Confronting the Boss: New Rules of the Road

JANET ASCHKENASY eFinancialCareers.com Is honesty really the best policy when it means complaining to your boss? As official probes into actions by Goldman Sachs and other major banks zero in on decisions and processes at all levels of an organization, finance professionals need to think harder than ever about when and how to speak up

Older Workers Feel the Heat

In spy thrillers on television, the characters always seem to be young and beautiful or handsome. But in the real world of security intelligence, age has the edge, says Mark Cosenzo. “We may be beautiful or handsome, but we don’t look that young,” jokes Mr. Cosenzo, 53, assistant director for human resources for the Canadian Security Intelligence Services,


ELEANOR BEATON The Globe and Mail Nancy MacCready-Williams was a newly minted executive with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia when she chaired a meeting on a new initiative the organization was evaluating. Moments after the meeting started, Ms. MacCready-Williams quickly weighed in with her opinion. It didn’t go over the way she thought

Too good to reward? You might just have Streep Syndrome

Dakshana Bascaramurty Globe and Mail It’s not the distinction she was going for, but Meryl Streep was forced to accept it. At this weekend’s Academy Awards, the star of Julie and Julia smiled through all the gentle ribbing about how she’s been nominated for an Oscar 16 times, which makes her the most-nominated actor in

Office jerks finish first

PATRICK WHITE Globe and Mail Picture an office where you’re surrounded by decent human beings. Your co-workers share responsibility in good times and bad. They listen, they co-operate, they keep the office kitchen clean. Sound much like your office? Not likely. Nearly three-quarters of us face rudeness and condescension at work, researchers at the University

Survivors syndrome

SARAH BOESVELD Globe and Mail Susan has learned that seniority, a good work ethic and kind colleagues are no match for the layoff axe sharpened by the current financial crisis. In July, after nearly 14 years with a Toronto card stock and paper company, the financial controller and two others were told that by mid-October

The new networking

from The Globe & Mail When the bell rings, dozens of strangers pair off and size each other up. They shake hands and start talking about life goals, past experiences and future dreams. Some feel a spark, while others suffer through awkward silences. A few minutes later, the bell clangs again and they move on

Try job-hunting the Chenoweth way

Sarah Boesveld Globe & Mail “I’m unemployed.” Few job seekers choose to shout it from the rooftops. But actress Kristin Chenoweth boldly announced her status Sunday as she accepted an Emmy for her role in the cancelled ABC series Pushing Daisies . The out-of-work siren took the self-promo a step further, listing all the shows


“Hey, boss! Whaddya say I take a year off work, go back to college, and have the company pony up the cash to pay for it?” No, this is not the script you’ll want to follow when requesting time off to do an MBA—especially not when your approach could determine whether you’ve got a job

Career changes: When CEOs go from making money to raising it

Dave McGinn Peter Robinson is learning to deal with a new bottom line. As the chief executive officer of Mountain Equipment Co-op, he found success relatively easy to measure. But since leaving the company almost two years ago to become CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, he’s encountered a whole new set of challenges, since