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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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RAVENHILL GROUP IS A TWO PIZZA TEAM!

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 27, 2016 0 Comments
RAVENHILL GROUP IS A TWO PIZZA TEAM!

 Recently, one of our potential clients came pretty close to choosing a larger recruiting firm over Ravenhill just because they had more consultants named on their web site … I think there were 29 of them. “Gail brings this and Matt draws on that, Amanda has a positive outlook …” and on it goes all down the list – all very glowing. The truth was though – they didn’t even mention municipal recruiting as being included in their core business. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon famously coined the 2 Pizza rule: According to Bezos: “… the ideal is the two pizza team, if a team can’t be fed with two pizzas, […]

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SOMETIMES A GREAT PURCHASE CAN BE A NON-STARTER

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on October 1, 2016 0 Comments
SOMETIMES A GREAT PURCHASE CAN BE A NON-STARTER

Standing high above the assembled throng, on a platform constructed especially for the occasion, the mayor, whose buttons were ready to burst with pride, along with several distinguished guests, had to duck as confetti and tinsel streamers rained down upon them. It was a party atmosphere – that’s for sure! The mayor beamed as a giant flatbed trailer, carrying an almost new bright yellow road grader, rolled into the yard. As the high school band played a peppy John Philip Sousa march, the mayor announced to all in attendance, with a sweep of his arm, “Well, there it is, ladies and gentlemen … our new pride and joy!” What a […]

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Recruiting … Beware of the NON-STARTERS … 5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on October 1, 2016 0 Comments
Recruiting … Beware of the NON-STARTERS … 5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

Just like in our story above, municipal councils across Canada want to save money. It’s not only natural, it’s expected! In fact, under the Municipal Government Act, “promoting the welfare and interests of the municipality” is a top priority of a municipal councilor. Sure, we all agree that one way to save money is to get a good deal on a purchase. But, just as the wonderful “new” road grader purchase didn’t work out very well, it is no bargain for a municipality to “acquire” a NON-STARTER in the form of a recruiter. 1. BEWARE OF IMITATION RECRUITERS       There are personnel agencies touting themselves as full service recruiters, who are […]

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Perform this Assessment on Your Prospective Boss

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on August 31, 2016 0 Comments
Perform this Assessment on Your Prospective Boss

According to Forbes Magazine a staggering 75% of employees say … I HATE MY BOSS! Now that’s a cheery stat! If you’ve had a bad experience with a boss, then you will naturally want to try to learn as much as you can about the pers     on you’ll report to in your next job. Or if you are the boss then keep reading and you may pick up some ideas. It is important to make an effort to avoid repeating that unpleasant experience. Or at least it should be important to you – unless you are a bear for punishment. Even so, few people feel comfortable “interviewing” their possible future boss. Instead, […]

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