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Issue: Volume 14, Issue 7

Featuring 20 Questions with Lori Schmidt, CEO of GO Productivity

issue: Volume 14, Issue 7

Lori Schmidt, CEO of GO Productivity

Lori Schmidt, CEO of GO Productivity

During the 10 years she spent as a consultant in the private sector, Lori Schmidt learned what she believes to be the two most important lessons of her professional life: Attach yourself to top-notch mentors and pay close attention to the advice they dish out.

“I’ve been blessed in my career to find people who encouraged me in whatever I was doing. They helped me to develop a focus on strong planning processes. And not just one plan. You need a plan B, C and D, in case things go awry.”... Keep Reading

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Shuttering at Linkedin photo mis-takes

Rarely does a day go by in which I do not receive two or three invitations to connect with people on Linkedin, the pre-eminent online business networking platform.

I enjoy making these connections as they often present great opportunities to connect in person and initiate meaningful business relationships.

Without an ounce of exaggeration, I can say that such connections through Linkedin have translated to hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for my business.

There is a special... Keep Reading

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Hack panic not the exclusive domain of Sony executives

We know that cyberbullying has led to many suicides, often of vulnerable teenagers who were lured into sending explicit photos of their bodies. What we see in the Sony exposé are revealing glimpses into the minds of Hollywood bigwigs. These snapshots are not very attractive.

There’s no need to repeat the juicier leaked emails here because they’ve been widely circulated online and even in the mainstream media. There’s also good legal reason not to rehash them since Sony Pictures, in a... Keep Reading

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Job hopping – is it losing its negative reputation?

Job hopping may be losing it’s bad reputation, at least among the youngest generation of Canadian professionals, an Accountemps survey suggests.

Fifty-three per cent of employees between the ages of 18 and 34 said changing jobs every few years can actually help their career, compared to 40 per cent of professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 and 25 per cent of those age 55 or older.

There were also differences by gender, with 54 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women reporting that... Keep Reading

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National job vacancy rate climbs as unemployment drops

An estimated 322,000 private sector jobs were awaiting qualified employees in Q3, according to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The nationwide openings in full, part-time and temporary positions were up by 7,000 jobs compared to Q2 2014, the largest quarterly increase measured by CFIB in the past two years.

“As the unemployment rate goes down, the job vacancy rate goes up,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s chief economist and vice... Keep Reading

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Canadian firms unprepared for security threats – survey

Canadian businesses are not equipped to respond to security threats within their networks, according to a recent survey conducted by Cisco.

The study, which includes the views of Canadian business representatives and consumers about security at work, also found that there are discrepancies between the preparedness of large and small businesses.

Respondents were asked questions about security policies, practices and recent cyber-attacks at their business, including their security... Keep Reading

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Spectator sports have high scoring potential for economy

Ask any sports fan, Buffalo and Toronto have two things in common, excessive snow and a love of the Bills, Buffalo’s National Football League (NFL) franchise. Fundamentally, sports are what tie these two cities together. It’s a reason for Torontonians, and more broadly Ontarians, to travel to west New York. On a grander scale, it’s about much more than two nationalities of fans supporting a common team; it’s about international economics. Cross-border interaction among sports fans,... Keep Reading

Pump Interactive: making your company’s digital dreams a reality

Thousands of traditional businesses have embraced non traditional methods of digital marketing, customer relations management (CRM), online booking, payment and scheduling systems that actually beef up their bottom line.

Without these 21st century tools, it’s getting harder and harder to compete in ANY field.

So where does a traditional business operator turn to gain entry to this not-so-mysterious digital world? The obvious place to start is Calgary-based Pump Interactive, A Digital... Keep Reading

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It’s time to be smart with your phone

Let’s face it; we’ve all checked our smartphones during a meeting. According to many, this behaviour is not appropriate during business meetings. Sixty-one per cent of managers recently surveyed by Robert Half Management Resources said it’s at least somewhat common for professionals to read and respond to messages on mobile devices during business meetings. Four per cent of respondents said this is perfectly acceptable.

The survey is based on interviews with more than 300 managers... Keep Reading

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Help still wanted: immigration quota filled but Alberta still needs workers

Alberta’s Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is now full for 2014, as all 5,500 certificates for the year have been issued.

The certificates allow workers, along with spouse and dependent children, to be nominated by the Government of Alberta for permanent residence in Canada. Provincial nominees may then apply for permanent residence to the federal government.

“Alberta’s challenge remains finding permanent workers for permanent jobs,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Jobs, Skills,... Keep Reading

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Canadian businesses cashing in on lower loonie: EDC report

Canadian companies that sell abroad received an early Christmas present in the form of a lower Canadian dollar, according to a semi-annual report by Export Development Canada (EDC).

EDC’s Trade Confidence Index measures how Canadian exporters and investors feel about their business opportunities in the next six months.

The report noted that the lower Canadian dollar has had a positive impact on Canadian exports, with 61 per cent of Canadian business leaders confirming that it would... Keep Reading

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It’s time to put energy behind alternative movement

Discussions of alternative energy sources are frequently focused on the need to curtail the damages that hydrocarbons inflict on the environment.

It is interesting that the same discussions often neglect to incorporate an equally compelling issue with our reliance on fossil fuels. Existing global reserves of oil, natural gas and coal will not last forever. The clock is ticking and the most recent generations will likely live to see a world where these resources no longer exist.

Each... Keep Reading