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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.

WHEN WORK REALLY BECOMES A PRISON

It’s not all that often that something really different happens in the world of wrongful dismissal. But, just when an employment lawyer thinks he’s seen everything, another weird situation pops up.

An employee claiming false imprisonment against his former employer would certainly fall within that category. It goes to show just how inventive employers can be in finding new ways to create liability for themselves.

Believe in Yourself!

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.”
– Cicero

What gets people into the history books is being crazy enough to think they can change history. The only thing in life that can hold you back is you, so be careful what you wish! If you make a commitment to your goal in time and persistence, it will happen. Thomas Edison believed. Henry Ford believed. Helen Keller believed. They believed in themselves.

How McDonald's helped Four Seasons,...

Canadian economy "fell off a cliff" in early 2009?

The Conference Board of Canada laid out a grim outlook for employment for this year and next last week, saying the Canadian economy fell "off a cliff" in the first three months of 2009. The Board is predicting that unemployment in Canada will steadily rise this year, and peak at 9.5 per cent in the middle of 2010. The March Statistics Canada 2009 numbers seem to support the Board`s forecast, confirming that the unemployment rate was up 0.3 percentage points to 8.0%, the highest rate in seven years.

Understanding Success

Malcolm Gladwell's third book, Outliers, focuses on the origins of success. Gladwell brings home lessons that should be remembered. Think about how these factors might apply to you or your company:

1 - There's no substitute for hard work. Although much of the book teaches how circumstance and nurturing have a big impact on success, the one common denominator is willingness to put in the hard work. No athlete, business person, musician, or anyone else succeeds without hard work. One of my favorite sayings in the book is an ancient Chinese one, "No man who rises before dawn 365 days a year fails to make his family rich." (I can honestly say that I do this at least 300 days per year, so I'm getting close!).

All Employees Are Brand Managers

Traditionally, the task of promoting a company falls on an organization's salespeople and marketing team.

But these are anything but traditional times, and businesses are forced to think outside the box about new ways to market their products and services. Many businesses today are taking seriously the idea that every employee in the organization is responsible for the company's image among customers and the public.

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