Career Portfolios: Creating Your Career Collage

Career Portfolios communicate your professional story beyond a resume’s capability. The career portfolios my students recently submitted as one of their assignments have inspired this month’s article.

Whether you are a job seeker, career changer, or happily building your career with your current employer, a career portfolio can help you create a balanced and fulfilling work life. I recently asked my students to submit a career portfolio as one of their assignments. Some students are new to the world of work, while others are planning their second or even third career. Whatever their story, their portfolios conveyed a powerful message about who they are professionally.  From an employer perspective, any reservation about hiring or promoting a candidate ‘light’ on relevant work experience completely dissolved.

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Six Strategies for Impactful Writing

This month’s article is dedicated to the Clear Writing workshop participants.

It is always a pleasure to deliver learning material on topics that are relevant, timely, and useful. Many thanks to the Centre for Education and Training for inviting me to deliver Clear Writing workshops. I learned early in my change management work that clear communications is the cornerstone to informing, influencing, and inspiring action. Here are six timeless strategies that will help you write with impact every time. Continue reading

Free Learning Resource that Helps You Make a Difference

This month’s post features a United Nations sponsored website which let’s you expand your vocabulary while you “earn” rice to feed the hungry.

Do you like to learn?  How about helping the less fortunate?  The following website can help you do both. Continue reading

What Makes a Great Presenter

This month’s blog has been inspired by my recent participation in the Canadian Fitness Professional’s conference (CanFitPro), the largest fitness conference in the world held right here, in Toronto, Ontario.

I always look forward to attending a few good workshops at the CanFitPro conference. In addition to being an informative event, I am continually fascinated by the caliber of presenters and trainers that this conference draws. Brimming over with informative content, these professionals know how to reach their audience in a meaningful and inspirational way. Continue reading

Top Ten MBTI® Reading List

This month’s blog has been inspired by the many questions I receive on how to ‘self-study’ your way into understanding personality type.

Check out these great books on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® for a good read as well as longer-term benefit potential. (You can purchase hyperlinked book titles directly from

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Teaching to Personality Type (Part 2)

The following article is the second part of a two-part series on Teaching to Personality Type. Read Part 1 to review some popular learning styles for different MBTI® personality types.  Here’s what I reaffirmed when I put my insight to use in the classroom….

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Teaching to Personality Type (Part 1)

The inspiration for this month’s post comes from teaching at a local community college.

How would you go about hooking up your new universal remote control? Would you read the instruction manual, ask someone to explain how it works, or learn through trial and error?  What would you like to know about your new gadget –why the wires connect to the stereo components the way they do, the best way to maximize functionality, or how the different features control your TV and stereo settings?

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Can You Use The MBTI® With Multi-Cultural Teams?

This month’s article has been inspired by an e-mail I received from one of my readers.

In light of Toronto’s multicultural environment, does the MBTI® produce useful results in diverse work groups?  In other words, has the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) been tested for cultural bias in addition to measures of reliability and validity? Continue reading

Choosing An Assessment Tool: Which One To Use?

DiSC. True Colours. Personality Dimensions. MBTI. These are just some of the many self-assessment tools available on the market. It’s no wonder that there’s a lot of confusion about the best choice.

So how do you choose? Continue reading