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Posted by on in Communication

Collegial not confrontational is like honey not lemons!

What’s your approach dealing and interacting with people? Do you find people warm up to you right away or does it take a while? Do you think these first two questions may have a direct link? 

Well Sherlock, this ain’t rocket science. Once again common sense and its appropriate application have very positive results. Some things never change. 

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Posted by on in Communication

If you are committed and invested in the relationship it will be a win-win for both parties involved.

So what? What’s the big deal about mentoring and what’s the value for the two people involved?

You both get to share your ideas and thoughts.

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Posted by on in Communication

Don’t you just hate that!

I read something the other day that made me laugh. “Is the middle of my sentence interrupting the beginning of yours?”

In my mind, interrupting someone means that they are not listening to what you are saying. If they are not listening to you, you are wasting your time and any productive communications with this person is out the window.

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Posted by on in Business

Why should you consider coming to (or staying in) Ottawa to find a job?  Did you know that since 2010 Ottawa has been ranked by MoneySense as the best city in which to live, work and play?

Ottawa offers a number of benefits to job seekers that make it stand out from the Torontos, Montreals and Vancouvers of the country.  Granted there aren’t too many comparables to the big three but you get the gist.

So what is it that makes Ottawa so attractive?

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Posted by on in Communication

Here is the good news and the bad news, working in a business environment is simple and working in a business environment is complex and difficult.

The business environment is all about graphs and charts, budgets and spreadsheets. There are rules, guides, methodologies and templates to use and follow available everywhere these days for all aspects of any business.

Generally speaking these tools usually help focus the work in the business environment and produce consistent, expected, productive results.

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Posted by on in Communication

Information is abundant and readily available these days. In fact there seems to be so much that I can’t keep up with it, at least everything I want to read or use sometime.

This is the information age and I don’t know about you, but my brain gets filled up fairly quickly.  So I keep saving links to that information, or saving documents, or saving some information about how I can retrieve that information when I need it or get a chance to read it or use it.

I have accounts with the regular information culprits, e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, (there are others) plus email, blogs, digital and print media, and find myself trying to keep on top of the ever increasing information without really understanding the enormity of what I am actually trying to do here.

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Posted by on in Business

Recently the terms Business Architecture, Business Model and Business Process have been used in discussions. However, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people use them interchangeably. So, what do they really mean? Well, basically all of these terms mean very different things.

I decided that I would take some time and try to bring some clarity to Business Architecture.

So what is a Business Architecture? Is it a business process? Is it your governance? Is it your business capabilities?

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Posted by on in Communication

This seems to be a really dumb question, but this happens all the time in the business world. Most people don’t want to deal with a particular, possibly contentious situation or they have no new information to share and simply choose to ignore or procrastinate with calling or emailing back.

Make a point to respond even if you don’t have any news or different updates. At least the other person will understand that you are still working towards a result and that you can be expected and trusted to respond in a timely fashion.

Everyone always thinks the worse when there is no or limited communications happening between two parties. That is human nature to think negatively.

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Posted by on in Communication

My last entry (read here) seems to have created a little bit of controversy, and I have received feedback from a couple of consultants about my ideas on how consultants should view workplace relationships.

I have been back and forth with each person that responded but I had one question that I thought I might address here.  As per the individual’s request, their identity will remain anonymous.

Here is one of the replies I received:

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Posted by on in Communication

Experience and job maturity that boomers bring to a position are not viewed as positively now by some, as are the younger more technically adept generations that were born into technology.

Hiring managers are always trying to get the best possible person for the job, but is their perspective skewed by their take on who uses and knows technology best.

Technology is getting extremely powerful to the point where it is viewed and included as a descriptor for marketing, business and communications efforts, .e.g Social and digital media marketing, Technical Communications  (Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, Flickr, You Tube, etc.).

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