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Optimum Talks Blog

Bringing Neuromanagement to the Business World
by Patricia Polischuk
July 12, 2017

“We are not thinking machines that feel, but emotional machines that think.” – Dr. Antonio Damasio Having spent many years as a coach, I could not agree more with Dr. Damasio’s quote. I have worked with incredibly talented people who have great skills to offer but are not as successful as they could be because…

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5 Myths About Summer Job Hunting
by Kevin O’Leary
June 23, 2017

One of the great pieces of bad job search advice: “You might as well take the summer off.” Really? The misconception that the summer is a job search “dead zone” is common, but nothing could be further from the truth! Summer job search myths have been around for a long time and are repeated like…

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The Case for Executive Career Transition Support
by Richard Bucher
May 29, 2017

Branding is a consideration for all of us; personally, professionally and corporately. Our brand is best described as what others say about us when we’re not in the room.  And it’s what those leaving our organization say about our company once they’ve left. Historically, that may not have been an issue. In today’s world of…

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Mergers & Acquisitions: Not Having HR At The Table Is a Costly Mistake
by Corrie Anderson
May 16, 2017

You’ve heard the phrase “Pay me now or pay me later”. This became one of the strongest marketing slogans of the 20th century because the message of “invest a little early, to avoid big problems later” applies to so many things in life – including mergers and acquisitions. When it comes to mergers and acquisitions,…

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From Pathfinder to SuccessFinder
by Frances Sardone
February 6, 2017

It’s in each and every one of us to be successful in the work world. For individuals the question comes down to what type of work will speak to our potential, offering an engaging and rewarding career? For organizations, the question is how to source, develop and coach their human potential into profitability? The answer…

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We Drink Our Own Champagne!
by Jocelyn Bérard
February 6, 2017

We’re all familiar with the expression “The Cobbler’s children have no shoes”. Too often consultants and consulting firms want to be appreciated and recognized for their deep expertise, technical knowledge and skills, but not necessarily for applying it to themselves. I am proud to work at a firm that truly believes in the services we…

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The C in C-Suite Stands for Courage
by Jocelyn Bérard
December 19, 2016

Are Canadian corporations and their CEO’s cowardly?  This is the question I heard Michael Enright ask in an October broadcast of The Sunday Edition. Two items spurred this inquiry: In 2012, while Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mr. Carney admonished corporate Canada for “not putting money to work”, essentially for hoarding cash reserves which he…

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Shareholders! Are too many male Canadian board members costing you money?
by Tania Corbett
November 7, 2016

This post is co-authored with Normand Coté. Is the homogeneity of Canadian corporate boards costing shareholders money? On September 28 the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued a report indicating that women board membership on TSX listed companies had increase by 1% from last year to 12% in 2016. That’s pretty underwhelming, but unfortunately not surprising….

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You Must Diagnose Before You Can Prescribe
by Jocelyn Bérard
October 6, 2016

You’ve hired the best people for your organization. Now it’s time to identify the high-potentials that can take on leadership roles. This is a fundamental business investment designed to sustain your organization’s profitability now, but most importantly into the future. Essentially you are determining who can lead while you can mentor them; who will lead…

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Is your video recruitment merely a cattle call?
by Catherine Lyons-Bozzo
September 26, 2016

Approximately 4 years ago I worked at a large talent resourcing firm. The standard practice was to require candidates to video record answers to questions as a means of excluding them from the hiring process.  Here’s what I mean: 5 -8 questions are emailed to candidates. The candidates answer the questions via their webcam. The…

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Board diversity: Why what you see is what you get
by Frances Sardone
July 12, 2016

Do you want the best person for the job? Perhaps subconsciously what you really want is the person who makes you feel the best about yourself, someone who reflects well on you. The type of person who will reinforce what success looks like, sounds like and most importantly, manages like. Since you are successful and…

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Nothing Grows in the State of Perfection
by Tammy Hoffman
June 30, 2016

Nothing can grow in a state of perfection.  Perfection simply does not allow it. It is already perfect, complete. Now, the problem with perfection is in fact, its’ completeness.  Once perfected, it remains the same, never growing, never changing.  This pushes  against the nature of life itself, whose drive seems to be to forever grow…

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The Black Hole in Your Talent Engagement Strategy
by Catherine Lyons-Bozzo
June 23, 2016

This post has been co-authored by Fran Sardone and Catherine Lyons-Bozzo. Catherine is a recruitment veteran with over 20 years’ experience in hiring applicants your firm already knew about. From the get-go, companies are missing the point of engaging employees, beginning with the job posting.   Let’s talk for a moment about the wonderful experience your…

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Performance Management and a Growth Mindset
by Carlos Davidovich
June 9, 2016

This post has been co-authored by Carlos Davidovich and Fran Sardone Carlos Davidovich, Optimum Talent’s Neuromanagement Coach, and I have been discussing the upcoming event Reinventing Performance Management on June 21. We’ve been reading some of Deloitte’s publications and swapping performance review stories – misery loves company! For Carlos, whose first career was as a…

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Reinventing Performance Management
by Carlos Davidovich
May 25, 2016

When I was training leaders on the topic of feedback, we always joked about that day when you received the email, with many attachments from HR: Performance Assessment day is coming! It was universally viewed as a burden, one more thing to do. It was done quickly to get back to real work. The prevailing…

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You’ll Never Survive Working for a Narcissistic Leader – Here’s Why
by Frances Sardone
May 16, 2016

Last month I took issue with the Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog post entitled “How to Work for a Narcissist”. This month I look for perspectives and insights from colleagues here at Optimum Talent to address this issue. In this post you’ll hear from: Larry Cash, Ph.D Psychology, co-creator and founder of the Pathfinder Career…

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Team Effectiveness…Yeah Sure, We’ve Heard it all!
by Jocelyn Bérard
May 12, 2016

You have heard it and most likely you have experienced it too. Team building, team effectiveness training, and catchy slogans like TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More and There is no I in team. I have seen so many challenging situations, not to say horror stories in which I think the acronym TEAM could instead mean,…

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The Banality of Management Advice
by Frances Sardone
April 29, 2016

On April 1 Harvard Business Review (HBR) published a post entitled How to Work for a Narcissistic Boss.  Given both the date and the title I was prepared for a prank.  Like the HBR cartoons I hoped for a little erudite satire on the self-perpetuating vanity of corporate culture.  Nope.  It’s a post offering advice…

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Career Management + Career Accountability = Life Time Employment
by Sandra Boyd
April 14, 2016

Some of us are told education is the key for success; others are told to work for a large company, the government or a bank, and the expected result is a job for life. The truth is that in a very volatile marketplace in the 21st century, there is no one ingredient for success. You…

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Listen, Learn, Lead – With your Whole Brain. The Business of Neuroscience
by Carlos Davidovich
April 12, 2016

“We can not deny emotions, leading change is leading emotions. Our rational brain helps us to arrive at conclusions but our emotional brain’s conclusions are those that lead to actions.” The application of Neuroscience in business is called Neuromanagement. By definition: The art of synchronizing the science of the brain with human behaviours in organizations…

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Transition – No Laughing Matter?
by Margaret Maich
April 3, 2016

Remember the executive ‘tribe’ I wrote about in my last blog? I’ve been thinking more about what makes that concept work and what moves it from the equivalent of a support group for a bad break-up, to something special, unique and highly effective. One of the things that I keep coming back to is the importance of humour…

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What Eulogies and Careers Have in Common
by Sandra Boyd
March 31, 2016

According to Common last Words of Dying People in the Huffington Post over 56% of dying people talked about their careers and how important they were in their lives.  Yet Careers are easily dismissed as not important especially as people step into retirement or during the later stages of our life.  How many times have we…

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Stop Paying Lip Service to the 70:20:10
by Jocelyn Bérard
March 24, 2016

The 70:20:10 approach to development is fairly well known by HR professionals and many line managers.  It is commonly recognized that about 70% of what adults learn comes from experience (learning by doing), 20% comes from others (working with a good leader or coach and receiving feedback), and 10% comes from formal learning (taking a…

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Where did my ‘Tribe’ Go?
by Margaret Maich
March 24, 2016

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” ― Seth Godin. You’ve just…

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5 Tips to Move your Job Search Strategy From Passive to ACTIVE
by Debra Adey
March 22, 2016

What does it take to build momentum, maintain motivation and develop more opportunities during your job search?  An active approach! Many job seekers keep themselves very busy searching for opportunities; they spend hours a day searching through job boards, responding to ads, customizing their resume and writing cover letters. They may even fuss over their…

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Managers & Employees – How You Need to Behave During a Termination Meeting
by Sandra Boyd
March 17, 2016

I have been privy to thousands of corporate transitions, including my own, and in the process I have observed both good and bad behaviours from managers and employees. The impact of a termination for many of us is a defining moment – in an instant my finances, family and a million emotions flashed before me, all…

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Six Simple Steps That Will Help Build your Connections on LinkedIn
by Frances Sardone
March 17, 2016

For the past eight years I’ve been helping people that are going through career transition specifically, with their LinkedIn strategy. I always assign the same homework after their Profile has been updated: start connecting!  Your contacts are your network.  Your network is your key to everything in business, not just finding your new role. What clients…

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