Love Monday – Teamwork

Pizza and innovation have gone hand-in-hand since Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com introduced the two-pizza rule: if your team can’t be fed with two pizzas, there are too many people in the room. His point is simple: smaller teams accomplish more. Far more. Especially when it comes to idea nurturing. Likewise, a team of one will leave you wanting. If your standard office mode is working head-down on your private island of get-the-day-done, your chances of succeeding (or impressing) are slim-to-none. There’s a lot to be said for what can be accomplished in a team – once you figure out your own #standapart contribution to the group scenario. Here are some #LoveMonday links to get you thinking about what’s to love about working together: Do performance reviews kill teamwork and crush morale? The ever-contradicting difference between team play and subordination. … You’ve been getting some major kudos on your ability to manage a team, but are you a leader yet? Follow this easy litmus test for finding out whether you’ve crossed over from ‘someone in power’ to ‘someone to follow’. … A great story about how one small Vancouver-based technology company disrupted the meeting industry to help conferences operate smoothly, foster faster collaborations and become all-around more interesting. … Set. Shoot. Score. A simple three-step playbook from the NBA for coming together as a team and re-setting your focus on how you’ll impress your teammates. … Two Vancouver outfits that are likely to be expanding their...

Love Monday: Mid-Year Re-Focus Jul22

Love Monday: Mid-Year Re-Focus

It’s mid-year. Take advantage of the ‘so-called’ summer slowdown and spend some time reviewing (and renewing) your focus at work. #LoveMonday is our collection of weekly #StandApart career development links, people and stories from the Marketing, Sales and Communications industries. … You tell yourself every Sunday: this week will be different. This week I’ll be organized. This week, I won’t cyber loaf. This week, I’ll be on my game.  And it works – for a day or two. Here are a few great tips on how to combat workplace ADD and anchor your attention on what really matters. … This post might sound over-dramatic but there’s just something about LinkedIn profiles written in 3rd person that gets under the skin. If you’re guilty of a self-directed ode, we highly suggest you claim your voice and go with the naked “I” instead. … The Globe and Mail’s “Amazing Space” series takes us inside Vancouver’s Vision Critical, where the view is anything but secondary. Why wouldn’t you make room for a communal putting green? (VIDEO) … Young well-educated wage earners in Vancouver readjust their expectations when it comes to where and how they’ll live with a growing acceptance of shared living and out-of-reach home prices. … Distracted by your failure to consume sufficient amounts of water during your workday…despite some pretty compelling benefits (focus, energy, looks…just to name a few)? There’s an app for that (of course). Waterin allows you to set a prescribed number of glasses per day and then sends helpful reminders to help you fill up and water-down. … In the unavoidable face of your year-end review, why not schedule an hour this week to conduct your own mid-year professional health-check? Some great questions to ask...

Love Monday: The Space You’re In Jul15

Love Monday: The Space You’re In

52,000 square-feet in a 2.5 block radius. That’s the ‘space’ Mark Brand, well-known Vancouver entrepreneur and social enterpriser, claims as his own. In this recent talk, Brand moves from global context to hypertext to the ever important, underlying subtext (your space, wherever it exists, however you define it) to relay his simple message – your ‘space’ is yours to define. Feeling stuck at work? Change it. Dealing with the stress of co-worker tension? Fix it. It’s Monday. Take a look around. Do you like what you see? If not… We love this line: “If you’re watching more TED Talks than Will Farrell movies lately, you may be yearning for a meaning-filled career.” Here are some great tips for jobseekers looking to brand themselves in the do-good sector and find a purpose-driven role. … Creative Mornings Vancouver is the offshoot of a wildly successful free, monthly lecture series started by a group of ‘creative types’ in New York. Each month, they issue a global theme. July was “Space.” In Vancouver, entrepreneur and social enterpriseleader, Mark Brand was invited to give his perspective. He came up with: “Taking Responsibility for the Space You Occupy.” Here’s his talk. … The concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI) can sound abstract. In this post, Daniel Goleman drills EI down into a list of actual skills (hard and soft) that EI-savvy employers are looking for on the job. If you’re interviewing for a new position anytime soon, you might want to come armed with some examples that illustrate these must-have traits. … We saw it on LinkedIn @Fraser Green: “Here’s something you can take a minute to do for fun. Go to the PRIZM link and enter your postal code to find which of 66 demographic clusters you belong to. As David Foot said in ‘Boom, Bust & Echo’, demographics is 2/3 of...

Love Monday: O Canada Jul02

Love Monday: O Canada

Fireworks. Swimming weather. A chance to catch up.  To take a breath. To re-start or reel it in. Happy Canada Day from Smart Savvy + Associates! Here’s a few #standapart #lovemonday links to enjoy on your ‘me’ time. Free beer with your Canadian passport. … Proudly Canadian: if you saw a blockbuster in the theatres this weekend, there’s a good chance it was in 3-D. What you may not know is that one of the world’s leading 3-D conversion technology companies, Gener8, is based right here in Vancouver. … Looking to fit more physical activity into your daily routine? No sweat! Meet Canadian designer, Darryl Agawin. He’s created a 3-piece workspace furniture set that can transform into exercise furniture. Now that’s efficiency! … That guy you met at lake. The person who cuts your hair.  The ex (and nearly forgotten) colleague.  Should you or should you not accept that LinkedIn invitation? Here’s some sage advice and a useful litmus test for making every connection count. … Why Mountain Equipment Coop rebranded and how they did it. Read more. … Who’s watching you: useful information or TMI? LinkedIn has updated your homepage to include stats letting you know whose attention you’ve caught, where you’ve been trolling, who’s reading your activity feeds and more. A couple of other new features include… … Ever heard of a ‘parklet’? Us either! But now it’s on our list of must-go lunch spots in Downtown Vancouver. This summer, why not extend your long weekends by 60-minutes, with a mini break for lunch not at your...

#LoveMonday: Job Search to Dream Job Jun24

#LoveMonday: Job Search to Dream Job

In honour of Twitter’s imminent arrival to Vancouver, we’ll summarize this post in 140 characters or less: #StandApart tips for high-velocity careers…from job search to dream job. Enjoy. #LoveMonday Boundless potential? Breathtaking achievement? Sounds like a trailer for Superman, but no, it’s text from a recently posted job ad from Twitter. Following Facebook’s lead, Twitter is opening a “global center of excellence” in Vancouver. If you’re a computer science grad, read more here. … How not to faux pas your way out the door. The do’s and don’ts of name-dropping in an interview. … Smart Savvy Founder, Peter Reek, recently shared 9 ways to #StandApart in your job search at the latest breakfast session, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. We’re pleased to share his speaking slides. #AwesomeQuotes #9StepsToStandApart … What a great VP Sales really does. 5 prioritized steps to making the ‘magic happen.’ Recruiting, supporting, and…read more. … Of the ten skills most likely to land you a job in 2013, it’s the less flashy skills (not the technical expertise) that really dominate. Here’s a good read on why you might want to hone your ‘active listening’ and ‘critical thinking’ skills before your next interview. … Thrilling news for job seekers everywhere: Google denounces practice of interview brainteasers. Why you might never have to guess how many hockey sticks there are in Canada, ever again. And some other fascinating insights on recruiting and hiring from Google. … Are you working on a specific “problem” or pain point at work? Here’s a little inspiration for getting it solved: How a standard key lock actually...