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Filed in Uncategorized by on July 31, 2017
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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Be careful how you talk to yourself… You are listening.

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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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Elvis Has Left The Building … More Retirements – Where Will It End?

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

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

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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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