Reprinted from CSAE Trillium Chapter: http://csae-trillium.tv/dive-waters-great-association-can-take-risks-2017/ “If I always do what I’ve always done, I’ll always get what I’ve always got.” So said Henry Ford… Read more »
A keynote speaker and best-selling author will be visiting the area to talk to business professionals on loving their work and getting passion from their… Read more »
‘We feminized the mountain, thinking of Kilimanjaro as a gracious goddess’ The following is an excerpt from Nina Spencer’s book, A Time to Creep, A… Read more »
When pay freezes become the norm, praising staff regularly for their efforts offers an effective way to motivate
I have plenty of professional expertise to share, but find that as an independent contributor at work, my ability to influence and persuade is wanting. Iâ€™m frustrated and irritated that people arenâ€™t heeding my advice, and I know I can be brusque and sarcastic as a result. How do I capture the ears of others and calm my frustration? How do I elevate my ability to persuade and influence, without positional authority?
“If I always do what I’ve always done, I’ll always get what I’ve always got!” I first heard this quote (unfortunately without accreditation) back in 1990. Today, doing what you have always done might not even get you what you have always got â€“ it might even get you less! To get something truly different, you have got to do something different. What new or different results would you like to get at work or elsewhere, in 2010? Things for yourself, team, organization or even for your personal life or family?
It’s been a scary, bumpy ride over the past year, with work forces decimated, lofty goals falling victim to market realities and continual demands to do more with fewer resources. What makes it all survivable is the increasing number of predictions that smoother sailing will be ahead as the economy brightens, creating new career opportunities. But will you be ready to take advantage of the trends? Reporter Wallace Immen asked a range of career experts a single question: What is the smartest thing you can do right now to enhance your career prospects for the coming year? Here’s what they advise:
For executives who find high expectations placed on them, the best advice is to not let it go to their heads, rather they should focus on getting through the honeymoon period. “Transition through the glory days, through the illusion as quickly as possible,” says Nina Spencer, a Torontobased leadership and motivational speaker whose clients include Rogers AT&T and Bombardier Aerospace.
A lot of people suddenly cut adrift think of their suddenly empty days as a vacation and don’t set goals and deadlines, says career coach Nina Spencer, president of Nina Spencer & Associates in Toronto. Wrong move. “Job hunting requires an honest day’s effort.”
Before the economy started its meltdown, employees thought they could confidently set long-term career goals and count on the support of employers who valued them and were convinced that, in a war for talent, they had to nurture and reward people to keep them loyal.
It’s a problem many face at this time of year – but career experts say you’d be wise to do whatever you can to snap out of it
Nina Spencer, a business workshop facilitator, in an article titled “Know When It’s Time to Stay or Move On,” suggests to keep these things in mind when exploring other job opportunities:
Toronto-based career coach Nina Spencer, president of Nina Spencer & Associates, says managers must re-motivate their teams after the summer slowdown. “For many companies, the day after Labour Day is the unofficial start to a new year. Managers should find a way to mark this sense of renewal,” says Spencer.
Labor Day signals the start of a pickup in the pace at work. But it’s tough to adjust, and get motivated to get back into gear…by Joanna Smith, Globe and Mail, August 31, 2007
You have to keep up with the current thinking, if only to remind yourself of what you already know, says Toronto-based career coach Nina Spencer, president of Nina Spencer & Associates, and the author of Getting Passion Out of Your Profession.
The quandary is when and how to approach the new boss: Should you raise concerns at the first meet-and-greet? Or hold off a few weeks (knowing full well that others will be in there like a dirty, old shirt, seizing the first opportunity to advance their own agendas)?
The workplace is dysfunctional, morale is in the tank — and in comes a new executive with the clout to fix things. His or her arrival could herald new hope . . . or destine the organization to more of the same. The quandary is when and how to approach the new boss: Should you raise concerns at the first meet-and-greet? Or hold off a few weeks (knowing full well that others will be in there like a dirty, old shirt, seizing the first opportunity to advance their own agendas)? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Not necessarily, says career consultant Nina Spencer.
Workopolis tv, Bruce Sellery interviews author, Nina Spencer, about How To Love Your Job Again
How do you stay energized and enthusiastic about your business and life? It’s not a moot question. As leader, your employees look to you to set the tone and culture of the company, so make sure your attitude is saying the right things. Indeed, the only thing that’s more contagious than enthusiasm and passion is a lack of it, says Nina Spencer, a motivational speaker and author of Getting Passion Out of Your Profession: How to Keep Loving Your Living Come What May.
“It’s dangerous and unhealthy to work so hard,” warns Nina Spencer, a Toronto-based motivational speaker and author of Getting Passion Out of Your Profession. “We neglect our primary relationships. And we get so far down the path of being a job that we forget that we exist in humanity.”
BY DAVE McGINN, FP WEEKEND: NATIONAL POST, SATURDAY, FEBRURAY 11, 2006 – Eight ways to put some passion back into your profession – Love is in the air this time of year — except, it seems, at work. “For so many people, no matter how exciting their job was for them in the beginning, it’s inevitable that there will be a plateau effect where you climb and learn and love your job but then things just flatten out,” says Nina Spencer, one of Canada’s top motivational speakers.
Financial Post, Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 – If we don’t love what we do, and the company and the people we work for and with, the personal and professional cost could be a broken heart, says Nina Spencer, a motivational speaker and author of Getting Passion Out of Your Profession: How to Keep Loving Your Living … Come What May, released on Valentines Day. “The majority of heart attacks in men occur between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on a Monday morning. For too many people, Monday is Doomsday,” Ms. Spencer says, adding…
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2005 – If you jumped for joy when you got your job but more lately it makes you think of jumping out the window, you may have unconsciously put control of your career on autopilot, a motivational specialist says.
Information Radio 990 with Host Terry MacLeod speaks with Nina Spencer, Canadian Keynote Speaker about staying motivated in the late summer days of August.
Friday, January 30th, 2004 – Nina Spencer wants you to love your job again.”Think back to that day when you finally got the call that said ‘we want you’. How did you feel? Who did you call? How did you celebrate?,” she said. “Now, fast forward, five or 10 years, to another bad day at work and you’re saying ‘To think I cried tears of joy when I got this job?’ but if you had that enthusiasm before, you can get it back. I call this seminar ‘getting the passion out of your profession’, because it is in there somewhere and it’s time to rekindle it.”
On The Town by Kathi Aitken Photo by Ted Brellisford, The Hamilton Spectator Photo: Attending the second-annual Athena awards night were, left, Lina Brocklehurst, Janeen… Read more »
October 19, 2002 – When you started your job a few years ago, you felt excited and enthusiastic about your prospects with the company. Being hired was cause for celebration. But lately the challenge and excitement is gone and most days you find yourself dreading going to the office. Should you look for a new job?
May 2000 – The best part of writing this column is seeing what you have to say about it. You’ve always got something to add–something funny, eye-opening, poignant or all of the above. And no subject gets you talking like the woman who formed you, your mother. Four years ago, as I faced another Mother’s Day without my own mother, I wrote about the life-changing passage every daughter begins when her mother dies. Your responses are still coming in, each one a tribute to a dearly missed mother. They’re like colour-splashed squares on a quilt being…
April 26, 2000 – Recent Survey says 94 per cent of staff want new skills! Knowledge management. Intellectual capital. Learning organization. Organizational learning. It is almost imossible to pick up a business or management primer without reading one or more of these buzz words.
June 14, 2002 – Nina Spencer likes to refer to it as HDS, or Humour Deficiency Syndrome — the overly-serious person at the office who seldom smiles and never seems to laugh.