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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
The man who took his mother to the interview … honest!

The man who took his mother to the interview … honest!

Recently, we had the mother of a 40 year-old married man, with a teenage daughter of his own, take his mother to the interview… I was flabbergasted … we certainly live in a different world! Our candidate, an engineer, explained to us that his mother is really smart and he values her input… I’m not […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on March 31, 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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Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018

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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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DOING WHAT YOU ALWAYS DID AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS?

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on March 29, 2018
DOING WHAT YOU ALWAYS DID AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS?

… YOU MUST BE CRAZY! Most municipal hiring managers know that ‘traditional approaches to interviewing’ are out the window in today’s job market. Based on the theory that ‘past behavior is the best indicator of future performance,’ the traditional approach to interviewing is ineffective, for the most part because it dwells on a candidate’s past. […]

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