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Which Project Manager are You?

A strength of a good team is having a mix of people who think differently and exhibit individual personalities, all while embracing diversity to work well together. Any role can be taken with a unique approach that is driven by a person’s strengths and work habits, including a Project Manager.

As the infographic from ZoHo below points out, Project Managers in any discipline, including Information Technology, all vary in their style yet still require some key traits. The infographic identifies seven characteristics that it says all Project Managers must have — Resourceful, Creative, Vision, Delegator, Detail-Oriented, Adaptable, and Guidance — followed by seven styles of Project Managers and each of their strengths and weaknesses in respect to the characteristics.

Have you worked with any of these Project Managers or are you one of them? Do you agree with their ratings? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please share them in the comments section below.

Which Project Manager are You?

2018 in Review: The Greatest Time Wasters

We’re not all personal development, job search tips and work. Sometimes, (usually Friday) the Talent Development Centre strays off into another world of humourous or geeky content. It sucks you in and wastes your time, but when you share it, it also gets you the most reactions from your followers.

Today’s Friday and there’s a good chance that if you’ve been working this week, many others in your office haven’t been. That means that the environment is either slow or the opposite, things are hectic while you cover vacations and catch up on items that arose during holidays. Regardless, we think you deserve some relaxation and procrastination (just don’t bill for it). To wrap up our 2018 in Review series, here are the best posts that wasted your time in the past year…

Top 10 Posts of 2018

It’s the final day of 2018 and you’ve been anxiously waiting months for this Talent Development Centre post. For the past year, you’ve woken up every day looking forward to reading what we share and have compiled a list of favourites that you share with your networks. Now, you want to know if your top picks are the same as everyone else’s.

Wait no more, the Eagle Talent Development Centre Top 10 of 2018 is finally here. Whether you missed them or love them so much you want to read them again, here you go. But wait, there’s more! For the rest of the week, you can see more of our top posts by following the “2018 in Review” series!!

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

  1. Changes are Coming to How the Federal Government Hires IT Contractors
  2. Some of the Best IT Jobs are in Canada’s Financial Sector
  3. The Reasons that Clients Give for Rejecting Great Candidates
  4. The Marijuana Industry is an Exciting Place for Canadian IT Professionals
  5. Applying to Government IT Jobs: 8 Things to Expect Will be Different from the Private Sector
  6. Never Say These 7 Sentences in a Job Interview
  7. Google for Jobs Has Finally Made it to Canada!
  8. These Brainteasers are Fun (except when they’re asked in a job interview)
  9. 10 Steps to Take Before Becoming an Independent Contractor
  10. Baby Boomers v.s. Millennials: How to Communicate and Overcome the Generation Gap

10 Tips for a Great Ski Holiday

With Christmas over and Kwanzaa starting today, we’re right in the heart of Winter holiday season. While some IT contractors may be back at work, others are enjoying break at home or away. If you’re gearing up for a ski holiday, let us help you prepare.

We found this infographic from SnowRepublic with these 10 super tips to ensure you have a great Ski Holiday:

  1. Don’t Lose Your Ticket!
  2. Be sure to Relax
  3. Protect Yourself from the Sun
  4. Take Pictures
  5. Eat Well
  6. Follow the Signs
  7. Wear the Correct Gear
  8. Bring a First Aid Kit
  9. Keep Your Equipment in Optimal Condition
  10. Stay in Control!

Have a look at the infographic for more details. Is there anything you would add?

Snow Republic's 10 tips for a great ski holiday

An infographic by the team at Snow Republic

How Long to Cook Your Turkey

Our mission is to help independent contractors through all of their challenges. Typically, that includes topics like finding jobs, navigating through business and working with clients. Today, we realize that many IT professionals have today off work and are preparing Christmas Dinner… or at least attempting to. Once again, we’re here to help!

Unfortunately, we can’t come cook for you (it just wouldn’t be fair unless we could do it for everyone) but here’s a helpful guide from delish for cooking a turkey. Best of luck and Merry Christmas to those celebrating!

How Long to Cook a Turkey

Happy Holidays from Eagle!

The Eagle Team wants to wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season! We hope you enjoy some time relaxing with friends and family.

In case you’re looking to get a head-start on the New Year, here’s what our holiday schedule looks like across all Eagle offices:

  • December 24th: Closed
  • December 25th: Closed
  • December 26th: Closed
  • December 27th: Open with a small team
  • December 28th: Open with a small team
  • December 31st: Closed
  • January 1st: Closed
  • January 2nd: Back to Regular Business Hours!

Happy Holidays from Eagle

Is Google an Unfair Monopoly?

Google is one of the world’s leading technology companies, viewed as an inspirational innovator to many but as an unethical threat to others. This past Summer, the European Union fined Google 4.3 billion euros for breaking antitrust laws, stating that it abused its Android market dominance. The situation continues to raise additional questions about whether or not Google is a Monopoly and if the government should do more, similar to the Microsoft situation at the end of the 20th century.

This video from CNBC International does a great job of summing up the situation, including whether or not Google is a monopoly and comparing their circumstances to similar ones in history. Do you think there should be more government intervention over Google?

How to Stay Safe and Secure this Holiday Season

It’s December and the holiday season is underway! Hanukkah began yesterday, the Christmas rush is buzzing, parties are non-stop and vacation plans are being finalized. With all of the excitement, there is always the risk of some people’s holidays being derailed by thefts, injuries or other preventable tragedies.

Regardless of your plans over the next month, it’s a good idea to pay a little extra attention to safety and security. Have a quick scroll through this infographic from Iron Security and remember to share it with your family and friends. None of these tips require a whole lot of extra effort but can make a huge difference in how you enjoy the coming weeks.

How to Stay Safe and Secure this Holiday Season

How to Get a Laugh From Your Google Assistant

Smart technology has become increasingly popular today. Many people rely on these devices for news, music and even setting alarms. But you can also have a bit of fun with these smart devices, like Google Home. Google Home is powered by AI and is typically referred to as Google Assistant. A video by TechGumbo highlights the top 100 commands you can give for funny or entertaining responses. So take a break, watch the video and make your Friday even better!