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March 27, 2017

Danielle, an experienced and effective hiring manager in a very competitive sector has just come to the realization that her employee selection process has been flawed from the get go. It dawned on her as she was preparing to conduct performance reviews that the bulk of her team could be described as book smart, quiet and mostly all graduated from the same high school and university. She realized that her team members were very much like her. For several years, she has let her affinity bias swa...

March 20, 2017

Have you ever found yourself in a workplace setting and suddenly realized that those around you were speaking in such a way that although it was in your language, the words being used were meaningless for you while everyone else seemed to fully understand the conversation? 


A colleague spoke to me recently about her return to work after a considerable absence from the sector only to find that the combination of abbreviations, industry specific jargon and “empty speak” (which I recognize may ill...

March 14, 2017

Recently I had a discussion with an acquaintance who was facing some difficulties and challenges at work which got me thinking about starting over on the job. How do we resurrect our performance and behaviours when they have lagged or slipped? How do we navigate being placed on probation again or a dreaded “PIP” being enacted by our manager? (“PIP” is the commonly used acronym for a Performance Improvement Plan which is HR speak for the cruder and not very helpful shape up or ship out.)

PIP...

March 7, 2017

Integrity is often identified as a core value by employers. It gets defined as “walking the talk” or “doing what you say you will do.” Although those descriptions are quite fitting I was taken recently by a manufacturing firm who simply say in their statement of values “we keep our promises.”  More specifically they “keep their promises” as a way to build and strengthen relationships but the clarity of the promissory statement got me thinking about the promises we make and break in the workplac...

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