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Working in HR, your inboxes and dropbox folders are filled with policies, employment law documents, and other legal files you need to be on top of to, you know, stay legally compliant. And it can be easy to lose sight of everything you need to...

You may call them reasons. We call them excuses. After coaching and developing a number of great individuals, we’ve highlighted the most common excuses we hear when people don’t want to step into their leadership and experience the true impact they can create. 1. I’m not...

Well, 2017 has indeed gone off to the races kicking a few Canadian brands down at their knees. The end of 2016 showed promise with Canadian Business’ glowing reviews of a few Canadian retail giants. Of course, we have to agree with Mountain Equipment Coop taking...

To everyone that came to DisruptHR YVR last week, Woah. And we mean, woah. We’re still living off the high from being in a crowd of over 400 of Vancouver’s execs and business leaders in HR (and from Warren Springer’s energetic opener!). This was the second DisruptHR...

Imagine a team working on projects or initiatives that don’t ladder up to or support the goals of your company. These teams are often nicknamed dead weight, redundant, or “the first to go.” They are the antithesis of a high-performing team. Now imagine a person that doesn’t...

After a deep, dark, wet and snowy kinda winter, you can count on the folks of the PNW to engage in conversation with you about…the weather. This year, those dreaded weather conversations began in October and it felt like they lingered until mid-May, when all...

An open letter to the Gen Z-ers that are starting work this summer .   .   .   .   . Dear Summer Interns of 2017, Congratulations on completing your first year of post-secondary schooling and jumping into the world of work. While many people will romantically...

Kit + Ace recently closed the curtain on their large head quarters and all international stores, putting 100’s of people on the market; a week later Ingledew Shoes declared bankruptcy, putting an end to 60 years of family-run business. Earlier this year, American Apparel shut...

The feedback they never asked for, but that their kids were happy to share Of all the titles that show up on a LinkedIn profile or resume, for some reason “mama” never shows up. In the other roles listed on a resume, feedback is often given...

I chuckled to myself a little as I sat in a breakout room at the CPHR annual conference. The speaker had just asked the room: “Who here has never heard of Slack?” and most of the people in the room put up their hands. The majority of...

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