Don't climb Everest alone

“After centuries living at high altitude, the Sherpa population of the Himalayas have evolved to master the ability to survive in this atmosphere.” (Meera Senthilingam, CNN).

For mountaineers tackling the highest peak in the world, a skilled, acclimatized guide isn't just valuable - they can be lifesavers. The key is letting the Sherpa know as soon as possible if a problem arises so they have time to act accordingly and make sure you both survive the climb to the top.

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Training staff an investment, not an expense

The recent focus on back-to-school planning reminds me about the importance of ongoing training and development in the workplace. Training helps to improve employee morale. Employees feel valued and develop increased loyalty when they see the employer investing in their knowledge and skill development. When morale is high, employees will contribute more to their job, put in more effort, make fewer errors and waste less time. Highly trained employees have far fewer work-related accidents, have less absenteeism and require less direct supervision.

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Unethical actions have serious consequences

While I am enjoying the lovely summer weather and have read a book or two, I am shocked to the core about the number of ethical issues arising in the workplace I am reading about in the newspaper every day.

For instance, who would have thought that one of our elected city councillors would blatantly use his corporate credit card for personal expenses? Not only that, it is understood the credit card was used for an entire two years and 600 transactions in spite of multiple warnings.

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Communicating with feedback – a powerful tool!

I attended a wedding this weekend which was very touching and beautiful. It had all the elements that one would imagine with family, friends, and an outdoor ceremony encompassing tradition and modern day inclusions that made the event even more personal to the bride and groom. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were elegantly dressed, the bride and groom were stunning and as the evening continued on with the celebration of their union, there were speeches sprinkled throughout the multi-course meal and dancing into the wee hours.

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Effective strategies for marketing yourself

Political skills often key to self-promotion

Have you ever wondered why your management team always seems to listen to your colleague’s ideas rather than your own? Are you struggling to get your voice heard? Are you frustrated because other people seem to steal or borrow your idea and get credit for it, thus leaving you behind in the dust?

The problem you are experiencing may be twofold. First, you may not understand some of the key dynamics of marketing and therefore fail to plan effectively for your presentation. Secondly, you may not have developed your political skills to the extent you have the right amount of influence and credibility to sell your specific idea.

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