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Dreaming about 2017 – A Fable

By | Leadership ,News ,Training/Professional Development | December 7, 2016 | 0 comment

It is New Year’s Eve.  The house is quiet.  I am sitting by the fire with my spouse, sipping Laphroaig, and reflecting on the year gone by.  As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  We discuss our goals and dreams – personal, professional, financial, spiritual, health & fitness, relationships, learning/personal growth, and […]

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“What does IKIGAI have to do with my Job Satisfaction and Fulfillment?”

By | Candidate Advice ,Employee Engagement | October 12, 2016 | 0 comment

In a recent Toronto Star article, Why North Americans should consider dumping age-old retirement, (September 6, 2016) Neil Pasricha, (author of The Happiness Equation, and The Book of Awesome) explores Canadian retirement myths and realities. Pasricha notes, “…the Institute for Economic Affairs says incidences of depression spike 40 per cent the year people retire.”   […]

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A 2nd Look at The 4 Disciplines of Execution

By | Leadership ,News | September 13, 2016 | 0 comment

In 2012 McChesney, Covey and Huling released their seminal book The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Like all good things, it received resounding press and then faded into the oblivion of “the whirlwind of the urgent”.  It’s time for a second look. Executives deal with 2 fundamental subjects – Strategy and Execution.  MBA Schools teach Strategy; […]

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Employee Engagement? Try these 3 Questions at your next Meeting

By | Employee Engagement | June 15, 2016 | 0 comment

One of the hottest topics in human resource management right now is Employee Engagement.  Studies consistently show that falling levels of Employee Engagement are directly correlated with lower productivity, higher absenteeism, and higher turn-over.   A recent global study involving 44,000 respondents conducted by PwC (http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/hr-management-services/pdf/pwc-nextgen-study-2013.pdf) found the following broad categories of factors contributed significantly […]

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If Training is so important, why doesn’t it work?

By | News ,Training/Professional Development | May 19, 2016 | 0 comment

Research clearly shows a link between investing in training and improved organizational performance yet research on training effectiveness shows that most training doesn’t work. That’s a strange paradox – and a problem. It is not that trainers are not trying to do a good job – most are competent and passionate about what they do, […]

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Poor ‘fit’ causes far too many terminations/resignations – How do we fix this?

By | News | March 23, 2016 | 0 comment

As an Executive Coach and Career Consultant working with senior executives in the banking, insurance and media industries for the past 14 years, it has become apparent to me that “Fit” is perhaps the most important component of a successful career. Yes, excellent technical competencies are obviously basic requirements of any position. And interpersonal and […]

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Better Management or Better Leadership?

By | Leadership | February 18, 2016 | 0 comment

Do We Need Better Management or Better Leadership? Why is it that the word “management” is so prevalent in our workplaces when study after study highlights the desperate need for “leadership”? North American companies spend upwards of 15 billion dollars a year on leadership education and yet the Deloitte study Global Human Capital Trends 2014 […]

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Top 10 Employment Law Stories of 2015

By | Employment Law | January 13, 2016 | 0 comment

  Seasons change; employment laws change and the last four seasons saw many changes to Ontario’s employment law landscape. In fact, 2015 may later be known as the year the Kathleen Wynne government started implementing its rather ambitious employment law agenda…changes were made to a number of laws including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities […]

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