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BREAKING BIAS
By Liz Bernier
- Article published in THE HR REPORTER, June 13, 2016.
We all have biases that are so automatic, so ingrained in our thinking that we’re not even aware of them — it’s evolutionary. The good news? This bias is possible to overcome — but not without understanding why the brain works the way it does, according to Carlos Davidovich, vice-president of executive coaching at Optimum Talent in Toronto. Click here to read this article and two commentary articles on the subject.

WORKPLACE ENGAGEMENT: GETTING BACK TO BASICS
By Tammy Hoffman, Senior Consultant – Career Management, Optimum Talent
- Article published in THE HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION OTTAWA CHAPTER PUBLICATION, Spring 2015.
Employee engagement is increasingly becoming an important topic of discussion around boardrooms. More and more organizations are turning their leadership lens to ways to engage their employees and inspire a re-energized workplace. Studies continue to identify employee engagement as a key issue in the workplace. Consequently, movement and improvement in this area offers a great opportunity to make the workplace a space of dynamism, high energy, and productivity. Click here to read more

DISCONNECT TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT: FOR A MORE HUMAN AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRANSITION
By Nathalie Langis, Vice President and Practice Leader – Career Management, Quebec, Optimum Talent
Over the past few years, we’ve observed that a growing number of career transition firms offer programs primarily focused upon virtual tools, at astonishingly low prices. Some of them provide access to individual consultations, exclusively by phone, which keeps a certain distance and thwarts the possibility of the employee creating a relationship with the career counselor. Although technological tools are feasible and complementary in the process, can they replace the value of individual, face-to-face guidance and support? Click here to read more

CAREER SHIFTS: WHY MANAGING AND INVESTING IN YOUR OWN CAREER IS CRUCIAL
By Mary Kostic, Vice President and Practice Leader – Career Management Solutions, GTA and South Western Ontario, Optimum Talent
- Article published in ADVOCATE, Volume 22/Issue 1 Spring 2015.

What does it mean to “manage your career” and why is this so important not only when we are in a transition period, but also while gainfully employed? Mary Kostic has the answers. Click here to read more

AROUND TOWN: CHILDREN'S BOOK RECEPTION COLLECTS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING
By Caroline Phillips
- Article published in The Ottawa Citizen on December 5, 2014.

The Rideau Club took on an entirely different atmosphere Wednesday. It was full of inspiration and hope for children struggling to overcome adversity as more than 200 people showed up to a long-time charity benefit hosted by Optimum Talent. Click to read more

HEARTS, GUTS AND MINDS, HOW OUR MULTIPLE BRAINS MAKE FOR GREAT LEADERS
By Carlos Davidovich, M.D., MBA, Vice President, Executive Coaching, Optimum Talent and Suzanne Hood, Ph.D.
 
- Article published in the HR Professional Magazine, July/August 2014.
In our current age of rapid change, strong leadership skills have never been more valuable. Many words come to mind when thinking of an ideal leader: rational, logical, decisive, single-minded. But how true is this ideal image?

WHAT HUMAN RESOURCES NEEDS TO KNOW - Personality Tests are Simply Too Broad to Predict On-the-job Performance
  - Article by Larry M. Cash, Founder, Pathfinder Career System.
Personality tests attempt to measure a broad range of basic traits, such as the Big Five Personality Traits or Emotional Intelligence . Although these tests may provide useful information about a person, psychological research has consistently proven that personality measures do little to predict how well a candidate will perform on the job. Personality tests are simply too broad to redict on-the-job performance.

COMFORT ZONES
  - Article by Robert Karro (MRC, Spain) and Ann Hofmeyr (Change Partners, South Africa), published on TGCP Global Coaching, September 2013.
What precisely is a comfort zone? Is it “friend or foe?” Most of us would argue it could be either, depending on one’s viewpoint and how it is defined.

ASSERTIVE MANAGEMENT WITH A CONSIDERATE APPROACH - SOME KIND OF DILEMNA?
   - Article by Jean-Marc Phelippeau (Acolis, France) & Andy Johnson (Change Partners, South Africa), published on TGCP Global Coaching, June 2013.
A Manager who is demanding yet considerate seems like a contradiction in terms. "Get Real – we are not Care Bears!" is a response that I hear very often when I plead for more consideration in industrial relations within a company. However, consideration and assertiveness are not mutually exclusive, quite the contrary.

DEMYSTIFYING NEUROLEADERSHIP? TO GENERATE COMMITMENT…
By Jacqueline Codsi, M.Ps.org., CRIA, ASC and Nathalie Langis, M. Sc. CRHA, Vice President and practice leader, Career Management, Optimum Talent.
  - Article published in Le coin de l’expert of the HRPA, May 2013.

NeuroLeadership enables organizations the decisive factors that create inspiring and collaborative environments, while simultaneously avoiding poor morale and apathy that so often results in the loss of talent and high turnover in organizations.

NETWORKING FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED
With Karen Hoffman, Career Management Consultant, Optimum Talent.
  - Article by Simone Abrahamson, published in Toronto Star, November 23, 2012.

For the self-employed worker, multitasking is routine. Entrepreneurs, consultants and freelancers are accustomed to wearing several different hats: sales, marketing, bookkeeping, promotion, and other administrative tasks which are essential when you’re the boss.

NEUROLEADERSHIP: ONE STEP FORWARD
By Carlos Davidovich, M.D., MBA, Vice President, Executive Coaching, Optimum Talent.
  - Article published in june 2012.

Our “emotional brain” has been with us for millions of years. On the other hand, our “rational brain”, as we know it now, has only been with us for 40,000 years. Our emotions still play a key role in our behaviour and in our interaction with the external world, with other people or with situations in general.