Technology-driven disruption is happening now. And according to a recent study from Deloitte, The Age of Disruption: Are Canadian Firms Prepared?, only 13% of Canadian organizations are considered highly prepared for disruption. An organization’s size, age or industry vertical had little bearing on how prepared they are to adapt to the rapid advances in technology that are bringing significant changes to the Canadian business landscape. Read more
LinkedIn has become a valuable resource for executive search professionals. But the advantages of using LinkedIn to benefit your brand go well beyond the job search.
There are many convincing reasons why you’d want your employees to advocate your company on LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network. You might have even ventured on to LinkedIn to find that most of your employees already have an account and list your business as their current employer.
By Chris Welsh, Partner
The Waterloo region – Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge – is well known for being one of the most economically diverse, innovative and entrepreneurial areas in the country. Commonly referred to as Canada’s Technology Triangle it is home to over a 1,000 technology firms, a strong start-up scene, and one of the strongest manufacturing economies in Canada. It is recognized internationally as a technology and start-up leader, and as a hub for world-class education and innovation.
There is much debate around whether entrepreneurs should eventually step down and hand the helm of their business over to a “professional” CEO. The tech sector, specifically, has sparked many arguments over the decision to bring in an outside chief executive officer.
Focus has recently fallen on exceptional success stories of first-time founder CEOs like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs. Yet, traditional evidence has shown “bringing in an outside CEO can pay off financially and, more importantly, in terms of overall scale and impact of the company.”
The workplace is being transformed by a range of forces, from globalization to emerging technologies to changing demographics. Organizations need to be flexible and adaptive to effectively utilize their workforce to remain competitive and retain talent.
With the right executive team in place, organizations are positioned to tackle modern day and future challenges. Below are four key attributes leaders require to effectively manage in an increasing complex work environment.
The single most important factor contributing to the success of an organization is the ability to attract, hire and retain exceptional talent. The impact that a top-tier performer can have on an organization can be transformative. It might seem obvious, but these highly prized and valuable contributors are not sitting by the phone waiting for your call. Finding the right person to lead your company is a complex and resource intensive search.
Not all searches are created equal.
The end-of-year hiring cycle can be complex. Typically, this is when end-of-year budget surpluses must be utilized, but it is also a time to look forward. In order to recruit and retain the right talent, employers must get a head start on both hiring strategy and the retained search process.
For many organizations, the second half of the year is devoted towards strategizing, planning and budgeting. Of course, organizations take stock of their successes, but they also identify what they need to do to continue their growth. Prospective employers will identify redundant skills or under-performing assets, and also detect where and how they can improve for the upcoming year(s). At this stage, funds are typically allocated towards hiring new talent.
Retail Council of Canada wrapped up its STORE 2014 conference Wednesday in Toronto. One of the Canada’s premiere retail events, the annual conference is a hub of retail strategy and innovation.
In the video below, President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Council of Canada Diane J. Brisebois offers valuable insight into the changing dynamics of retail success. She has her finger on the pulse of the industry, and she identifies important challenges and opportunities facing all segments of the retail market in the coming years.
Please join us at our upcoming free breakfast session on social media for business, taking place April 3rd, conveniently located in downtown Toronto at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Our speaker, Sharad Verma, will present a case study demonstrating how a local business incorporated social media as part of an overall strategy to reach their business goals. He will also be answering your questions on social media and digital marketing.
Date: April 3rd, 2014
Place: Hockey Hall of Fame
Join us and learn how to build trust, inspire action and
grow your business with social media.
Seating is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (416) 593 0900.
“Technology and society are evolving,” says Brian Solis, digital analyst and author of What’s the Future of Business. The problem is, “a lot of businesses, organizations and governments aren’t evolving along with it.”