What Questions are We Asking?

Today's educational professionals are moving towards Inquiry-Based Learning. It is a process that we can all learn from as we grow our business, improve our team, or enhance our career. It's about the questions we ask ourselves and others, for instance employees, colleagues or supervisors. It's about having trust enough to allow others to take an active role and responsibility for their part of the business or a project. "Inquiry-based learning is a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios-rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge." - Wikipedia Too often, as a boss, we adopt the role of telling people what-t

Coach's Corner - Making Thoughtful Decisions

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt Last month we looked at the question "What are your intentions?" and saw that in everything we do, we do with intent. Whether the intention is conscious or not, there is always a purpose behind it, a reason for acting or doing something. Similarly, in life we are always faced with choosing and deciding. Whether it is a simple choice of "What are we going to have for lunch?" or a more important decision affecting our life and career, the choices we make lead us on a journey in certain directions. It is apparent that ever

Canadian Small Business by the Numbers

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada publishes key small business statistics annually. This information provides a useful insight into the Canadian economy for small business owners and entrepreneurs and those who provide services to them. This article discusses some of the key findings which we consider will be of interest to readers. It should be noted that government's definition of small business (a business with 1 to 99 employees) may be significantly different to that of the average business owner. At the end of 2015 there were 1.17 million businesses employing people in Canada of which 1.14 million were small businesses. That's a staggering 97.9% - without question smal

10 Myths About Networking

You either love or hate networking. You either think of it as a fun way to be active in your community, a necessary evil, or a waste of time. To be honest, it can be all those things. Much depends on the way you approach it and whether you buy into the many myths surrounding this age-old method of promoting yourself and your business. 1. It's no longer necessary - LinkedIn has replaced it. While LinkedIn is a great way to network online, it can be a little indiscriminate. If you have 500+ connections how much actual networking are you doing with them? Even if you are actively engaged with your connections, meeting other local business owners face-to-face makes your company part of the local


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