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Will Today be Trump or Clinton’s Best Day at Work?

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By the end of the day, one of the candidates may well be looking back to today as one of their best days at work, at least so far. Of course, the work for the successful President of the United States is only just beginning, some future days maybe best days and some may be the worst, it’s not an easy job for sure. The best and worst seems to be how many of you look at your own jobs and careers.

Presenteeism, time spent at the workplace while not productively engaged in work, is the new absenteeism

The conclusion of a 2015 Canadian study, The True Picture of Workplace Absenteeism, with 1,300 people including just over 1,000 employees, found that 80 percent of respondents self-reported experience with presenteeism. 81 percent indicated that they had gone into work while they could not perform as well as they would have liked.

The reasons for doing so included physical sickness (47 percent), stress or anxiety (40 percent) and workplace issues and/or problems with co-workers or managers (22 percent). Depression was specified as the cause by 15 percent of respondents.

A quick Google search of #BestWorkDay uncovers plenty of top 10 lists on ways to ensure you have your best days at work. The common advice to these problems seems to fall into two camps.

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3 Critical Personal Brand Lessons From the Closing of Vine

All Hallows Eve is the time of the year dedicated to remembering the dead. It seems fitting that on Halloween we reflect on the personal brand lessons from the news last week that Twitter will be closing down their 6-second video app Vine. It may have come as a surprise to many of you, however, the ‘Vine Personal Brand Stars’ that it helped to create have already been moving on… Read More »3 Critical Personal Brand Lessons From the Closing of Vine

Do you have a personal brand day?

‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.’ – Sir Winston Churchill In my personal brand consulting with clients I often recommend that they pick a day that means something to their brand and that they can use to make contact with their network at least once a year.  I usually advise them not to pick the usual days that everyone else does like… Read More »Do you have a personal brand day?

Lessons From Discover Your Personal Brand Conference – The All Star Panel

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak again at the Discover Your Personal Brand Conference.  DYPB 2016 was different from 2014 in a number of ways.

The focus was more toward small business and the caliber of speaker, panels and attendees was awesome. There were many inspiring young Canadians in attendance that really gave me a lift about the future of our country. All held within the back drop of Telus’ state of the art office in downtown Toronto, an environmental LEED building, bursting with technology and balanced with space and light.

The opportunity to attend conferences is always a big investment, even if its local so it was great to get such a rich experience. 

After introductions from the motivating conference organizer and founder Bobby Umar and keynotes from the always excellent Mark Bowden and inspiring Real Food for Real Kids founder Lulu Cohen-Farnell the highlight of the first evening for me was the Personal Brand Leadership All Star Panel. They were;

Cameron Gordon, Head of Communications, Twitter – Moderator
Erin Bury, Managing Director at 88 Creative
Jennifer Ettinger, Founder & President at Fit Your Style
Jagmeet Singh, MPP, ONDP Deputy Leader
Bobby Umar, Founder, Raeallan & DYPB

Full bios and more details on the schedule http://www.dypb.ca/schedule/ and other speakers can be found here http://www.dypb.ca/speakers/ 

Here is a Summary of the questions and panel answers;

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Part of My Personal Brand is Canadian – Eh!! – Happy Canada Day!

When I arrived in Canada, 20 years ago today, I did not expect to ever embark on an entrepreneurial journey and my roller coaster of life, but would I change it? – probably not. An Englishman’s day is in April – St George’s Day which celebrates the patron Saint of England. Although after our exit from the Euro 2016 Football Championships there is little celebrating going on at home.  That coupled… Read More »Part of My Personal Brand is Canadian – Eh!! – Happy Canada Day!

Oh no…….not the comfy chair!

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McDonalds Canada is investing over $1 billion on its 1,400 stores to rip out the plastic seating and replace it with leather seating, plasma TV's and fireplaces in a bid to woo more customers.  But does a comfy chair or two change the perception of the brand?  Starbucks has comfy chairs and wi-fi, but then I expect that, it's an integral part of their brand – but wi-fi and fireplaces… Read More »Oh no…….not the comfy chair!

Five Times a Normal Toonies Worth – Thank a Veteran This Week

 "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Winston Churchill Remembrance Day always has a strong connection for me because of my families involvement in serving in both of the major world wars. Even with conflicts of today, I think many of us find it hard to really understand what soldiers at those times, or even now go through. A colleague… Read More »Five Times a Normal Toonies Worth – Thank a Veteran This Week

Welcome to Just My Toonies Worth – 30 seconds or less of personal branding tips, resources and ideas

My approach in life has always been to give, help, inform or support without the expectation of reward – beyond the fact that the person or cause I am helping is hopefully a little wiser or just feels a little better about themselves and their position – it's a core part of my brand. In online forums and other social media I have been signing off 'Just My Toonies Worth" for… Read More »Welcome to Just My Toonies Worth – 30 seconds or less of personal branding tips, resources and ideas