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Trust is the glue and the only thing that matters in business relationships

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Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.  Business relationships hinge on the perceived value that the relationship will bring to commercial transactions and how that relationship will support the customer to get a job done and look good. Although many of the social niceties (e.g. How are the kids? We should get together for a golf game, etc.) are extended to a business relationship, the relationship is only based on trust.  ...

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Supporting local artists is good business – Art at work

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It is my opinion that supporting local artists contributes to the success of the community within which a business lives and breaths.  In a world where business continues to strive to be innovative and creative in order to stay ahead of the competition, original art in the workplace helps to build a dynamic work culture and environment for employees that says “think, interpret, and imagine  possibilities and solutions with an artist’s eye and from an artist’s mind-set.”  As well, supporting and recognizing ...

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When the “H” in Human Resources should mean “heart”

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As part of my coaching practice, I work with individuals who have lost their jobs due to restructuring, work slow-down, or performance or a combination of any of those three things.  Companies are very diligent when it comes to ensuring that their legal obligations are met.  Typically, corporate counsel or outside legal advice is sought as severance packages are constructed and finalized.   As well, there is planning around how the termination is going to happen.   As we all know, when ...

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Baby boomers and retirement – not the best mix!

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 The baby boomer generation has long been characterized by the demographers as the generation that runs hard.  As many baby boomers retire or are contemplating retirement, more and more individuals in this generation are seeking coaching to help them develop a new purpose or focus for their lives.   When you don’t have to be at work every day, and the joy of lounging at the beach or travel  wears thin, the walls can start to press in as you try ...

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Koenig will be on “the move”

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Koenig will be on “the move”
We are very excited to be embarking on a major renovation at our new building in Saskatoon.  Although we fondly refer to our little project as “the money pit”, the transformation of this industrial building into a modern space with “old world” touches has been energizing.  The staff are looking forward to having roomy offices and finally, a staff room.  I ...
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The Learning Curve & You

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The early phases of anyone’s career tend to be one giant learning curve. As you apply the theories and material you learned in the class room to real life situations, the impact isn’t just on “Company ABC” anymore. This learning curve is a crucial piece of the professional you are shaping up to be.  When you were in the classroom, your professors directed you to information and it was up to you to learn it and understand it.  Every individual ...

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The Antidote for the” Five Year Curse”

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In my previous blog I wrote about an anomaly commonly found in the labour market that discriminates against young business professionals and trades people, referred to as “5 year curse”.  To bring everyone up to speed, I define the “5 year curse”  as the assumption in the business world that in order to interview qualified applicants for available positions they must have a minimum of 5 years experience.

As a young professional with only 3 years of experience, I would like to take this ...

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The “5 year curse”

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What is so magic about that 5 year mark? It seems as though there is a stigma in the business world that 5 years experience is a standard before a candidate will be considered for hire. So how do you get the experience if all employers are wearing the 5 year blinders?

I think most business professionals would agree that “entry level” is considered less than three years’ experience. The perception that five years’ experience is magic seems arbitrary at best. ...

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Is Nine to Five really best for your organization?

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Flexible work Arrangement – what is it worth to you?

Sometimes it can be difficult to shift from our traditional way of looking at the work day.  Some interesting questions to ask as an employer: Is nine to five really the best work arrangement for our organization? Are we recruiting and retaining the best possible employees with our current scheduling practice? Are our employees really more productive from nine to five? Before you answer absolutely to all of the above questions ...

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Rookies, speak out!

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How do your colleagues perceive you?  Are you heard when you have a piece of information to contribute or are you over powered?  Is your boss impressed with your feedback or stumped by your silence?  As a young professional working with a group of seasoned business professionals, one thing that I have learned is that contributing to projects means more than handing in your piece of the puzzle; it means taking an active role and being engaged with the task ...

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