Category Archives: Opinions

5 Ways to Kill Procrastination

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Procrastination is one of those topics that is written about all the time. I find that while the information is useful, the short term inspiration to change your habits dies out quickly.

In my experience, procrastination is usually a result of one of these 3 factors:

– Boredom

– Incompetence

– Laziness

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What Day of the Week is Best to Ask Your Boss for a Raise?

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Last night, my friend Ana and I were talking about our respective jobs and she was filling me on a discussion she was planning on having with her boss. Ana is planning on taking a year off to travel to Australia and had decided to let her boss know today. As Ana is part of a union, she has the opportunity to take a one year leave of absence from her position.

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6 Marketing Tactics that Marketers Fall For

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I wish I could say that marketers are immune to the plethora of marketing tricks, advertising and sales promotions that exist but sadly, we aren’t. Although marketers spend their day planning the exact same tactics to increase sales, acquire new customers, increase roi and move product, they still fall prey to them.

Here is a list of the most common tactics that marketers fall for:

1) Discounts

These are the worst! This morning I received an email from one of my favorite fashion brands with a 40% off sale for three hours on their online store. Instantly my brain went into overdrive scouring the site for clothing that I didn’t really need. It’s amazing how saving a buck will get you every time.

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9 Common Sense Tips on Professionalism That Aren’t so Common

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Everyone has heard the adage that common sense isn’t so common. It’s true. Especially in business and office politics.

Here are 9 common sense tips on professionalism that aren’t so common:

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How to Choose the Right Board to Volunteer On

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Volunteering on a board of directors is a fantastic way to share your expertise and experience with an organization that desperately needs people like you. Business professionals do well on non-profit boards because they can fill a skill set that may not already exist in the organization.

So you’ve decided that you have a bit of free time and you want to give back. You’ve decided to volunteer on a board because it will look good on your resume and you want more leadership experience.

So how do you find the right one for you?

Well, the first thing to consider is what you want out of the experience. Are you looking for more hands on operational experience or more high level governance experience? Let’s take a step back and i’ll explain the difference between the two.

Operational vs. Governance Boards

Operational boards are involved with the day to day engagement activities of the organization. This could be everything from communications, event planning and member engagement. The benefit of an operational board model is that if you like “doing” more than “planning” then you’ll definitely get an opportunity to do this. I like operational boards because you get to know your directors really well by working with them on specific projects.

Governance boards on the other hand deal primarily with policy and interact with the organization at an advisory level. If you are interested in learning how to ask good questions and make decisions, then a governance board may be a good fit for you. I’ve sat on three governance boards in the past and I’ve learned a lot about leadership and how an organization operates at a strategic level.

Both types of boards are highly valuable because they can teach you a lot about people, management and conflict resolution.

I currently have the opportunity to sit on two kinds of boards right now and I take away different experiences from both.

Four Questions to Ask Yourself

So back to the original question, “How to choose the Right Board to Volunteer On?”.

There are four important questions to ask yourself:

1) What are you hoping to get out of the experience?

2) What type of skills and experience can you bring to the table?

3) What are you interested in?

4) How much time do you have to dedicate to an organization? (Operational boards typically take up more time than governance boards)

Once you’ve answered these questions, then look within your local community for organizations that are looking for board directors. Narrow down your search to three organizations and then do some research on the history, engagement model, media attention and policies of each one. Then get in touch with the organizations you are interested in and find out what the next steps are for joining the board.

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