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‘If I didn’t take the risk...I never would,’ Wok Box founder says

<i>This is the latest entry in a series called Who Owns That? We've asked readers</i> on our LinkedIn group <i>to identify their favourite small businesses from across Canada, and we track down the owners so they can tell us their stories. Their answers are edited.</i><p><i>Introducing Lawrence Eade, president & CEO of</i> …

Dalhousie MBA student makes a case for teamwork

<i>Kyle Palantzas is a business professional pursuing an MBA at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He's a Carleton University journalism graduate, a former sports writer and competitive athlete (hockey and rugby), and a recipient of a community leadership award in his hometown of Pickering, Ont. He is</i> …

10 things not to buy in 2014

<b>1. Cable TV</b><p>Cable television’s heyday is over. Subscribers have been declining since 2004, and analysts say there’s no end in sight. Roughly 54.8 …

Want a perfect schedule? Create a not-to-do list

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' new Leadership Lab series, where executives and leadership experts share their views and advice about the leadership and management issues of today. There will be a new column every weekday. Find all Leadership Lab stories at tgam.ca/leadershiplab</i><p>Imagine for a …

The seven secrets for happiness at life and work

Gyles Brandreth's quest for happiness – and the balance involved – began in 1997 after he was defeated in his bid to return to the British Parliament as a conservative Member of Parliament.<p>"I was kicked out by the people. They say you shouldn't take it personally because it involves party swings, …

Want to become a better leader? Take more chances

We live in a networked world, and you aren't invited unless you take chances and explore it. It's no longer about who you know, it's about what you want and being smart about getting it.<p>Rather than digging through your network for opportunities, technology allows us to create and access networked …

Six job etiquette tips leaders need to teach millennials

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' new Leadership Lab series, where executives and leadership experts share their views and advice about the leadership and management issues of today. There will be a new column every weekday. Find all Leadership Lab stories at tgam.ca/leadershiplab</i><p>You may have …

Watch your (business) language

<i>Do u unnerstanme :-D</i><p>When it comes to business writing, too often the answer to that question (Do you understand me?) is "no." This isn't because most of us are trying to read documents in a foreign language that we don't understand. It's more likely because the writer is using language that doesn't …

Why e-mail is broken

There was an almighty ruckus earlier this year, when a clever new e-mail app for the iPhone came out. The makers of Mailbox had done all the right things to stoke the hype machine: The previews looked slick, and a waiting list for access quickly ballooned. And iPhone fans certainly do love a lineup.<p>…

Transcript: Teamwork isn't what it used to be

<b>KARL MOORE –</b> This is Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, talking management for The Globe and Mail. Today, I am delighted to speak to Mark Mortensen [an assistant professor of organizational behaviour at international business school] INSEAD.<p>You have been …

Why Mom and Dad really were harder on the eldest child

Guess what, firstborns? Mom and Dad really were harder on you.<p>But it was all about the strategic payoff.<p>It's the sibling debate that never gets old. The eldest child says to the youngest: You had it so easy. The youngest argues that they never got to do anything. And the middle kid – they just got, …

Magnetic pen in $790K fundraiser may face ban

Ontario designer initially planned to raise $14K to manufacture his Polar Pen<p>Ontario designer Andrew Gardner says he was just trying to a raise a …

Rogers cellphone outage highlights 911 vulnerability

CRTC releases report on 911 system a day after major cellphone outage<p>A countrywide outage of the Rogers Wireless network has focused concern over …

These 20-somethings want financial independence

But their investment styles clash. Charlie embraces risk, but Katelyn prefers to buy and hold. Which route is right?

Students looking for jobs should consider nursing, engineering

Globe PF columnist Rob Carrick talks to Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, about which career paths pay off in terms of salary and job prospects

Infographic: Canada's unemployment rate continues to fall

Android Readers Can Enjoy Four New Country Editions

Inside Flipboard / October 3, 2013<p>Flipboard is expanding its global reach with the launch of four new editions for Android smartphone users in India, …

Buying a business? How to determine what it’s worth

When it comes to buying a small business, here's the big question: How much does it cost?<p>"Several different methodologies can be used to value a small business, but ultimately the beauty is in the eye of the beholder," says chartered professional accountant (CPA) Deborah Rosati, who has helped many …

Does stretching beforehand help or hurt my run?

<b>The question:</b> I always stretch before I run, but recently I was told I shouldn't. Why? I feel stiff and want to loosen up. Am I setting myself up for injury?<p><b>The answer:</b> There are different types of stretching. I do dynamic flexibility exercises before my runs to mobilize my chronically tight hips …

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The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Toronto and the Raptors are looking to one of the music industry’s biggest stars to help revamp t…

<b>The 2016 NBA All-Star Game</b> is coming to Toronto and the Raptors are looking to one of the music industry’s biggest stars to help revamp the franchise in time for the festivities.<p>The club has named Drake its new “global ambassador” and the Toronto rap star will have a voice in the team’s rebranding.<p>Mayor Rob Ford also attended the Monday’s announcement. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Celebrating 60 years of DNA - Quirks and Quarks

<b>By Bob McDonald,</b> <i>Quirks & Quarks</i><p>A ceremony at Cambridge University in England this week unveiled a memorial to Dr. Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the …

From TEDxToronto to the trenches, a glimpse of technology's future

A thousand or so delegates, and a few lucky media folk, packed themselves into a comfortable, soporific theatre in downtown Toronto yesterday to hear …

Decoding the mysteries of preferred shares

<b>What do you think of preferred shares? Is this a good time to buy them?</b><p>Preferred shares stake out the middle ground in a company's capital structure, ranking ahead of common shares but behind bonds. This has advantages and disadvantages for the investor.<p>On the plus side, if a company needs cash, it …

Eight tips for managing a difficult boss

In my consulting and coaching work with employees, we spend far too much of our time working on "managing up" – helping employees deal with a difficult or incompetent boss. Often, the boss has an unpleasant manner. The boss is a bully or a poor communicator. Sometimes the boss is disorganized and …

Which single-serve coffee maker is the best?

Photograph by Roberto Caruso<p>If this column seems flighty or abrupt, you’ll have to excuse me: I’ve got as much caffeine as blood coursing through my …

I want a cottage. Where should I buy?

<b>Question: I am thinking of purchasing a cottage in the future. What are the long term benefits/profit of owning a cottage? What is the best location?</b><p><b>Answer:</b> There are several long term benefits to owning a cottage that extend beyond the simple use and enjoyment of your recreation home. The ultimate …

The key to successful marketing? Make yourself useful

<i>Excerpted with permission from</i> Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help not Hype <i>(Portfolio/Penguin) © 2013 by Jay Baer.</i><p>You know that expression "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime?" Well, the same is true for marketing: If …