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  • Is Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Advancing Your Career?
    by Carole Kanchier - May 21, 2018
    You’re in a meeting when a colleague takes credit for your work. What would you do: 1) Publicly confront the colleague over ownership? 2) After the meeting, request she give you credit when discussing your work? 3) Nothing? 4) Publicly thank her for referencing your work, and give the group additional information? If you selected # 4, you've demonstrated emotional intelligence or EQ. Studies show that emotionally...
  • How to Succeed in Your New Job
    by Carole Kanchier - May 14, 2018
    Rosemary writes: “I’m starting a new position and want to make sure I get off to a good start. What to do?” Starting a new job is exciting and sometimes intimidating. You have a fresh start, new challenges and renewed energy. But you may also feel apprehensive, particularly if you were fired or laid off from your last job. Tips for thriving in your new job - Believe in yourself. Have faith in your...
  • Use Intuition for Career Decision Making
    by Carole Kanchier - May 7, 2018
    Kathleen, a grade six teacher wonders whether to accept the promotion to principal. Les, a human resources manager, wants a job that 'excites' him. Recently laid off, Barbara thinks this might be a perfect time to start her own business. Tom, an engineer, wants to try a different field where he can still use his engineering skills. Intuition is a great tool to use in solving varied career and personal challenges. Sigmund F...
  • Do You Feel Guilty at Work?
    by Carole Kanchier - April 30, 2018
    Have you ever felt guilty at work when there really was no reason to? True guilt is the negative feeling we have when we harm others. False guilt, on the other hand, is a negative feeling triggered by not living up to standards that are no longer realistic or because of things outside our control. For example, we may feel guilty because we think we are no longer contributing to our group project. Or a manager may feel guilt...
  • Prepare for Key Job Interview Questions
    by Carole Kanchier - April 23, 2018
    Preparing for interview questions will give you the edge over other qualified candidates. Although there isn't one correct way to respond to questions, keep the following in mind: 1. Understand what's being asked. Employers want to know about your adaptive skills (meeting deadlines) and personal qualities (dependability, motivation). 2. Answer questions briefly. Present the facts as advantages. 3. Answer the rea...
  • Re-entering the workforce
    by Carole Kanchier - April 16, 2018
    Amanda had a great career as a computer programmer that she put on hold to devote time to raise her sons. Now that they're older, she wants to reenter the job market, but she doesn't know where to start! Ihor, who took time out to care for his aging mother, is in a similar position. Thousands of women and men who took time away from work feel the same as Amanda and Ihor. Those who research and plan, do very well. Y...
  • Trust in the workplace
    by Carole Kanchier - April 9, 2018
    'The people when rightfully and fully trusted will return the trust.' -Abraham Lincoln Trust is an essential element of a work relationship. Trust may take time to develop but easy to lose. Examples of trust include having faith that a colleague will complete his or her part of an assigned project or relying on a supervisor's promise of a promotion by a specific date. Betrayal is a loss of trust that can ste...
  • Quester Traits
    by Carole Kanchier - April 2, 2018
    Today we see the beginnings of a ground-shaking new wave of developments, with artificial intelligence as the primary driver but also genomics, blockchain, 3D printing, nanotechnology, virtual reality, and more discoveries gaining recognition. How can we manage our way through these upheavals to create the best possible opportunities and outcomes? We can strengthen Quester traits. Questers are described in the award winn...
  • Spring - A Time for Cleansing Emotions
    by Carole Kanchier - March 26, 2018
    Spring is finally here. The days are longer, warmer, and the trees are starting to bloom. We're open to inviting change into our lives! Spring is a time to get rid off all that junk we’ve accumulated over the winter. Yes, physical junk such as heavy coats and boots, but also the emotional baggage we’ve picked up over the winter. Spring is also a time to forgive. Forgiveness is freeing up and putting to be...
  • Putting Fresh Life Into Your Job Search
    by Carole Kanchier - March 19, 2018
    You've done everything you can to get a job. This has included networking with everyone you know, answering want ads, and using the yellow pages and internet. But you're still unemployed after six months of full-time work. Here are ways to breathe fresh life into your search. Revitalize your job search - Review your employment goal. Is it compatible with your passion? Are you enthusiastic about it? It's di...