How to Identify New Opportunities the Robot Way

"See the need, fill the need" – this is a quote from the film Robots, which I recently watched with my children. Robots is a fun movie to watch, and Robin Williams stands out as a great voice in this animated feature. In this film the main character, Rodney Copperbottom, is the child of a

What do Elections and Careers have in Common?

Now, I know there are two things we are not “supposed” to discuss -politics and sex. However, I am a bit of a political junkie. While you may not agree with the politicians themselves, the principles they use to get elected can be learned from (at least the ethical ones!) I just watched an interesting

How to Get a Lucky Break

Recently there was an award banquet for the Young Entrepreneur Awards. The participants were from across the country, and were all under the age of 35. One of the winners was Melody Dover. She is 34 and lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Melody is the founder of Fresh Media Inc., an organization that does

The Ipod Way

Ipod is really hot these days. Apple, the computer company, is now "The Music Company". The person behind it all, from the very beginning, is Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder and current CEO. Now, I have a confession to make. I love all of Apple’s products. CareerJoy is a Mac shop — great quality products, easy

Is Your Resume Working?

You have probably never heard of Chip Kidd, yet he’sone of the most influential non-authors in the bookbusiness. For the past 20 years Chip has been on the designteam at Alfred A Knopf publishers. He is the MichaelJordon of the book design business, and has designedsuch books as Jurassic Park. He has created100’s of covers

Paul McCartney's Career Advice

Paul – he’s been a quarryman, Beatle, Wing, Poet,Painter, Father, Front Man, Producer, Business Mogul,and if that weren’t enough, a Knight. You may or may not have seen the new ads put out byFidelity Investments. Paul is their new globalrepresentative – using the extra money to pay for therising fuel costs in his new private

How to Make Sure You Give the Right Information in an Interview

Brad Chartrand plays for the Los Angeles Kings. He hasbeen playing hockey for a number of years (except, ofcourse, for last season!) Brad and 700 other playershad an extended summer holiday. A number of players went overseas; however, Brad andhis wife decided to move back to Saratoga Springs,N.Y. To stay in shape, he decided to

Why is Having a Career Difficult?

Why are careers so difficult? This question has led me to think about the famous line from Scott Peck’s book, “The Road Less Traveled”. Scott Peck, the author of that famous book, died recently at the age of 69. He was a psychiatrist and author and self help guru. His most famous books sold 10

Three Principles of Work in Japan

I was looking at an interview with Gary Moyer, President of Jaguar Canada. He spent the past 5 years working for Mazda, and spoke of his experience working in Japan and his love for the country. He also shared three principles that describe his view of the Japanese culture and their approach to work: 1.

Bowling Together After Hurricane Katrina

One of the most interesting stories to come out of New Orleans and the impact of Katrina is about a small group of 6 Canadians. One of those 3 couples – Jay and Karen Weir – spoke of their harrowing journey. The three couples were visiting New Orleans for a vacation when the Hurricane struck.