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October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

When Tom Goulden initially asked me to make this presentation, for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, he suggested a few topics… I thought perhaps his best was: But, in the end, WHAT A SEARCH FIRM CAN DO FOR YOU, seemed best …I added the GOOD Search Firm …  Full disclosure, I was the recruiter who […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on September 30, 2018
What Great Co-workers Do!

What Great Co-workers Do!

  “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”                                                                                                                                            Abraham Lincoln For some time I have been aware of a TV program called “What Not to Wear” … maybe you’ve seen it? Every now and again I pass it while channel surfing … if you are not familiar, […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on July 30, 2018
Kicking the Can Down

Kicking the Can Down

Knowing there aren’t going to be enough people … BUT UNABLE TO TAKE ACTION… … a classic example of IRONY! It is a “classic” definition of “IRONY” … How it is that mayors, councilors and administrative personnel throughout the country can know for certain that there simply aren’t going to be enough ‘Top Talent’ people to fill all […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on May 1, 2018

Do you think Stephen King’s Clown is scary?

Do you think Stephen King’s Clown is scary?

Would anyone buy a piece of equipment for public works without first getting the advice of someone who really knows equipment? Our guess is, they wouldn’t! So, why would anyone want to hire someone without an expert opinion? A bad hire can cost 5-10 times one year’s salary (often thousands of dollars more). In most […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018
TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A CAO

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A CAO

  Recently, I got the following email from a Chief Administrative Officer. It read like an article from “True Confessions” magazine. Dear Bruce Am I the only CAO in Canada who, when looking for a Director, got a CV that described James Bond, sat with a candidate who interviewed like Daniel Craig, then, sadly had […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018
Why is using Executive Search so expensive?

Why is using Executive Search so expensive?

One Mayor asked this question: I’ve been working with the HR people in my municipality for some time, relying on them to find good staff. Now that we are recruiting a new CAO this has become a major problem for us. The demand for TOP TALENT is at an all time high, and finding and […]

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Parable of the Little Town… the reluctant Mayor and the Dawdling Council

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on September 30, 2018
Parable of the Little Town… the reluctant Mayor and the Dawdling Council

Long ago and far away, in a small province, there was a little town that had a reluctant Mayor. It was a nice little town. It had good roads, neat parks, children playing and lots of programs. Town bills were always paid on time. People who lived there liked the little town and they liked […]

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Mayors’ Best Buddy Resigns

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 1, 2018
Mayors’ Best Buddy Resigns

Mayors’ Best Buddy Resigns It was a grey morning in Pleasantville as Mayor Migraine pulled his big blue Rambler Ambassador into his private parking spot. Soon, the other members of the council began arriving one by one. They were gathering for yet another emergency meeting. A month had passed since Ralph Goodbody, the Mayor’s best […]

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A Municipal Employee in a Mid-Life Career Crisis: Time to Reinvent?

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on May 1, 2018
A Municipal Employee in a Mid-Life Career Crisis: Time to Reinvent?

A typical career trajectory goes like this: Your ‘20s is the ‘pay-your-dues’ decade. That’s when you are learning about yourself and starting to figure things out. It occurs to you that you are really good at some things … it’s when your career path starts to emerge.  In your ‘20s you are allowed to take some […]

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