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Do you have what it takes? A look at corporate leadership

Are all managers good leaders and teachers? This question brings us to the concept of corporate leadership that highlights the role of effective leadership in the growth and success of an organization. Managers need to possess leadership skills like planning, organizing, delegating and effective communication. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing. But when the line between the two blurs, managers become excellent leaders and leaders become effective managers.

 

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Should human resources be waiting for a seat at the table or setting the table?

Ever since I entered the Human Resources (HR) profession, even in graduate school, there has been dialogue around what HR needs to do in order to get a seat at the table. This dialogue seems to have picked up even more steam in recent years and much of the growth in HR research has been focused on finding a way for HR to get that seat at the table through proving its legitimacy and its value. My view is that HR should, instead of trying to fit in or get a seat at an existing table, focus on agenda setting.

 

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HR lessons from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shattering box office records around the world. In addition to being an exciting thrill ride, we noticed a number of intriguing HR lessons in the film that can be applied at every workplace.

 

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Fostering gold medal performances in your organization

It’s been hard to miss the Olympics, and face it, who would have wanted to miss the exhilarating, elegant and extreme gold medal performances of the 2014 Sochi Olympics! Canadian athletes came out on top of the podium in multiple events including the nail-biting women’s gold medal hockey final and Alex Biloudeau’s flawless repeat gold medal run in moguls skiing. Russia had some incredible performances in figure skating from both an aging star and an emerging one in the team skate event.  Both Canada and Russia performed very well in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

 

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Move from traditional recruitment metrics to talent acquisition analytics to drive results business executives care about

Talent Acquisition is no stranger to data and metrics and the most progressive of leaders in this space are taking advantage of the wave of workforce analytics to get results – for their organizations and for themselves. While the past was focused on using analytics primarily to monitor the efficiency of the recruitment process, Talent Acquisition is now involving itself in measuring the effectiveness of its efforts. Connecting the activities of Talent Acquisition to business outcomes is something every Talent Acquisition leader should be working towards.

 

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Internal communications during a workplace related crisis

Rob Ford fired his Chief of Staff, Mark Towhey and Steven Harper accepted the “resignation” of his Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, the week of May 23, 2013 which has surely been the one of the worst weeks for Chiefs of Staff in Canada for a while.

 

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What managers can learn from selection of new Pope

The mantra “Hire Slow and Fire Quickly” has been a favourite of business writers for years. However, an increasing number of thinkers are disagreeing with its sentiment. Danny Boce from Fast Company recently wrote “that catchphrase isn’t just dumb, it’s counterproductive,” particularly for start-ups.

 

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Give the gift of yourself: Mentorship programs at work

One of the most valuable gifts you can ever give or be given is the chance to be in a mentoring relationship. When respected professionals reflect back on their careers many will site a significant mentoring relationship as a pivotal trigger or support to their current success. Many companies and professions have formal or informal mentoring programs set up.

 

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The winds of change: Making HR measurement happen

The momentum behind measurement in HR is growing and what I learned from the trip indicates that one of the drivers of change has shifted.

 

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HR Metrics: “Data suppresses anti-bodies”

I came across the title of today’s piece in Guy Kawasaki’s book “the Art of the Start”. It has made me smile for the last week. The quote elegantly expresses why HR practitioners need to be measuring. Here is why

 

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HR’s role in Apple’s success

What is it about the Apple Store that’s just so great? Is it the super chic product line? The fact that you can tinker with just about anything in there? The super modern layout and design? All of those things are neat, sure, but I’d argue there’s something more—something you may not have paid as much attention to…

 

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A Tribute to Jack

I didn’t know Jack Layton personally. Like many Canadians–particularly Torontonians, I have met him a few times and and shook his hand at public appearances. His legacy for the readers of First Reference Talks is significant. He was a leader.

 

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High achievers = high anxieties in the workplace

Is there an overachiever at your workplace? Do you have trouble understanding and working with them? High achievers, sometimes known as workaholics, have been found to be secretly plagued by fears and self-doubts and prone to resist change. Though it is important to be hard-working and have a drive to achieve in order to be successful, it can get out of control.

 

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The health and workplace benefits of team sports

Team activities, whether organized or informal, offer numerous health benefits—both physical and mental—they can be a perfect fit for enhancing workplace wellness.

 

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