Why asking for a raise triggers intense anxiety

Many career-builders turn squeamish when it comes to asking for a raise through fear of rejection and how to broach the subject diplomatically

Why asking for a raise triggers intense anxietyMany career-builders turn squeamish when it comes to asking for a raise. The reasons include fear of rejection and discomfort about broaching the subject diplomatically. Often, it's hard pinpointing the exact reason. Maybe it has something to do with negative attitudes toward money often being passed from one generation to another. As children, parents and…

Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winning

Having shortcomings is not the problem – as humans we all have them. The problem is not knowing what they are

Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winningThere is no question that we need to align people with jobs and situations that play to their strengths. There is nothing more powerful than leveraging what people do well: it builds engagement, accelerates projects and initiatives, and significantly increases the likelihood of personal and organizational success. Besides, who wants to spend their life working at…

How to play corporate politics and win

If you expect to get ahead, you must understand and respect the power of organizational politics

How to play corporate politics and winIf you expect to get ahead, you must understand and respect the power of organizational politics. There is no escaping it. Fiercely competitive industries are rife with politics. Refusing to play organizational politics can be career suicide. Politics – the business of high-stake schmoozing and winning people over – aren't for everyone. But the measure…

4 steps to make sure you too become part of the clique

Being excluded from a clique may actually be your fault

4 steps to make sure you too become part of the cliqueIf you have ever been part of the leadership of a board, you have no doubt heard the complaint that your group is too cliquey. A Clique is any small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them. This…

A strong leader understands employee behaviours

Understanding, analyzing and dealing intelligently with employee behaviours is a key to good leadership, increased productivity and higher profit

A strong leader understands employee behavioursAmerican actress Mae West is quoted as saying, "The best way to behave is to misbehave." That may have worked for Mae West, but it won't work on the job. Most companies want behaviour that inspires productivity, performance and, of course, profit. Behaviour can be broken into five categories: 1. Behaviour is observable. An employee…

The ABCs of negotiating a job offer

Most new hires zone out when HR staffers explain complicated benefits packages. That's not a good idea

The ABCs of negotiating a job offerMost new hires zone out when HR staffers explain complicated benefits packages. It's not that they're not concentrating on what's being said, it's because the explanation is being delivered in an incomprehensible dialect called "HR-speak." Just because a job offer is doled out in an alien tongue doesn't mean you can't ask for a translation…

Finding our way through the work maze to retirement

Business leaders need to create a culture where everyone contributes with passion and where everyone can plan for their future

Finding our way through the work maze to retirementA girl recently told me she wants to quit her job – she doesn’t want to work any more or go to school. “It sounds like you want to retire,” I said. “What would you do with all your time?” “I might want to do some travelling or play basketball,” she said. “I really don’t…

Canada’s polytechnics represent disruption in action

They offer industry-relevant programs, equipment and facilities that ready learners for a constantly changing workplace

Canada’s polytechnics represent disruption in actionIt seems everywhere you look, people are talking about transformation in Canadian workplaces. Robots, driverless cars and Internet-enabled machines are changing the nature of work. An aging population is putting unprecedented pressure on health-care services and leading to shortages in sectors where retirements are outpacing available young people with the necessary skills. The world around…

Turning your job into your mission in life

How do you deal with unhappiness at work? You find meaning and value in what you do

Turning your job into your mission in lifeA recent study said 47 per cent of Canadians are unhappy in their jobs. Many cite lack of pay as the main reason but it’s not the only factor. Many find the work environment difficult or say their work lacks meaning. Of course, leaving a job isn’t necessarily a good thing. It can take significant…

The perfect job doesn’t exist

It is best to think of every job as a steppingstone job to a great, but not perfect, job

The perfect job doesn’t existCareer pundits make a big deal about the perfect job. So millions of career builders make it their quest. And a fruitless quest it is. Here we are in the 19th year of the 21st century, and the mythical perfect job has mushroomed into something even more intangible and out of reach than ever before.…
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