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Rise and Shine!

“So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.”

Find your Greatness.

– Nike

Igniting Creativity to Transform Corporate Culture

“Creativity has the power for invention and ultimate success”

Enjoy this TED Talk below from Creativity & Design Leader Catherine Courage. She shares three strategies to bring creativity to the workplace: Environments, Experiments and Storytelling.

Back to Work

Summer can be a good time of year for recharging your batteries, but it can also be a tricky time for getting things done. With many people away on holiday, trying to schedule meetings is like herding cats. In terms of work productivity, how do you feel about summer being over?

7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers

Navigating your career in today’s complex job market can be very complex. This infographic below from LinkedIn provides simple tips you can get started on today.

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Bring Your Passion To Work

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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We have all heard the saying “If you love what you do you will never work another day in your life.”  That may be true, but how many people can do what they love every day and make a living at it?  Probably very few.  Even though I would like to pursue my passion full time I cannot get upset that it is not possible at this point.

There is a way that you can make your everyday job one that you enjoy, possibly even love and can cultivate the passion for it at the same time.  It that possible?  It is, by finding the simple daily ways to ignite your passion while doing what you need to do to earn your paycheck.

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.  In the town where I live, there is a physician who loves to act and sing.  He is part of the city theatrical players, and opera is his passion. Throughout the day, during his visits with patients he will break out in a song in the treatment room or as he is walking down the hallway.  He is known as the “singing doctor.”

It seems he has successfully combined his “passions.”  He is a physician, participates in community theatre, and sings.  Not need to choose on passion over the other.

Is there a way that you can bring more of your passion into your day job to make you happier?  Not only would you be happier, but it would bring new life into your job and you would probably be a more successful employee.

Timing is Everything

When dissecting what makes a company successful, Bill Gross, founder of Idealab discovered what factors accounted for success and failures of many startup companies.

Factoring in a company’s business model, funding, timing, team/execution, and idea, Bill states in this TED Talk video below that “execution matters a lot, but timing might matter even more.”

Things To Do On A Slow Day At Work

Do you sometimes find yourself with nothing to do at work? Summer is here, and depending on your industry, things can slow down at the office. Here are some tips on how you can use that quiet time at the office more effectively:

video by: Forbes

The Toxic Employee

It is known that great people make a great team and great teams can overcome huge obstacles. Companies that work hard to find the best team members to join them and work equally hard to provide a challenging and rewarding environment to motivate and bring out the best in them are setting themselves up for success.

When a leader of a company believes that their business is about the people, it is their duty to foster that success. Building the relationships between those people builds the business. Losing incredible talent due to poor leadership will not make a company an employer of choice.

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infographic source: Cornerstone OnDemand

Enjoy Your Work

Do you wake up in the morning and want to go to work? Are your employees feeling the same energy and drive as you do? Are they engaged? Does your staff feel valued and know that their contributions have meaning towards the company’s main goal?

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Be aware of employee engagement. And be aware of it all the time, not just at review time. We hope these thoughtful quotes make you stop and think about the current corporate culture status in your organization. Is everybody engaged?

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek

“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job.” –Ken Blanchard

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Stephen R. Covey

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” –Anne Mulcahy

When work is meaningful, good things happen. The wheels of enterprise move in a kind of synchronized motion and teams are truly happier. Engagement? – check.  Great corporate culture? – check. What better place to spend half of your daily life but in a workplace where you actually feel happy and enjoy the company of others feeling the same.

GrapeJuice Raises $94,000 for Big Sisters

We are excited to announce that this year’s GrapeJuice event at Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver raised over $94,000 for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

Since its inception nine years ago, GrapeJuice wine auction has raised over $608,000 in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s mentoring programs.

MAC Marketing Solutions and McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group created Grape Juice in 2007 to raise much needed funds to facilitate the matching process for over 100 at risk young girls on the Big Sisters waitlist. Big Sisters of BC lower Mainland matches volunteer mentors with young girls who face a multitude of challenges.

A big thank you to all of our generous GrapeJuice sponsors , donors, guests and volunteers!

photos by: Vikaash Prasad     Click on photos for a larger image.

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