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Tag: career development

Why Your Organization Needs a BIPOC Mentorship Program (Part Two)

July 24, 2021
In part one of this two-part series, we covered how a more diverse leadership team is a stronger team and how organizations who hire outside of the old-boys network will...

Why Your Organization Needs a BIPOC Mentorship Program (Part 1)

July 10, 2021
Many organizations are grappling with diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and creating more inclusive workplace cultures. Some workplaces are also trying to integrate four generations of employees. This means we’re at...

The Entitlement Gap – and How it Plays Out at Work

June 12, 2021
Research suggests that a feeling of entitlement can be a good thing. Likewise, a certain lack of entitlement can really set us back. A fascinating study by The Female Lead...

The Portfolio Career (Part 2 of 2)

April 3, 2021
The portfolio career is often appealing to people who want to combine a high-paying position with other work that offers an opportunity for more creativity, growth, or personal meaning/fulfillment. To pursue...

The Portfolio Career (Part 1 of 2)

March 20, 2021
I often talk about building resilient careers, in fact, it’s part of my tagline “Building Resilient Careers and Organizations.” It’s only in retrospect that I noticed that I’ve also been...

The Robots are Coming … and They’re Bringing Automation

January 23, 2021
While at the bank and grocery store, we’ve seen artificial intelligence (AI) and automation become more and more prevalent in our daily lives. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF),...

Is Workplace Authenticity Practical or a Myth?

January 9, 2021
Given the recent and prolonged attention paid to social justice issues including systemic discrimination, it’s easy to understand why Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), people with disabilities, and...

Do You Have What it Takes to Build a Resilient Career?

November 21, 2020
Since founding I/O Advisory Services, my mission has been to support the Building of Resilient Careers and Organizations. I consider resilience to be an essential ingredient for career development, and...

Still in school? Preparing for career success before you graduate.

November 7, 2020
When you’re knee-deep in assignments, papers and exams, (not to mention all of the other experiences of college/university life!) you may not be giving a lot of thought to life...

Career and Job Transition During a Pandemic (Part 2)

September 26, 2020
In this second installment of a two-part blog, Dr. Helen pulls together more ideas she's shared over the years in various blogs to help people who are navigating a career...

Feel Like an Impostor? Maybe You’re Just an Outlier …

August 22, 2020
Much has been written about the Impostor Syndrome but people who are outliers because of a quality that is peripheral to their skills and abilities (e.g., their gender, race, ethnicity,...

Buttering up the boss – from home

July 25, 2020
One of the classic inside jokes in Ottawa is that almost everything gets discussed – and even decided – during smoke breaks. The flatterer, the apple-polisher, the butt-kisser – there...

Underemployment: Is it ever a good thing?

July 11, 2020
Get ahead. Get promoted. Make more money. Aim higher. Clients often come to me to find out how to move ahead. It is rare that I counsel a client to...

The One That Got Away: Being Passed over for Promotion

June 13, 2020
Lately, with so much attention being paid to systemic racism it is a reminder that people of colour are less represented as one climbs up the corporate ladder. This means...

Why Employee Networking Still Matters

May 30, 2020
I’ve had countless corporate professionals and public servants tell me they don't bother with networking. They say they don't have the time since they’re so busy doing their work. Plus,...

How Working with Less Can Be More – Creativity and Constraints

May 16, 2020
While it is important to acknowledge that our pandemic routines are often frustrating and unpleasant, there is also a potential upside. It's counter-intuitive, but we can make the most of...

Could a PhD be Holding You Back?

February 22, 2020
It’s counter-intuitive. Your PhD should be an invincible asset, yet without some finesse, your PhD could be a barrier. In this AudioBlog post, Dr. Helen shares some ideas and strategies...

The Workplace Bait-and-Switch: Is it Happening to You?

February 8, 2020
Have you ever been lured into accepting a promising job that ended up being entirely different once you got started? It’s a common concept that cuts across domains. It’s called...

In the Past There was Moonlighting, Now it’s the Side Hustle

June 15, 2019
Although many people look down on the 'side hustle' there's plenty to admire. In this blog, I explain why a side hustle is a valuable career-building tool.

The Power of a Growth Mindset

February 16, 2019
In this blog post, Dr. Helen explains the fixed vs growth mindset. She then explains the potential implications for success at work and fostering positive and productive workplaces.

Automation … is it your new competition?

May 27, 2017
Automation can be extremely cost effective for businesses and other organizations. The downside is that many workers are being replaced by automation. In this blog post, Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses...

Coded Language and Dog Whistle Expressions

May 12, 2017
A while back, a business associate reached out to me with an urgent and problematic situation. She was stumped by a situation and she knew I’d have some ideas. The...

How Psychology Can Help Your Career — Q&A on I/O vs. Clinical Psychology

April 22, 2017
Looking for career help and want to know the difference between Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and Clinical Psychology? Dr. Helen explains.

Tongue Tied About Public Speaking? You’re Not Alone …

February 12, 2017
The phone rings, it's Liz, business acquaintance. We talk briefly and then what she says next absolutely floors me! Liz, who is one of the most talented public speakers I...

Changes: sometimes you don’t get to vote

January 13, 2017
We may feel insignificant and ruled by powers beyond our control, but we are much more resilient than that. Even when it’s that kid who feels intimidated by an unpleasant...

How to Transition from Military to Civilian Work

May 12, 2016
Transitioning out of the military is often complicated for soldiers conditioned to living in an environment dominated by structure and routine. Yet every year, hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members...