Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

A Moment in Time

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”
- Hilary Cooper

Certain moments shape you, define you, make you, break you and control you. We have wonderful moments and moments we would like to forget. Moments are brief. They come and go in the blink of an eye. Cherish the moments. Relive the moments. Savour the moments. Share the moments.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - The Term Contract Trap


There are two types of employment contracts, indefinite and limited-term. The misuse of the latter, and the resulting liability, is a trap into which employers routinely stumble.

If used properly, limited-term contracts can be a useful and effective tool for structuring employment relationships. In my experience, however, there are three common outcomes from the use of limited-term employment contracts and two of them are undesirable.

Connecting People to Strategy: 3 Benefits of Translating Your Strategy

Most executives or managers are unable explain their company’s business strategy. They may own their function and fully understand their department, but in terms of the whole-business strategy, they’re in the dark. A translated strategy is one that has been broken down so that every executive and manager in the company knows exactly what the company is trying to accomplish. It also means that every executive and manager knows exactly how the decisions they make will drive the execution of the strategy.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - Self Governing Professions


Many employees nowadays belong to self-governing professions. Lawyers, doctors, accountants, and engineers are just a few of the many.

The essence of a self-governing profession is that members of that profession create and enforce practice guidelines and codes of ethics. The members’ behaviour is monitored from within the profession and misconduct results in disciplinary measures determined by a practitioner’s peers.

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

Failure ,Rejection & Fear = Experience = Success

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford

Thomas Watson, the founder of IBM, came up with a great concept. He said that in order to double your success you must double your failure. Failure is part of the process and the journey. The higher we travel up the success ladder the more failure we will encounter. When we understand this concept and live by it, the sky’s the limit. In other words, bring it on. Failure, rejection and fear are indispensible prerequisites for success ... if you learn from them.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - Sorting Through Annual Pay Increase Projections


As surely as kids heading back to school and Christmas decorations appearing (too early) in stores, September brings annual projections of pay increases for the following year. These projections can – if used in a considered fashion - be a useful guideline as your business approaches its yearly pay review process.

The Globe & Mail published information this past Saturday summarizing projections for 2010 from four of the main national survey companies. Hewitt Associates, Mercer Canada, Watson Wyatt, and Morneau Sobeco are projecting average pay increases for next year in the 2.5% to 3% range.

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

Read the Books

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
– Dr. Seuss

Back in the 1980s, I heard Jim Rohn speak in Toronto to an audience of 2,000 people. He spoke about success and shared his wisdom about a happy, fulfilling life. Rohn had a profound impact on me, changing my life in two key areas: writing and reading. He unlocked an incredible passion in me that burns in me every day. He talked about the power of keeping journals, which I immediately began to do. He also talked about why it was so important to read books. Prior to that moment, it just hadn’t occurred to me how powerful and important books could be. Rohn’s repetition of the phrase “read the books” in his southern drawl sparked something in me that soon became a passionate fire. Since that day I have become an avid reader. And I do more than just read the books. I enjoy studying and rereading them.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - Practicing Good Email Etiquette!


In Auckland, New Zealand a recent news item told the story of Vicki Walker who was fired from her job, in part, because of her “confrontational” emails. Ms. Walker had apparently made a practice of using block capital letters, bold typeface, and red typeface in emails.

Her employer was reported to have viewed her habits, including her email style, as creating disharmony in the workplace. Ms. Walker complained to the local Employment Relations Authority, which upheld her complain that she had not been fairly terminated from her employment.

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

The Gift of the Present

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today?
Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”
– Babatunde Olatunji

The greatest gift

Be present for the people around you. The greatest gift to anyone is to listen to them and show you care, whether you’re in a conversation at work or with family or friends. That is what being in the present means in its truest form. As Linden Wood put it, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Or as I always put it, you have to know to care and care to know. Caring is being present. When you are in the present it helps others to enjoy the present and share the moment. Why do we love photos? Because they capture the present forever, allowing us to enjoy reliving the moment.

Connecting People to Strategy: Doing Your Own Version of God's Work

By Ron Cox, CEO, Tailwind
When talking with a CEO about how aligned his people were around his company’s strategy, he commented, “Everyone is doing their own version of God’s work.” What he meant, of course, was that his people were hardworking and dedicated. They were pursuing their work with a missionary-like zeal. They were, however, totally unaligned with the strategy and instead working on what they thought were the most important items. There were passionate and focused, just not on the right strategic priorities. This represented the total opposite of “Getting everyone on the same page” and is pretty common in large organizations.

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