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5 Ways to Survive a Terrible Boss – Yahoo! Finance Canada

There’s nothing more debilitating than heading into work every day depressed at the thought of having to face your dysfunctional boss. Founders, in particular, have a tendency to have eccentric personalities–not exactly winning the No. 1 Boss award. The good news: It doesn’t have to be that way.

Here’s a five-step plan to survive and thrive even the most malevolent manager:

Quick Tips for Giving and Getting Media Interviews

I recently gave my opinion on a LinkedIn discussion regarding the topic of how entrepreneurs could get noticed by the media.  As I have some experience in this matter, and also as I teach entrepreneurs and other coaches and trainers, I thought I should post my quick advice here as well.  Hope it helps.

Why Tipping Should Be Outlawed | Shine Food – Shine from Yahoo! Canada

Article: Why Tipping Should Be Outlawed | Shine Food – Shine from Yahoo! Canada

Interesting discussion on the modern practice (and confusion) of tipping in North America.  Do you tip a certain percentage regardless of service or server’s appearance?  Hmm…

The Initial Process: From Consultation to 3V Coaching

Wondering if a 3V communications coaching program is for you, or your employee?  Curious about the process?  Here is essentially what happens from initial consultation to full-board coaching, from my point of view, as your potential coach:

1. The process of your communication skill enhancement starts with an email or a phone call to me, followed up perhaps with a face-to-face free consultation in Toronto (your place or ours)  if convenient for you.  I want to hear your communication skills goals, and the obstacles in your way.

Body Language of a Warrior

I’m currently re-reading an old book I have, called The Martial Artist’s Book of Five Rings: The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi’s Classic Book of Strategy, by Stephen F. Kaufman. This was prompted by my recent viewing of The Samurai Trilogy, the 3 movies created a long time ago to tell the life story of Musashi (1584-1645), who was a real samurai or ronin in the olden days of Japan, and wrote his Book of Five Rings to express his feelings, attitudes and strategies of dueling and of being a warrior.

I came a cross an excerpt that deals with the body language of a warrior, and I thought to myself: “Wow –this is very specific information on how to set yourself up correctly before a duel!” and as I re-read it, it occurred to me that as a coach, I give very specific instructions on body language, stance, breathing etc. when I am helping clients give a better presentation (see Podium Power workshop), or make a winning first impression (see The Art of Small Talk & Winning Fisrt Impressions workshop), for example.  The devil is in the details, perhaps, and so the details must be perfected.