Work emails: Judgement required

From a formal “Dear” line and asking about your weekend, to one-word messages and emojis, to swear words and jokes that toe the line into being NSFW. There are many different approaches to how people write emails at work. A friend and former colleague, Amanda, recently sent me a hilarious video of sketch from CBC’s... Continue Reading →

How to create your personal brand

Have you ever thought about your personal brand? If not, you’re in the right place! I’m going to explore what a personal brand is, and provide some tools and tips to get you started on building yours. The concept of a brand is something that you’re probably familiar with. The shoes you’re wearing, the store... Continue Reading →

What makes you feel good about your work?

In his TED Talk, behavioural economist Dan Ariely shares what motivates us to go to work every day. Spoiler alert: it’s more than just a pay cheque or bonus! Other things, like ownership of tasks, attaining goals and being challenged, play roles in making work meaningful. These factors continue to be important, even in the... Continue Reading →

Setting SMART goals

I'm in the process of writing my professional goals for the next year at work. So, it's a good time to focus on some best practices for goal-setting. Rather than just shooting blindly for the stars, I'm going to set SMART goals so I can prove I've reached them during my annual review. What are SMART goals?... Continue Reading →

What’s behavioural finance and how can it help me save more?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzcw_02ZB1o A while ago, I watched this TEDTalks video by economist Shlomo Benartzi called Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow. Although it's a few years old, and is based on U.S. data, many points resonated with me and still do. Benartzi discusses how the general population's lack of saving is a result of behavioural challenges related to self-control, loss-aversion and immediate... Continue Reading →

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