Navigating Major Life Transitions

Originally published at   It feels like the world has changed so much in the last ten years, let alone the last 3,000, when Heraclitus uttered the first iteration of, “change is the only constant in life.” Many changes can feel daunting, scary or overwhelming — like preparing for first-time motherhood while writing a curriculum […]

Rethinking Six Management Mantras for Better Innovation

As originally posted from the “Stanford Social Innovation Review” by: Polina Makievsky Innovation is no longer optional for social sector organizations. In the face of constant fiscal pressures, growing demand, and a quickening pace of change, we all need to build innovation-ready cultures. A report commissioned by our organization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, looked at the financial […]

The Unintended Consequences of Reorganizing Your Workspace

Original post from “The Conference Board of Canada”  by: Jane Cooper If you look at the latest trends in office design, you would be forgiven for thinking that sofas play an outsize role. There is a lot more to reorganizing the workspace than just putting in soft seating. Many organizations are increasingly concerned about helping employees […]

How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams

Here are some tips for successful remote management: Have well-structured and regular weekly meetings  Have a plan and try to stick to it by being organized. Don’t forget to communicate this plan to your team and senior management. There should be no surprises – people should know where you are. Also, if possible, try to […]

Develop and maintain high performing teams

  Work teams are the backbone of contemporary work life. You need know when to retain the right people and know when to lose those who are not right for your business. Here are some tips to help you develop and, more importantly, maintain high performing teams: Focus on the long-term Review performance data and […]

Encouraging Your Team to Develop Themselves

  From time to time it is important to let your team struggle as this ultimately has a positive impact on their long-term development and wellbeing. By giving your team room to solve problems on their own and overcome challenges without jumping in and taking control every time will benefit both parties in the long-term. […]

How to Deliver Negative Feedback

  As tough as it may be to deliver negative feedback to employees, failing to do so could damage the relationship in the long run. Here are some tips to help you deliver negative feedback effectively: Establish a feedback relationship Develop a feedback relationship as early in the relationship as possible. Have an initial ‘talking about talking’ […]

7 Conversations to Have With Employees

      It is important to engage in purposeful and meaningful conversations so that you can connect with your team. Below is a list of conversations that you, as a leader, should be having with your employees: The Induction Conversation – a very short conversation that ensures that the professional relationship gets off to a […]

Workplace Diversity

When it comes to truly diverse cities, Toronto is at the forefront but let’s take a closer look at what this means in the workplace.   Diversity versus inclusion Having diversity without incorporating inclusion is pointless. We often see this scenario when it comes to gender quotas with women being invited to join the Board […]

The benefits of using a recruitment agency  

Rather than allowing a job to become vacant or expecting other employees to pick up the slack, a call to a recruitment agency can bring a quick solution to your employee problems. Here are just some of the advantages of using a recruitment agency: Time saving Recruiting the right person can be an extremely time-consuming activity. […]