By Guest Blogger Larry Villneff As an executive search consultant (with a retainer based firm) today’s challenges for identifying qualified individuals for new opportunities is definitely more competitive but it is also more dynamic. The demand in Alberta is particularly high and clients are asking for tighter deadlines and better qualified candidates. The basic principles…

Guest blog by Idris Fashan Managing Partner Red Paper Clip Writing Company www.redpaperclip.ca I just got out of a networking event, and my ears still sting. I think most attendees feel the same way, having been battered by the plethora of canned elevator pitches being broadcast to everything that moves, platter pulled from the desk…

Guest blog by Dennis Bridges, MBA In a world where information is in abundant supply and we spend more time with our technology then with our loved ones.  It is surprisingly difficult to take control of our time and maintain focus. 

Written by: By Leslie Shreve Productivity Expert “Gotta minute?”  Tips for Managing Interruptions in Your Work Day How many times do you hear that during your day at work? It’s a common interruption from your staff, colleagues or leaders that causes you to break your focus, stop what you’re doing and give attention to the…

Guest blog by Dennis Bridges, MBA In his blog post on April 26, 2012, Mike Mack discussed well defined business process and its relevance with respect to making businesses more efficient. I recently attended a Synergy Networking Group breakfast (Edmonton), at which, Don Kaisian of Kaisian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, was the guest speaker. As…

Guest blog by Idris Fashan Last week, in his blog post, It’s a Process, Mike shared how creating business processes can help remove the guesswork in establishing and maintaining an efficient, profitable business. Months ago, I had read Built to Sell, on his suggestion, and I began laying the groundwork for my own business processes…

If you want your business to improve, change, or go to the next level what will it take to get there? Many factors will contribute to achieving the desired outcomes. Good people. A solid economy. Valued product. A steady flow of Customers. Good management decisions.

Guest blog by Jason Desaulniers “I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business have given up and went on to do other things. If you simply didnʼt give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.” – Harrison Ford, Actor

This is a very simple concept but may businesses struggle to consistently achieve it. In our Business Consulting practice we work with many clients who truly value service. What does “truly valuing service” really look like? I was speaking with a Business Associate of mine and he commented that he recently purchased a very high-end truck….

Guest blog by Idris Fashan How Building and Keeping Relationships Are Virtues Greater than Patience Like. Respect. Trust.

Guest blog by Mike Melenberg Greg Burghardt, president of Arrow Engineering Inc., started the company with two partners and a handful of dedicated employees nearly six years ago. Their small office’s initial offerings were mechanical and civil engineering consultation for the built industry. The company was started, however, to be more than “just another company.”

By definition, “state of mind” is a temporary psychological state. We have many triggers that may cause the temporary state. (Fear, stress, excitement, a big deal closes, loss of a key employee, health challenges, just to name a few) “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind” – (Napoleon Hill, author 1883-1970)

In business, we see many different angles on this thought. As business owners or sales professionals we all have to generate sales and revenue. There are many companies that have instilled the culture to “always be closing” (ABC).  They sometimes push and prod until we agree or get annoyed.

Guest blog by Leslie Shreve 3 Ways to Set Sail for a More Wonderful Work Week Troubled by too little time? Mourning a few missed opportunities? Stuck behind bars in e-mail jail? It’s true that disorganization and the challenges of keeping up can get you down. You can lose quite a bit of motivation when…

Little Red Riding Hood said she was going to Grandma’s house. She seemed to be pretty clear on that part of things. Being able to ‘say’ where we are going, some will tell us, is ‘it’, the golden fleece, the answer to success in business. When the business Executive struggles with this question, things can…

Guest blog by Idris Fashan Last week, Mike, Joseph and I had a stimulating conversation about the X5 Management website, and Mike asked if I would be interested in writing a guest post on website content. Since I could never resist the chance to write about writing, I jumped at the opportunity.

In my business experience, it is wonderful to see when individuals Network with the “intent” on building a solid, long term relationship. They are not handing out their business cards like a Black Jack dealer. Networking is defined as a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest….

Guest blog by by Joseph Seiler, MCC Executive Coach X5 Management Inc. US Vice Presidential candidate, Dan Quayle, once offered a school class that alternate olde fashioned spelling with the ‘e’ on the end and was crucified in the media. Andrew Jackson said, “I hope never to meet a man so dull he could think of…

Guest blog by Lorne M. Wight This is a story about transition and leadership. I have been fortunate to have Lorne Wight as a friend and close business contact for over 14 years. Lorne has contributed to our Blog post for this week with his leadership journey. When it comes to business – does size…

In our part of the world, (Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia) we are seeing and feeling the business engines starting to turn on…..Big time! Within our business community (Edmonton) and with our corporate clients it is common to hear 20%, 35% or 50% growth projections in business in the next 12 to 18 months. These…

Jan 17, 2012 11:53:00 PM – Mike Mack, MBA Succession is a term that has been used for decades in the description of some of the processes of nature. Have a look at this description. Succession (in nature) launches a new habitat. Succession may be initiated either by formation of new, unoccupied habitat (e.g., a…

As a farm kid growing up in Saskatchewan, I was always aware of the importance of producing good crops.  It was vital to everyone.  It helped drive the economy and feed many families.”  Mike Mack, X5 Management You may be asking, what does farming in Saskatchewan have to do with business and this report? I’ve…

Guest blog by Jeff Polovick This is a great leadership story to share and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity. I have been privileged to have Jeff Polovick as a friend and Centre of Influence in my business life for over 14 years. In light of our theme of “Helping you to the Next Level” it…

Permission is not something one thinks one needs as an adult. That is for kids and those you manage or direct in some way. The boss gives or withholds permission. The rest of us are receivers. Yet, what about permission to tell the truth, as in naming the elephant in the room? What about permission…

This question comes up a lot with our clients and business connections within the business community. So, how do you think most people answer the question? How would you answer the question about your business? While it may not surprise you, a large majority of responses suggest that more business owners and sales professionals work…

Guest blog by Arnold McLaughlin I am at a stage in my life, nearing 77 years, where it is difficult to remember what was “original” with me, or something I picked up from someone else. I used the phrase, “drop a pebble” way back when I started in my business and sales activities.

Pitfalls in assessing your business It can be very illuminating to conduct an assessment of a business. Some of the problems associated in doing one of these for one’s own business is the subliminal pressure to give the ‘right’ answers. We all want to look good, especially when we suspect that someone else is going…

Throughout our business life we see people come and go, but some actually stay. It is wonderful to see when business owners or professionals have the ability, and more importantly the desire to build long-term, solid relationships. There is a plethora of individuals who hand out their business cards like a Black Jack Dealer, yet…

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