Bruce Malcolm

Bruce Malcolm

Bruce's background includes 30+ years of human resource management experience covering all aspects of HR administration with a clear specialty in team building and recruiting. He created and developed the concept of “Ethical Head-Hunting™”. Bruce began his recruiting career in 1971 with Prudential Assurance.

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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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“NEVER HIRE THE BEST SALESMAN, UNLESS OF COURSE, YOU ARE ACTUALLY HIRING A SALESMAN”

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 1, 2017
“NEVER HIRE THE BEST SALESMAN, UNLESS OF COURSE, YOU ARE ACTUALLY HIRING A SALESMAN”

Your new Manager of Planning sailed through the interview process. He “wowed” the interview panel, hit it off with the Director and – based on his stellar resume – was more than qualified for the position. So why is he NOW failing on the job? It could be because he’s a great interviewee – but not a high performer. In fact, sometimes there is very little correlation between a candidate’s interviewing skills and his capacity to become an outstanding employee. Of course, there are some really skilled and charming interviewees who are also very talented at the work they do, it is just that some hiring processes fail to distinguish […]

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Illusions

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on April 1, 2017
Illusions

“WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? ME … OR YOUR LYIN’ EYES?” Richard Pryor 1976   Visual, or optical illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world around us – and what we think we see is often not what is actually before our very eyes! This phenomenon of seeing one thing while actually observing another, might help to explain why some in municipal governments may be susceptible to making faulty assumptions when it comes to arranging for quality recruiting. What they think they see is often not there! The reality is that not every company that holds itself out to be a “recruiter” actually has […]

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LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB WHILE KEEPING A LOW PROFILE …

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on March 1, 2017
LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB WHILE KEEPING A LOW PROFILE …

Beginning the search for a new job while you’re still working at your current municipality can be a bit problematic, to say the least! Showing up to work in a suit on a casual Friday; printing out resumes on your office printer; mysteriously excusing yourself to take personal calls, etc. It all has the potential to make you look a bit flakey—and your thinly-veiled plans for a move just might just damage your current work relationships.  We thought about how best to advise someone who is considering a change … after all, we quite often have candidates in this position. So, here are some ideas on how to keep a […]

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If the horse you’re riding dies, it’s probably a good time to dismount!

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 1, 2017
If the horse you’re riding dies, it’s probably a good time to dismount!

Signs that it’s time to try something new … If on Sunday evening, you begin to feel queasy, either because you dread Monday mornings or you no longer feel challenged in your job, it may be time to look for a new one. Many people feel indifferent about their jobs     , but when is it time to seriously consider looking for a new career? We may have some answers for you: It may be time for something new if … … you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. Okay, so everyone has days when they just don’t feel like to going to work. If the thought of going […]

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