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.
Consistent with our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, we are increasingly using Skype and other electronic media to interview and interact with candidates from across the country and around the globe. These interview mediums are increasingly utilized by both public and private sector organizations, and are frequently seen as a more effective way to establish rapport and measure a candidate’s “fit” with an organization than phone or email interviews.
Past performance is a strong predictor of future performance. This is why many interviews use behavioural or experience based question formats. Behavioural or experience based questions ask candidates to share examples of situations where they have demonstrated skills, competencies or capabilities critical to success.
There is no question, we are in a downturn, slowdown, or some even say a recession here in Newfoundland and Labrador. In response, leaders often instinctively look internally to reduce costs, frequently through downsizing and increasing productivity, while protecting their client base. However, this can be a time of opportunity.
Addressing Atlantic Canada's Talent Needs
Fuelled by uncertain funding models, rigid workforce systems and changing student demands, Australian tertiary education sector is exploring how to remain relevant in an increasingly differentiated and global education market. This sector is currently undergoing major structural reformations and trying to balance a variety of stakeholder interests, and needs to make fundamental choices to ensure its sustainability.
Every April I’m awestruck by those tough little daffodils appearing amid snow and slush. Seemingly fragile they break through the harsh, cold winter earth and emerge with yellow smiles and spirited vibrancy. What comes to mind is resilience. Resilience – ability to quickly recover and maintain positive functioning despite stress and change.
Resilience is tenacity, fortitude and agility. Thoughtful parents strive to instill these characteristics in our children knowing they’ll be needed during inevitable harsh, cold life challenges.