Nina Spencer

Working Wisdom Archive

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These 15 days at work, before Christmas, can be taxing or terrific, depending on the seasonal demands of your job and within your organization. For some, this is the slow season; for others, this is panic time. Regardless, it is December. Here’s hoping that these 15 Festive Strategies, for the next 15. . .

April holds Working Wisdom for Administrative Office Professionals Everywhere!

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“The successful candidate must: maintain a positive attitude, work with people at all levels, use time effectively, take action on management priorities, take initiative, recruit, select and train staff, be dedicated to…

Attitude, Desserts and The New Normal

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This poll reports that one in four Canadians always or often feels stressed since Sept. 11th. One in three are now more anxious and irritable. Another poll, conducted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, reports two thirds of Canadians fear…

Cheerleading Yourself and Your Team

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Most of us, both personally and professionally, are nice guys. Do you believe that? Most of us are hard workers who pull our own weight, and are rather humble about our competencies and contributions (and assume that humility is the right way to think about ourselves). Whether or not you believe these two statements apply to most people, at work and elsewhere, this much is true…there are many people,

Control the Controllable…

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Do you control your own destiny or, as the ancient Greeks would have you believe, is it all up to the Fates? How much do you get to decide about what happens politically and emotionally in your work environment? Have you ever found…

Fuel for the journey ahead

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Are you getting passion out of your profession? If you won the “big lottery”, what profession would you choose? Your current position? Or would you say, “So long, it’s been grand”, and head for an extended vacation? When I ask my…

It takes TWO to see ONE!

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“O’ wad some poower the giftie gi’e us, tae see o’orsels as ithers see us.”

I’ve always found this passage by the beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns, to be so profoundly true! Thanks to a dear Scottish friend, I am able to provide you with the authentic Scottish version of this passage, and also with a translation which…

It’s not about work, it’s about people!

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After delivering a keynote for a client a few years ago, I drove home a way I hadn’t gone in 20 years. Nostalgia welled up in me as I went by my old high school, and then, my heart …

It’s only words…Part 2

It’s only words…Part 2

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Answers to the Negative to Positive Sentences Exercise from Nina’s Article: “It’s Only Words”, December 10, 2001

It’s only words? Part 1

It’s only words? Part 1

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To increase your happiness and satisfaction at work and in life it helps to come from positive/abundance thinking instead of disparity/have not thinking. What is the

Like it or not…likability counts!

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George Bernard Shaw suggested, “In the right key anything can be said. In the wrong key, nothing. The only delicate part is the establishment of the key.” Think of those “charmed” people you know, who can get away with comments that are eyebrow raising, outrageous or politically provocative, all the while with a smile on their face and

Make em’ laugh, make em’ laugh, make em’ laugh!

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“The shortest distance between two people is a smile”, according to Pianist/Comedian Victor Borge. That distance can be reduced even further when people laugh together. Think back to the

SMART Goals for Work/Life Balance in 2002

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Our lives work in direct proportion to the commitments we make and keep. The “making” is the easy part…the “keeping” is harder! The two most popular times of year to make new commitments are the day after Labour Day (in September) and the month of January.

Since last autumn, I’ve noticed a significant increase in clients asking for presentations on Goal Setting and Work/Life Balance. Striking that perfect work/life balance is everyone’s fantasy but hardly anyone’s reality. Despite

Surviving Those Mid-Summer, Post Vacation Blahs: August is a Peach of a Month to…

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For some, another week or two of vacation is still in the cards but, for many, summer holidays are already a memory. Yet, technically the middle of summer only just occurred at 5:10 p.m. on August 6th! So you still do have a few good weeks to experience that wonderful summertime lightheartedness. Even if you are hard back to work, find

Thanksgiving at Work: September is the right month, after all!

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This year especially, September is a fine month to count your workplace blessings. As summer slips away, and the last of its long weekends, as well, many employees are asking “How long until the next long weekend?” In Canada, it’s only five more weeks until our official Thanksgiving long weekend. Whether you observe a time of official thanks in October or November, you can have more time to efficiently

What to Do About That Fork in the Road

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Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road…take it!”. Many people come to the point where they hesitate about which way to go, now, with the rest of their working life. Such a dilemma may occur due to yet another organizational downsizing, or merely due to a. . .