Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens

The indirect ripple effect of the Baby Boom makes for …Slim Pickens I was at a council meeting the other night … invited to speak with them about Ravenhill Group conducting the search for their new Chief Administrative Officer. Like many other Canadian municipalities, they have suddenly found themselves victims of the     Baby Boom retirement … NOT directly this time, but indirectly. Like so many municipalities, my friends in this eastern Ontario Township were finding out about the reality of Canada’s aging work force. Just like Dominoes, their CAO was leaving to fill another CAO role – one vacated by someone who had left to fill the chair of […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on December 1, 2017
A complaint letter from a candidate …

A complaint letter from a candidate …

Dear Bruce, It really doesn’t bother me that I don’t get every job I interview for (actually, I’ve only had a couple). What really bugs me, though, is that, after the interview, none of the municipalities I have applied to have ever given me any response at all – good or bad. How can I get any better if I don’t know what I may have done wrong? Wouldn’t you agree that municipal employers owe us job seekers the courtesy of at least a little feedback? After all, we go to the trouble of preparing extensively for the interview and giving it our best effort? Thanks, Bob Dear Bob, It’s […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 26, 2017
When your interview goes badly …

When your interview goes badly …

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go the way we plan, and interviews are no exception! No matter how much time and effort you put into getting ready for an interview, something can always go wrong … and quite often does! Maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed; maybe you can’t take your mind off some personal challenge you’re facing; maybe it is just “one of those days” … you were simply under the weather. It doesn’t really matter whether you messed up on your answers, actually prepared for the wrong questions, or whether you were overcome by a simple case of the nerves – you can sometimes leave an […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 26, 2017

12 Days of Christmas

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Filed in Uncategorized by on December 1, 2017
Leadership

Leadership

There are many qualities that describe a leader, but nine stand out as being especially important. Since as Solomon said “there is nothing is new under the sun” if you’ve been “on the road” for a while, you may just want to view this as a reminder.  If you are still growing, (and remember in life there is no standing still you are either going ahead or falling behind) here are 9 traits that you should consider adopting that could help to make you the leader you hope to become. A True Leader Trusts With a real leader trust is the foundation of effective delegation, effective teamwork and a happy […]

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Be careful how you talk to yourself… You are listening.

Be careful how you talk to yourself… You are listening.

A man was driving along a country road, very late one night, on his way home from a job interview. It had been a long day and he was tired. Suddenly, there was a loud “bang” followed by that familiar “kathunk, kathunk” of a flat tire. Pulling the car safely to the side of the road he took a deep breath, stepped out of the car and reluctantly rolled up his sleeves. Pulling the spare tire from the trunk, he discovered, much to his surprise and bewilderment that the car had no jack. By now it was nearly midnight. Upset – mostly at himself, he hollered into the night at no one in particular- […]

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Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on October 2, 2017
HOW TO MAKE OBJECTIVE DECISIONS

While some folks bandy around the statistic that we each make 35,000 decisions per day, others prefer to level it out at a neat 1 billion per lifetime. Whatever way you look at it, you are at least aware of making a handful of semi-important to important decisions each day, and at least a couple of major-ish ones each week: and these are the kind of fork-in-road moments for which we need to be best advised. The wrong choice might wind you up with a heartache, crippling debt or serious injury. Unfortunately, nobody ever teaches us how to make decisions. We’re just equipped with a ton of information through school, the media, […]

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HIRING … 7 Ways To TURN Turkeys into Eagles

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 2, 2017
HIRING … 7 Ways To TURN Turkeys into Eagles

  With hectic schedules, meetings, people to see, places to go, etc., etc., it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of an obvious but important fact: hiring the right people will eventually contribute to the overall success of your municipality! Of course, the opposite holds true as well … bad employees, or “turkeys”, have the potential of costing you thousands of dollars, not to mention creating a host of other complications. “The single most important piece of the organizational performance puzzle, not to mention the one factor that will contribute to the personal success of each and every manager in your municipality, is human capital, or talent,” according to Bruce Malcolm, Managing […]

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Elvis Has Left The Building … More Retirements – Where Will It End?

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Elvis Has Left The Building … More Retirements – Where Will It End?

Two more great guys were added to the list of retiring municipal managers this month: Dan Carnegie, CAO of St Catharines, and Murray Clarke of Kincardine, Ontario. Last month it was Julian de Cocq, of Cochrane Alberta … and the list goes on! The reality of an aging work force means succession planning is becoming more and more important for towns and cities across Canada. And it’s not just at the CAO level. All sorts of individuals who have essential know-how about planning, public works, and the efficient and effective workings of municipal government are disappearing at the same rate.  We recently did a lightning-fast search to replace a Manager […]

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