True grit is the great equalizer in life

With grit, there’s no telling how far you can go

True grit is the great equalizer in lifeLouis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization, once said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led to achieving my goals: My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Pasteur would have approved of Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin…

Speech-language pathology grad honours her francophone roots

Emilie Lefebvre helps French-speaking youngsters overcome their speech-related challenges

Speech-language pathology grad honours her francophone rootsPlanning her career as a speech-language pathologist, Emilie Lefebvre wanted to work with bilingual adults, but a happy whirl of Francophonie Week celebrations changed her mind. The festivities by an Edmonton school board tugged at her own French-language roots while she worked there on a clinical placement to finish her University of Alberta education, and…

Body language tips for the holiday office party

A holiday get-together can quickly turn into a career-limiting event

Body language tips for the holiday office partyThe holiday office party offers a great opportunity to socialize with co-workers, meet new people, and develop or deepen relationships. However, a holiday get-together can also quickly turn into a career-limiting event unless you understand the do's and don'ts of appropriate behaviour. The desire to relax and have fun can be a highly anticipated, positive antidote…

Master’s grad thrives on team atmosphere as scientist and athlete

Liam Buchart's work in climate modelling was what really showed him the power of teamwork

Master’s grad thrives on team atmosphere as scientist and athleteLiam Buchart has always been a team player. He didn’t let academic pursuits get in the way of playing junior B hockey in the Capital Junior Hockey League while stickhandling through his first three years in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. Even after junior, when he joined the U of A’s…

Why first impressions can harm your career

7 body language tips for making a positive first impression

Why first impressions can harm your careerTwo seconds – 30 seconds, tops – that’s all the time it takes to assess your confidence, competence, status, likeability, warmth, and trustworthiness. That’s how much time you have to make a first impression. In fact, it’s impossible for us not to make these snap judgments about one another. Human beings are wired that way.…

Going back to school re-energized grad’s career

For Margeaux Maron, an MBA was a way to put more of herself into her work – and a pathway to a new career direction

Going back to school re-energized grad’s careerMargeaux Maron was standing in water up to her knees in the cowboy change room under the grandstand on the Calgary Stampede grounds when she noticed old rodeo photos float by. “That’s a really historic space where generations of cowboys have come to compete at the Stampede. I was sad because it was such a…

When a job becomes greedy and overwhelms your life

The pandemic has taught us that life beyond the job is possible

When a job becomes greedy and overwhelms your lifeThe wage gap between men and women stubbornly persists even after adjusting for all the usual factors like education and occupation. Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity, a new book by Harvard professor Claudia Goldin, takes a fresh look at the issue. Goldin introduces the concept of greedy jobs. These are the jobs…

5 strategies to increase your leadership presence

Leadership depends entirely on how other people in the workplace evaluate you

5 strategies to increase your leadership presenceLeadership presence, that illusive but “we know it when we see it” quality, is a blending of personal and interpersonal skills which, when combined, send all the right signals. It’s how you show up, how you make others feel, and how effectively you communicate both verbally and non-verbally. It’s the “wow” factor that sets you…

5 successful strategies to doing more with less

Are you feeling pressure from your boss to deliver, deliver, deliver?

5 successful strategies to doing more with lessDo you find yourself suddenly being asked to do more with less?  Did there use to be someone in the office beside you whose job responsibilities have suddenly become your responsibilities?  Are you feeling pressure from your boss to deliver, deliver, deliver? It isn’t as if you were slacking off before. Between the meetings, email,…

Three tips to keep your staff happy, productive and loyal

Keeping a worker is easier, faster and less expensive than replacing one

Three tips to keep your staff happy, productive and loyalAmong the many challenges facing businesses today is getting and keeping enough employees. The pandemic is often blamed for the labour shortages. Many people received income maintenance payments, sometimes exceeding their previous salaries, and no longer had to work. Stopping the subsidies may or may not bring them back, although raising wages will help. Others…

Five tips to spotting liars at work

While not foolproof, these tips are strong indicators of possible deception

Five tips to spotting liars at workHere are my tips to help in spotting liars at work. 1. Begin with a baseline Spotting liars begins with observing a person’s baseline behaviour under relaxed or generally stress-free conditions so that you can detect meaningful deviations. One of the strategies experienced interviewers use is to ask a series of simple questions while observing…

How to deal with harsh criticism

Stop fixating on the most devastating critiques; focus instead on the ones that offer honest, objective and useful feedback

How to deal with harsh criticismIs it just me, or do others find themselves overly fixating on criticism about their performance? I wasn't sure I had a thick enough skin after the first reviews came in when I began speaking professionally (and I was in law enforcement at the time). I prepared, practised delivery and made every effort to ensure…

Improve your personal curb appeal to kick-start your career

A positive personal "curb appeal" leads to more success in your career

Improve your personal curb appeal to kick-start your careerI've learned a few things about selling a house. I know, for instance, that much depends on timing (economic timing as well as the time of year you put the house on the market), and of course the mantra "location, location, location" is still paramount. I've also found out that a property needs "curb appeal."…

How to survive getting a new boss

A new boss is a new day, and a new opportunity

How to survive getting a new bossHere are six key questions you can ask yourself, along with strategies to help you keep your job when you get a new boss. Who is Evaluating Whom? One thing many people forget is that they will be tested. Of course you are evaluating and testing your new boss. But that person is also evaluating…

How to deal with your boss’s conflicting messages

If the words don't match the body language, watch out

How to deal with your boss’s conflicting messagesYour boss is giving advice about dealing with representatives of another company. 'I want to finesse them on this deal,' he says. But as he speaks, he pounds his fist on the desk. You hear what the manager says, but you also see his aggressive gesture. You leave the meeting confused about what the manager…
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