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Thought Library

Managing People: A Lost Craft

By Sandra Boyd

If we’re taking an honest look at the workplace of 2018 we need to
acknowledge both the good and the bad. Yes, we’re seeing more
agility and greater diversity, but we’re also hearing more reports of
organizations struggling to attract, engage, and retain talent and it’s
impacting performance. So, what exactly is causing this? Well, in part
it’s because we’ve stopped teaching our managers how to manage!

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Neuromanagement: A New Approach to Leadership Development

By Kim Hirsch

The technical revolution has transformed the world of business. It’s changed how we work, where we work, who we work with, and now it’s changing who companies hire to lead their organizations. For decades, organizations looked to hire leaders with exceptional technical capability, an impressive education, and a proven track record – that was the…

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On Leadership: The Business of Philanthropy

By Optimum Talent

Optimum Talent is a proud community producer for the series On Leadership that is being aired by Access7, a community programming station in Southern Saskatchewan. The following is based on thought leadership of our firm, as well as our local guest leader. In this program, our guest leader Judy Davis, President & CEO of the…

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SuccessFinder – Ladder of Leadership

By Optimum Talent

The SuccessFinder Ladder of Leadership is a model of the behavioural competencies necessary for the highest performance at three key levels of leadership. It is designed to provide organizations with a data-driven framework to better understand high performers at each level. Read this article

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On Leadership: Stimulating Innovation

By Optimum Talent

Optimum Talent is a proud community producer for the series On Leadership that is being aired by Access7, a community programming station in Southern Saskatchewan. The following is based on thought leadership of our firm, as well as our local guest leader. Innovation is a topic that is on the mind of many leaders today….

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Recruiting in the World of Private Equity

By Optimum Talent

Private Equity (PE) plays an important role in the Canadian economy and business landscape. Over the last two decades, the industry has seen significant growth including new partnerships and fund formations. The industry peaked in 2007 with 247 transactions valued at $26.3 billion. Following the downturn, PE regained traction with the PE fund management industry…

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Prosper and Thrive in Today’s Economy

By Optimum Talent

It is during tough times when you’ll see an organization’s real performance capabilities. The pressure today to generate results, satisfy shareholders and keep customers happy is intense and shines a spotlight on many organizational weaknesses. During these tough times, top line revenue growth is just not possible in many industries. While most organizations find ways…

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Prescription for Leading in Tougher Times

By Optimum Talent

Clients have begun asking us where they should focus their time and attention during this uncertain period. We have reflected on our past experience and consulted best practice models. In the following pages, you will find our prescription for leading in tougher times. Read this article

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On Leadership and Community Building

By Optimum Talent

Optimum Talent is a proud community producer for the series On Leadership that is being aired by Access7, a community programming station in Southern Saskatchewan. The following is based on thought leadership of our firm, as well as our local guest leader. Read this article

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Leading In Difficult Times

By Optimum Talent

Just as no two people are the same, no two leaders are the same. While different leaders possess different styles and beliefs, we know through decades of studies and research that there are certain characteristics that great leaders share. For that reason, it is important that leaders learn from their peers and past experiences. This…

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Is Your Workplace an Attraction and Retention Tool?

By Optimum Talent

In major cities across Canada, downtown skylines are changing shape as new office towers are constructed at a rapid rate. Initial assumptions may attribute this ‘building boom’ to growing populations and a lack of space, however, many of these developments are driven by organizations looking to consolidate their offices and develop large, modern, high-quality spaces….

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Igniting Leadership

By Optimum Talent

Optimum Talent is a proud community producer for the series On Leadership that is being aired by Access7, a community programming station in Southern Saskatchewan. The following is based on thought leadership of our firm, as well as our local guest leader. Read article

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Breaking Bias

By Optimum Talent

– 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.

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Disconnect to be Able to Connect: For a More Human and Successful Career Transition

By Nathalie Langis

When families disconnect, they connect. This phrase, taken from an ad for a pepper mill that enables one to turn off the TV, Wi-Fi, cellphone or tablet with a simple twist of the wrist, reminds us of the impact that technology has upon our lives.

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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.

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Hearts, Guts and Minds, How Our Multiple Brains Make For Great Leaders

By Carlos Davidovich

– 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?

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What Human Resources Needs to Know – Personality Tests are Simply Too Broad to Predict On-the-job Performance

By Larry 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.

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Demystifying Neuroleadership: Creating Inspiring And Collaborative Environments

By Jacqueline Codsi

– Article published in Le coin de l’expert of the HRPA

While Human Resources Professionals have been skeptical of NeuroLeadership, which has been on the rise in the business world, after thorough examination there is no doubt that NeuroLeadership provides excellent tools for organizations. NeuroLeadership enables organizations the decisive factors that create inspiring and collaborative environments.

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Neuroleadership: One Step Forward

By Carlos Davidovich

Emotions: Friends or Foe?

When we talk about emotions, people tend to think in one way: the open expression of those emotions, with the image of someone showing emotion by crying, yelling or shouting.

This is not what I´m referring to, when I´m talking about emotions.

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