Tim Cork's Thought for the week!

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. At lunchtime, crowds gather around to watch these charismatic and entertaining workers. Fish are flying all over from hand to hand as the staff do their work. Staff even get people to participate in tossing the fish around. They sing and yell that certain fish are taking off to certain parts of the country. They dance, laugh, and smile.

2010 Recruitment Trend and Strategy Predictions

Hello everyone. As you may have noticed, I took a little break from the blogging world in 2009. It wasn't that I didn't have anything interesting to say, life got busy and I simply stopped making the time. The good/bad news is that I am back.....and I have so much to talk about!! Let's start 2010 off right, with 10 recruitment trend and strategy predictions:

1) The ice is starting to come off recruitment in 2010, but hiring will be conservative over the first 2 quarters. We expect things to pick up considerably in quarters 3 and 4

Creating a Fun Workplace!

Create a Fun Workplace

Life is short. There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t have fun while making money every day. What follows are 13 suggestions that you might want to employ at your company.

1 - Set up a fun committee. Put some of the “funniest” people at your organization in charge. Give them a budget — maybe $10 per employee per week and see what they can do with it for a couple of months.

The Most Important Aspects of Employee Job Satisfaction

The recent Internet Labor Outlook Survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) included a question about the most important aspects of employee job satisfaction. The results, in order, were:

1 - Job security (63%)
2 - Benefits (60%)
3 - Compensation/pay (57%)
4 - Opportunities to use skills and abilities (55%)
5 - Feeling safe in the environment (54%)
6 - Relationship with immediate supervisor (52%)

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

Intention ... not a good strategy

"Do or do not, there is no try"...
-Yoda in the Empire Strikes Back

Intention is a word that is used by many people when they are explaining their goals, plans, future, path to success etc., but intention is just not a good strategy or philosophy for life. Intention is the abyss, the land of maybe, a concept that let's people off the hook. Either you are going to do something or you are not. It is like the word try. This is another word or concept that you need to eliminate from you thoughts, beliefs and dreams. Try does not exist either. You take action or you don't. There is no middle ground to hang out in life.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - Score One Point for Common Sense in the Human Rights Setting


The B.C. Court of Appeal recently upheld the premise that perceiving a person to not have a disability does not constitute discrimination. It’s amazing, to me, that this issue ever actually reached our Court of Appeal.

In 2004 Rex Yuan was involved in a traffic accident. Another vehicle struck the rear of Yuan’s vehicle while he was stopped at a red light.

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

We Are One ....

"The best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the service of others"
- Ghandi

As we sit in the comfort of our living rooms and watch the devastation and death in Haiti, you think, what can I do. There is a sense of helplessness. Life is so precious and so fragile. Should you give ... absolutely ! I learned last week as of Friday that Canadians on a per capita basis had given 5 times that of Americans. Bravo Canada, but it is not enough.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - Canada Pension Plan Changes Coming in 2012


One of the primary aspects of most Canadians’ planned retirement income is Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits. Effective in 2012, the CPP will be implementing a series of changes to how those benefits are calculated.

Bill C-51, Parliament’s legislation implementing the federal budget, received royal assent on December 15th. The changes it proposes will, among other things, enable some Canadians to combine pensions and ongoing income from work.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - EI Changes Blur Line Between Employees and Contractors


One of the factors marking the line between employees and independent contractors has been eligibility for employment insurance (EI) coverage. As a result of changes to federal legislation, the line just became somewhat more blurry.

Historically, only employees were eligible for EI coverage. The risk of not having that aspect of the social security net to fall back on was just one of the many risks of being an independent contractor.

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week

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.

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