Pop Culture Career Lessons
We analyze popular culture happenings with an eye for important career lessons. Movies, music, sports, memes, we mine what’s trending to bring you career lessons that are perfectly on fleek.
Last weekend I was prompted by Netflix’s algorithm to watch The Intern and The Internship movies. Both movies got the juices flowing in terms of what so many co-op students and former interns are thinking about now that they’re back in school. This week I’ll focus on...
Last month our team shared a summer reading list that blended awesome works of fiction and non-fiction literature. The thing about books is that they aren’t easy to consume on road trips, which is a very awesome summer past-time. For car travel or your outdoor commute...
Back to the Future is an American cinematic classic. The story of Marty McFly traveling through time to the year 1955 (and then into the future) in a tricked out DeLorean time machine has got everything: cool sci-fi premise, great acting by Michael J Fox and...
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Most of us don’t like small talk because it kinda sucks. For introverts it can be terrifying. For people with big ideas it can be frustrating. For intellectuals it can be boring. During my undergraduate experience I made a friend named Andrew. He was – and still is –...
Summer time means reading time. Some folks dig into books at the beach while soaking up sunshine and others soak in literature under a blanket in a dark, air conditioned basement. Others enjoy audiobooks during long or meandering road trips. My favourite place to read...
June 20 will be the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. For many folks – especially those of us on the dreary West Coast – the long, sunny days of summer generate plenty of positive vibes. For me, the sunnyness makes me feel quite the opposite because...
Most of us don’t like small talk because it kinda sucks. For introverts it can be terrifying. For people with big ideas it can be frustrating. For intellectuals it can be boring. During my undergraduate experience I made a friend named Andrew. He was – and still is –...read more
“End-user” is a common term that’s used for everything from technical projects to marketing campaigns. It’s a term that just feels weird and, frankly, misused to me. Across North America, communities are being devastated by the injuries and fatalities of opioid users....read more
A focus of this blog is to help you have better conversations. Enhancing dialogue at work, in classrooms and throughout neighbourhoods makes our communities more engaged, diverse and healthier. Accepting and offering feedback are essential elements of great...read more
More on Communication
This September I head back to work after a six month paternity leave. It’s been a great half a year full of plenty of morning snuggles, afternoon coffee meandering, rambunctious baby-time at the library, and more pool time than I ever thought possible. As this chapter...read more
Last week I published a piece on lifelong learning lessons from the perfectly fine Google recruitment video and/or raucous, adventurous workplace comedy, The Internship. This week I will focus on another perfectly fine (except for the last 20 minutes, but this isn’t a...read more
I recently returned from a vacation in Europe. All told, my wife and 10-month old son managed to commute between Vancouver, Toulouse and Barcelona with six separate flights. Some were long, eight-hour hauls, while others were shorter. Flying with a baby isn't easy....read more
More on Collaboration
British Columbia is in new political territory. This week the BC Greens and BC NDP political parties announced that they will collaborate to govern the province for the next four years. Minority and coalition governments are my favourite kind of political leadership...read more
Shipping containers fascinate me. It’s an invention that human civilization agrees on more than anything else. Around the world, people who disagree on politics, Internet access, fashion, art, and what side of the road to drive on. No matter how much money finding...read more
I love Dave Shumka and Graham Clark. They are Canadian heroes. Stop Podcasting Yourself is a trailblazing form of the medium that’s been making hearts smile since podcasting was a thing. And their latest project, Our Debut Album, in which two comedians (Dave and...read more
More on Adaptability
Summer time means reading time. Some folks dig into books at the beach while soaking up sunshine and others soak in literature under a blanket in a dark, air conditioned basement. Others enjoy audiobooks during long or meandering road trips. My favourite place to read...read more
A few things happened last week. My wife and I watched Mad Max: Fury Road on Netflix (it’s really good) and Rachel Nuwer wrote a depressing article for the BBC Future about how Western Civilization could collapse. Facts are facts and there is a probably a slightly...read more
I love The Ringer. When Kevin O’Connor visits Chris Vernon on The Ringer NBA Show it makes my heart smile. And I was thrilled when they got into it during a recent episode about Kevin’s interview with Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas mostly because of the...read more
More on Leadership
At 33, I found myself filled with anger, sadness and fear. I knew I needed a change. So, when I turned 34 last month, resolving made a commitment to embrace love, peace, and purpose. I learned how to enhance personal well-being through acts of kindness. Well-being and...read more
Rogue One is a dynamic and exciting new Star Wars story that has broken box office records. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theatres in December 2017. Packed into this great film are plenty of professional lessons for both the characters, the Rebellion and of course...read more
It’s the holiday season and this means “party time” for many organizations. Over the years I’ve attended dozens of holiday and have even been involved in planning a few myself (check out the Vancouver Street Soccer League’s Holiday Haul ). There is lots of information...read more
More on Creativity
Last weekend I was prompted by Netflix’s algorithm to watch The Intern and The Internship movies. Both movies got the juices flowing in terms of what so many co-op students and former interns are thinking about now that they’re back in school. This week I’ll focus on...read more
Social media is a wonderful medium for connecting and informing communities. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, however, ask for too much of our time, erode our relationships, and often cause us to be addicted to the distraction of push notifications and...read more
Glow is the latest Netflix original hit comedy. It tells the fictional story of 1980s women’s wrestling. It’s funny, thoughtful and at times caustic. It’s also got plenty of professional lessons worth considering. Here are four professional lessons from Glow. Have a...read more