The Benefits of a Good Elevator Speech

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  • On June 2, 2019
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  • benefits of an elevator speech, elevator speech, how to develop an elevator speech, the purpose of an elevator speech
Introduction One of the most critical skills any business professional needs to deploy either for their job search or networking is a good elevator speech.   Ironically, despite its widespread applicability it is something many of us struggle to develop and perfect. What is an “elevator speech”? What, you may ask, is an “elevator speech”?  […]
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Note-taking: A Noteworthy and Overlooked Skill

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On May 1, 2019
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  • critical business skills, Importance of Note-taking, Memory aids in business, Note-taking, Taking note during meetings
Introduction Recently, I watched the testimony of Jody Wilson Raybould, Canada’s former Justice Minister, who was appearing before the Parliamentary Justice Committee as part of the SNC-Lavalin investigation.   Her sincerity, composure and resolve were impressive.   She seemed very confident and self-assured.   I then got to wondering how she actually developed these exemplary […]
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What’s So Great About Mentoring?

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On April 1, 2019
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  • structuring a mentoring relationship, successful mentoring, what to look for in a mentor, what's so great about mentoring
Introduction Earlier last month I had the pleasure of speaking to the Networking Group of the Halton Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association in Burlington.  For the last several years I have frequently been invited to speak at their Kick Off event, and whenever I am invited I always jump at the opportunity.  Part […]
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Re-Thinking Employment Equity

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On March 1, 2019
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  • affirmative action, economic class in Canada, employment equity in Canada, re-thinking employment equity, social class in Canada
Introduction In one of the Human Resources classes I teach one of my students recently asked the following question:  Why, after more than thirty years since the passage of Canada’s Employment Equity Act have there been no changes in the composition of the four designated groups (i.e. Women, Visible Minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities)?  […]
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Consistency Matters

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On February 1, 2019
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  • consistency, consistency is an important work skill, consistency matters, consistent performance, developing consistency, the importance of consistency
Introduction Consistency matters in today’s workplace.  I was reminded of this fact the other day as I opened the Sports section of my newspaper and reviewed the NHL hockey standings.  “Darn those Maple Leafs” We are past the mid-point of the NHL hockey season.  Those of us who follow the Toronto Maple Leafs live in […]
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Give the Gift of a Coach

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On January 1, 2019
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  • coaching gift, gift of coaching, gift the gift of a coach, giving coaching as a gift, helping people in distress with coaching, unique coaching idea
Introduction If you are like me the period following Christmas and New Year’s is always an emotional letdown. The presents have been opened (or returned), the parties have come and gone, the decorations have been taken down and packed away for another year, and the Christmas turkey, including the leftovers and treats, is nothing more […]
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When Resignation is the Best Option

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On December 1, 2018
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  • back to square one, career roadblocks, overcoming career obstacles, resigning from a job, resigning from a job without lining up another, starting over in a career, when resigning from a job is the best option
Introduction I was listening to my favourite radio station the other day and they played a song I hadn’t heard for a very long time.  The song is entitled “Back to Square One”, recorded in 1988 by Canadian composer and songwriter Ian Thomas.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raEb5rlNVNM Oddly, there are four verses in the song that strongly resonated […]
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Negotiate Your Salary Like a Hockey Pro

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On November 1, 2018
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  • how to negotiate a salary increase, negotiate your salary, negotiate your salary like a pro, salary negotiation, tips on how to negotiate a salary increase
Introduction What does professional sports teach us about the salary negotiation process?  As I am writing this star NHL forward William Nylander is in the midst of contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a contract renewal. For those who don’t follow hockey religiously, William Nylander is a hot 22 year old player and […]
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Generalists Supervising Specialists: A New Take

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On October 1, 2018
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  • effective supervision, generalists supervising specialists, managing technical specialists, non-technical supervisors, supervising effectively, tips for effective supervision of specialists
INTRODUCTION In today’s technologically sophisticated workplace is it still possible for persons with essentially a generalist skill set to effectively supervise technical specialists?  I’m challenged by this question because of past experiences and observations during my career.   A NEW TAKE ON AN OLD ARGUMENT The argument between specialists and generalists, or between those who […]
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Don’t Procrastinate in your Job Search

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On September 1, 2018
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  • avoiding procrastination in your job search, conducting a successful job search, don't procrastinate in your job search, job search, overcoming procrastination, procrastination
Introduction Over the course of my coaching I’ve had numerous opportunities to view the successes and failures different clients experience during their job search.   While every client is unique, there is one factor that clearly differentiates those who are successful from those who are just “going through the motions”.  It isn’t intelligence.  It isn’t […]
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