6 not-so-conventional tips for working from home

It’s been quite interesting reading the influx of posts about people adapting to their new reality of working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a consultant running my own business, I’ve been working primarily from home for over a decade now. About 80% of my work time is spent in my home office and the remainder at in-person client meetings, delivering speeches and running workshops. Whenever I’m asked for advice regarding working remotely I always tend to start by mentioning that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. You need to optimize your workspace and workday for you.

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Joe Rogan, true crime, and the 2nd podcasting revolution

In 2007 I subscribed to and became a regular listener of my first podcast, Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation. Since that time, I have listened to thousands of others, spanning a variety of industries and delivery formats (The Tim Ferris Show being one of my all-time favourites). I have discovered that what I personally love most about this medium is how digestible it is on the go (perfect for running or business travel) and how conducive it is to long-form unscripted interviews/conversations (to the point where I sometimes opt to drive instead of fly to see a client if it’s within a 4-hour drive). It’s the latter that fascinates me the most as it contrasts heavily with today’s quick consumption, heavily visual, transient TikTok/Insta culture.

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The murky waters of government employment and political neutrality

The Government of Canada has a generally well-written Values and Ethics Code, which public servants must abide by. With every passing year, a particular element of this Code has become increasingly challenging to explain with absolute clarity and even more challenging to enforce, save for the most obvious cases.  I’m referring specifically to:

  • Section 1 – Respect for democracy – Expected Behaviour 1.1 – Respecting the rule of law and carrying out their duties in accordance with legislation, policies and directives in a non-partisan and impartial manner.
  • Section 3 – Integrity – Expected Behaviour 3.1Acting at all times with integrity and in a manner that will bear the closest public scrutiny, an obligation that may not be fully satisfied by simply acting within the law.

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