How to lay off staff with compassion

Letting people go is often the hardest task that business leaders have to do

How to lay off staff with compassionThere comes a time in every business leader’s life when they have to make tough decisions about who is going to be working in the organization. This decision can result from recessionary pressures leading to a lack of income, competition, lack of profits, inflation and rising costs which reduce the viability of the business, or…

Five ways to spot a psychopathic boss

Do any of these characteristics remind you of anybody you know?

Five ways to spot a psychopathic bossImagine you are a CEO and you need to hire a vice president to turn around a failing business unit. You are down to the last two. There is Jane, who is charming and ambitious and drives the team hard. No fools are suffered, the dead wood is hacked, and the parking lot is full…

Get ready for the “Great Retirement“

233,000 Canadians retired in 2020, and 307,000 retired over the last year

Get ready for the “Great Retirement“A year after “The Great Resignation,” where large numbers of workers of all ages left their jobs, a new trend is now emerging. It’s called “The Great Retirement.” Statistics Canada has reported that 233,000 Canadians retired in 2020, and 307,000 retired over the last year. That’s a record number of Canadians between 55 and 64…

How virtual reality saves you the hassle of miss-hires

How virtual reality saves you the hassle of miss-hiresLearning from the pros Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Amplify Your Business, produced by Amplomedia in partnership with Troy Media, will interview professional entrepreneurs who are currently in the trenches growing their businesses. Through insightful conversations, we will be unpacking their common business challenges and identifying the lessons every business owner needs to learn so…

5 things you can do to hire employees now

Creative hiring strategies can be the big difference between success and failure

5 things you can do to hire employees nowHiring employees has been difficult for many employers in the current job market. This is a result of a number of factors, including an aging workforce, the "great resignation," and a booming economy. While this will change in time, here are five things you might consider that will improve your chances of success if you…

Your guide to motivating the unmotivated

Short of standing behind them with a pitchfork, what can you do to get the best from others?

Your guide to motivating the unmotivatedMotivating yourself can be difficult at times, but motivating other people offers a different kind of challenge. Short of standing behind them with a pitchfork and an evil grin or offering them a gazillion dollars, what can you do to get the best from others, be they employees, colleagues, or even family (although that’s a…

Stop focusing on problems, start looking at strengths

Collaboration begins by building on those positive qualities that already exist in your team

Stop focusing on problems, start looking at strengthsSeveral years ago, I was in Germany working with a group of high-potential employees worldwide. Their organization had identified them as valuable candidates for leadership development. It was quite an event – a week of various topics and speakers with dog sledding as the team-building event the afternoon before my program. (Which was quite a…

The other reason not everyone is rushing back to the office

Not everyone is designed to thrive in the traditional workplace

The other reason not everyone is rushing back to the officeHad the COVID-19 pandemic ended sooner, there’s every possibility that office life would have returned to ‘normal.’ In 2021, we were all hoping to go back to the office. Today, office workers are putting their foot down en masse and refusing to return. Having adapted to remote work and proving themselves capable of being productive,…

Are virtual events foiling your business success?

The success of any organization or team hinges on the strength of the relationships of its employees

Are virtual events foiling your business success?Xerox Corporation, in the 1980s, was looking for a way to boost the productivity of its field service staff. An anthropologist from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) travelled with a group of tech reps to observe how they did their jobs – not how they described what they did, or what their managers…
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