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 Potholes and the PW Manager and the rest of the story

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 30, 2019
 Potholes and the PW Manager and the rest of the story

One rainy day in late March, Bryan, the PW Manager for a small town, had just left his office for the drive home when he spotted yet another large pothole in the road – one of the hundreds that had already appeared throughout the town. “It’s almost like clockwork … every spring …,” he said […]

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The Other Woman

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 3, 2019
The Other Woman

  After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you … and would love to spend some time with you.” The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, […]

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Do you think Stephen King’s Clown is scary?

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

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

Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018
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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