Improve your business leadership skills with our friends at TAC Results.

I (Murray Smith) invite you to join us for breakfast on Thursday January 7, 2016 when my colleague from The Achievement Centre, Andrew Blaikie, will present “Coaching for Success”. This one hour interactive workshop, from Results-Centred Leadership, examines the benefits of coaching for organizational leaders and managers.

The event takes place at Bingemans in Kitchener. Breakfast and networking starts at 8 am and the event will end at 9:30 am.

You can find information and registration links here: Coaching for Success.


Finance Tip of the Bi-Week

With my father-in-law passing away last week, I thought it timely to mention that a key part of any financial plan is having a will.

Once you have children or acquire assets of any value like a house it’s a really good idea to get one.

I’ve had two client’s die in their early twenties leaving no will and a huge hassle for their parents. Without the power of attorney part of the will it’s a real pain for the surviving relatives to manage your assets like bank accounts etc. leaving them work on top of the grief that comes with loss. It’s actually kind of rude to not have a will once you reach a certain age. You never know when you’ll die so it’s best to be prepared.

Some More HR Advice from our friend Christie Ferguson of 1 Stop HR Consulting

Christie has some advice on workplace conflict.  I am currently taking a course in leadership where we just talked about conflict so this is fitting.  Here’s Christie’s advice.

By: Christie Ferguson CHRP, CHRL

Wouldn’t we all like to eliminate workplace conflict? Why do we have to have it? Why don’t we just all avoid it? Ahhh, but that only works for so long…

The truth is, that it is impossible to eliminate all workplace conflict, and some conflict is actually good believe it or not! Conflict can bring about change, and inject new ideas!

Most of the time conflict is driven through Communication or Emotion. Think back to the last conflict you had at work, were you missing information or was there a lack of communication? Some of us will react based on emotion rather than fact – has this happened to you?

Knowing how to deal with conflict is key. Here are some tips:

  1. Deal with it head on. Don’t let it fester, it will only make things worse. Confront it and move forward.
  2. Understand WIIFM – look at the other side and try to understand what it is that they stand to gain – the “What’s In It For Me” factor.
  3. Decide whether it is worth it. Gauge the other things on your plate and the other battles you may encounter, is this one really worth fighting for? If not, let it go.
  4. Look at it as an opportunity. Is there something that could be gained through this? Could you view this conflict as a possible opportunity? Maybe to show leadership?
  5. Recognize differing perspectives. Is there something that you can learn from this other perspective? Is it possible you could be wrong or could stand to learn something?
  6. Engage in in-person conversations. Conflicts can escalate through misinterpretations from email, phone or social media communication. Meet in person to discuss wherever possible.

Whatever method you choose, try not to avoid unless it makes sense to do so. Try to be open minded and look for opportunities to learn and grow as a result of conflict. Many people get too focused on their immediate reaction rather than take a step back and grow as a result of their exposure to it. It takes guts and at times courage. Don’t be afraid – you can do it!

Christie Ferguson CHRP, CHRL
1 Stop HR