Nancy Tower saw from an early age what it looks like to jump in with both feet. Her father grew the family’s Bathurst, N.B.-based firm Tower Jewellers from a single store to 16 locations. Spending her summer holidays working in the business, and chewing through HR and marketing talk at the dinner table, ultimately helped drive her to a career in business. Today the 52-year-old mother of three, who exudes a confident, athletic energy, has risen to the highest echelons of Atlantic Canadian business.
The stakes in leadership have always been high, but they are getting higher. Leaders today must execute strategy, drive innovation, and build talent for the future. They are under more pressure and more scrutiny than ever before. But at the very moment we need our leaders to be their best - to be truly great - many leaders disappoint and fail us. Recent studies have shown that only 7 percent of employees trust and have confidence in their senior leaders to look out for their best interests.
You’ve invested considerable energy, time and money over the years to build a strong family business. As you plan for the future, you realize the day will come when you’ll have to hand it over to the next generation and make a graceful exit. As you plan your succession, there are three aspects of this transition that you will want to consider: financial, health and lifestyle. Most entrepreneurs take great care to address the financial issues of tax planning and wealth management with their accountants and lawyers. They also consult their doctors about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The Role of Psychometric Assessment in the Selection Process.
So, you`ve thrown your hat in the ring and applied for a new job. You`ve written a captivating cover letter and submitted your polished resume. You have your references lined up and primed. And then you have a screening interview which you nail. And now, the recruiter has asked you to complete a psychometric assessment. Why? What can an assessment possibly tell anyone about you that your cover letter, resume, interview, and references cannot?
Leadership is such a vague concept. When we hear the word we think of charismatic individuals, great generals, engaging politicians, or renowned business people. We generally think of people situated at the top of an organization who attract attention to their accomplishments. And, as of late, the topic of leadership is often discussed in the context of succession and looming leadership gaps.
Boards are as diverse as the organizations they serve. However, there are a number of common challenges boards face including an evolving regulatory environment, increasing role complexity and rising demands for transparency and social responsibility. As the expectations of boards increase, so too does the importance of ensuring that your board is up to the challenge. In our experience, there are six critical steps to building an exemplary board for today’s challenging board rooms.
There is almost always a palpable sense of fear when an organization decides to conduct an employee engagement survey for the first time. What if my employees are unhappy with the leadership of the organization? What if my employees feel under compensated or overworked? Employee engagement surveys, if developed appropriately, should assess a host of different areas across an organization, including leadership effectiveness, career development opportunities, work-life balance, and job design.
Like it or not, every company has a brand. In the traditional marketing sense, a brand is what differentiates one good, product or service from another. A name, design and reputation all shape a brand’s image and the public’s understanding of the value proposition. Similarly, employer brand is the look, feel, and reputation of an employer and is what current and prospective employees use to evaluate whether or not your company is an attractive place to work. Often, employer brand goes hand-in-hand with consumer brand - but not always.
Organizational models today are shifting from hierarchical to flat. Careers are no longer an upward trajectory, but more likely to be a series of experiences, projects and development opportunities. But, a lack of awareness around the new flat organization dynamics is resulting in a perceived lack of opportunities for career movement within companies, and frustration among employees and leaders.
In Atlantic Canada a hot topic amongst employers is the difficulty organizations have attracting and retaining top talent. If your business is located in a rural area, that challenge is felt even more acutely. Many of our clients with operations in rural areas site attracting top talent to be there number one challenge.