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5 Tips for New Managers

Posted: January 23, 2015

Are you a first time manager? Congrats!…and good luck! The task can seem overwhelming at first, but we think this is a great opportunity to become a great leader. Check out this article we found on Levo.com. We think these five tips can help a lot. Have you ever been overly micro-managed by your boss? Or had a hands-off boss that gave you so much freedom that you desperately craved structure and direction? Chances are if you have had a bad boss you have thought, “I will never do that when I am in their shoes.” You would never repeat...

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How To Stay Motivated

Posted: January 19, 2015

Having some trouble staying motivated at work? Do you ever wonder why your veering off course and can’t get stuff done? We found the reason and how to fix it. One of our favourite blogs, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, breaks it down for you:     1) This Is Why You Don’t Feel Motivated You’re probably thinking too much about the rewards involved. “I want the promotion” or “I want the ‘A’ on the exam.” You might be enthusiastic about the “carrot” or afraid of the “stick”, but you’re just not excited about doing the task itself. Rewards like...

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How To Stop Procrastinating

Posted: January 14, 2015

If one of your New Years resolutions was to stop procrastinating and start getting things done, you need to read this article from Barking Up The Wrong Tree. Read on to learn how habits, chocolate and friends can help you stop procrastinating.   1) You Don’t Need More Willpower. You Need To Build Habits. You don’t have a willpower problem. This wouldn’t all be better if you could force yourself to do that dreaded task. As I talked about when I interviewed the foremost researcher on the subject, willpower is a limited resource. Relying on it to get things done...

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A Hustler’s Mentality

Posted: January 7, 2015

Are you looking for a little motivation to get out there and hustle? We found this no-nonsense article on GaryVaynerchuk.com about the true meaning of hustling – which is just a snappy word for ‘hard work’. Is this the kick in the butt you need? Ever heard the expression, “go knock on a few doors” if you want to get something accomplished? Well, I think it’s time we all take that advice to heart.   In my earlier days, when I didn’t have the base that I have now, I was out on the streets hustling for Wine Library (formerly Shopper’s Discount...

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What Does It Mean To Be A Professional?

Posted: January 5, 2015

Just before the Christmas break, Nexplica posted a great article about what it means to be a professional. At the very least, it gets you thinking about the word and how we use it. And at most, it serves as a checklist for how we should act in our daily work lives. Read on: Many, many people refer to themselves as professionals. You can’t blame them. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a professional? It’s a really strong word, with only positive connotations. But it’s also kind of vague. What is a professional? Is it someone who’s really good at...

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