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Why Your Employees Keep Leaving You

Are you currently a manager or have been in the past? If you answered yes, I don’t need explain just how stressful your position can get. One of the most difficult aspects to deal with are employees who decide to move on. In many cases, you are held responsible for their exit. Here are three reasons as to why they leave according to a Florida State University study.

1. You don’t communicate your goals: It’s quite difficult for employees to meet your expectations when they have no idea what to expect.

2. You have failed to make a personal connection: Managers are often bogged down by the everyday grind and there’s not a lot of time for small talk. But if you don’t spend any time interacting one-on-one, the employee won’t feel like a crucial part of the company.  

3. You have created a negative company culture: A manager should be willing to take responsibility when things go wrong. They should also resist the urge to criticize employees in front of the rest of the team. This is a sure fire way to literally suck the life out of your workforce. 

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Getting Over Mistakes

None of us are perfect. Whether they are major or minor, we all tend to make mistakes on a regular basis.

But are you able to get over these mistakes? That’s the real challenge.

I came across an excellent list courtesy of www.healthylifect.com and decided to expand upon their points.

• Know that you are not the only person who makes mistakes.

As I previously mentioned, none of us are perfect. Michael Jordan missed basketball shots, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple and even Wayne Gretzky missed the net. Even the best of the best have days when they are humbled.

• Understand why you made the mistake: Were you careless? Hurried? Not thinking?

There’s always a reason for a mistake. Instead of beating yourself up over it, or denying the blame, you should truly think about why you made it.

• Think positively and realistically about how bad the mistake really is.

Is your mistake so bad that the entire world will declare war on you? I highly doubt it. In fact, we tend to blow these mishaps out of proportion.

• Don’t obsess and replay the mistake over and over.

There comes a place and time where you need to get over the hump and walk away. Obsessing over a mistake is not healthy and can have some very negative effects on the mind and body.

• Don’t define yourself by your mistakes.

Define yourself by what you have to offer and your accomplishments. Mistakes can be improved upon and converted into a newfound strength.

• Learn from the mistake.

Make an effort to never duplicate the same mistake. Whether it’s through note keeping, patience or asking for assistance, learn from the past.

• Seek help. If you have difficulty getting over the incident after considerable amount of time, consider seeing a therapist.

You should never be embarrassed to ask for help. These are trained professionals who are willing to help you find solutions. 

 

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A Bucket List

Just the other day, a colleague at work popped into my office and asked, “Chris, do you have a bucket list?” I was initially surprised by this question, but responded with a definite “yes!” After we conversed for a few minutes, we parted ways and I was left compiling a list in my head. Before I continue, I should define exactly what a “bucket list” is. 

  • A list of things to do before you die. It comes from the term “kicked the bucket.”

Here are a handful of the most popular bucket list items 

  • Break a world record
  • Go skydiving
  • Travel the world 
  • Own a business
  • Become a millionaire
  • Ride a hot air balloon etc etc.

As I reviewed my personal list, I was reminded of an old quote.“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Don’t ever be afraid to set your sights high, as all dreams are achievable through dedication and determination. 

My main “Bucket List” item: That somewhere down the road, people will share stories about the individuals that have touched their lives and these same people will say out loud, “They were good, but they were no Chris Toplack.” 

 

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Easy Ways to Save Money

Let’s be honest for a second, we could all be better at saving money. I didn’t start learning how to properly save until many years ago when I moved away from home and had to learn to depend on myself. It was a wake up call, but one that taught me many valuable lessons. Learning how to effectively cut back on my spending habits was perhaps the most important of all. Here are a few tips that have always worked wonders for me.

Don’t Always Depend On Your Credit Card – It’s easy to spend money when it doesn’t immediately come out of your bank account. Several weeks later, you receive a bill in the mail and realize that most of those purchases weren’t even necessary. I only use my credit card for fuelling my car. This tends to keep my Visa bill under control. 

Pack A Lunch – Dining out for lunch certainly adds up in a hurry. By packing a lunch on a daily basis, you could easily save $20 a week.

Create A Budget – Excel is perhaps the most useful tool in creating an organized, easy to follow spreadsheet. Start with a weekly budget and ease yourself into a monthly budget. 

Avoid Impulse Purchases – My impulse purchases tend to be food, clothing and colognes. Although the task itself can be rather difficult at times, I attempt to avoid each of them altogether. Therefore, I will not be tempted to make an unexpected purchase. 

Distinguish Between Needs and Wants – You may want that brand new shirt from your favourite store, but do you really need it? Ask yourself this question with every purchase that you make. 

Make Your Own Coffee – I know, I know. It tastes much better at Starbucks and Tim Hortons, but brewing your own blend at home will save you a great deal of money in the long run.

Pay Your Bills On Time – Paying your bills on time will cut back on insanely high interest rates and late fees.

 

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Signs You Are Watching A Bad Movie

After a long day at work or school, do you ever make a bowl of popcorn, flop on the couch, put your feet up and throw on a movie? This sounds like quite the relaxing evening. Unfortunately, it could also be an evening full of regrets. 

Signs you’re watching a bad movie courtesy of msn.com 

  • It comes “from the makers of Scary Movie”
  • J-Lo is looking for a husband
  • A male and female swap bodies
  • Gerard Butler is American
  • It is post “Dreamgirls” and Eddie Murphy’s in it
  • It stars someone from “Wayne’s World” who isn’t Mike Myers
  • It has the word “ninja” in the title
  • Guy Ritchie is directing Madonna
  • It’s a sequel you’ve never heard of..
  • Adam Sandler wrote and starred in it

 

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Neti Pot Review

Millions of Canadian’s suffer from nasal problems and are constantly seeking different forms of relief. Sprays and allergy medication tend to be the most common solution to this ongoing issue. For years, I have met dozens of individuals who have raved about the benefits of the Neti Pot. I decided to test out this product first hand to see if it truly lived up to the positive reviews.

The brand I chose: NeilMed Sinus Rinse Neti Pot

How to Use a Neti Pot:

Step 1: Boil some water and once cooled, pour it into the pot.

Step 2: Pour in the Sinus Rinse mixture packet.

Step 3: Stand in front of a sink, lean forward and tilt your head to one side. Keep your mouth open without holding your breath. You place the tip of the pot in one nasal passage and allow the solution to flow until the solution starts draining from the opposite nasal passage.

Step 4: Gently blow your nose.

Result

After following the instructions, my nasal passages were clear and I was able to breathe, but the results were only temporary. The symptoms of my cold were back within 15 minutes and I was left unable to breathe through either. nostrils. I can understand the appeal of the Neti Pot, but would instead recommend the Vicks VAPOINHALER or the Otrivin Saline Nasal Spray.

The Neti Pot 6.5/10

I will revisit this product once my cold passes.

 

Additional Information

http://www.neilmed.com/can/netipot.php

 

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How to Become a Better Listener

We live in a world full of endless distractions which directly affects our ability to listen intently. In my opinion, listening is perhaps the most important aspect in any dialogue. The funny thing is, we can all learn to be a better listener. But how? 

Eliminate Distractions: In order to provide an individual with your full attention, you should avoid multi-tasking or anything that steers away your attention.  

Make Eye Contact: Nothing says “I could care less about what you’re telling me” like avoiding eye contact. It shows that you are being attentive.

Stop Talking: It’s perhaps the most obvious piece of advice, but you should wait for your turn to speak. 

Don’t Interrupt: It’s proper etiquette to allow the party to finish what he/she is saying before you chime in.

Asking Meaningful Questions: When appropriate, feel free to ask thought provoking questions that may allow the individual to reach their own conclusions.

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.”  – Zeno 

 

Additional Information:

www.wikihow.com

 

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My Four-Step Iced Coffee Recipe

Spring is just around the corner and if you’re a coffee drinker like me, then you will likely turn to iced coffee on some of the hotter days. Here’s my simple four-step recipe to making a homemade iced coffee.

Here’s what you need:

Plenty of ice

Coffee (A fairly light blend)

French Vanilla International Delight

Sugar or Sweetener

Caramel Flavouring (This can be found in the baking aisle at any grocery store) 

Step 1: Brew a small batch of coffee 

Step 2: Fill a plastic cup full of ice until it’s packed

Step 3: Pour the coffee into the cup full of ice

Step 4: Pour in a generous amount of International Delight followed by a spoonful of sugar or sweetener. Add a few drops of caramel flavour. Mix with a long spoon.

Those are my four simple steps to creating an incredible iced coffee. Just in time for the spring season!

 

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