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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

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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More About ‘FIT’ … Assessing The Municipality’s Culture

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on August 31, 2016 0 Comments
More About ‘FIT’ … Assessing The Municipality’s Culture

Every work environment has its own culture. If you fit into a municipality’s culture – the values employees’ share, the way people communicate and dress, the behaviors that are accepted – then you probably will have a good working experience. On the other hand, if you don’t fit in, regardless of how talented you are at your job or what you’ve accomplished, the chances are strong that you will either derail voluntarily or you will be asked to leave the organization. A municipality’s culture is very powerful and cannot be changed overnight by one person, even by a new CAO. A culture is an interwoven system of beliefs, values, history, […]

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Examining The “Lean Staff” Phenomenon

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on July 2, 2016 0 Comments
Examining The “Lean Staff” Phenomenon

At a conference of organizational leaders in Toronto some time ago, attendees were divided into small groups. The ‘leader’ beside me introduced himself as the senior executive of his organization. “I’m also in charge of x, y, and z,” he added. I felt I was sitting next to a “super-leader” or perhaps this was someone who couldn’t lead at all and would soon burn out. Sometimes being lean in resources is necessary for leaders at brand new enterprises or where organizations are so small that no alternative exists.  I’m sure the leader I was sitting next to in the conference, could easily have come from a small municipality. However, for […]

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