Corporate Class Inc. At The Annual HRPA Conference

Corporate Class Inc., internationally recognized as the universal gold standard for Executive Presence System Training, is extraordinarily pleased to announce that we will be attending this year’s HRPA Annual Conference, held in Toronto. The HRPA’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow is Canada’s largest human resources conference, attracting thousands of business and human resources professionals from around the world. The excitement starts at booth #516! That’s where you’ll find the team ... Continue Reading

Profiling the Political Player

In last week’s blog post, we began to explore the groundbreaking book The Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle, written by Dr. Kathleen Reardon. We began to dissect what office politics is, why it’s important and how you can become a political player, so that you may too gain access to your company’s inner circle. This week, we will be discussing in detail what makes a person a true political player. As was mentioned last week, one is not necessarily born ... Continue Reading

An Introduction to Office Politics: The Secret Handshake

In our last post, we looked at corporate culture, what it means, and why it’s necessary to engage with. Part of what engaging in your company’s corporate culture will allow you to do is successfully participate in office politics. But what exactly is office politics? According to Dr. Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Professor Emerita of Management and Organization in the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, describes it as being able to acquire what she has termed the “secret ... Continue Reading

5 Basic Tasks Many People Ignore, But That Are Essential to Success

Today’s professional environment, whether entrepreneurial or not, requires a different energy than it did 50 years ago. We spend the better part of our days in front of screens, answering emails, texts, spending time on the Internet; we have become intertwined with this technology and it’s impossible to escape it, especially in the professional world. Because of this, we are essentially always at others’ beck and call. Whether we like it or not, we are always “working” because of it. Having a ... Continue Reading

Self-Knowing and Authenticity

Alas! We have finally reached the last blog post on Leadership Presence – self-knowing and authenticity. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discovered what leadership presence means, what it can do for you, and how to attain it. Last week we began to dissect the final piece of the puzzle in the quest to obtaining leadership presence: self-knowing. This week, we continue with this theme but discuss it in terms of authenticity. What is authenticity? Well, at its most basic level, it means to be ... Continue Reading

Leadership Presence: Reaching Out and Making Connections

As our series of blogs on Leadership Presence continues, our hope is that you take some of these suggestions into practice, in order to foster leadership presence in yourself, not just at work, but in every aspect of your life. Last week we discussed reaching out and empathy, and this week we continue on the topic of reaching out, but specifically reaching out and making connections. According to Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar, authors of “Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques ... Continue Reading

How To Nurture Your Newest Contacts

If you’re a professional, you know the utter power and influence networking possesses. Networking isn’t always a formal event; it can consist of essentially any activity in which the opportunity to meet new people is present (a tennis tournament, your daughters skating arena, lunch with coworkers, or a family get-together). As a professional, it’s important to recognize that just about everything you do, and everywhere you go, has the potential to be a networking opportunity. In fact, ... Continue Reading

Etiquette Tips For Summer Weddings

Inspired by our last post on etiquette for the summer barbecue, and in honour of wedding season, here are a few tips and tricks to get you through you’re increasingly expanding list of impending weddings. Weddings are no doubt a fun, joyous and exciting experience for not only the bride and groom, but also for the guests. The nuptials, followed by cocktail hour and then (hopefully) the formal sit-down dinner usually lend themselves to a good time, and a romantic one at that. As much as ... Continue Reading

Etiquette for The Summer Barbecue

Summer is the long-awaited and much anticipated season; dresses, patios, and of course, summer barbecues. In recent years, barbeques have grown in popularity as an easy, fun, and delicious way of getting people together. They have also spilled over into the professional world and have become an informal setting for colleagues get together outside of the office Office barbecues can be a great place to get to know your colleagues, and perhaps even your superiors, on a more personal level, given ... Continue Reading

Is it time to rebrand?

Many companies choose to rebrand from time to time in order to stay relevant and up-to-date, or to establish a new direction for their organization. This does not mean changing the core foundations of a company, but rather refreshing its look or brand imagery, repositioning its strengths, or changing its marketing tactics for a new target audience. Just as rebranding occurs on a corporate level, it is also a good idea to consider whether your personal brand needs a refresh. Here are three ... Continue Reading