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The Well-Aligned Organization

Posted by Greg Kaczmarz on Jun 8, 2018 12:52:58 PM

Is your organization aligned and positioned for success? According to author and speaker

Simon Sinek (www.startwithwhy.com), organizations that inspire have at their cores an understanding of why they exist. This understanding of purpose or cause manifests itself in how these organizations operate and is front and center when they and their leaders communicate.

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Topics: Business Transformation, Change Management, Leadership, Business Consulting

5 Tips for Dealing with Multi-Generational Teams

Posted by Heidi Deras on May 3, 2018 10:46:15 AM

It’s no surprise that our workforce is changing. If your workplace is like most, a quick glance around the office will likely reveal that there are fewer Baby Boomer workers than in the past and more Gen X and Millennial workers. Canadian Business reports that Millennials are becoming the most sizable working generation in Canada, completely overtaking the other generations of employees.

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Topics: Leadership, Professional Effectiveness, Business Consulting

Employer Recognition - Why Does it Matter?

Posted by Ria Neuendorff on Jul 20, 2017 10:48:18 AM

A lot has been said and written about the importance of “Employee Recognition,” but we don’t hear too much on the topic of “Employer Recognition.”

Eleven years ago, we learned of an Employer Recognition program called Best Workplaces in Canada. An organization called Great Place to Work evaluates companies on five disciplines – Pride, Camaraderie, Credibility, Respect, and Fairness – and creates Top 50 lists (by country and company size). What appealed to us about this program was that 67% of a company’s overall score is determined by the company’s employees through an anonymous survey. 

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Topics: Leadership

The Value of an MBA in Today’s Economy

Posted by Chris Rampaul on Feb 7, 2014 4:17:42 PM

As a keen and diligent potential business school candidate, one question you are likely asking yourself is: What is the ROI (Return on Investment) on an MBA in today’s economy? One might consider the cost of the MBA (primarily tuition and lost income during the years you are not working) versus potential gain – salary expectation upon graduation and growth thereafter. And rightly so. In today’s economy, nothing is certain, and you want to make sure that you are getting value for your investment in further education – a good business school student would expect no less. B-schools are keenly aware of this, jockeying for rankings every year in Forbes and The Financial Times in order to appeal to the minds (and wallets) of the best and brightest candidates.

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Topics: Leadership, Professional Effectiveness

To Teach is to Learn

Posted by Brent Whitfield on Jan 27, 2014 12:28:33 PM

I come from a long line of un-athletic and immensely uncoordinated people. I'm not sure if it is despite this or because of this that Karate-do fits so well with me. I began practicing Karate-do when I was a long-haired incredibly awkward 13-year-old. I was built more for math and logic than sports. What I had going for me were fierce determination and role models from TV: Ninja Turtles, Jean Claude Van Damme, and countless cheeky 80's ninja movies.

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Topics: Business Analysis, Leadership, Management Consulting

Tips to Providing Feedback

Posted by Jackson Bruno on Dec 9, 2013 10:05:09 AM

All individuals want an honest assessment of their behavior so they can identify potential areas of improvement. While it seems very straightforward, this assessment needs to be translated very carefully because it may deeply impact the performance of an individual in a good way – or a bad way.

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Topics: Leadership, Professional Effectiveness

Project Search and Rescue

Posted by Jon Labun on Nov 11, 2013 2:00:16 AM

The Swamp Donkey Adventure Race is a grueling nine-hour race over land and water that tests your endurance, your ability to think under stress and fatigue, and your ability to navigate. It takes place in the Canadian Shield in the southeastern edge of Manitoba, and includes biking, paddling, and orienteering.

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Topics: Change Management, Leadership, Professional Effectiveness

Enabling New Team Skills

Posted by Leslie Johnson on Jan 30, 2013 8:50:49 AM

New team skills are the skills that employees need in the new knowledge-based economy. This isn’t anything new, nor is it a surprise.

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Topics: Leadership, Usability

Riches to Men of Understanding

Posted by Dave Gillies on Jan 21, 2013 10:14:05 AM

I recently had the opportunity to hear Malcolm Gladwell deliver the keynote at the Centrallia business conference in Winnipeg. I was really looking forward to the event, knowing that Gladwell would deliver ideas that were thought-provoking, maybe even controversial. He began with scripture:

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Topics: Leadership

Software History: Peopleware

Posted by Chris Kessel on Nov 19, 2012 5:32:46 PM
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Topics: Leadership, Methodologies, Professional Effectiveness

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