Category Archives: Relationships

Take your career to the next level with a business lunch

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Collègues mangent ensembleIt’s just lunch…or is it? As more and more business interactions happen over the phone or through email and text messages, in-person meetings are more important than ever for building relationships and cementing partnerships. Observe business lunch rules and make the most of that one-to-one time with a colleague, manager or prospect.

Understanding your companion’s motivation for the meeting

Consider a business lunch a test. Your lunch companion may know your skills and expertise but some roles require more than simply performing well in formal environments. If your boss plans to assign you opportunities to mingle with VIPs or …

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Let’s celebrate The International Day of Friendship

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Let’s celebrate The International Day of Friendship

Today we celebrate The International Day of Friendship – a day proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to promote international understanding and a respect for diversity. Today, we encourage you to reach out to your neighbour with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

To get you inspired, we wanted to share with you a few quotes from some wise folks that celebrate friendship and the power it has to keep us mentally sound and socially connected in a world that sometimes can feel a little scary. …

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Half your kingdom: dealing with the financial stress of a late-in-life divorce

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Mature couple separating, cannot reconcile differences

Financially, we tend to be in the best shape of our lives in our fifties, after decades of wealth accumulation and before we start drawing on savings. Furniture bought and paid for, mortgages are paid down or paid off, the kids are managing on their own, and retirement is within sight.  Suddenly, divorce becomes an unforeseen reality and our apparent kingdom has to be chopped in half. Now what?

The key to staying financially afloat and less stressed about money really depends on your attitude. If you see your life as a ham on the chopping block, …

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Presenteeism: when going to work just doesn’t work

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co-workers standing at water cooler“80% percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

If you’ve ever shown up at work without being physically, mentally, or emotionally equipped to work, then you know what ‘presenteeism’ feels like. It’s normal to have ‘off days’, days when we’re ill or otherwise unable to focus on our work, but attempting to work on days like this may mean you are only able to give 20% of your ‘all’ to the job (with ‘just showing up’ accounting for the remaining 80%). You are certainly not achieving all that you otherwise could, and, depending on …

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Four steps to relationship bliss. Part 2

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A couple reading togetherEver since I started out as a counselor, my primary area of interest has been couples. Today, I am able to define a four step process to help people work on their relationship issues. In part one of the series we discussed the first two steps of the process: resolving resentment and bringing warmth back into the relationship. Once you and your partner have dealt with any lingering anger, and have rediscovered the beauty of your relationship, steps 3 and 4 are good cooperation and communication.

STEP 3: Cooperate

Cooperation will ensure that together you are an effective team …

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