When Resignation is the Best Option

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On December 1, 2018
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  • back to square one, career roadblocks, overcoming career obstacles, resigning from a job, resigning from a job without lining up another, starting over in a career, when resigning from a job is the best option
Introduction I was listening to my favourite radio station the other day and they played a song I hadn’t heard for a very long time.  The song is entitled “Back to Square One”, recorded in 1988 by Canadian composer and songwriter Ian Thomas.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raEb5rlNVNM Oddly, there are four verses in the song that strongly resonated […]
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Negotiate Your Salary Like a Hockey Pro

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On November 1, 2018
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  • how to negotiate a salary increase, negotiate your salary, negotiate your salary like a pro, salary negotiation, tips on how to negotiate a salary increase
Introduction What does professional sports teach us about the salary negotiation process?  As I am writing this star NHL forward William Nylander is in the midst of contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a contract renewal. For those who don’t follow hockey religiously, William Nylander is a hot 22 year old player and […]
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Generalists Supervising Specialists: A New Take

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On October 1, 2018
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  • effective supervision, generalists supervising specialists, managing technical specialists, non-technical supervisors, supervising effectively, tips for effective supervision of specialists
INTRODUCTION In today’s technologically sophisticated workplace is it still possible for persons with essentially a generalist skill set to effectively supervise technical specialists?  I’m challenged by this question because of past experiences and observations during my career.   A NEW TAKE ON AN OLD ARGUMENT The argument between specialists and generalists, or between those who […]
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Don’t Procrastinate in your Job Search

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On September 1, 2018
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  • avoiding procrastination in your job search, conducting a successful job search, don't procrastinate in your job search, job search, overcoming procrastination, procrastination
Introduction Over the course of my coaching I’ve had numerous opportunities to view the successes and failures different clients experience during their job search.   While every client is unique, there is one factor that clearly differentiates those who are successful from those who are just “going through the motions”.  It isn’t intelligence.  It isn’t […]
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Accused of Harassment. Now What?

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On August 1, 2018
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  • dealing with harassment allegations, harassment, harassment investigation, responding to harassment allegations, workplace harassment, workplace investigations
Introduction Picture this:  It is 9:15 a.m. on a Monday morning.  You are sitting at your desk working on a project.  The phone rings and it is your boss.  He asks you to see him in his office immediately.  He sounds upset.  You walk down the hall and enter his office and sitting there with […]
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Speaking Truth to Power Can Be Challenging

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On July 1, 2018
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  • challenging authority, dissent, expressing divergent opinions, speaking truth to power
Introduction Is speaking truth to power a sign of disloyalty?  Is it career suicide to question decisions or challenge the status quo?  Is it realistic for those in positions of authority to naturally expect blind obedience and loyalty?  Does dissent equate to disloyalty? A Memorable Film Once in a while you watch a film, read […]
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Taking a “Mulligan” for a career mistake

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On June 1, 2018
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  • bad career choices, Mulligan, overcoming bad career mistakes, Taking a Mulligan, tips for overcoming bad career decisions
Introduction There is a concept in golf known as a “Mulligan”.  Webster’s dictionary defines it as “a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played”.  So, the question I ask is:  are employees entitled to a Mulligan?  Is it possible for employees to take a Mulligan for […]
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The Coming Workplace Ice Age

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On May 1, 2018
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  • aftermath of #MeToo, changes arising from the #MeToo movement, changes from workplace sexual harassment, future workplace changes, the coming workplace ice age, workplace sexual harassment
Introduction For the past year newspaper articles and television reports have been filled with accounts of respected politicians, entertainers and public figures accused of workplace sexual harassment.  A lot of attention, and rightfully so, has been focused on the bravery of women who have come forward to share their personal experiences and challenges.  While there […]
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Developing Strategic Leadership

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On April 1, 2018
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  • being a strategic leader, being strategic, components of strategic thinking, developing strategic leadership skills, strategic decision-making, strategic leadership, strategic thinking, strategic thinking ability
Introduction In a lot of Human Resources’ literature there is considerable mention about the importance of “Strategic Leadership”. This line of argument contends that for too long Human Resources’ practitioners have been too transactional and not focused on providing strategic benefit. As is often the case, commentators and writers refer to a term but never […]
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Overcoming a Lack of Industry Specific Experience

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On March 1, 2018
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  • dealing with a lack of industry specific experience, employment obstacles, hiring applicants outside an industry, industry specific experience, overcoming a lack of industry specific experience, overcoming stereotypes
Introduction One of the frequent concerns expressed by clients when applying for positions is their lack of industry specific experience.  Oddly, there are two points in the recruitment cycle when prospective employers raise this concern: 1. During the initial screening stage; and 2. At the final interview stage when an employer is trying to decide […]
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