The Secret Sauce Jul30

The Secret Sauce

The secret sauce for productive meetings If you want to drain your energy real fast, sign up for that 1pm planning meeting on a Friday, the one that drags on and on. Here are some reasons why you’d avoid that meeting if you could: There’s no structure or A few people are dominating and taking up the air time or The chairperson likes doing the talking and the meeting ends up being a monologue or You are not sure why you are meeting every Friday or You are never clear on the actions – who needs to do what by when or No-one prepares for the meeting and the leader just wings it anyway or The atmosphere is tense because people feel threatened and keep their cards close to their chests or The agenda is too tactical and the pace is stifling and on and on . . . Techniques not the answer We can spend hours learning techniques on how to deal with managers who dominate the discussion or how to keep the discussion on track. Learning these techniques is fine but they do not get to the root of the problem. Meetings, like many other social interactions, need rules of engagement, a set of guidelines that everyone subscribes to. Enter the secret sauce, the CLEAR Meetings Charter™. The CLEAR Meetings Charter™ The CLEAR Meetings Charter™ is a set of rights that all employees subscribe to. Its purpose is to provide a set of high level rights and rules of engagement that provide structure and purpose to meetings. The CLEAR Meetings Charter™ is a set of 10 rules that are based on the word CLEAR: C – COMMUNICATION is authentic and clear C – CONTRIBUTIONS by everyone are expected L – LEADERSHIP style is...

The Art of Mentoring Jun27

The Art of Mentoring

The art of mentoring is about exploring possibility in relationship Mentoring is a developmental partnership. It’s a mutual commitment to bring out the best in the other person. It calls forth new possibilities through the flow of meaning in relationship based on mutual respect and trust. Today’s workplace is a mix of cultures, generations and perspectives. Mentoring is a powerful professional development and empowerment process that bridges these gaps and creates meaningful engagement and momentum at work. Mentoring is a developmental partnership. It’s a mutual commitment to bring out the best in the other person. It calls forth new possibilities through the flow of meaning in relationship based on mutual respect and trust. A Possible Future Both the mentor and the mentee lean towards a possible instead of a predictable future – the mentor is an excellent listener and shares knowledge, skills and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of the mentee. The mentee takes full ownership of the opportunity and drives the process to a successful outcome. Mentoring at work should be low on bureaucracy and high on experiential learning. It’s the art of helping the mentee build confidence and expertise in social and technical skills that creates a virtuous circle of  positive outcomes. Objective The objective of the ½ day Art of Mentoring program is for mentors to: Understand and be clear about mentoring practice guidelines; Build their expertise using practical mentoring tools; Feel inspired, motivated and encouraged by the insights and skills learnt on the program; and to Use the templates and skills they receive from the program in actual workplace mentoring sessions. Program duration – ½ day Contact us Our programs help you turn soft skills into hard assets and leadership competencies. Contact us to build your influence and inspire innovation with...

Best Candidate Wins May26

Best Candidate Wins

The Best Candidate Wins – 26 May The Best Candidate Wins is the ideal program for you if you want to build your confidence and firm up your interview response skills. A job interview is one of the most intimidating ways of making a first impression. Learning how to successfully respond to job interview questions requires clarity about the job and the value you bring to the position. It takes so much hard work to get an interview, and the reality is that when you sit in front of the interviewer, you often do not come across as well as you could because you lack a response strategy and are not able to link your skills to actual examples that show you are the best fit for the position. If you want to come across with genuine presence, have a sense of calm and make an impact in your interview, the tools and skills you will learn on this program will not only prepare you for your interview, but also help you for the rest of your career. The principles and practices can easily be applied to interviews for academic positions. This program is currently run at UBC for post docs and is now being made available to you, irrespective of your work experience or educational background. Where and when Date — 26 May, 2016 Where — Simon Fraser University Coffee & registration — 8:00 Program — 8:30-12:30 Who is this program for? The Best Candidate Wins will really help if you: Are in transition between jobs Have decided to make a career change Have been laid off Have recently graduated Want to get back into the market after a long absence The feedback from The Best Candidate Wins was absolutely outstanding. This was an excellent session and we will definitely run the program again. Hourik Khanlian, CHRP Manager, Human Resources & Postdoctoral...

Kate Reid Apr28

Kate Reid

When I was a little boy This audio-visual documentary features Kate Reid. Kate is a gifted musician, songwriter and educator. You will gain insight into her journey to find her place and calling. She invites us all into a future that no longer categorizes people based on their sexual orientation, a humanity that values diversity, is socially intelligent and accepting. Be a catalyst for social good and awareness Spread the message – download this audio and share it with others. Like so many musicians before her, Reid really is “Doing it for the Chicks.” You can get her album – Doing it For The Chicks on iTunes. What else but quadruple-entendre humour, cherry flavored cigars and a hilarious album cover that paints her as a misogynistic femme rapper can one expect from one of the queerest straight-shooters in contemporary music these days. Kate Reid continues to build her audience by touring across the country and down in the US. And, she’ll be unapologetically flying the flag whether performing for large festival audiences, in clubs, house concerts or Pride events across the country. Says Reid, “I definitely like shaking up opinions and perceptions. And yet, it seems that my lyrics resonate with people from all walks of life, because the songs aren’t really about being queer, they are about being human. Go to...

Ted Lau

Ted Lau – Rituals for innovation Ted Lau, CEO of Ballistic Arts, a digital design studio based in Vancouver, discusses practical rituals of alignment that keep his team focused on creative and innovative outcomes. Central to the growth of Ballistic Arts are the rituals of daily, weekly and quarterly checking-in sessions that keep everyone focused and engaged. Innovation is a result of everyone living the five values of the company and engaging in the rituals of innovation and high...

Lisa von Sturmer

Lisa von Sturmer – Turning an idea into a credible business Lisa von Sturmer talks about how she got the idea for her business, how she transitioned from an idea to actually launching her business and how she is turning it into a profitable enterprize. She encourages innovators to not wait until the idea is perfect before launching but at the same time to create a separate income stream while the nuts and bolts of the business are being worked out. Lisa von Sturmer is the Founder and CEO of Growing City, North America’s first and only premium office composting service. Her company makes it easy for any business to reduce their waste by up to 50%,...

Brian Fraser Jan30

Brian Fraser

JazzThink – Learning SMARTer communication from jazz musicians Brian Fraser has been provoking people for almost a decade to identify the lessons about teamwork that can be learnt from jazz musicians. He’s kept a record of their answers to the question of what qualities of great teamwork do they see in a jazz performance. He’s used that wisdom as the basis for his ongoing research into the dynamics of productive teamwork. Brian uses the acronym SMARTer to help people remember the kinds of conversations that generate productive teamwork. SMARTer conversations greatly improve performance in building productive teams. Go to...

Doug Downing

Choke points and skeet shooting This interview focuses on how Doug Downing, Vice President, Planning at the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia identifies opportunities, new approaches and ideas and how he overcomes barriers. He encourages innovators to build relationships and find the sweet spot that finely balances risk and the need for ongoing...

Steve Thorp

Steve Thorp – Success is doing your research and being passionate Steve Thorp is the co-founder of Vancouver Urban Winery and FreshTap. Wine-on-tap offers the evolution of drinking quality wine by the glass. Until now, wine-by-the glass selections have remained limited because of the high financial risk of spoiled wine due to oxidation. Not any longer! Listen to Steve as he talks about how he and his partner came upon the idea of FreshTap, the processes they followed and obstacles they overcame to build a viable business with huge growth...

Lauryn Oates Oct30

Lauryn Oates

Lauryn Oates is an advocate for educational reform in Afghanistan “One thing that drives me is anger. I still have that same fury I had when I was 14 . . . this is an emergency situation, the way women and girls are being treated. And I would never accept it for myself. I think anger gets a bad rap but it is really, really useful. It’s very motivating, but you have to allow yourself to respond to it. And we usually smother it. We can block it out, we can acknowledge it . . . or have empathy and anger and be able to channel that and respond.” Audio – Lauryn Oates – advocate for educational reform in Afghanistan Be a catalyst for social good and awareness Spread the message – download this audio and share it with others. Lauryn Oates is a human rights activist focused on education in Afghanistan. It was in 1996 that, at age 14, Lauryn read a newspaper article describing the new regime in Afghanistan called the Taliban, and their treatment of women and girls. She wrote up a petition demanding that the world respond to the Taliban’s misogynist policies, and has continued this work ever since, working in close partnership with a variety of Afghan women’s organizations and international charities. Lauryn is currently Projects Director with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, managing education projects including in-service teacher training, village libraries, adult literacy classes, an orphanage, schools and training programs. Lauryn is a fierce proponent of the universalism of human rights, and frequently speaks out against cultural relativism and for global citizenship in the Canadian and international media. Lauryn is the recipient of several awards and distinctions, including the 2000 Chatelaine Women of the Year and the...