Interview with #CLOCANADA’s Speaker: Fran Hansen, VP of Talent & Culture at Loblaw
Apr28

Interview with #CLOCANADA’s Speaker: Fran Hansen, VP of Talent & Culture at Loblaw

Recently, we got the chance to interview one of the incredible speakers of the Chief Learning Officer Exchange Canada, happening this July 23-25, in Toronto. In her role as the VP of Talent & Culture of Loblaw, Fran Hansen is responsible for the design, development and implementation of all strategies, programs and policies relating to culture and talent management for the enterprise. Fran enjoys bringing practical and simple...

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Emotional Intelligence: Two Simple Lessons
Apr24

Emotional Intelligence: Two Simple Lessons

“We should take care not to make the intellect our God. It has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead, it can only serve.” – Albert Einstein Emotional Intelligence (EI) can be defined as the capability of individuals to recognize their own, and other people’s emotions, to discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour,...

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Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.
Apr07

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens. I once worked with the poster child of an Administrative Assistant. He was always energetic, very prompt, a PowerPoint whiz and a master of streamlining processes. A college-educated young man who never seemed to have a bad day. Even though he was homeless. Several clues led to this revelation. His clothing was always a bit crumpled, but never inappropriate. His grooming was not polished but...

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How To Encourage Employee Engagement Through Leadership
Feb20

How To Encourage Employee Engagement Through Leadership

HR managers are always looking for ways to improve employee engagement and no wonder. Engaged employees are happier and more productive and ultimately create more resilient organizations. What’s more, engaged employees are more likely to describe their company as a great place to work. That makes it more likely for a company to attract other bright and engaged employees. Leadership has a lot to do in encouraging employee engagement....

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6 Surprising Ways Kindness Can Boost Your Career
Feb14

6 Surprising Ways Kindness Can Boost Your Career

When it comes to career success and professional aspirations, kindness is easily overlooked in favor of qualities like work ethic, tenacity, and perseverance. Many people falsely believe that being nice will hinder your career. While being overly nice or passive can hold you back in certain situations, genuine kindness plays an integral role in the workplace and can be a valuable tool for your success. The concept of “paying it...

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Team Building with the Bard
Feb06

Team Building with the Bard

Michael Kelly never set out to be a corporate trainer. He founded Shakespeare in Action (SIA) with a mandate to help youth connect with Shakespeare in innovative ways, and the organization’s 30-year history is a testament to his success. Through SIA’s workshops and residencies, which include a hip hop performance reminiscent of Hamilton, students approach content in a way that resonates with them. So they can finally understand...

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Want To Be Innovative In HR? Start With People, Not Technology.
Jan26

Want To Be Innovative In HR? Start With People, Not Technology.

It seems every article I read about HR innovation revolves around technology. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve dedicated 15 years of my career to HR technology and think the last decade of technological advancement has changed HR for the better, but I think we’re missing something important: the real innovation happens when we change how we approach employees. Innovation is often viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new...

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Thought Leaders, The New Leadership
Jan25

Thought Leaders, The New Leadership

Business growth can be achieved in various ways, yet corporations still focus on the traditional approaches such as sales, new markets, new brands, mergers and acquisitions and introducing new products. What organizations don’t realize is the power of knowledge sharing. There is a unique opportunity for corporations to tap into knowledge with clients and strategic partners to enable growth and innovation through the power of thought...

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