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CEO of RIM shares his career "secrets"

In last week’s WORKout I wrote about Lister Sinclair, and how he described his work at CBC Radio as a trip to the “fun factory” (if you missed last week’s WORKout, visit us online at http://thecareercoach.blogspot.com/2007/01/is-your-job-fun-tgim.html). Lister had the TGIM (Thank Goodness it’s Monday) syndrome. At the end of the article, I mentioned that I

Is your job fun (TGIM)?

Did you wake up this morning, and couldn’t wait to jump out of bed, finish your morning routine and rush off to work (TGIM – Thank Goodness It’s Monday) ? Do you look forward to getting to your office, smelling the fresh coffee, and seeing the smiling faces around your cubicle? This past week I

Mel Gibson's advice for the New Year.

I was thinking about the concept of the New Year, when I noticed pictures of four famous people on the front page of The National Post – Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, Congressman Mark Foley, and soccer star Zinedine Zidane. I am sure those four people would never have anticipated the events and choices they made

How to make a great career decision

Here are my final two thoughts on how to make great career decisions: Point #2: Be true to you This past week, Time magazine announced their "Person of the year" award (drum roll please) – YOU! Their reasoning is the explosion of platforms such as YouTube, whose motto is "Broadcast Yourself!", and MySpace, which provides

Careers and too many choices part 2

I am curious – did you happen to scan the gum counter this week at your local grocery store? You may have noticed 3 new flavours have been introduced since last week’s WORKout. Let’s just say that the new banana flavour is, well, interesting. Last week we discussed the whole concept of choice and making

Choices and meaning

I am curious – did you happen to scan the gum counter this week at your local grocery store? You may have noticed 3 new flavours have been introduced since last week’s WORKout. Let’s just say that the new banana flavour is, well, interesting. Last week we discussed the whole concept of choice and making

Too many choices?

On the same floor in our Toronto office is Cadbury Schweppes (they own a number of brands you would recognize, including Dentyne). Recently, I entered the elevator at the same time as one of their staff. I asked her how business was doing. She expressed that overall things were good, however, one of their new

How good are you at evaluating risk?

One of the most common questions my clients ask is; "How do I choose well?". They want to know how to evaluate the opportunities that are presented to them, and how to weigh their options. You and I make decisions every day, from whether or not we should drink another cup of coffee ("how many

James Bond 4 ideas for a resume that works.

This past weekend I went to see the new James Bond film. When I was younger, I really enjoyed the Bond movies; however, I had not seen one in the past 10 years. I heard a film reviewer on CBC radio discussing the movie, and later checked out some websites to see the ratings. I

4 ways to not get that opportunity?

Remember the days of long letters, stamps, and postcards? Of books written in rich and elegant prose? Today, we are in the times of instant massaging, the crackberry, and email. Our communication skils are definately on the downswing. Did you notice the spelling and grammatical errors? Maybe Alan is not as professional as he appears.