Transformation or cultural change calls on the energy, focus and commitment of everyone in the organization. It’s less a matter of managing change than it is a matter of leading.
Cultivating a diverse workforce is important and this notion is supported by economic trends and research. With many Atlantic Canadian regions experiencing population decline and the impact of the ‘brain drain’, as newly minted graduates head west, the topic of enhancing diversity within our organizations has moved to the forefront of talent management conversations.
There comes a time in every leader's career when they must let an employee go. It could be the result of restructuring or that the individual is no longer the right fit for the business needs. Whatever the reason, planning for a termination meeting can cause anxiety and loss of sleep for even the most experienced leaders. What should you say, or not say? How will the employee receiving the news react? How will you handle the transition of the employee’s responsibilities? What security precautions do you need to take?
Hiring a university president is the most important decision a board of governors will make. It is a challenging journey marked with interviews, months of discussion, selection committee meetings and tough deliberations. Once the ideal candidate has been identified, it may seem like the difficult part is over. But, in fact, the most important work of the board lies ahead.
It’s a comment I’ve heard all too often over the past few years; “I’ve graduated with my degree and I can’t find work in Nova Scotia so I have to leave.” I don’t believe this is a new problem as Atlantic Canada lacks the larger head offices of central and western Canada, limiting the opportunity for certain types of roles. However, many new grads just entering the workforce seem to be developing this mentality prematurely.
We’ve all likely watched too many movies involving a maze where the hapless characters find themselves meandering aimlessly through the many zigs and zags in hopes they might miraculously find their way out. These poor souls are often portrayed as fumbling along, panicking at times, and relying mostly on luck in hopes that they might reach the other side. Some make it through and some don’t, some are lucky and others unlucky. But what if those same characters entering the maze knew exactly where they wanted to go?
They are the newest generation to enter the labour market, yet they already have clear ideas about what they expect from you as an employer. They are in high demand, so if you can’t meet their needs, they’ll find someone who can. And, with boomers beginning to retire, they will play a pivotal role in the continued success of your organization.
Apple, Coca-Cola, BMo, Allstate. As consumers we are aware of these brands, and the products or services they represent. We recognize their logos and distinct visual identities –on product packaging, at retail locations and in advertisements. When we are exposed to these brands, we have an immediate emotional reaction — which may be positive, negative or neutral. Deserved or not, our perception of these brands drives whether we as consumers will purchase their products or services.
Does technology now trump human interaction?
Recently, I had the pleasure of delivering a Constructive Conflict workshop to a group of local leaders. Going in, on a Friday afternoon after two days of meetings and what looked to be a hearty lunch, I wondered about the energy of the crowd. However, when I arrived, the room was full, and people were eager and ready. Constructive conflict is a hot topic these days and one that was particularly relevant for this group.