Your Business’s Secret Weapon: Generation X

Your Business’s Secret Weapon: Generation X

There has been an abundance of smart articles and blog posts in recent years on millennials in the workforce and how employers can meet this generation’s needs in order to increase retention. There have also been several corresponding articles on how best to leverage the experience and wisdom of near-retirement baby boomers, and a burgeoning…

Can SMART Goals Really Improve Employee Performance?

Can SMART Goals Really Improve Employee Performance?

There is an abundance of research that suggests that helping employees set specific, difficult goals leads to higher performance. In an article in American Psychologist, Edwin Lock and Gary Latham indicate through their investigations on goal setting and motivation that when managers and employers help employees develop clear, challenging goals, the benefits for the organization…

The Scully Effect: Did Aliens on TV Drive Women into STEM?

The Scully Effect: Did Aliens on TV Drive Women into STEM?

If you were around in the 1990s, you may have watched Gillian Anderson in The X-Files. Anderson played FBI Agent and medical doctor Dana Scully, the skeptical foil to Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). While Mulder was a believer in all things occult and extra-terrestrial, Scully was analytical; she demanded scientific proof before she would…

October 8-10: EMC Advantage Through Excellence Conference 2019

October 8-10: EMC Advantage Through Excellence Conference 2019

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping manufacturers grow and become more competitive, at home and around the world. EMC is responsible for contributing significant knowledge, expertise, and resources towards the success of over 13,000 consortium and online member manufacturers who employ hundreds of thousands of Canadians in more than…

Understanding if Servant Leadership Could Help Your Team

Understanding if Servant Leadership Could Help Your Team

How would your team describe your leadership? What words would they use? Supporter? Motivator? Director? Servant? The concept of a servant-leader, while it seems like an oxymoron, is straightforward; servant-leaders encourage the development of their teams and prioritize the needs of others and avoid focusing on their own control and personal success. The concept of…

Project Failure Risk: Mitigation and Control Strategies

Project Failure Risk: Mitigation and Control Strategies

Projects fail. They fail all the time. We accept their failures and we accept the failure rate as part of business. Per the Standish Group’s CHAOS report, only about 30% of projects 2011-2015 were completed on time and on budget, over 50% were  outright cancelled. What does this mean? An overwhelming majority of projects do…

Use Emotional Intelligence to Supercharge Leadership Training Programs

Use Emotional Intelligence to Supercharge Leadership Training Programs

Leadership in business requires a trio of qualities: character, competence, and commitment. This is why excellent employees do not always transition to become good managers; while they may be competent and perform job duties to a high standard, their character qualities prevent them from excelling when managing or working with others. Businesses traditionally focus on…

Women Entrepreneurship Fund: Canadian Business Expansion Grants

Women Entrepreneurship Fund: Canadian Business Expansion Grants

Canadian women often face financial barriers as they start and expand businesses. While there are many factors that have led to women owning fewer than 16% of businesses in Canada, access to financial resources is undoubtedly one of the greatest hurdles to overcome. Although there is greater gender equality in the workforce now than ever…

[EVENT] Build a Government Funding Plan for Your Business in Hamilton

[EVENT] Build a Government Funding Plan for Your Business in Hamilton

Accessing government funding for the first time might seem daunting without knowing how the process works. If your business is new to the funding landscape, it’s important to understand the different types of funding programs and how to navigate the application process. Fortunately, Hamilton and GTA-based technology firms can learn more about government funding by attending an…