Five Unconscious Biases to Watch Out for in Your Hiring Process

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.

Delivering Difficult News: The Art of Respectful Terminations

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?

Leadership in Academia: Onboarding

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.

Surrounded by Inspiration for Change: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Each day at KBRS we are reminded of the abundance of outstanding women leaders – the tremendous possibility of their potential as well as the testaments of their accomplishments.

We are surrounded by inspiration – thanks to our clients, our colleagues, our advisors and the many leaders in our networks  – from emerging young leaders eager to make their mark to the accomplished leaders who generously offer wise advice.

Atlantic Leader Insights: Stephen Lund discusses Cannabis, Cybersecurity, and Planning for the Future

As the CEO of the crown corporation charged with bringing new investment and employment to New Brunswick, Lund brings more than 30 years of experience in banking, venture capital, business development, and international finance to the role. He speaks to the importance of being proactive in economic development, why ONB has targeted cannabis and cybersecurity as priority growth industries­­, and why Atlantic Canadians need to prepare our workforce for the jobs that will be available 20 years from now.

Atlantic Leader Insights: Laura Lee Langley Discusses Diversity and Why Leaders Need to Be Learners

Laura Lee Langley is the Deputy Minister of the Office of the Premier, Deputy Minister of Treasury and Policy Board, Clerk of the Executive Council, Head of the Public Service, Chief Executive Officer of Communications Nova Scotia, and Public Service Commissioner. Reflecting on her extensive public service and media experience, Langley shares her perspectives on the importance of workforce diversity, why she is so passionate about advancing the issue, and why leaders need to be learners if they truly want to make progress in creating inclusive workplaces.

Is this job a good fit for my career?

“Fit” is a small word but a big question. How well you “fit” in an organization may be the single biggest determinant of your career success. You could have all the skills and experience required for a role, but if your approach and personality don’t align with workplace culture and company values you may find the path ahead to be a bumpy one. Fit needs to be assessed equally by employer and employee. So, when faced with a new career opportunity, how do you go about determining fit?

Atlantic Leader Insights: Lydia Bugden Discusses Leadership, Technology, and Winning the War for Talent

Lydia Bugden is CEO and Managing Partner of Stewart McKelvey, one of the largest law firms in Canada, with more than 200 lawyers and six locations across the Atlantic region. Having taken a unique path to her current role through placements with the TDL Group Ltd. and the forerunner to Enbridge Gas Distribution, Bugden reflects on the value of forging your own path to leadership, how technology has impacted workflow and client delivery in the professional services sector and why Atlantic Canada’s cities are well placed to win the war for talent.

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