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Global talent shortages are worsening; 40 percent of companies now report they are having trouble filling important roles. Here's how they're dealing with an expanding problem. Click here to read full article

October 3, 2016 - 
Nearly all respondents — a full 95 percent — expect recruiting to be as or more challenging in 2017 as this year, according to the latest ‘Recruiter Nation Survey’ conducted by Jobvite. Corporate recruiters cited a lack of skilled candidates (65 percent) and dealing with hiring managers moving candidates through the hiring process (48 percent) as their biggest challenges. Click here to read more...

Nearly half of global HR managers (46 percent) struggle to find good global candidates with an international outlook, according to recent research by CEMS, the global alliance in business education, and its corporate partner Universum. The survey also found that 87 percent of respondents consider foreign language skills to be important for employability. - Click here to read the full article.

Much has been made recently about millennials in the workplace, and with good reason: they are now the largest demographic in the workforce, and more than half are considering leaving their current position within three years, according to a 2015 study conducted by Elance. Click here to read the full article...

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See the full article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/management/how-to-hire-a-genuine-team-player/article30345380/

As Millennials continue to populate workplaces around the country, hiring and then developing this latest generational talent demographic has not been a straightforward process for hiring managers at many companies around the nation. Click here to read more.

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Attracting, retaining quality employees just part of return on investment

By: Barbara Bowes

Employers are once again concerned about a capability gap appearing in the marketplace, as it seems the gulf between candidate skills and the needs of employers is widening.

Perhaps this is due to the rapid change technology brings about and/or a perceived lag in educational training. Yet, the last time a shortage of skilled employees plagued the market, it resulted in some pretty creative recruitment strategies.

Have you ever experienced a time when your selection committee had difficulty getting past a certain bias they were experiencing in their decision making? It certainly makes for interesting discussion. Part of the challenge is that we are all graduates of our personal experience which we then internalize and establish emotional views of how life should unfold. These so called “assumptions” are very difficult to remove and so we are challenged to move forward.

By Ken Blanchard, Don Hutson and Ethan Willis
The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, 2008 

Purchase here (http://www.amazon.ca/The-One-Minute-Entrepreneur-Sustaining/dp/0385526024)

At first glance, one might wonder how anyone could become an entrepreneur in just one minute, but that's not what this book is all about. Instead, it's a gentle reminder to entrepreneurs to stop for a moment and reflect where they are at each stage of the business cycle. It's also a reminder to keep focused and grounded, not letting success go to their head. Written in conversational tone, the book is full of inspirations, insights, examples and advice, but is somewhat pricey for such a quick read.

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Technical skill and running the finance department are secondary to talking to customers and making a difference, senior executives say.

The war for talent is real. According to the U.S. Labor Department’s recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, there are currently around 5.8 million job openings — a series high. - Click here to read more

The time required for a candidate to progress through the hiring process has increased dramatically in recent years, according to a new talent report from Glassdoor Economic Research titled "Why Is Hiring Taking Longer?"

CFOs in the U.S. are more confident now than they have been in years about hiring trends, according to the quarterly CFO Outlook Survey conducted by Financial Executives International and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.

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By: Barbara Bowes

Almost every manager I speak to talks about the amount of time they spend on human resource issues. Some even feel overwhelmed. Unfortunately, most of the issues relate to interpersonal conflict between employees, bullying, blaming, poor performance, job dissatisfaction, gossip, complaints and whiney attitudes.

Are you frustrated with your recruitment results? Have you had a rash of unqualified applicants and/or a candidate turn down your salary? When was the last time you conducted in-depth reference checking inclusive of educational credentials, personal credit, and/or driver’s convictions? And what about your interview team… are they using best practice interview strategies that are legally compliant with provincial legislation? Do you even know what legislation protects your potential candidates?

By Jo Owen
Prentice Hall, 2007
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No matter that this book was written in England, if you are looking for a practical "how to" book on gaining management influence and succeeding in organizations today, this is it! Owen suggests that high intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) are simply not enough; instead, smart managers strive to develop solid political intelligence (PQ). In his view, political intelligence is all about understanding how an organization works and developing an ability to make things happen in a world of increasing ambiguity combined with decreasing authority. The author contends that political IQ is a learnable skill and recommends a six-step process to develop strategies that deal with the who, what, where, when, how, and why, of organizational power. The book is well laid out, easy to read, practical and straightforward. A quick but powerful read.

Businesses must prepare for widespread major illnesses

By: Barbara Bowes

 

For the last number of years, Canadians and Manitobans have basked in the glory of the growing global economy. More and more businesses are exporting their goods and services all over the world. Many have established manufacturing plants and distribution systems in foreign countries. With this has come a burst in international travel as employees and owners arrive in various countries for sales excursions, annual meetings and other business trips. Life is exciting.

 

The Internet has also helped us explore an international world and it is becoming easier and easier to communicate across borders. In many cases, it is said your message will go around the world in 30 seconds with a push of the button.

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What’s your opinion about people who are always late versus early for work? How do you value a college diploma versus a university degree? Why do you so dislike carrots versus broccoli as a favourite food? And why did you go ahead and purchase a white coloured Nissan car versus blue coloured car from a competitor? Believe it or not, your answers will be influenced by attitude. In fact, all of your beliefs and your behaviour reflects your attitude. Yet, most of us don’t think very much about what exactly attitude is and how we acquire it. Nor do we think about how our attitude influences how we think, believe and act. But attitude does indeed influence us and it is visible for all to see.

By Bruce Bodaken and Robert Fritz

Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc. 2006

Purchase here (http://www.amazon.ca/The-Managerial-Moment-Truth-Performance/dp/1451655355)

 

It's well known that managers fail to nip performance problems in the bud and avoid the task by stating excuses such as a lack of time. Bodaken and Fritz offer a simple yet disciplined formula to help managers "speak the truth about performance in ways that work". Their four-step formula is complemented by good examples and can be applied with individuals, intact and cross functional teams, strategic alliances and repeat offenders. You will learn about the different types of questions to ask and gain tips on analysis of conversations as well as personal skill development. Whereas coaching, mentoring and developing employee capacity should be high on the agenda of any manager, this books looks like one you can't afford to miss.

High-integrity leaders crucial to an organization's success

By: Barbara Bowes


There have certainly been a few eye-catching newspaper headlines lately that have served to fuel our feelings of cynicism about leadership integrity, especially on the political scene. On both the local and national scene, we've been exposed to a perception of self-serving power and influence arising from deep-rooted friendships as well as back-room political manipulations used in an attempt to discard individuals who are perceived as a risk.

 

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