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My cat, Kipsy, has my respect. In fact, most cats have my respect. We can learn a lot from the feline world to help us become better leaders. Here are some of the leadership skills I learned from my cat: 1.Clear boundaries There are certain times I can interact with my cat and times when I can’t. These moments are completely determined by her.  If she is receptive to cuddles or petting, she purrs and rubs her face against my ankles to signify it is okay to touch her.  If it is

Today, I found myself talking with a 34-year-old man who was looking for career direction.  He explained that he saw himself going to college despite not having his high school diploma.  We discussed interests and pre-requisites he already had.  After some discussion, we came to an understanding that it was fear that kept him from taking steps towards his goals.  He shared: “What if I get into the program and it’s not what I want?  What if I waste my money?  What if I’m not successful?  What if I can’t do it

Life, Lessons, Leadership I keep a journal (several actually) where I record thoughts, ideas, memories and dreams. On one page, I jot down lessons that have been key to keeping me centred and grounded. Here are three lessons that I want to pass on to future generations of leaders: Keep your chin up I don’t mean this in the proverbial way of getting through tough times (although that is great advice too). I mean it literally. When walking or sitting, look up. Show people your eyes, look at the world,

We all have those days where we wake up and the thought of leaving the comfort of our cozy beds is unthinkable.  Laying quasi-awake anticipating the day, you have to make the decision of what you will wear and that just makes the bed that much more appealing.  The choice to wear the “old stand-by” comfortable or familiar outfit, is the easiest one.  It isn’t a “power suit”, it doesn’t have a statement, no one typically comments on it ever but it gets you by when you don’t feel you

When I am researching for articles, posts or material for VNC Image & Etiquette, I have many words that I will use in my search that are related.  I’ve included them here.  Let me know of words that you might think of and include them in the comments below. Etiquette Manners Image Wardrobe Style Fashion Look Leadership Career Success Civility Kindness Courtesy Mentorship Career Politeness Positivity Optimistic Friendliness Thoughtfulness Respect Self-esteem Confidence Congeniality Social Grace Charm Protocol Butler Poise Elegance Class

  I’ve been working for many (many, many) years towards getting a business off the ground. The vision began with a joke between a friend of mine and myself. We were both career counsellors at an employment agency and were commenting on the need for some of our clients to understand the importance of their attitude, wardrobe, manners and behaviour choices. We thought it would be funny to have our own etiquette business to teach these necessary but absent skills. After some time and several clients later, I began to

  Confidence is key in this western society that we live in. Jobs, relationships, perceptions and self-esteem can all be made or broken by how much confidence we exude or don’t. Many times, we simply are not confident. We might be nervous, feel inferior, not feel knowledgeable or unprepared and worry that we just don’t fit the bill. Even though we may feel that way, it doesn’t mean we can’t present ourselves confidently.  Even just looking the part despite not feeling it, can get us through until, eventually, our artificial

Some people just stand out. At the grocery store, maybe it’s that one cashier that you always go to, or the guy in the suit standing next to you in line at the bank machine. For whatever reason, some people just “catch our eye”. What is about them? Are you one of those people? Not sure? Here are some things to consider if you want to “get noticed”: 1. Posture – Memorable people walk, stand and sit with their heads up and shoulders back. They are looking forward and don’t

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