Category Archives: Career

7 Reasons Why Businesses (and People) Should Focus On Being Competent Instead of Competing

puzzles-1515717By Jacqueline Antonetti Moreno – Transformational Communicator. Diversity Expert. Bestselling Author. Solutions Finder.

Throughout my life I have been a firm believer that we should compete with ourselves instead of spend our life competing with others. Namely, we should focus on being the best version possible of ourselves and make sure that we are better today than who we were yesterday. However, I kind of knew this instinctively, but wasn’t really aware of what were the benefits of having that “life philosophy” until about 12 years ago.

Back in the early 2000s in Venezuela, where I grew up and lived for over 30 years, there were two main cellular service providers which were so competitive that they kept highlighting in their tv ads what they did better than the competitor. Such “ads war” was actually fun to watch, to the point that people couldn’t wait for the reply of the competitor when one of the companies launched a new advertising campaign.

One day at a family reunion, my brother had been recently hired to be the VP Commercial Operations of one of the companies, and we talked about the competition described above. We all made our comments regarding how much fun to watch this was and so on, and then he said, with a smile on his face that the last ad was the last one we would see addressing the fails of the competitor. He had started a new advertising policy: they would focus on highlighting what they did great instead of highlighting what others did wrong.  Read the rest of this entry

What is Resilience?

By Luiraf Garcia – Entrepreneur. Sales & Marketing Manager.La Resilencia-Imagen

Resilience is the ability of an individual to face the problems and make the most of every adverse situation. A resilient person is one who has the capacity or the potential to transform a crisis into a real opportunity for growth.

Resilience does not make us indestructible beings, nor do the problems that do not affect us; on the contrary, the resilient experiences pain during the process but uses a set of strategies needed to help him move forward despite the adversity. Read the rest of this entry

The Importance of Punctuality

hours-away-1491303-1280x960By Luiraf Garcia – Entrepreneur. Marketing & Sales Manager.

Punctuality is defined as a discipline, that a person has to attend to his or her appointments with friends, colleagues, family members or with someone else.

This is one of the characteristics that define our personality and demonstrates our ability to organize and manage our time.

Within several countries in Latin America, this is a serious drawback. However, not as common in Europe, Asia or North America, where people are focused to be at the engagement ahead of time. For this reason, those who make the decision to live in countries like Canada, must consider timeliness as a priority when setting meetings of any kind.

One of the main aspects that we must consider when we are invited to a meeting is to respect the other party’s time. More often than not, the other person(s) probably has a daily agenda to fulfill, and must not run behind course due to our tardiness.

To comply promptly with the established commitments, here are my five recommendations to correct this bad habit: Read the rest of this entry

The Importance of Networking

Networking Picture2By Luiraf Garcia – Entrepreneur. Sales and Marketing Manager.

In my first article on this blog, I want to talk about what in Canada is called “Networking” which is how you can create a database of individuals having a common interest.

Networking may have different approaches:  recreational, sporting purposes, professional interest, etc. The important thing here is to establish links with individuals or groups of them who share and want to achieve their same goals.

Today in particular, I will be focused on Professional Networking.

Since my arrival in Canada, some years ago, the first thing I heard from different sources was: “to succeed in this country you need to have great level of English and to establish an excellent Networking”. That prayer was etched permanently in my brain.

It was through Networking I got my first job in this country, and by doing the same I got my second job, much better than the first one.  Also, Networking was the way by which I received the offer from several Canadian educational institutes to represent them in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. This was the key to creating my own company, which has advised nearly 1,000 students around the world, about studies in Canada. Read the rest of this entry