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Team Dynamics - It's Not Time Yet?

With the Grey Cup Championship just around the corner at the end of the week, the moment of truth for the final two teams – the Ottawa Red Blacks and the Edmonton Eskimos – has arrived. Next Sunday the real test of Team Dynamics will be apparent. All the individual training, the personal commitments and the individual talents of each player and coach better be at 100%, in a unified, true team effort in order to win the ultimate prize and be crowned the Grey Cup Champions.

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Join us in Riding The Wave

It’s Where You Want to Be and Where the Legacy Bowes Group IS!

Recently a 15-month review was conducted of more than 3000 Executive Search Recruiters across the US, Europe and Asia by Hunt Scanlon Media. The results were that “The entire talent industry is at an inflection point and we therefore examine close-up what a number of executive search providers are doing – and how they’re all doubling down on their business offerings.”

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Dog Sledding - A Team Sport That Must Have a Good Leader

I recently spent a long weekend in the Lake Louise and Banff area.  Although I’m an avid skier, I decided to forego skiing and participate in other activities the area has to offer – as the area does offer an abundance.

One such activity was Dog Sledding.  My initial attraction was simply seeing a poster in the Lake Louise Tourism shop and thought if for no other reason, then when I travel to a southern, warm destination and was asked by locals if I have ever experienced dog sledding being Canadian, I could honestly then say – “Yes! I have and it was very cool!”  Little did I know that I would gain more than simply, a fun excursion amongst a beautiful snowy backdrop and the thrill of trying something new, but see evidence of typical organizational dynamics in a unique setting!

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A Message to the Post-Secondary Class of 2016

A class that we should all embrace!

With April coming to a close, so do Exams and in some cases Post Secondary programs – a new group of graduates are about to enter the workforce! So, if I were asked to present a Valedictory Address to the Post Secondary Class of 2016, this is the message I would leave: Keep reading – it’s relevant to us all, no matter what stage of your career, you are at.

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Seeking Great Performance – It’s Not Just a Millennial Thing, It’s an Employee Thing!

There is a great deal of interest at the present time in understanding what motivates Millennials and why they behave the way they do within the workplace.  In fact, the interest is on the rise as it would appear that they are behaving very differently than past generations.  Employers have been known to consider them one homogeneous group, thus placing them all in the same stereo typical box with mis-construed labels – such as “Entitled, Lazy, Impatient, Demanding and Unreliable as Team Members.”

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Expect and plan for change – You won’t be disappointed

Organizations are continually going through change. Change allows them to grow, meet new objectives and veer toward new directions. This of course is not new information. For the number of times a new Strategic Plan is worked upon or unveiled or a new fiscal year’s budget is rolled up, change is expected. Yet, there are always people who are caught off guard. 

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Addressing the Skills Gap

Unearth the Hidden Talent From Within

I recently attended the Associates AGM where the keynote speaker at the dinner presentation, Perrin Beatty, President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, spoke on the topic of Canada’s Business Competitiveness. One of the key points that he referenced was the Skills Gap that many Canadian organizations face today. Organizations are desperate to meet the needs of today while also understanding what they will need for the future. He went further to say that it is imperative that they have this understanding, if they want Canada to be competitive globally.

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Is it Time to Call in for Reinforcements?

Today’s business environment is fast paced and the need to have top performers in your organization is critical. We often talk about the importance of a good functioning team; a team that works well together, understand the company’s objectives and how their own performance and deliverables affect those objectives. As leaders we know that we need to set clear goals and work with our teams so that they have the skillset and any additional support they need from us to get the job done well.

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Your best ambassador? A great transition out!

As organizations bring on new employees a great deal of detail goes into the letter of offer to ensure compensation and benefits are compelling. The business leader and HR also ensure that the onboarding process is ready to provide a smooth transition into the organization. After all, the effort and approach taken with a potential candidate is, in itself, being considered and evaluated before the final outcome is determined. It should be – word gets around! A great hire can be your best ambassador to continually attracting good people.

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Filling in the Blanks... you’re good at it, but should you do it?

“Pat, I’ll Buy an L for $200!”

As a manager, you have a team and are often tasked with hiring on a new individual to complement the team. You work with your HR department or a Recruitment Firm to ensure that you choose the right person that can complete the necessary job requirements and will fit into the culture of your existing team. You want a productive, strong relationship within your team that will last so that success can be built and reached!

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Believe in the Process!

What boxing and recruitment have in common

Last fall, I along with 13 other business women were asked to take part in a unique fundraiser for iDE Canada. We were asked to commit to a 12 week training program, consisting of 3 Days of Fitness Training and 3 Days of Technical Boxing Training per week and while we were at it, we were each asked to raise $5,000. At the end of the 12 weeks, we were then paired up and we competed in a real Manitoba Boxing Association sanctioned Boxing Match in front of a crowd of 300 people - music, lights, and even an official boxing name – Vegas Style! Lisa “Badda Boom” Cefali was in the building!

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Are you tending your workplace like a garden?

Every spring, I spend time in the garden. There is something about taking the tired, dry look of winter and turning it into something new and vibrant. I usually take Thursday and Friday off so that I can spend 4 days straight, preparing, planning, planting and watering. I take note of which perennials didn’t survive, I consider the colour scheme that I want this year, and off I go to buy all the bedding plants and supplies I will need. The efforts required to take me to an objective defined by a vision of beauty and vibrant colour.

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Let’s Get You Ready for the New Job!

"Today is the day of the rest of my life – diploma in hand – it’s time to start my real –life career job!"

"Today is the day that you have decided - it’s time to leave the current role you and go out and find that next challenging role – perhaps even a promotion!"

"Today is the day and you have realized that enough is enough - it’s time to find your next role!"

"Today is the day and someone else has decided (due to company results, a change in future direction, etc.) that your role no longer exists and its time you find your next role!"

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Know Thy Weaknesses... and Keep Moving Forward

Handling your shortcomings so they aren't detrimental to your career.

So you’re in a job interview and you are asked: “What is Your Biggest Weakness?” After you get over the initial surprise (even though you DID know that this question was coming,) you take a deep breath, and you respond. You share one weakness that you hope presents you in the best light, and that it does not hurt you in receiving the job offer – because you really do want the job!

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Don't Talk to Strangers!

We’ve all grown up learning the golden rule, “don’t talk to strangers!”  For the most part, there’s truth to this saying and it has served us well!

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Are you Contributing to your Retirement Plan?

February has become well known for being RRSP month – but, I’m not talking personal finance; let’s leave that to the experts!

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Does Your Organization "Own your Olympic Podium?"

You can't help being excited for the Canadian Athletes competing and achieving such success in Sochi.  Patriotism, acts of kindness, examples of hard work and dedication are all around.  Then, when we experience moments of surprise and see life altering defeat, those emotionally impacted moments pull a heart string or two – no matter who you are or where you’re located!

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