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The Differences Between Running a Small Company and a Big One | Inc.com

Is it easier to run a small company than a big one? What skills are needed at different stages of a company? Can a big company CEO succeed at a smaller organization and vice versa? Here are some answers from five CEOs (plus myself) who have helmed companies at various stages.<p>The Five Stages of a …

Leadership

5 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking All the Time

The best teachers all have at least one thing in common: they ask great questions. They ask questions that force students to move beyond simple answers, that test their reasoning, that spark curiosity, and that generate new insights. They ask questions that inspire students to think, and to think …

Management

Responding to Feedback You Disagree With

Maybe it’s your performance review. Or a 360-degree feedback report. Or (unsolicited) advice from a colleague. Maybe you got a dressing-down from an angry client. Or overheard the nickname your team has for you. Whatever it was, it was wrong. Off-base. Unfair. They don’t understand the situation. …

Leadership

Understanding Your Gaps: Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't | Inc.com

Do you ever wonder why some people succeed and others don't? We've all seen deserving people who never quite got things off the ground, and others who made it look easy. It doesn't always seem to make sense.<p>Over the past three decades of coaching top leaders and entrepreneurs all over the world, I …

Leadership

Inside the brutal transformation of Tim Hortons

Since taking over the iconic chain in 2014, its new Brazilian owner, 3G Capital, has purged head office, slashed costs and squeezed suppliers. Shareholders are happy, but is 3G tearing the heart out of Timmy's?<p>It took less than a year for Tim Hortons' new Brazilian owner, 3G Capital, to erase more …

Think Strategically About Your Career Development

In a world where the average employee sends and receives 122 emails per day and attends an average of 62 meetings per month, your boss or HR leadership simply doesn’t have the time or bandwidth to properly think through how best to deploy your talents moving forward. Instead, we have to take …

Management

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Etymology

Are you addicted to work?

<i>Welcome to The Globe and Mail's Your Life at Work Survey, done in conjunction with Howatt HR Consulting. Click here to take our survey, measure your stress levels, examine if you're a workaholic, find out your Quality of Work Life (QWL) score and determine whether you're able to cope.</i><p>Working long …

Why all entrepreneurs can benefit from learning code

<i>"Pre-dodgeball I went through 3 to 4 years thinking I was going to meet some magical engineer who would build all the stuff I was thinking about. I'm still a really sh***y programmer…but I know enough to hack a prototype together."–Dennis Crowley, Foursquare</i><p>In a world where people spend more than …

Computer Science

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

How to Negotiate Your Next Salary

Negotiating a salary can be an uncomfortable process. You want to get what you’re worth but you also don’t want to offend or scare off your future employer. This situation is only more complicated in a tough job market. When offers are few and job seekers are plenty, you might be tempted to take …

How To Ace The 50 Most Common Interview Questions

I recently laid out the year’s most oddball interview questions. The Glassdoor list included queries from companies like Google, Bain & Co., and Amazon, which are notorious for their perplexing and unusual job interview questions.<p>In 2012, the search giant asked a candidate, “How many cows are in …

How to Give Your Boss Feedback

Working closely with anyone gives you useful insight into her performance. This is especially true of your boss, who you likely see in a variety of settings: client meetings, presentations, one-on-ones, negotiations, etc. But even if that insight could be helpful to your boss, is it your place to …

How to Conduct an Internal Interview

Organizations spend the majority of their hiring resources on finding and screening external candidates. But when you need to fill a position, the most cost-effective and practical thing you can do is hire someone from within. In fact, most hiring in companies is done internally. Still, the …

Bouncing Back from a Negative 360-Degree Review

Unlike traditional reviews and other types of feedback, 360-degree reviews include input from a comprehensive set of people: peers, managers, direct reports, and sometimes customers. One of the most valuable aspects of this tool is that the opinions are voiced anonymously, which encourages a higher …

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 …

Everything you ever wanted to know about ETFs

<i>For a complete list of links to the websites mentioned below, click here.</i><p><b>1. What the heck is an ETF, anyway?</b><p>Basic, unbiased information about ETFs is available on the GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca website, which was established by the Ontario Securities Commission and, unlike many other financial sites, …

Online Brokers 2012: The Globe's 14th Annual Online Brokers Survey

Meet the new online brokerage king, Virtual Brokers.<p>In the 14th annual Globe and Mail ranking of online brokers, this tiny, largely unknown independent firm, beat all the big bank-owned firms as well as six-time winner Qtrade Investor. Virtual Brokers was added to the ranking just two years ago, …

Investing

As consumers fret over prices, big grocers take fight Down East

The grocery wars are heating up and heading east, amid signs that consumers are becoming concerned about higher prices as the industry consolidates.<p>Less than two weeks after Loblaw Cos. Ltd. announced a $12.4-billion takeover of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., arch-rival Wal-Mart Canada Corp. launched …

28 websites every ETF investor should bookmark

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How CIOs Can Change the Game

The findings are sobering: almost half of CEOs view their CIOs as out of step with the business and about the same percentage think IT should be a commodity service, purchased as needed. We tackled this thorny issue in a webinar sponsored by the Harvard Business Review, Dell, and CIO.com called …

A Technique to Bridge the Gap Between Marketing and IT

Quick: when someone says “IT,” what comes to mind? Usually, people think of the systems they use as employees inside organizations — not customers. Here’s a familiar story: Marketing conducts research (“Big Data“! “Analytics“!) and uncovers new customer insights; it then turns to operations to …

Making a low cost portfolio even cheaper

The Sleepy Portfolio was designed to be an ultra low-cost portfolio and the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) used in the portfolio were the cheapest …