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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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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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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

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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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