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Employment Not Unemployment – A Positive Outlook

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

CanadaDespite the fact that Saskatchewan had a 2.9% increase in jobs in March over the same time last year and despite the fact that it has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, the headlines still focused on the negative and reported a growing unemployment rate. It is often tough to sift through to find the good news in today’s economy but it is there.

In the early 1900′s there were those who left Ontario to pioneer in Saskatchewan. They made their mark and then returned home and so our history has continued to evolve, much the same today as it was in the past, in this vastly diversified country. Canadians have been encouraged by the many opportunities available, relocating across the country to reap the benefits offered by the oil sands of Alberta or B.C.’s forestry or Ontario’s automotive industry. And often, when those jobs begin to decline, those affected move back home. The influx of people moving back to certain areas contributed to an exaggeration in jobless rates, as the number entering the job market exceeded the number of jobs available. The good news is still an increasing availability of  jobs in some places.

Manitoba’s employment has remained steady, attributable to their well-diversified manufacturing base. Alberta and Ontario have experienced the highest job loss rates in the country but some of those jobs provided exceptional opportunities, experience and the highest of remuneration for many people over a significant number of years in a job market that has been evolving from a lifetime employee tenure to 20 or 30 years and today is approximately 2.5 years. 

Statistics Canada reports August unemployment rates at 5% in Saskatchewan, 5.7% in Manitoba and 9.4% and 7.4% respectively in Ontario and Alberta. The full impact of significant job losses across our country is still yet to be seen and there will be some devastating consequences for many. However, there will also be those who will look back on this year and attribute it to a positive change in their lives. Possibly the loss of a job that made them miserable, the opportunity to further their education, an introduction to a new career, a new city, new friends, the start of a new business or cherished memories of time spent with family that would otherwise have been consumed by work. So read beyond the bad news headlines and make a conscious effort to look for the positive.

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Manufacturing Job Losses

Monday, March 30th, 2009

For many people not involved in the manufacturing industry, our current ecomomic state is somewhat of a shock. I’ve been asked, “How can we suddenly be in a recession?”. The following statistics from Statistics Canada will provide a better perspective on where our economy has been heading for the past nine years.

The last time we saw any growth in employment in the manufacturing industry was from 1998 to 2000. 2001 to 2004 was a period of stagnation and from 2004 to 2008 job losses reached 322,000! In just four years, one in seven manufacturing jobs disappeared and one in five manufacturing jobs were lost in Ontario alone!

Statistics Canada further reports, “ These trends are not unique to Canada — manufacturing has been declining in most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. The situation in Canada was noticeable for being somewhat delayed, with manufacturing jobs beginning to decline only in 2004, while other countries, notably the United States, had already registered significant job losses for several years.”

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has been lobbying at the federal, provincial and local levels of government on behalf of small and medium sized businesses, (SME’s) for over 35 years and provides the following statistics:

Small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Canadian society and its economy. SMEs play a role in shaping local communities, creating new jobs and serving consumers. Collectively, they generate close to half of Canadian GDP, according to a CFIB estimate based on National Accounts data. Small and mid-sized establishments, with fewer than 500 employees, represent 97 per cent of all Canadian businesses and employ 56 per cent of all workers.

Prior to our last Federal Election, the CFIB sent a questionaire to each of the party leaders to assess their level of support for entrepreneurs and small business. Despite the significance of SME’s, which account for the employment of six out of ten Canadians, no response was received from the Conservative Party of Canada.

If you have been have been affected by manufacturing job losses or are considering a career transition, call today for a free resume critique.

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Layoffs Irresponsible?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

toledo-police-stationAs a former police officer, I have to agree with councilman D. Michael Collins of Toledo, who is also a former police officer and says, “This is absolutely irresponsible, and the mayor has no idea what the consequences will be to the city”. Mr. Collins is referring to the proposed layoff of 75 police officers!

It is understandable in today’s troubling economy that cutting costs is at the forefront of every business, every community and every individual. However, no decision should ever be considered that compromises the safety individuals!

Martin Buckland

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Is it a Scam?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Dear Mr. Smith
I came across your resume and was impressed. While I don’t work in your area, some colleagues of mine do and may be able to help you with your job search, and more importantly, help you assess your marketability. We are part of a network of agencies that work strictly on behalf of high-quality management and executive level professionals.
Would it be alright if I forwarded your information and suggest they call you? If so, just reply to n.martin@martinagencies. com with attached resume.
Let me know and good luck!
Sincerely,
N. Martin
Nicholas Martin
www.martinagencies. com

If you have posted your resume online, you’ve probably received this exact wording in an email. For further information go to www.ripoffreport.com.  If an organization is a reputable ”executive recruiting” agency, they will never ask you for money because they are paid by the company. It is always in your best interest to seek out credible references and if you are paying for a specific professional service, verify the related credentials of the individual you will be working with prior to hiring them.

Organizations such as HAPPEN, Canada’s Largest Executive Network, provides an excellent venue for job seekers to share information and request references for those companies promising to find you the career of your dreams. Other reputable job search organizations are Monster and WorkopolisExecuNet is a senior executive networking organization facilitated in Canada by Martin Buckland of Elite Resumes for those interested in advancing their careers. None of these organizations will ask you for thousands of dollars.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Job Scams: The Recession Turns Ugly, written by M. P. McQueen reports consumer-protection and law-enforcement groups and better-business bureaus are reporting an increasing number of phony job recruitment and work at home schemes coinciding with the rise in unemployment. Incidents include, identity theft, money laundering, phony executive search firms, bogus work at home opportunities, own-your-own-business schemes and illegal pyramid schemes disguised as multi-level marketing programs.

If you choose not to take heed in the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true…”, check for verifiable references prior to  providing personal or confidential information and certainly before you hand over any of your hard earned money!

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Admired Corporate Cultures

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate CulturesWaterstone Human Capital has provided some interesting findings from their extensive research with 340 senior Canadian executives representing Canada’s top 500 corporations which was used to determine Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

82% of those executives surveyed said culture has a strong or very strong impact on their organization’s performance, 81% said that their current leadership has led to the creation of their organization’s culture and 80% defined corporate culture as leadership’s behaviours. When surveyed on Skills versus Fit, 62% said that cultural fit is more important than necessary skills, in the hiring of new talent.

Extensive criteria was used in the final selection from the nominated organizations, including vision and leadership and corporate social responsibility. Included in the 10 winning organizations of this prestigous award were Boston Pizza, Four Seasons, Intuit Canada, McDonald’s, Purolator, RBC, Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Horton’s, West Jet and Yellow Pages.

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Employers, 50 of the best in Canada

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

50-best-employers-in-canada1 50 of the best employers in Canada have been published in the Globe & Mail ReportonBusiness.com Magazine for the 10th year.  Hewitt Associates, a global HR outsourcing and consulting firm designed and conducted the study, involving over 100,000 employees, 1200 leaders and 200 organizations.  Strict guidelines are followed to produce results including a concept called employee engagement, researched and developed by Hewitt Associates, which measures three elements, say, stay and strive described as follows:
“Speak positively about the organization to co-workers, potential employees and customers.  Have an intense desire to be a part of the organization. Exert exta effort and are dedicated to doing the very best job possible to contribute to the organization’s business success.”

Of the top 50 employers in Canada, three have been on the list for the past five years, one for the past seven years, Keg Restaurants Ltd. and one for the past nine years, Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada.

The following are the top five employers:  EllisDon Corporation, London, ON; PCL Constructors Inc. Edmonton, AB; Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary, AB; Edward Jones, Mississauga, ON and CIMA+, Montreal, QC.

Sponsors of this study also include, Queen’s School of Business and study partners, Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations, Workopolis and LA PRESSE.

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Employment Forecasts and the Countdown to 2009

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

global-photo3The countdown to 2009 was fraught with a barrage of forecasts, especially those related to future employment.  Unfortunately, much of what we are hearing is bleak.  Whether you work in Canada, the United States, Dubai or China, layoffs are the top news stories. Challenger, Gray & Christmas published their Work Place Trends Outlook for 2009 and predict an increase in unemployment throughout 2009 and believe we will not see employment growth associated with a healthy and expanding economy before 2013.

Although unsettling, to say the least, we are fortunate to have been part of a stable or booming economy for many years.  It is now time to initiate the changes that are necessary in an extremely competitive global marketplace and get through the expected lengthy economic recovery.  The best resources available today are online.  Online resources not only allow you to keep abreast of current affairs, personal and professional networking websites are soon to be the number one tool used by both employees and employers.  You need to stand out, ONLINE!  Research and find information on those industries that are not affected by this global economic downturn.  Search employment sites around the world and consider relocating. Review opportunities available to further your education, improve skills, increase your marketability or begin a second career. Keep on top of new government initiatives that provide funding for further education or job creation projects.  Web sites offer world wide information and it’s free.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, ask us ONLINE!

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Gen Y and Networking

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Randstad, a job placement agency, surveyed 6,600 employers and found 53% of managers feel that the search for employees is more difficult than it was in 2007.  According to Statistics Canada,  this trend will reach a turning point in 2016 when the number of people leaving the job market will be greater than the number of people entering it.  In response, companies will have to devise ways to attract new graduates.  Generation Y is showing expectations of good salaries, benefits and a respectful environment that  considers employees as partners rather than mere employees.

Randstad also reports close to 80% of jobs are not advertised and 94% of those asked, found their jobs through networking.  Sebastien Girard, regional manager for Randstad says, “We advise our clients to spread the word about their job search to as many people as possible” and he comments on the importance of Facebook as well as other social networks, newspapers, professional association websites, job search sites and job placement agencies.

For valuable tips on effective networking online and off check out Networking and Your Job Search.

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Business Owners and the Economy

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Wallace Immen provides some insight into business owners and how they are responding to this frightening economic downturn in his article, Scary times?  Try being on your own, in the Globe and Mail.  Amy Casson, Principal of Polished Image Inc. says she is wrapping up contracts and finding potential new sources of business unwilling to make any commitments.  With  three children to feed, she’s pulled out her resume and is actively seeking a full time job.  Ms. Casson is one in seven; one in the more than two million people in Canada who are self-employed and finding themselves at a career crossroad with the current decline in business.  The services, projects and programs that have been available to many working on their own, are being eliminated by companies in an effort to cut costs.

Despite current market trends, a recent survey from The Association of Management Consultants found 75% of self-employed remain optimistic expecting as much work in six months as they have today.  The industries that have significantly slowed employment of independent workers include mining, manufacturing and retail and those fields seeing little effect so far are health care, utilities, energy, education and environmental consulting.

Robert McCulloch, President of management consultancy CYOR Inc. in Toronto and chairman of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants said, “I thing you’re going to see extreme reactions to the economic downturn. At one extreme, projects are being put on hold, budgets are frozen and consultants are being terminated or asked to take a pay cut”.  On the other, “there will be some companies that will decide to downsize permanent staff and bring in contractors that are easier to let go if things get even tougher”.  Considering the uncertainty, Ms. Casson says, “I’m not going to give up my own business because I’ve trained for it and I have a track record.  I plan to keep up my presence on the Internet and keep networking with clients letting them know I am available as a self-employed coach”.

Career Coaches, Paul Copcut and Nina Spencer, offered tips to survive in tougher times, which included, market yourself, work your network, prospect for opportunities, focus on your expertise, offer added value and create a buzz, to name a few.  Paul Copcutt is the founder of Square Peg Solution and says organizations may be reigning in expenses but they still need solutions for their problems and will invest in those who can offer them.

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Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers, The Story of Success

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

In a recent Globe and Mail article, Sabitry Ghoshi interviewed Malcolm Gladwell about his latest book, Outliers, The Story of Success.  Gladwell clearly states that “success” is narrowly defined in his book as he had no interest in happiness, but in the “occupational success in the work that we do”, saying, “This book is squarely about what happens when you go to work in the morning”.

Malcolm Gladwell says it requires at least 10,000 hours to become an expert on anything and attributes his success as a writer and reporter to his 10 years with The Washington Post.  This experience, “deliberate practice”, as he refers to it, is the key to becoming an expert, or a “success” in a profession.  He credits a practical side not a high IQ to high achievers and most importantly, opportunity.  Even your date of birth can result in a missed opportunity!

Becoming successful in your profession is related to some common elements such as, the opportunity to work harder than your peers, to see things that others can’t see and a good fit between your cultural legacy and what you chose to explore, according to Malcolm Gladwell.  But he also says, ” much of it is outside of our control”.

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Manage the Effects of Financial Stress with Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep and Happiness

Monday, December 15th, 2008

It’s no surprise that most people agree the major cause of stress in Canada is financial pressure and it is unlikely that these results would be any different in the United States. What is surprising, even shocking, is the financial cost of stress on the Canadian industry. According to Dr. Kenford Nedd, it is approximately $51 billion annually – more than the profits of all Fortune 500 companies put together, adding, “If you really look after stress, you’re looking after your business”.

Be well – Money and Stress, is a special information series on wellness at home and in the workplace, sponsored by Desjardins Financial Security. Ms Nowski, director of disability claims and management for Desjardins Financial Security, says “Unmanageable stress and unmanaged worry can have long-lasting effects on mental and physical health, quality of life and productivity in the workplace, so it is in the best interests of both individuals and organizations to take a proactive approach to managing financial stressors.”

Ongoing stress in the workplace and at home can severely impair our immune systems with the potential to result in long term illness or even death. Although this is a critical issue, there are some simple steps that anyone can take to prevent serious negative effects and help in maintaining a healthy immune system. Make a point of reaching out to others. Decide if you are in need of reaching out for help. Eat healthy and nourishing food. Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Get a full night’s sleep and maintain a regular exercise program. If you can’t make it to the gym, go for a walk. Think positive. Take the time to smile and laugh with coworkers. Dr. Kenford Nedd, says, “Happiness in the workplace triggers the release of chemicals that strengthen the immune system…”.

In Japan, 34,000 otherwise healthy men, die every year of stress-related heart attacks. Nutritious meals, regular exercise, sleep, happiness and reaching out can increase your ability to manage stress. You have the choice to take control of your personal life and stay healthy! Your physical and emotional health impacts your family, friends, business and our country. It starts with you! Do you really have a choice?

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Inspiring words, valuable quotes, reality, insight….

Friday, December 12th, 2008

All of this from only one man, Dennis DesRosiers. During one of my late night channel hopping excursions, my attention was immediately caught by the words of Mr. DesRosier during a Focus Ontario interview. He was matter-of-fact, to the point, provided information with facts and statistics and was easily recognized as someone who is not easily intimidated. His expertise in the auto industry is indisputable and he voices his concerns openly, including his opinion that the auto unions have been asleep for the past 20 years! In 1985 he founded DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc., the only consulting and market research company in Canada that specializes in the automotive sector.  www.desrosiers.ca

Dennis DesRosiers is also recognized for supporting his home town of Windsor, Ontario and presented a speech, that Chris Schnurr posts on his blog in it’s entirety, http://chrisschnurr.wordpress.com. Chris Vander Doeler also writes about it in the Windsor Star along with numerous other articles if you search for Dennis DesRosiers, http://tinyurl.com/55vswa. During his Windsor speech, Mr. DesRosiers commented on leadership, acknowledging Lee Iacocca’s book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone?, which states that the principal role of leadership is to confront, understand and explain reality head on, to develop realistic and achievable strategies and solutions and to marshal the necessary resources for successful outcomes.  The following are a few more of his comments and inspiring words:

“Confronting reality requires honesty and putting oneself at risk.  That…my friends…is leadership – putting ourselves at risk.”

“It’s somewhat ironic that leaders who employ the strategy of not confronting reality to avoid failing, are in reality making failure more likely.  When the ostrich sticks its head in the sand, which end is up? With one’s head in the sand how can other opinions and perhaps the best opinions be heard?”

“My Dad told me only one thing when I started my own company, he said, “Dennis, always hire people smarter than you.”

Further to his comments on leadership, Mr. DesRosiers introduces another issue, which is rarely addressed, one attributable to the lack of success that he refers to as an, “entitlement” culture. He said, “After many decades of strong employment and wages it is not surprising that an “entitlement” culture evolved. But an entitlement culture is troubling in a competitive global marketplace. Global players work for their market share; they are not entitled to anything. And acting like a ‘victim’ when you don’t get what you are ‘entitled’ to makes matters worse. …”Perpetual entitlement/victim-hood stifles the need for change… on the corporate side of the equation a belief that it is “just a matter of time” before what is rightfully yours will come back prevents companies from innovating with new processes and aggressively introducing and experimenting with new technology…On the political front…victim-hood is blaming your troubles on every other level of Government except your own…after all, ‘if only those Feds or those at Queen’s Park would help us everything would be all right’…!”

In my opinion Dennis DesRosier’s expertise goes far beyond the automotive industry!

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Will your online profile get you hired or fired?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

CNN.com posted a great article by Mike Hargis, CareerBuilder.com, Social networking do’s and don’ts, which provides some valuable information about your online profile and whether it will get you hired or fired.

It is clear that hiring managers are checking out the online profiles of potential candidates and studies show the information is an influence on their decision to hire or not to hire.  Although job qualification is reported as their top priority, controversial information, such as drinking, drugs or inappropriate photographs could very likely eliminate you from consideration.

A recent blog, Use Common Sense When Sharing Online Information, was written after the reported news of Virgin Atlantic firing 13 employees for criticizing the company and their customers on Facebook.  Yes, there is plenty of evidence that your online profile can get you fired!

Here are just a few tips provided by Mike Hargis, vice president of customer care at CareerBuilder.com on the dos and don’ts for social networking sites:

  • Do update your profile regularly
  • Don’t badmouth your current or previous employer
  • Do join groups…selectively
  • Don’t forget others can see your friends
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Use Common Sense When Sharing Online Information

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, just to name a few, are websites that are available for anyone to share information online.  The following blogs, also just to name a few, have been written about sharing information online and the consequences, positive or negative that can result.  The basic message really is, use a little common sense when you post information to your online sites.

The Influence and the Power of Your Words

Online Posting and Your Reputation

Social vs. Professional Online Networking Sites

Hundreds of articles continue to show up regarding the demise of individuals who are not using common sense when posting information online.  Virgin Atlantic sacks 13 staff after Facebook criticism!  Yes, 13 of Virgin Atlantic’s cabin staff were sacked after they made a conscious decision to go online and criticize the company that employed them and the customers that support the company!  A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic said, “There is a time and a place for Facebook.  But there is no justification for it to be used as a sounding board for staff of a company to criticise the very passengers who ultimately pay their salaries”.

Using a little common sense when sharing online information will help to serve your best interests, especially if consideration is given prior to posting it for the world to see.  News travels fast.

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President of Sales, VP of Sales, Sales Manager, Sales Associate

Friday, October 31st, 2008

In today’s economic crisis, the number one job available is in SALES!  These positions are currently the most sought after as an increase in sales could potentially be the key factor in the survival of many companies caught up in today’s economic turmoil.

Increasing sales is one of the few definitive options available to the decision makers of many companies and organizations at a time when so much is beyond their control.  The fluctuating dollar, volatile stock markets and wavering economies of neighbouring countries have resulted in widespread, growing concerns over the viability of many businesses.  An economic crisis, forecasted by some, as the worst since the Great Depression of the 30′s.

Many people are currently in career transition and those who are not could potentially be in the near future.  Statistics show a continuing decline in the length of tenure in all executive positions.  Although it may not seem to be at the time, this transition can be a positive opportunity for your career development.  By acquiring knowledge and a clear understanding of current trends in our market place, recognizing the significance of fulfilling your own needs, focussing on your strengths and following your passion you can set the goals needed to create a path to success.

If you require the professional advice of a career transition coach, professional branding strategist or master resume writer please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Steady Employment Growth for Skilled Trades

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Plumbers, carpenters, masons, electricians, machinists, mechanics and crane operators have provided work for about one million people in 2007, as reported by Statistics Canada.  Other than a brief decline in the mid-1990′s, skilled trades have seen a steady employment growth to date.

The proportion of trades employment varied by province, with an increase from 9% in 1987 to 15% in 2007 in Alberta, due to the oil and gas boom.  Whereas Ontario experienced a significant decrease in trades workers from 41% in 1987 to 36% in 2007 coinciding with the decline in the manufacturing industry.  In 1946 Canada’s total employment in manufacturing was 26% and in 2007 it has declined to just 12%!

Studies have shown that 51% of immigrants from 2001 to 2006 arrived with a university degree, far higher than the 20% for the Canadian-born population.  Since educational requirements for the trades are below university level it is not surprising that fewer immigrants are employed in the trades, 17% in 2007 compared to non-trades at 21%.

97% of all workers in the trades have full-time jobs and 97% are men.  The proportion of men in other occupations has seen a decline in the past, from 54% in 1987 to 50% in 2007.

A CBC article, “Who’s your plumber?”, generated some interesting comments, including one from an individual describing the trades as low prestige, labour intensive, dirty work requiring long hours and travel noting that women don’t want that but they should be encouraged to be equal!  It may be significant to note that in a 2006 Census, women accounted for 60% of university graduates.

Any industry reporting steady employment growth, despite the current economic turmoil is welcome news, even if it is a male dominated industry.

Do you have an enticing resume as a skilled trades worker?  Call now for a free resume critique!

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Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 2007

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Passion, integrity, perseverance and determination!  These were the words used to describe recipient’s of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 awarded to 40 exceptional Canadians under the age of 40 who are outstanding leaders in their chosen fields and who are shaping our country’s future.

The Globe and Mail’s full page ad this week lists the selection criteria as follows:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Innovation and Achievement
  • Impact
  • Growth/Development Strategy
  • Community Involvement and Contribution

This national program, founded and managed by The Caldwell Partners, is designed to promote mentorship and professional development by introducing these leaders to the established business community and by promoting them as role models for young Canadians.

To nominate someone on-line, visit www.top40award-canada.org by November 3rd.

Best of luck to all nominees!

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Nonverbal Communication and Your Job Interview

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

In The Wall Street Journal, “The Power of Nonverbal Communication”, provides some very interesting information regarding the unconscious and nonverbal ways that humans communicate with one another.

Dr. Alex “Sandy” Pentland, a professor at the MIT Media Lab, has written the book “Honest Signals”, based on studies related to unconscious social signals and patterns in how we interact with other people offering insight into our intentions, goals and values.  He claims we can accurately predict the outcomes of situations ranging from job interviews to first dates!

Specific areas of communication included monitoring the levels of nervous energy using a “sociometer“, which indicated excitement, anticipating responses in conversation indicating levels of interest, evidence of mimicry of gestures, correlating with feelings of trust and empathy and finally fluency or consistency in tone or motion, suggesting a level of expertise or of being well practiced.

In studying job interviews, Dr. Pentland says, “We found that if job candidates show confidence and practice, if they’re mirroring the inteviewer’s gestures, if they’re active and helpful, if they act the right way, they’ll get the thumbs up.”

The MIT Press, Honest Signals, How They Shape Our World, says scientific background is presented in this book providing an understanding of this form of communication and shows that by “reading” our social networks we can become more successsful at pitching an idea, getting a job, or closing a deal.

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Be sure you have the right company!

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Searching the web for information is as common an activity today as it is for Canadians to drive through a Tim Hortons!  The difference is, the sign on the business has to be their legal name so you are sure to know you are visitng a Tim’s and not a Country Style.

Unfortunately, many businesses and organizations online are using a name on their website that is not their legal name in an effort to boost their presence.  Recently I came across a Canadian company’s web site by accident because they have used a variation of their company name at the top and bottom with their address on each of their web pages.  This company, unlike the company I was searching for, does not list one accreditation related to any of the services they are selling.  There is not one page without spelling mistakes and grammatical errors and the example they have of the “professional document” also contains incorrect spelling, grammatical errors and inconsistent punctuation, margins, borders and white space.  It is surprising that the one person acknowledged on the site agreed to disclose their name, unless she is the person behind the existence of this company/website and the decision to modify their company name to one that is legally registered to a reputable company.

Check out my blog, “You don’t always get what you pay for” for questions to review before you invest in a company’s services.  If you are looking for a qualified professional, seek out references and don’t be duped by a cheap price or a company using another company’s name!

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Relieving Stress with Laughter

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Whether you are in a high profile executive position or career transition, it is likely you are experiencing some amount of stress. You may also be aware that those stressful situations will diminish or disappear entirely in the event of laughter.

Laughing your way to organizational health, by David Granirer for About.com reports that a recent study found managers who facilitated the highest level of employee performance used humour the most often. Thomas Kuhlman, a psychologist a the University of St. Thomas relays specific indicators that tell us we need to incorporate humor into our workplace.  How we react to stressful situations is a choice to despair or laugh. “Being able to laugh about oursleves and our situation helps us release tension, regain our perspective, and accept that which we cannot change. Not ony that, it also gives us the physical energy and resilience needed to survive.”

More and more companies are recognizing the value of creating a fun workplace and organizations such as, Big Fish Interactive and Tree Top Trekking offer professional team building events and outdoor adventures.  The connection of humour, laughter and creativity will contribute to a healthier workplace and a sense of individual and team purpose, passion and play.

Scientific studies are reporting the health benefits of laughter beyond relieving stress to include lowering blood pressure, boosting the immune system and burning calories!

Shirley Maclaine said: “I laugh at myself a lot. The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.”

In Good Life In the City magazine, Tracy McLaughlin writes, “There is nothing like a good rolling, rollicking, hearty laugh.  It sucks the stress from every pocket of your body and leaves you feeling refreshed, energized and happy”.

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