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Thought Library

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.

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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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Career Shifts: Why Managing and Investing in your Own Career is Crucial

By Mary Kostic

– 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.

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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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Assertive Management with a Considerate Approach – Some Kind of Dilemna?

By Jean-Marc Phelippeau

– Article 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.

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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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