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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…Read More
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 articleRead More
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….Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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 articleRead More
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 articleRead More
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…Read More
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….Read More
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 articleRead More
– 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.Read More
– 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.Read More
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.Read More
– 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.Read More
– 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.Read More
– 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?Read More
– 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.Read More
-Article 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. Well then, let’s answer another question. Why do so many people get “Stuck in a rut” during life?Read More
– 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.Read More
– 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.Read More
– Article 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.Read More
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.Read More