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The Two Biggest Mistakes Managers Make

The results are documented in a book called First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman (Simon & Schuster, 272 pp., $28.35). According to the study, many managers make two key mistakes: 1. They assume that each person can learn to be competent in almost

How To Avoid A Career Crash

I was watching television footage of the flight 111 crash that happened outside Halifax. Did you know that most crashes occur because of pilot error? The documentary was fascinating for many reasons. The investigators spent 4 years researching, gathering data and actually rebuilding a plane from the bottom of the sea floor. They brought in

What To Stop Doing In Your Career

Early this year I was reading a magazine called Wallpaper. It is a design magazine and January’s issue was all about design awards. As I was perusing the magazine, something caught my attention. It was an ad that said: “Stop Running, Start Walking”. I thought this was an interesting concept. Wouldn’t running get me there

Are Some of Your Tools Missing?

Not long ago, while scanning the Popular Science magazine (you know, the magazine where we are all going to fly cars around and go to the moon for lunch etc.) I saw a fantastic advertisement for Ace hardware. The ad had a picture of a typical tool bench with an assortment of typical tools: wrench,

Is Your Work GRRRReat

Every morning millions of us sit down to eat breakfast and marketing 101 is there to stare back at us from across the table, even before our mind has awoken. However, this is not true for everyone. At around 6:30am one fall morning in 1989 Chris Leamon had come home from working all night in

Where Are Your Talents Taking You?

Recently I was looking at some research about The Julliard School. For those that are not familiar, the Julliard School is one of the world’s premier conservatories and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Some of the great musicians of our time have graduated from this school. In 1994 there were 44 instrumentalists that

Johnny Carson Gets the Last Laugh

This week Johnny Carson 79 died of emphysema. He was the host of the The Tonight Show for over 30 years (yes, there was a guy before Jay Leno). Ed McMahon was his sidekick although he was perhaps better known as the guy who is going to send everyone of us a cheque for a

X To A as an Entrepreneur

Becoming and entrepreneur-from X to A. You might be saying “Don’t you mean from A to X?” well not for Richard Kays. This past summer while I was in Prince Edward Island, I met Richard. He is the owner of the Avonlea Bookstore in Summerside. Avonlea is a great used bookstore 2 minutes from the

Are You In The Right Environment?

I am not sure if you have heard, but Maggie is feeling not so well lately when it comes to both her life and her job. She has been showing all the typical signs of depression including boredom, lack of appetite, irritability and increased aggressiveness. This problem has only been getting worse over the past

How To Get Your Career Swing Back..By Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods is the #1 recognized professional athlete in the world, but lately he’s been struggling. For the past year he’s worked with golf swing coach Hank Haney. I’m always amazed that even the best of professionals need a coach. These people are at the top of their game and yet, when they struggle, they