July 2011

From Face to Face to Facebook

If we are willing to share our personal information with a large network of unknown 'friends', if we are willing to buy products and services marketed on Facebook sites, if we are willing to accept our 'friends' preferences and recommendations on which products and services to buy and which people to invite to share our network, why not use our social networking sites to find the expertise we need rather than employ this expertise full time on site?

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From Caretaker to Self-Reliance

In the United States, employment growth is stagnant. In Canada, although a better situation, employment growth in some months is due primarily to the increase in part time positions. Does this situation, given that it has been three years since the start of the economic downturn, suggest the world of work is changing? Is it now time for us to take control of our own employment life and not be reliant on employers to continue to do this for us? Take control by crafting a personal employment plan to help you successfully transition from a caretaker world of work to one that values self-reliance.

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Developing Our Future Leaders

With the movement of the Boomer generation towards retirement, the challenge becomes one of mining their expertise for the future generation of leaders. Boomers and Generation Y are similar in numbers and dominate the workforce today. The irony of the situation is Boomers begat Generation Y – Generation Y are the Boomers’ children – and Boomers are in the majority of leadership positions today. So it is up to them to figure out how to manage and lead this younger generation and leave a legacy of engaged employees, committed to growing their organizations.

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Sound Leadership Practices

With the presence of three generations in the workplace, Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y, there has arisen a significant amount of content, in the business press, on the techniques required to manage these generations and keep each of these generations productive for, and engaged in, the business of the organizations that employ them. However, if business owners and managers are proficient at sound leadership practices, necessary to grow and develop their organizations, it should not matter what generations, or how many of them, are present in their employee workforce.

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