Guest blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA As you sit here today on a hopefully sunny, warm Thursday reading the latest X5 blog, I will challenge you to reflect on your current life and your habits – both professional and personal. Habits are things we all have – whether they are good or bad. Perhaps drinking…

Guest blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA Are you a current or aspiring leader? Leadership is not an easy task, nor always a desired one. It is likely one of boardroom leadership the most challenging positions within an organization, no matter the level, size, location, or industry.

Guest blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA. This month we are pleased to re-cap the Best Tips & Food for Thought from our monthly 2013 CROPS Reports!

Guest blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA You’ve probably heard your whole life how hard work pays off and putting in an honest day’s work is important. But, my question to you is: Does Work Smarter NOT Harder really pay off?

When you woke up today what were your initial thoughts like? Were you sad because it’s only Thursday and it’s been a long, draining week (especially with our tiring winter commutes), or were you excited to Choose Your Attitude that tomorrow’s Friday and a fun weekend awaits you after a rewarding work week?! Your perception…

Guest Blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA As summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to change colour, we slowly begin to settle back into the work groove.

Guest blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA The foundation of effective communication skills starts with listening. In this edition of the X5 Video Blog, we discuss how to listen with purpose. Learn why Paying Attention, Being Courteous, and Providing Feedback are key elements in Active Listening and why they make a difference in understanding the communicator’s message.

Guest blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA When was the last time you set a personal or professional goal for yourself? More specifically, when was the last time you challenged yourself – mentally, physically, intellectually, or emotionally?

By  guest blogger Nicolle Germain, MBA Well, summer is finally here and this brings us to a relevant topic – vacations. Vacations are defined as a period of time that is devoted to pleasure, rest or relaxation. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be somewhere exotic, but more or less, vacations are a break from…

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