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Career Advice 101 – Observations looking back over many years

September 14, 2017

When I was in my twenties and thirties, I didn’t have a career plan. Even though IBM invested heavily in employee development, I never took career planning seriously and unlike many of my peers, I never aspired to become a CEO or senior executive. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and worse, I stubbornly didn’t believe anyone could predict their future so why spend energy trying to plan it. As a result, my career journey can best be described as serendipitous versus strategic.

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LinkedIn Behaviour & What it says about You

February 13, 2017

Frequently, I get invited to connect to people on LinkedIn whom I don’t know. Generally, I have a rule that I never accept an invitation to connect from anyone that I have not either met or spoken with on the telephone. I do this to keep my connections to people that are in my industry and whom I know something about.

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Backing a Winner - an epilogue

June 8, 2016

It has been over two years since I wrote the blog “Backing a Winner”  ,  which was about Larisa Yurkiw’s quest to fund her vision to become the fastest women in the world of downhill skiing. At that time, Larisa, who had her funding cancelled when the Alpine Canada cut their speed racing program, was on the road to the Sochi Olympics. She had raised enough money to fund her season and had earned the qualification for her Olympic moment. As one of her sponsors, we were so proud of her accomplishment.

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Getting Good at Email

January 13, 2015

Getting good at email.

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Another rant about email etiquette

January 2, 2015

I am reverting back to a topic that I have ranted about in the past: lack of email etiquette and the damage it does to personal brand and possibly your career success  (How email damages your Personal Brand and What do your email habits say about you).

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Backing a Winner

February 5, 2014

As some of you may know, I am an avid skier and ski & teach at the Georgian Peaks Club. It is a private ski club (a phenomena known only to Ontario). The club has about 750 families and has a reputation for strong competitive ski and snowboard development programs that have produced a number of Alpine Canada National Team Members.

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