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Carl Courneya

Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.

Passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives in both business and personal environments!

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Carl Courneya

Carl Courneya

Business Analyst @ MGIS Inc.


Passionate about making a difference in peoples' lives in both business and personal environments!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Communication is easy. You listen and then respond right?

That’s the basic premise of good communications, but it is the single most important thing missing in the majority of projects and the business community in general.

If it is so simple why is it missing so often?

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If you ever get the chance, find a mentor and be a mentor!

Take advice from any source. You don’t have to use all or any of it, but take it and thank them for it. You never know when the real nuggets are offered to you.

Try and find someone at work you like, who has experience and is willing to share their expertise and experiences and ask them to be your mentor.  It doesn't have to be a formal situation. It can be very informal and happen only when both parties are available and have some time.

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Have you ever wondered why your boss took credit for your efforts or great ideas?

Somehow that does not instill the most appropriate focus and dedication in his/her staff.  Maybe it’s a little short sighted?

Credit is simply an overt pat on the back for doing something well. Sometimes the credit is deserved and sometimes it is not or simply misdirected.

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