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Career management

Balance your agenda…. to keep going

We are a generation that consumes life to the fullest, no compromise. We want a career, a family life, children and we want to keep a happy love life.  All that in 24 hours during which 8 hours are generally spent sleeping.  Result, we look at ourselves one morning, rings under our eyes, 35 years […]


Career management

Break the ice!

June is here once again bringing with it its horde of cocktail parties, dinners and various galas.  For some people, it’s routine, for others it’s torture.  How can you transform these situations into unique opportunities to make yourself known, to expand your network (it can never be too large to help to find a job) […]


Career management

Table networking…

I assure you that I am not offering lessons on how to hold your cutlery (although)…yet, it is important to recognize that your table manner is far from perfect and occasionally of significant consequence.  It says a lot about your social position and values.  Of course, society has evolved, as have “good manners.”  Cultural diversity […]


Career management

Joining a social network

Joining a social network on the Internet means that you are going public with all the benefits and drawbacks. Here is how to control your public image. Facebook’s existence cannot be ignored; tens of millions of people use this site more than other social networks like MySpace, LinkedIn, Viadeo, Spokes, and so on. These networks […]


Company life

From Colleagues to Friends

Why not make friends in the office  It improves team productivity and makes your surroundings more pleasant. If only there were good reasons to befriend our colleagues. Theory tells us to leave our emotions at the office door, but it’s more complex than that in practise.  Emotional ties inevitably create work problems.  So, how can […]


Company life

Office holiday party

Yes, the countdown has started and the end of year parties are overflowing our diaries.  Between the office holiday party and Aunt Annette’s there remain only a few time slots available to answer to the requests of our CFO who wants to finalize the budget for the end of the year! How do we stay calm […]


Company life

Vacations : Time to relax and unplug from work

For some managers, vacations time can bring unwanted stress and be hard to plan. Let’s see how we can address this.  Extended vacations Too many managers only take a week off at a time because they fear taking three weeks or more in a row. While the “zero cell phone/portable computer” message is quite acceptable […]


Company life

My boss is picking on me, what do I do…?

Before answering this you need to find out why.  By considering the possibilities (and Lord knows there could be many) we will be in a better position to thoroughly address the situation. Let’s look at the different possibilities and “counter-attack” options: 1 – My boss fears me: Recognize that a defensive aggressive reaction is the […]


Company life

Integrate your new employer

 Well there you go, you have signed your contract and you will integrate your new employer with new responsibilities and a new team on Monday morning: meeting 8.30am. Although you have been selected from among numerous candidates and you have shown good qualities in the interview, remember that the game doesn’t end there…on the contrary.  […]


Company life

Are you prone to procrastination?

Almost nobody can escape it. At one moment or another, whether working at the office or in our personal business, we all succumb to the temptation of putting things off until tomorrow, but how can we resist it? Right before Christmas, while surfing on the Internet looking for gift ideas, I came across an article […]


Interview

Preparation to interview : preliminary steps and tips for the D-day

The time has come for your preparation to interview, to meet your future employer whatever your situation might be (in active search or not…).  Imagine the following situation, you must present yourself next Tuesday at 9h30, rue McGill – 6th floor, to meet Mr. Kind and Ms. Terror from Paradise company Inc. The objective of […]


Career management

Choosing between job offers can be challenging

You have one (or perhaps several…) propositions on hand, choosing between job offers, and yet something tells you you’re not sure… Let’s look at the main points which led you to begin the process: You have been approached directly: You were happy in your job and your employer lived up to your expectations, your colleagues are angels…However […]