Thought of the Week from Tim Cork - Vision!

Vision … the Power of Sight

“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”
– Helen Keller

In life you need to think about where you are and where you want to be. The want to be part represents your dreams and is the basis of your vision. Your vision is where you want to go, your destination. You must have clarity and focus in your vision. The clearer your vision, the more successful you will be. All great and successful people are big visionaries and dreamers. The more successful you are, the bigger the dreams. To get where you want and what you want, you must visualize those destinations and achievements and things in every area of your life.

Essential Job Description Clauses

It's a good idea to take advantage of the O*NET Web site (http://www.onetcenter.org), which provides job descriptions for thousands of positions — and it's free! In addition to the essential job duties identified by O*NET, you might also consider adding these items to your job descriptions:

1 - Being on time. (Yes, lawyers will argue that this is not an essential job function). If it's essential for an employee to show up at 8 a.m., due to the nature of your business, and flexible scheduling won't work for that position, then identify it as an essential job function.

Thought of the week from Tim Cork - Release your inner child

Release Your Inner Child

"Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
– Theodor Geisl (Dr. Seuss)

Isn’t it amazing that it’s impossible to be mad when you are laughing? So laugh often. Try to laugh off the irritation or problem. Focus your thoughts on the beauty around you, maintaining that fresh, positive, genuine, childlike outlook on life. We live in a world of abundance and marvel, miracles and beauty. Take a deep breath and let it in. Take some time every day just for you. A time where you do something you really enjoy or just sit and do nothing. It should be a time of contentment and positive thoughts.

Pick-Up Hockey and the Workplace

The pick-up hockey group strikes me as a quintessentially Canadian phenomenon. It comprises a group of casual players, usually not of extremely high calibre, getting together on a regular basis to play the game they enjoy.

Maybe there are pick-up hockey groups in small towns in Russia and Sweden and other countries, too, but I still think of it as a Canadian tradition first. There are probably games happening in every town and city from Victoria to St. John’s as I write this.

The Wisdom of Warren Buffett

Every year I look forward to the annual Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report. Not just because I own some of the stock, but because of the much anticipated letter from Warren Buffett that provides incredible insight with a good sense of humor to boot.

For example, in this year's letter Buffett stated that the recent economic period was "devastating" and that "investors of all stripes were bloodied and confused, much as if they were small birds that had strayed into a badminton game."

Managing the Risk of Constructive Dismissal


In this period of economic decline, many employers are faced with the need to restructure their workforce. Unfortunately, imposing unilateral changes upon employees raises the risk of constructive dismissal claims.

Cowed by lawyers’ warnings, many employers will shy away from the structural changes needed for business survival. My own view is that business changes can be effectively managed to limit the risk of legal liability.

Thought of the Week from Tim Cork - "Choose Your Attitude"

Choose Your Attitude

“You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sail.”
– Jim Rohn

Attitude is a big thing that makes a big difference. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. It’s your outlook or attitude toward circumstances and situations that will make the difference.

And, as is illustrated by the book Fish!, by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen, you choose your attitude. The authors write about Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. Given that they are working in a fish market, most of the employees have to deal with fish guts, skins, and an awful odour. However, management and workers have decided to make their store in the market fun and their mundane and often unpleasant jobs fulfilling.

Just Imagine…

Just Imagine…

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
– Picasso

The power of your imagination can help you do whatever you want in life. Your imagination is the center of creativity and the spark that ignites the fire of passion, belief, desire, and vision. Everything starts in the imagination. The original image is a seed. It grows as our beliefs and possibilities expand while we keep taking the right steps.

Unions Adjusting to the New Reality

It appears that the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) have reached a deal which will provide Chrysler LLC’s survival plan with a chance of success. The ramifications of this deal will go far beyond the walls of Chrysler’s production facilities.

According to published reports, Chrysler needed to reduce its labour costs by $19 per hour. That reduction represents more than the total hourly wage of many Canadians. The fact that there was that much excess to carve off – without touching base wages - says a lot about what got this company in its present financial bind.

Tweet - You're It!

Is Twitter the gateway drug to the Internet? I know. It's just 140 characters and it couldn't hurt to send or receive a few messages each day - y'know - just between friends. I'll keep my Facebook page open just in case there is some update from a colleague, our competitors or our suppliers. I can manage my Second Life avatar that is building awareness for our recruitment campaigns and don't worry; I am staying on top of my e-mail with my blackberry.

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