How to move from analysis to action!

One of the great brands in the world is Nike. The word Nike refers to the mythological winged goddess of victory. Greeks would use the term to describe going to battle. It became synonymous with honoured conquests. Nike – the company — was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports. Phil Knight, the founder, began selling shoes

What can Sting teach us about our careers?

Sting is one of my favourite musicians. I recently picked up a DVD documenting Sting’s life – most specifically, the time surrounding the recording of his first solo album. There were many things I learned from watching this documentary. Sting said; “One of the greatest things in my life is that I don’t know where

One billion chances for opportunity

One of the things that I have become a raving fan of again is the library. "The library?", you say. Yes – in our little town resides a terrific library. One of the town’s generous residents regularly donates The New Yorker magazine (a subscription typically costs $46 American!). For the approximate cost of a subscription,

Why careers are complex

This past Christmas my family and I were visiting some good friends in Sudbury. On the way home, in the car, we were listening to the news. There we were, minding our own business, when, out of the blue, Aidan (my 8 year old) makes a profound observation: “The world is complex. I have a

What can Olympic athletes teach us about failure?

Picture this: You have been training for 15 years of your life. You are on a training run, flying down the hill at 70 km per hour. Next thing you know, you catch an edge on your left ski, lose control, skid 100 metres, and slam into a safety net. As they say in life,

How do successful executives evolve?

Have you ever wondered why some people are able to climb the corporate ladder higher or faster than others? Aside from the inevitable political reasons, there is some interesting research that has been published recently in The Harvard Business Review. The research identifies four decision-making styles in business. It also identifies a clear shift in

How To Be Prepared When Opportunity Knocks

This past week I listened to Charlie Rose interview Anthony Hopkins. If you have never watched Charlie Rose, I would strongly encourage you to do so (you will find him on the PBS network). In my humble opinion, he is the best at bringing out a person’s story. I was fascinated to learn about Anthony

Your Comments on the Three Interview Keys

In last week’s WORKout, I talked about the three keys to a successful interview – Confidence, Chemistry, and Content. Many of our readers shared with us how they have used these principles in their own lives. I would like to pass along three of those stories: Remi shared his understanding of the importance of confidence

Elections and Getting a New Job

It has been a busy week in Canada – we now have anew Prime Minister, and a whole bunch of people arelooking for new career options in Ottawa! Elections are, in fact, our country’s most expensiveinterview process, involving thousands of candidates.Elections are a funny thing – we give the governmentOUR tax dollars, then they tell

Shark Attack! … and other scary things …

Have you ever seen Jaws? Well, I saw the moviebefore a trip to Hawaii. Needless to say, I swam a littlecloser to the shore, and much more slowly (with awhole lot less thrashing about!). It sounds weird – oneday I love swimming in the ocean, then two hours later,thanks to Steven Spielberg, I am not