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Coaching your staff to coach themselves

<b>Coaching for Breakthrough Success</b><p><i>By Jack Canfield and Peter Chee</i><p><i>(McGraw-Hill, 271 pages, $24.95)</i><p>Managers are akin to coaches these days. But managers are also managers, and the style of some managers may not be the approach that is most effective for coaching.<p>In some, if not many, situations, …

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To relieve stress, just start whistling

If you see a woman striding through an airport whistling, it's probably Lauren Miller. Travel can be stressful, and the stress expert from Littleton, Colo. is often on flights to speaking engagements. But whistling keeps her spirits up.<p>"It's considered deviant behaviour," she admits in an …

Why you want your employees to be committed and proud

Stephen Foster is a celebrity of sorts.<p>He can't go anywhere at Canadian Tire Corp.'s head office in midtown Toronto without being gawked at by people he doesn't know.<p>But the 43-year-old field support manager, who helps the retailer's outlets implement programs, doesn't mind. He's proud to be a …

Good lawyers get up close and personal with family businesses

David Simpson knows all too well the tough battles that need to be fought to successfully transition a family business. He has worked with many of Canada's leading family businesses and he has worked in one himself, with his brother. He now teaches the next generation of entrepreneurs at the …

High-school grade inflation balloon ready to pop

Students across Canada are receiving admission letters to Canadian universities this spring. After the excitement and the celebrations, students and their families should start preparing for a shock.<p>Grades will drop in university – especially for students who are at the top of their high-school …

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Suncor cancels Voyageur project, takes hit to profit

Suncor Energy Inc., Canada's biggest oil-sands producer, has cancelled its $11.6-billion Voyageur upgrader project because of soaring capital costs – and the belief that better profits are to be found in shipping out unprocessed bitumen.<p>Calgary-based Suncor will take a $140-million writedown that …

Antrim Energy shares plunge on $50.4-million writedown

Antrim Energy Inc. shares were down about 45 per cent Wednesday. The Calgary-based company reported earlier that its fourth quarter included a $50.4-million impairment charge as a result of its decision to opt out of participating in the Fionn Field in the North Sea.<p>It previously had a 35.5 per …

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The 12 Best Irish Whiskeys For Your Buck

Get your Irish on this St. Paddy’s Day and check out some old favorites and new arrivals of whiskeys from the Emerald Isle. Sláinte!

9 Rules for Stronger Erections

Ways to prevent and treat erectile dysfunction<p>No penis is an island. Or so J. Stephen Jones, M.D., F.A.C.S., a urologist with the Cleveland Clinic, likes to tell his patients. If your penis were an island, it would be tempting to think of it as a hot spot in the Caribbean—calm and tranquil during …

AltaGas doubles down on big U.S. expansion

AltaGas Ltd. is making a major move in the U.S. market.<p>Traditionally an Alberta powerhouse, the natural gas specialist made a splash in the U.S. last year by scooping up natural gas utilities in Michigan and Alaska for $1.1-billion (U.S.), its largest acquisition ever. On Monday the company …

Chevron hits oil in U.S. Gulf near Anadarko discovery

Chevron Corp. said it struck oil at a deepwater well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico just 19 kilometres (12 nautical miles) from another discovery announced last week by partners Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and ConocoPhillips.<p>Chevron said on Monday the Walker Ridge Block 98 well in the Coronado prospect …

Alberta tests Athabasca River to gauge Suncor site leak's toxicity

More than a day after industrial waste water leaked from a Suncor Energy Inc. site into the Athabasca River, the oil-sands giant and the province were still trying to determine which, if any, toxic materials were carried into the major Alberta waterway.<p>On Monday, staff at the Suncor oil-sands base …

Formula for growth: 16 chemical companies you should know

<i>Mr. Bowman is a portfolio manager at Hamilton-based Wickham Investment Counsel Inc., an adviser to high net worth clients. michael@wickhaminvestments.com</i><p><b>What are we looking for?</b><p>The North American chemicals industry is expected to see strong growth in 2013 as energy prices drop as a result of record …