in the world. When we start thinking about helping others, we raise not only their hopes but our own heart vibrations. Our hearts rise up beyond the petty slights and missteps of daily life and begin to focus on a bigger picture.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Twelve: Living a Full Life

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

When you are mindful of your daily life, your life is one of being present. Of really living and not just killing time to go virtual. Learning to care and to matter may be one of the greatest commodities in the age of ideas because then your work, play, study and relationship times become chances to experience, feel, think and grow. Live each day like it was the only one you have. Care about people and learn from everything.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eleven: The Good Thing About Addictions

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The young clients I work with tend to be addicted to: video gaming, magic cards, junk food and/or cannabis. Many would say that their addictions seem to provide a level of comfort -- a buffer from an unsafe world. Having an addictive nature means that you have a passionate nature. So, how do you take these passions and make them become something generative?

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Ten: From Crud to Cred

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So here you are, taking another stab at "making it" in life. Your parents are cautiously optimistic.You are non-committal. Your dog still thinks you're amazing (but he likes Yanni). It should go well. You're older. You've had a few "challenges" under you belt and you've survived. You're not on the street or in a cult or both. Then why so nervous?

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Nine: Feeling Safe "Out There"

Ken Rabow | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

In a positive stage of your life, you're meeting with people who will accept you for following your purpose and sharing the qualities of passion and striving that you have in common. Each positive action builds upon itself. Each setback becomes merely a minor bump on the road you are travelling on and everything leads you towards your bliss. You may just find yourself unboxed and free for the very first time!

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eight: Doing It In The Real World

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

You can study, you can practice, you can philosophize all you want, it means diddly until you test it out there in the "real world." Now comes the next step for a young adult searching to find their success in life: putting three toes in the water. If you get three straight failures, remember Edison took 10,000 wrong tries to find the right filament, creating the incandescent bulb.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Seven: Being Your Best

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

What would you do? How would you be? How would you go about it? Who would you seek out? What if it wasn't what you thought it would be? How would you know when you'd arrived? Be careful for what you wish for. I am going to give you the keys to make whatever you want happen as long as it is for the benefit of all who are touched by your choices.