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By Abdullahi Osman

I have had some great mentors in my life.

I think we all have had someone who has positively affected us—someone who has helped guide us, coach us or find our way. Maybe this person is a teacher, someone at work or even someone you met socially.

In my professional life, I’ve had several mentors: some I’ve reached out to on my own, and some I’ve met through formalized mentorship programs. The value of a mentor is that you can develop your skills as an employee, as a manager, and as a person.

Rubik's cube

By Todd Sasaki

I usually resist the urge for click-bait when I’m writing titles but in this case, I couldn’t help myself. Chances are, 15 seconds is not enough time for you to create a plan to break a world record. But it was for Lucas Etter—a 14-year-old boy who broke a world record in November by solving a Rubik’s Cube in less than five seconds. Full disclosure: I have only solved a Rubik’s Cube once in my entire life. It involved removing the stickers. And it took a lot longer than five seconds.

Social Media

By Andrea Sanchez (@andreaesb)

Social media is super easy to keep up with! (Not). If anyone out there tells you they know everything there is to know about social media, don’t believe them. They may be very well informed but chances are they are not taking advantage of social media’s full potential.

Social media is an ever-changing world and if you want to keep up with it, you’ll need to read (a lot) and test out the features and new developments that work for you, your business and your brand.

Yellowknife, NWT. Photo by Lisa Magaro.

By Greg Bennett 

On the first day of the New Year, I landed in Yellowknife not knowing what to expect.

Even after an 11-hour flight my eyes were still wide open and I was full of anticipation about the days ahead. As I stepped onto the tarmac at Yellowknife Airport, the air was cold and dry and I felt it sting my nostrils. It was cold, but different—not the bone-chilling wet and windy Maritime winter weather I was used to, but still icy.

Toilet paper roll

By Leanne Tait 

There are those who would say I am particular. They are not wrong. The question I have, though, is this: is there anything wrong with being particular?

Early each year, when people are making resolutions, or setting about to embark on some self-improvement, I sometimes think I should do something about being so particular. I treat it like a fault or a shortcoming, or at the very least, treat it as something I need to be apologetic about in polite company.

post-it notes

By Todd Sasaki

An experiment with personal Kanban

Everyone seems obsessed with the idea of productivity. Chances are, if you asked to look at a colleague’s phone, you’d find a productivity app or four. Whether or not said apps are having the desired impact is another question.

By Lisa Magaro

“We make pictures. At the end of the day, we create something potentially significant that did not exist at the beginning of the day. We go forward, despite the uncertainty. Because this is an act of love and passion, which defies reason and prudence.” —Joe McNally (American photographer who has been shooting for the National Geographic Society since 1987)

Want to capture someone’s attention? It’s all about the image.

Marketing Mix

By Andrew Gilmour

You’ve got a great idea, identified a need, and have a great product or service to sell. Sounds like you’re on target for success.

Becoming an entrepreneur is exciting, but also full of challenges. Entrepreneurs are often one-person businesses, and aiming to start a business with small amounts of capital. When your time and resources are limited, planning and research can keep you from making costly mistakes and help your great business idea succeed.

By Rebecca Hirsekorn

Don’t you just love words? They can say as much or as little as you want them to. They can be simple or complicated, edgy or soft. Words can mean many things to us through their definitions and connotations, through their sounds and even through the way they look.

By Taiters (written by Andrea Sanchez)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably realized by now that marketing and advertising have drastically changed in the last decade. This year was no different, with innovative marketing campaigns where the medium was very much the message itself.

With so many great campaigns to choose from, Taiters took on the very difficult challenge of selecting their favourite marketing campaign of 2015. We compiled our very own top ten list (in no particular order) for you to read and get inspired!