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Barbara is President of Legacy Bowes Group and is well known as a leader in the field of human resources. In addition to her work in human resources, organizational development, career management, and training, Barbara is a weekly columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and the author of seven books. An award winning professional, she frequently speaks on human resources and its importance to business success. Barbara’s clients include a wide variety of industry sectors as well as First Nation communities and agencies.

Communication Strategies Not Just About Language

Lately, we’ve had several opportunities to observe and assess the importance of words in one’s conversation. Just ask the recent young election hopeful who had to bow out of the campaign. His past derogatory words about women on Twitter struck a lightening blow to his political future. Having countless female friends and giving credit to his mother just wasn’t enough to gain public support and smooth this one over.

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Take a Look in the Mirror

Maybe the problem at work is you

Last week, my Winnipeg Free Press column dealt with how to deal with an annoying co-worker. However, what if you are the problem? Yes, you! How could that be? Well, first of all, take a look at your attitude. Are you the one with a bad attitude? Are you the one making everyone miserable around you? Are you the one creating concerns for your boss?

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Teamwork, The Smartest Play

Getting people working together a key part of organization structure


Have you ever sat down and thought about how fast our business world is transforming particularly as it relates to new products and services? Look at how quickly society adopted Facebook, one of the first social-networking sites invented in 2004.

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If a Workplace Dress Code is Necessary, Proceed with Caution

Grin and wear it


Although I’ve never followed fashion, I’ve certainly had a front seat to the phenomenal social transition from formal office attire to casual dress. No longer is the three-piece uniform for men or the pencil skirt and matching jacket for women the standard business uniform. 

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Psssssst... Heard the One About Office Gossip?

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about "fake news." Just like those phony email messages appearing to be from your local bank branch, fake news often includes misinformation posted to what looks like a trusted site. Still other venues include published articles from unethical "journalists" who simply make up their stories. No matter what venue it appears in, fake news is specifically designed to deliberately provide misinformation presented as the truth — all to either profit in some way, persuade people to think a certain way or, at the very least, question their own beliefs. In today’s Internet environment, these so-called news stories travel across the world in seconds. Some have called this practice "yellow journalism" and/or psychological warfare.

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