Open or closed for the holidays?

This weekend marks one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year here in North America. In Canada, Boxing Day courts some of the longest lines and biggest sales. But in the United States, Black Friday and Cyber Monday take the cake. For retailers, staying open isn’t even a question. The holiday shopping season is […]

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Have you failed lately?

“Resilience is not about giving up striving for success or lowering the bar to mediocrity. It’s about learning how to risk mistakes, adapt to change and bounce back from disappointment and failure as we work toward meaningful goals.” I love this excerpt from one of Margie Warrell’s columns in Forbes. If the word ‘failure’ leaves you with […]

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Scientifically proven ways to add excitement to your job

We come to and hold the jobs we have for different reasons. Compensation is inevitably a major reason why most of us have jobs in the first place. But in terms of the type of job we choose, it may be flexible hours, perks, location, passion, level of compensation or any other number of reasons […]

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Reboot and refocus your culture ahead of the holidays

After a warm and sunny October, November on the west coast is bringing home the fact that summer is long behind us. Our days are getting shorter, even if our workdays aren’t. And as holiday season decorations and sales start to roll out, employees are likely beginning to look ahead to the many fun distractions […]

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Moving past a crisis of confidence

It’s a familiar theme, and this research hits it home. An eight-year study of hundreds of thousands of people in 48 countries has found that women are less self-confident than men. There is no rational reason for why this should be the case: men and women of all ages, professions and backgrounds should feel empowered […]

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Happy Small Business Week

This week marks Small Business Week here in Canada. For us in British Columbia, we’re also halfway through Small Business Month, which makes it the perfect time to give a shout-out to the entrepreneurs, employees and consumers who start, serve and frequent small businesses across the country. Around 98% of businesses in Canada are small […]

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How to help your employees enjoy their career path

I’ve written before about the widespread benefits of having an engaged group of employees working for you. On the whole, they’re more productive, morale increases, creativity thrives, customers benefit. When employees are engaged, it typically means staff feel satisfied in their roles. They have responsibility, they’re heard, they’re given opportunities to learn, train and enhance […]

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Securing more fulfillment at work

Why do you do what you do? Simon Sinek is well known for asking this question. According to the author, true fulfillment comes from connecting with our ‘why’: why we wake up every morning excited to go to work, why we believe in the work we do, why we’re passionate about that work. When we […]

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The quieter qualities of success

Most people have heard the phrase that there is no “I” in teamwork. The article I’d like to share this week calls attention to the fact that there’s no “I” in “clear and open-eyed” either, both of which are crucial tenets of a truly successful person. Success is often attributed to ambition, competition, even ruthlessness. […]

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Leading with emotional intelligence

Success is interdisciplinary. It takes more than a specialized set of skills to reach your goals and attain new heights. In optometry, for example, the most successful ODs are also skilled leaders, smart managers and savvy businesspeople. They hold and hone a winning combination of both hard skills and soft skills. The first category applies […]

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