The Business Tune-up Podcast

with Candice & Jim

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WARNING – Listening to The Business Tune-up podcast with Candice and Jim can seriously damage your ignorance.

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What Millennials Want – What you need to know to find and keep great people

Back in the day it never occurred to many job-seekers that they could ask questions of the prospective employer. They wouldn't have dared. They just felt lucky if they got the job.

Times have definitely changed. Career-minded professionals today have a laundry list of things they are looking for from their employer. And for the employers it’s getting increasing difficult to find and keep good people, and avoid the expense and disruption of the revolving door. So, what can employers do to foster the kind of culture that is more likely to attract young professionals? In this episode, Candice and Jim take a deep dive into the minds of two young professionals, and gain some valuable insights into What Millennials Want.


Men’s Mental Health

Life has never been more stressful. Mental health issues are on the rise. And men are reluctant to talk about it. Lyle Brooks decided to do something about that. He created to start the conversation, and share information in a welcoming environment.


The A.I. Revolution – What are the opportunities and risks for your business…

Whether or not we like it, A.I. is all around us; from suggesting what videos to watch on YouTube, to predicting what we might want to buy on Amazon. As an small business owner, burying your head in the sand is not an option. In this episode, Candice and Jim talk to Tali Hasanov, an A.I. specialist, and get some insights into the coming A.I. revolution.


Under-management – it’s worse than micro-management

If you give people too much rope, they will hang themselves. In this episode Candice and Jim discuss under-management and how harmful it can be.


Unleash the Power of No

In a world that conditions us to say yes, there is power in saying no. In this episode Candice and Jim discuss how saying no can allow you to be more productive, and keep you on your path to your goals.


10 Behaviours Successful People Avoid

Success doesn’t happen by chance. High achievers behave in ways that lead to success. In this episode Candice and Jim discuss 10 behaviours that successful people avoid, and offer alternative and more beneficial behaviours.


9 Ways to Put More Structure in Your Workday

Jim and Candice discuss a great article from Forbes magazine that outlines ways to put some structure in your workday, and be more productive.


How to Find Cost Savings in Your Business

Candice and Jim interview Kris DeGiacomo from Schooley Mitchell who outlines how he can help companies save money, and he doesn’t make money unless you make money.


Guest Appearance on Ottawa Business Podcast (with Paul Poggione)

In this episode of the show we speak with serial entrepreneur, business owner, investor and professor Jim Cummings. Jim brings a wealth of business experience, insights and wisdom for business owners and entrepreneurs alike. He also shares some key insights from his current work as a business coach, you don’t want to miss this episode.


Determining Social Styles

Would you like to make your life easier? Would you prefer less conflict in your social interactions? Would you like to sell more? Whould you like to be admired and trusted? In this episode, Candice and Jim outline a simple and effective technique to quickly and easily determine someone’s social style so that you can adjust your behaviour to lead you both to a smoother relationship.


Trends in 2023

The past couple of years have been quite a rollercoaster ride. For some businesses it’s been challenging to say the least. What should we expect from 2023? In this episode Candice and Jim gaze once again into their crystal ball, and give their predictions for the business year to come.


Are You Happy at Work?

Gallup, in its recently released State of the Global Workplace: 2022 report, found that workers are experiencing staggering rates of both disengagement and unhappiness. Sixty percent of people reported being emotionally detached at work and 19% as being miserable. In this episode, Candice and Jim help you find ways to be happier at work, and make your career more rewarding.


How to Conduct an Effective Meeting

Meetings are to your business what food is to your body. Not enough will kill you. Too much will kill you. And quality matters. In this episode, Candice and Jim discuss what makes an effective meeting.


Inflation? Recession?? Lions and tigers and bears!!! Should we be worried??

Anyone who listens to the news will know that these are uncertain and unsettling times. Wars, hurricanes, inflation, talk of recession… the list of things to worry about is long! But, inflation and recessions are real threats to businesses. In this episode, Candice and Jim talk about how much we should worry, and what we should do to prepare for a downturn in the business cycle.


You Are Not Alone – Problems every business owner faces, and what to do about them

No business runs so smoothly that it never encounters problems, and it’s usually the person at the top who has to deal with them. In this episode, Candice and Jim discuss the most common issues we all face as business-owners, and offer some ideas on what to do about them.


Get to Know Candice & Jim – 5 Burning Questions

Without rehearsal or script, Candice and Jim ask each other 5 burning questions that illuminate who they are, and where they stand on many business and personal issues.


How to Get Organized, Stay Focussed and Be More Productive

In today’s intensely complex and distracted world, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how to get anything done. In this episode, Candice and Jim discuss ways you can get organized, stay focussed, and be more productive. Enjoy.


LinkedIn as a Marketing Tool

Hugo Berger is one of Canada’s leading authorities on LinkedIn. According to him, most people are using LinkedIn all wrong. In this episode, Hugo joins Candice and Jim as they explore ways you can improve your performance on LinkedIn, and make it a tool to build your business.


The Business Year in Review – Looking back on 2021

Candice and Jim take a look back on the events of 2021, discussing the good, the bad and the ugly of the year that was 2021.


Business Law – What Every Business Owner Needs to Know

In this episode Candice and Jim host prominent business lawyer Robert Nadeau who outlines some key legal issues for every business owner to consider.


Negotiation – How to Make Better Outcomes for Everybody

You don’t get what you deserve in life, you get what you negotiate. In this episode, Candice and Jim explore an activity that we all engage in almost every day, yet few of us know how to do it right – how to successfully negotiate.


Everybody’s In Sales – 5 things you can do to improve your company’s sales performance

In this episode, Candice and Jim host Bill Lauf, an accomplished trainer to discuss sales techniques that you can implement right away.


Digital Marketing for Today’s Business

In this episode, Candice and Jim host Stacey Hull, a digital marketing specialist with Reach Local. You’ll learn the basics of online digital marketing, and some pretty cool pro tips as well.


Financing your business

Leverage, or using other people’s money is a long-standing, venerable way to grow your business. But borrowing money can be complicated and frightening for some. In this episode Candice and Jim introduce Kevin Johnson from the Business Development Bank of Canada who takes us through the ins and outs of business financing.


Communication in Business

Few things in business are more important than the way we communicate. Effective communication reduces internal friction, and fosters a healthy culture. In this episode, Candice and Jim discuss the varied ways we communicate, and the best methods to get our ideas across.


Goal-setting That Works

A goal without a plan is just a dream. Dreams are fine for fairy tales, but in business that’s not enough. What you need are clear goals with a solid plan on how to achieve them. In this episode Candice and Jim dive into how effective goal-setting works, and provide you with strategies for achieving what you want.


Effective Leadership

Some people are born leaders. Others have to learn to be better leaders. For your business to grow, you must necessarily be a good leader. In this episode Candice and Jim explore the attributes that are common to all great leaders, and provide techniques you can use to develop your leadership skills.


Navigating Fear

Fear is a normal human emotion. It’s there to keep us safe. But in business, fear can hold us back, and be a barrier to growth and prosperity. In this episode, Candice and Jim discuss the most common types of fear that business-owners experience, and provide some strategies to overcome them. Find your spark!


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