Blog | November 2012

Giving Advice

November 22, 2012

A few weeks ago, I met with a friend for a catch-up meeting. He is a senior, experienced, multi-time successful entrepreneur whose opinions are worth heeding. During the catch-up, we started talking about some of the work that I am doing and in particular a couple of companies with whom I am working. He weighed in with some advice which was very pointed, very direct and probably very correct, yet even though I wanted to hear his opinion, it somewhat pissed me off.  So the last few weeks, I have been trying to figure out why I felt the way I did and more importantly, whether I leave others feeling the same way when I give advice.

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Why employers can't find talent when there is a 9% unemployment rate

November 21, 2012

A few weeks ago, I listened to Michael Hlinka, CBC Radio's Metro Morning business commentator, talk about a recent Bank of Montreal report that said, "Canadian companies are generally upbeat about their hiring plans for 2013 but they say it is hard to find qualified people despite the number of unemployed workers out there".  The report goes on to say that it is, "now harder to attract and retain good employees than it was before the economic downturn when unemployment was hovering around 6%" or what is generally accepted as close to full employment levels. The discussion that followed between host Matt Galloway and Michael explored this apparent oxymoron.  I think their discussion (which was limited by the constraints of radio airtime) overlooked some critical differences in today's business environments from those of a decade or two ago.

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