Category Archives: People Tips

Transitioning from One Career to the Next

Consider this discussion of how to leverage a job that doesn’t work for you into one that does: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/jobs/how-a-first-career-enhanced-a-second.html?ref=business.

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How Long Should You Toil at a Career You Love, But Doesn’t Pay Well?

Check out the advice to a young journalist at J-Source.ca. BTW:  The site on which this appears is a unique professional resource for the journalists of Canada.  This is a terrific, collaboratively published and maintained site, that serves the journalism … Continue reading

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eMail in the Enterprise

  In his article in LesAffaires.com, reporter Julien Brault explores the growing frustrations with email in organizations and how different groups are responding to it. (And for what it’s worth, I’m quoted.) Check it out at: http://www.lesaffaires.com/archives/generale/maudit-courriel/551557

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The Difficult Conversation about Performance

Most workers abhor poor performance (at least, the poor performance of their co-workers).  More significantly, so do most managers.  But tackling poor performance requires having difficult conversations about work standards, and many managers prefer to avoid it.In How to… address … Continue reading

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Do You Really Know How to Give a Performance Review?

In Learning Before Reviewing published in CLO Magazine, Ladan Nikravan emphasizes the importance of training managers in the performance review process before they actually perform them. But Nikravan notes–as is also noted in my academic and certificate courses–that a once-a-year … Continue reading

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What Do Freelancers Earn?

In  her article, How Much Do Freelance Journalists Make, Nicole Cohen reports her doctoral research on the subject. Her data suggests a “1 percent, 99 percent” effect occurring among freelancers, with top freelancers earning over $150K per year, but the … Continue reading

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Could Your Name Be a Liability When Searching for a Job?

In What’s in a name? A job, maybe, published on the Economy Lab blog of the Globe and Mail, Tavia Grant reports on a recent study by University of Toronto researchers Philip Oreopoulos and Diane Dechief that tracked the number … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself–Now It’s a Management Philosophy?

Originally published on my previous blog in January 2010.   A few years ago, Harold Jarche commented that the future of learning is Do-It-Yourself (DIY) (Febuary 26, 2007, http://www.jarche.com/2007/02/the-future-of-learning-is-diy/), in which subject matter experts prepare learning programs on their own, … Continue reading

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Rethinking Casual (Contract) Work

As predicted in the 1990s, employment today is increasingly casual. Casual doesn’t mean that it lacks seriousness; it just lacks a long-term commitment. In professional employment, that means that organizations increasingly rely on contractors and short-term workers when they staff … Continue reading

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“Constructive” Criticism?

In a blog in the HRB Blog Network, Tony Schwartz writes “Here’s a question guaranteed to make your stomach lurch: “Would you mind if I gave you some feedback?” What that actually means is “Would you mind if I gave … Continue reading

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