The following were the most popular blog entries from the last year. If you missed any of them then now is an opportunity to catch up!
Surviving a Downturn (in Alberta?). This was a “reprint” of advice from Tom Peters just before the last recession. It seemed topical back in January as oil prices plummeted and jobs were being cut in the oil patch. Unfortunately things are not better yet!
“You buck yourself up with the thought that “this too shall pass”—but then remind yourself that it might not pass anytime soon, so you re-dedicate yourself to making the absolute best of what you have now.” Tom Peters
Independent Contractor Myths & Realities in CANADA! The Canadian Federal regulations around independent contractors have not changed in thirty years, despite the changing nature of work. Too often I see “experts” pontificating about the risks of using contractors without a real understanding of the subject. There are many benefits to companies using independent contractors and so this blog was focused on presenting the facts!
“Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.” Ayn Rand
Attitude Matters … A Little Humility is a Good Thing! This was a reminder that no matter how good we are, or think we are, it can always change! It does not cost anything to be a little humble, and it will help with relationships that could be important to you at some point in the future. Also includes 13 rules from General Colin Powell.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; noting on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” W. W. Ziege
Email Etiquette – 20 Tips! Email is such a big part of our lives that everybody should be aware of the basics of email etiquette. Some of it is good manners, some of it is common sense and some of it is good time management … hope it helps!
“Communication works for those who work at it.” John Powell
10 Lessons From a Retirement Party on Living a Good Life. A good friend of mine retired this past year, and it was interesting to see the impact he had on so many people. He is a role model and we can all learn from him.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene
Positive (or Negative) Influences Can Change Your Life. Some of the best advice I ever received was to surround myself with positive people, and equally try to avoid negative influences. This blog entry expounds on those principles.
“Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.” Oprah Winfrey
10 Thoughts About Measuring Success? For many people success is defined by money or position, but that is narrow thinking. Success should be personal, not necessarily what others consider success. YOU need to decide what success looks like for you.
“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” Tony Hsieh
Leadership Should Be Uncomfortable (and it is)! Leadership is sometimes glamorised, so it is important that you know what you are getting into! This was an attempt at showing some of the realities of leadership.
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” Jim Rohn
A Mentor/Mentee Relationship is Attractive BUT Hard Work! Both mentors and mentees need to work hard if such a relationship is to bring the real value. Learning by osmosis in an ad-hoc fashion is rarely effective!
“For every one of us that succeeds, it is because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.” Oprah Winfrey
Waiting is Not a Winning Strategy. In contradiction to the phrase, Good things come to those who wait, my suggestion is that you need to make things happen yourself!
“Don’t just stand there. Make it happen.” Lee Iacoca
Hope you enjoyed some of my blog entries in 2015 … in January I will have been blogging for 10 years, and I have written about 1,850 entries. I guess that makes me “opinionated”!