Time fly's when you're helping others

Time fly's when you're helping others

We can’t believe it’s been a year already since Tom Watson won the Inaugural SOS International Foster Award! Being the first to win an award so prestigious and personal is not only an honour but a privilege.

Social Support is the Key to Staying Happy, Fighting Stress and Finding the Funny in Life

Social Support is the Key to Staying Happy, Fighting Stress and Finding the Funny in Life

Study after study has found that social support is key when it comes to fighting stress and staying happy. And when it comes to the role of humor, there’s a critically important chicken and egg relationship.

Tips for Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile

Tips for Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Not Working for You? Improve Your Profile in Five Easy Steps!

Getting to be a Rockstar on LinkedIn is a lot easier when you show up well and it starts with having a good profile. More people than ever are searching for jobs and qualified people on LinkedIn and getting connected to professional opportunities and you want to make sure you’re seen.

Love Your Hobby? Here's How to Turn it Into a Business

Love Your Hobby? Here's How to Turn it Into a Business

Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. While that’s what we are told, very few people do what they love as a career. That being said, it is completely feasible to turn your beloved hobby into a full-on career. Whether it’s pottery, fashion, cooking, sports or whatever else, there is a business opportunity out there waiting for you. 

Survey Reveals Top Financial Concern of Today's Retirees

Survey Reveals Top Financial Concern of Today's Retirees

Prior to my talk at a recent speaking engagement, I walked around the room, consisting mostly of retirees and pre-retirees, asking everyone what they considered to be their top financial concerns. My unofficial survey results revealed the top two concerns being, not surprisingly, the fear of running out of money and poor or declining health. During my talk, I shared with the group a way to have increased confidence about the long-term outlook of your retirement money using what we call a Nest Egg Stress Test.

Not Everyone Needs or Should Be a Mentor

Not Everyone Needs or Should Be a Mentor

Mentoring is something that gets a lot of press time in our world. If you believe what you read, everyone wants one, everyone can see the benefit of being one and everyone should be a mentor and mentee several times throughout their life. I disagree – mentoring is not for everyone and here’s why:

Creating French Fry Moments

Creating French Fry Moments

Google has a rather odd phrase they use in their company: “French fry moments.” They use this phrase to convey the concept of anticipating employees’ needs. The phrase and concept came about after an executive saw a scene on the sitcom 30 Rock, wherein one of the characters, Tracy Jordan, becomes outraged after an employee brings him a burger but doesn’t include the fries he didn’t order, prompting Tracy to shout, “Where are the French fries I didn’t order!? When will you learn to anticipate me?!” 

Here Are 10 Things That Don't Require Any Special Talent or Skill...

Here Are 10 Things That Don't Require Any Special Talent or Skill...

To remind people of the need to play nice and be a good neighbor and supportive co-worker, why not create a giant-sized customized list of the “Top-10 Things That Don’t Require Any Talent Or Special Skills.” Most of you have probably seen this list pop up on your social media feeds – and whether you write it on a flip chart, create giant posters, or write it on your lunch room whiteboard – share the list or display it in a prominent place as a constant reminder to everyone.

Feeling Insecure at Work? Change It Up!

Feeling Insecure at Work? Change It Up!

There are times in everyone’s lives when they feel like things aren’t going as well at work as they would like. Maybe it was that promotion they didn’t get, the committee they weren’t included on or the restructuring that shook up all the departments. Whatever it is, there is always something that can be done to shore up a shaken confidence and gain a new perspective. Try these three things:

Preparing for Vacation: Leave Work Stress Free

Preparing for Vacation: Leave Work Stress Free

This article is extremely timely for me, as I’m heading out for a week-long vacation next week, right as work has started to get very intense. If you’re like me, you really like to have all your “i”s dotted and your “t”s crossed before you leave the office for anything, never mind an extended absence, so leaving in the middle of it all can stress us out, but not if we keep some simple concepts in mind.