HIRING … 7 Ways To TURN Turkeys into Eagles

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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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 2, 2017
16 THINGS NOT TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW

16 THINGS NOT TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW

An interview is your best, and likely your only chance to tell your prospective boss why you—more than any other person that will be interviewed—are the right person for the job. You want to make it known that you have the right set of skills, a great personality, and the drive to really make things happen in your new role. As important as it is that you prepare good answers in advance, it’s equally important to know what the “red flags” are for the interviewer. After all, if you mess up on the answers to a few questions, it won’t matter that you really are very good at what you […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on July 2, 2017
Here are seven reasons not to ignore ‘Active’ job seekers …

Here are seven reasons not to ignore ‘Active’ job seekers …

  Have you heard it said that ‘Active’ job seekers – those who are actively looking for new job opportunities – are not worth your time or effort? Sadly, some recruiters and HR managers take the position that candidates who are actively looking for a job can’t be much good. Or so their logic goes. Typically, recruiters have encouraged municipalities to focus on men and women who already have jobs, saying, “Target the passive talent! The best candidates already have jobs!” Having been a recruiter for more than 30 years, with more than 11 years spent specializing in municipal recruiting, I’d say it’s high time to admit that THINGS HAVE CHANGED! The […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on May 29, 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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Filed in Uncategorized by on July 31, 2017
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 Uncategorized by on July 31, 2017
Elvis Has Left The Building … More Retirements – Where Will It End?

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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Filed in Uncategorized by on July 2, 2017

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HOW TO MAKE OBJECTIVE DECISIONS

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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 ‘Passive’ vs ‘Active’ Candidates… What’s the Difference?

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on May 29, 2017
 ‘Passive’ vs ‘Active’ Candidates… What’s the Difference?

Given all the money municipalities spend on recruiting, it would be good to know: Are ‘Passive’ and ‘Active’ candidates really all that different from each other? After all, both are usually open to new opportunities, so why would anyone actually care about the differences? There are basically two types of candidates for positions in Canadian municipalities’ today … ‘Passive’ candidates and ‘Active’ candidates. And, while many novice recruiters will focus solely on people actively seeking employment, experience tells us that the two types of candidate are equally important, particularly if your municipality hopes to recruit both experience and expertise from the talent pool! Before we jump into the deep-end of […]

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The 5 Elements That Make a Great Municipal Culture

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on April 28, 2017
The 5 Elements That Make a Great Municipal Culture

‘Corporate Culture’ is likely a term you hear often if you attend municipal conferences or read articles on business and management. But what exactly does it mean? A Municipality’s corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how its employees and management interact and do business externally. Often, corporate culture is not directly expressed or defined in policies and procedures but develops and grows over time. It begins at the top, but eventually includes the cumulative traits of the people the municipality hires. Another way of defining corporate culture is – as what you value, what is important for you and your municipality. “Cultural ‘FIT’ is likely the single most important […]

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