Dealing with a mean bad boss

It depends on what you mean by a really bad boss. I’ve had some bosses that kept having me do things that were not really my job. I may not have liked it at the time but I learned so much from being pushed through the experience. Eventually it became a positive step in my career, something that I would have never done otherwise. Being mean is often a method of protecting oneself by pushing other people away. What happened in your bosses life that was so terrible that he/she had to decide not to let anyone in? It’s been my … Continue reading

Building a Sustainable Future

Want to make the world a better place? It’s our children who are going to shape our future and, next to parenting, providing these children with the best possible education will create a sustainable future for our economy and our country. Here are a few ideas to get started: Increase teacher salaries significantly across the board and provide them with the resources and support they need. This will also provide motivation to attract the best people to the education industry. Make continuing education mandatory for teachers. If a teacher isn’t ready to keep up with a changing world, actively embrace … Continue reading

Words of Wisdom: We shouldn’t all be millionaires

Think about this for a moment. If you make everyone millionaires, all you end up doing is devaluating your currency. In fact, the same can be said of raising minimum wage. Everything ends up being more expensive because employers then need to pay everyone higher salaries. So when should you get a raise? When you provide added value to their employers… not just because they’ve sat in a chair pushing the same button for a long time. If you can help, contribute and help your employer build their business and make more money, why wouldn’t they be delighted to pay … Continue reading

How to fire an employee

Letting someone go, regardless of the reason, is never an easy task. You are making a decision that is going to have an impact on someone’s life, maybe even affect their family. However, when you are responsible for a business, you have a responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of that business. Would you rather have the business fail? That wouldn’t help anyone. I’ve had to recommend letting someone go. I gave her every opportunity to prove herself. I was never unkind about it and felt it important to be honest with her. So many poor … Continue reading

Finding a Photo’s License Using Google Images Search Tool

Have you ever come across the perfect photo and wanted to use it on your blog, website, social media post like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, report or print publication? Google Images has a very useful tool to search for an image and hopefully find out the type of copyright license attached to it. Searching for an image To search for an image, you will either need to get the address of the image on the web or you will need to have a copy of it saved locally on your computer. If the image is located on a publicly accessible website … Continue reading

Making Print Screen Screenshots in Windows

You can capture a screenshot of almost anything that appears on your computer by using any of the following methods in Windows: There is a great free tool called Greenshot that works with the Print Screen button. It allows you to capture any part of the screen you want. Greenshot includes extra features like: Sending your screenshot to the clipboard, a printer, your email application, Powerpoint, Word, Excel and upload directly to Confluence or Dropbox. Opening the image in the Greenshot image editor where you can annotate the image with arrows, shapes, lines and text as well as apply any of several special effects. Includes many advanced … Continue reading

Remove Red and Green Underlines in Word

Using Microsoft Word, you’ve created a professional high quality report at work, or a resume if you are looking for a job. It’s ready to be published to the target reader. The only problem is, it’s full of red (potential spelling mistakes) and green (potential grammar mistakes) squiggly underlines. Adding all the words that are underlined in red to your dictionary will only affect your own computer. When the document is opened on someone else’s computer, those lines will be back and you won’t even know it. Is it possible to get rid of not only the red but also the … Continue reading

Successful Business Support Rolodex

Here is a list of business resources that can help your business succeed: Free and Low Cost Business Cards — If you want to get yourself some business cards, visit www.vistaprint.ca and click on “Free Business Cards”. Choose and customize any of the 42 free professional looking business cards models. You just end up paying for Shipping and Handling. It cost less than $10 for 250 business cards. What’s the catch? On the back of these free cards, Vista Print puts a small advertisement for their own company on the back of the card. You only pay for cards if you want … Continue reading

What is Your Perception of the Economy?

It’s a very interesting question. Down in the U.S. and even in most parts of the world, the economy has taken a beating over the past several years. While not immune, according to the Invest in Canada Factsheet, this has actually effectively positioned Canada as having one of the strongest economies in the world. In times of reduced sales, many businesses tend to downsize. The reality is, this is the time to build strategic partnerships, develop relationships with clients and come together to innovate and find new opportunities. I’ve seen the cycle has come and go before. The most successful … Continue reading

Bestest, fastest, easiest ways to proof your writing

If you write blogs, content for a website or even just status updates on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, readers of your content will consider this a reflection of who you are and the quality of your work. While this may or may not be important to you when your friends are reading your blurbs, what will you want your future employers or your loyal followers to think? Here are a few suggestions on ways you can improve the quality of your public writing. Get a Proofer or Copy editor Give a deadline for everything you … Continue reading