Your gender may dictate how effectively you communicate

The most effective communicators come across as both confident and caring

Your gender may dictate how effectively you communicateA few years ago, I conducted research in the United States, Europe and Canada to see how gender differences in communication were displayed in the workplace. The first thing I found was that both men and women identified the same sets of strengths and weaknesses in themselves and each other. Top three communication strengths for…

Body language secrets for people who hate networking

6 changes you can make to your body language that can turn that networking experience from frightening to fun

Body language secrets for people who hate networkingImagine that you are at a networking event with the intent of doing business with some of the other attendees. In your mind, how’s that going for you? Do you see yourself socializing with ease and grace, or – if you are anything like me – has the very word “networking” increased your stress level…

Develop a winning mindset to achieve your goals

To quote a noted sage: “Do or do not. There is no try”

Develop a winning mindset to achieve your goalsIn modern society, we’ve wandered away from the thought of winning. It has become taboo. All focus has been put on ensuring that those who don’t place feel just as special for having contributed. However, this flattening of drive seems to have had some unintended consequences – diminishing confidence and persistence. And if you want…

Building the root system for personal success

Live with integrity and gratitude, work hard, be kind to others and focus on your potential

Building the root system for personal successThe Chinese bamboo tree shows little or no apparent signs of growth for four years. Then suddenly, it can grow as much as 25 metres in weeks. That’s a powerful metaphor for the growth of successful people. Over those apparently-dormant four years, the tree actually is growing; we just can’t see it. It’s developing an…

How to supercharge your success in 2022

Our tips to make the most out of what you have to offer

How to supercharge your success in 2022I once gave a seminar on leadership presence for the executive team of a high-tech company in northern California. The next day, the president of the company phoned and said: “I have an administrative assistant who is the brightest, most creative person I’ve worked with. The problem is, we’re relocating and she can’t move her…

Get emotional about a culture of safety

It’s a dangerous myth to believe there is a trade-off between safety and profitability

Get emotional about a culture of safetyIt was a small terraced house in a northern English city. The young couple did not look old enough to have a son in our apprentice programme. They gave me a cup of tea and I sat down on their sofa. There was no TV, just some chairs, a picture of their son and the…

Why employees jump ship

Employees don't quit their companies; they quit their bosses

Why employees jump shipContrary to popular belief, a low salary is usually not the primary reason for quitting a job. Statistics predict that most career-builders won't be working for the same company a decade from now. They're likely to have at least two more jobs. Even though frequent job changes often have a lot to do with variables…

New Year’s resolutions that will boost your business

If you are self-employed, you will need to hone new skills to succeed

New Year’s resolutions that will boost your businessAs 2021 morphs into 2022, more than numbers on the calendar are changing. Technology, communications, media, weather – even the way we work and earn our livings – aren’t what they used to be. It used to be jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s what we wanted for ourselves, our partners, our kids; it’s what politicians promised…

How to handle job-interview stress

It is unrealistic to hope the interview will run smoothly

How to handle job-interview stressWhether during good or bad economies, interview stress is a given in the job-hunting process. Job candidates experience stress prior to the interview and during the interview. During both occasions, the stress can be equally intense. Don't be passive and hope the interview will run smoothly. That's being unrealistic. The worst thing you can do is…

Why New Year’s resolutions never stick

Change isn't difficult. What is difficult is doing things when you don't really want to

Why New Year’s resolutions never stickSo it's a new year. The pressure to look optimistically and confidently ahead, resolve to change old ways, and embrace the new is palpable. Forget it. Most people really don't want to change, and some shouldn't even try. While I hate to be the Scrooge of New Year Present, I guarantee that human nature won't…

The ABCs of negotiating a job offer

It's not a good idea to zone out when HR explains complicated benefits packages

The ABCs of negotiating a job offerMost new hires zone out when HR staffers explain complicated benefits packages. It's not that they're not concentrating on what's being said, it's because the explanation is being delivered in an incomprehensible dialect called "HR-speak." Just because a job offer is doled out in an alien tongue doesn't mean you can't ask for a translation…

How Santa knows if you were naughty or nice

Here are some of his secrets

How Santa knows if you were naughty or niceHave you ever wondered how Santa Claus determines whether to leave you a present or a lump of coal on Christmas? How he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice? I don’t have any hard evidence to back me up, but I’m pretty sure that he must be a first-class lie detector. If so, here…

Mentorship program puts U of A grads on path to careers in energy sector

A recent PhD grad and a mentor talk about the mutual benefits of mentorship

Mentorship program puts U of A grads on path to careers in energy sectorWhen the time comes to settle on a career, there’s plenty out there for University of Alberta graduates skilled in the wide-ranging field of energy: jobs in research, government, industry and startups, to name a few. But how to decide? One tried and true way is to talk to somebody who’s already out there –…

10 powerful and simple body language tips

Sometimes the smallest body language change can bring powerful results

10 powerful and simple body language tipsEvidence from psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and anthropology has given nonverbal communication new credence in the workplace. One example is a study at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging that discovered it takes the brain just 200 milliseconds to gather most of the information it needs from a facial expression to determine a person’s…

Engineering grad earns Polytechnique Montréal memorial scholarship

Willow Dew was recognized with the Order of the White Rose as a role model for women in engineering and science

Engineering grad earns Polytechnique Montréal memorial scholarshipSome praise her intellectual abilities and perfect grade point average, others her assertive leadership and exceptional social involvement. But when asked to describe herself, Willow Dew shows a great deal of humility. “I am a curious person who loves to learn,” said Dew, who recently graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering. That…