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What does an antique vase got to do with employee engagement?

I was at a closing sale at an antique store over the weekend and as I was lost in my thoughts wandering the rows of furniture and old knick-knacks I came upon a vase. It looked ordinary and maybe even unmemorable to some. But to me, it was vase that reminded me of a pottery class . . . → Read More: What does an antique vase got to do with employee engagement?

My 5 Important 2014 Learnings

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During this holiday season allow me to share with you my reflections and learnings of the past year.  I learned…

1. The reality of the difference between real friends (who you can trust with your personal and career ebb and flow) and social network friends (especially those who just click “like” your posts on . . . → Read More: My 5 Important 2014 Learnings

Why a manager would not hire the one who is most qualified? Here's one reason.

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The CSTD  Toronto Chapter runs a breakfast networking event regularly. It’s a good opportunity to meet the upcoming L&D leaders in the industry and a good time to reconnect with my contemporaries. At this month’s get together, I got to chat with someone I’ve met in the past who is a first time . . . → Read More: Why a manager would not hire the one who is most qualified? Here’s one reason.

Why We Should Remember (And You Should, Too!)

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A series of projects, events, and other activities have prevented me from posting on Yap 3.0 for quite awhile now although I’ve not stopped being out there at conferences like here , here, here, here, and on Twitter among other venues. I find myself thinking, in the larger scheme of things, does one’s value diminishes have a direct correlation to not . . . → Read More: Why We Should Remember (And You Should, Too!)

Would you try a Cherimoya or stick with a Mango?

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“Yuck” was all I heard when I said to a colleague the other day, “Let’s get some cherimoya*” as we were at Longos getting lunch.

She continued “I would rather get a mango.”

“So you’re not going to try anything new?” I asked.

“Oh dear, no, why? I enjoy mangoes.. though there may be times when . . . → Read More: Would you try a Cherimoya or stick with Mango?

Are you going Gay-for-Pay this weekend?

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Is your company going Gay-for-Pay this weekend because it’s Pride Month? This weekend is the culmination of pride events this month filled with parties and millions of people projected to visit Toronto, New York, San Francisco … ergo dollars? With the live streaming of these events, more eyeballs are expected to see corporate branding around . . . → Read More: Are you going Gay-for-Pay this weekend?

Loyalty be damned. Our system doesn't allow us to alter anything so you're S.O.L.

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Talked with, let’s call her Corinne, at a high end Toronto hotel spa this morning. A good friend became a partner at her law firm and I wanted to have a get together so the plan was to gather 5 or so of our friends and we’ll be gabbing, enjoying a relaxing time, getting massages, . . . → Read More: Loyalty be damned. Our system doesn’t allow us to alter anything so you’re S.O.L.

Which would you choose? Feeling response or Productivity response

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Coming back from Asia, my sleeping patterns always seem to be out of whack. I know, I’ve heard the mom’s give me remedies (which I dutifully followed) and the medical remedies (which I dutifully swallowed), but my circadian rhythm needs 1-2 weeks to adjust. So nothing works.

When you match this with multiple out-of-town trips, then it really . . . → Read More: Which would you choose? Feeling response or Productivity response

Happy New Year..how's that resolution going for you?

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It’s been two weeks since New Year. What’s your update on your resolutions? Still too early to see if it sticks? One of my resolutions is to add more music in my life. As I was listening to GrooveShark, I got a link from a colleague to check out Justin’s new single on.. MySpace. Huh? MySpace, really?! . . . → Read More: Happy New Year..how’s that resolution going for you?

Charity as a way for team building and good corporate citizenship

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I’m in the middle of doing Movember this year. So far, not so scruffy, or at least I’m not seeing a double-take look by people wondering if I needed directions to the nearest GoTrain out of the city.

As it’s a fairly known charity, it is easy to bring up when asked about the ‘stache/’tee. What . . . → Read More: Charity as a way for team building and good corporate citizenship

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