Organizational Development

Successful Succession for Owner Managers

September 13, 2017

The typical response from business owners to “planning for their succession” is “I have years to prepare”. Grooming a successor can take years and even if you plan to eventually sell the business you cannot start to prepare early enough.

No one can predict ...Read more

Succession's Link with Success

September 13, 2017

Skilled folks leave. So planning succession sounds like a no-brainer. A sports team couldn’t compete without a bench so why do we think it is any different in the workplace.

A recent survey of US companies suggested that 40% have no succession plan and of those 20% cover “c...Read more

HR Analytics may be the Answer but what is the Data?

June 07, 2017

This blog is co-authored with Halina Pupin who has been advising clients on effective data analytics systems and approaches since 2006 following a successful career with SAP and Rogers Communications.

An earlier blog; Read more

HR Analytics may be the Answer but what is the Question?

June 03, 2017

This blog is co-authored by Halina Pupin who has since 2006 been advising her clients on ways to achieve effective data analytics based upon her experiences in an earlier successful career with SAP and Rogers Communications.

We constantly need answers to business questions that are dep...Read more

The DNA of Family Business - Part II

April 23, 2017

This is the second in a two-part blog that addresses how family businesses tend to acheive higher levels of engagement and how non-family companies can do the same. 

This blog is coauthored with Jan van der Hoop; Partner and co-founder of Fit First Technologies; a specialist suppl...Read more

The DNA of Family Business

April 20, 2017

This blog is coauthored with Jan van der Hoop; Partner and co-founder of Fit First Technologies; a specialist supplier of tools to enable predetermined recruitment screening. Jan has experience across multiple industries as a senior HR practitioner in several major companies. 

In ...Read more

You are Who You Hire Part 3

September 27, 2016

This blog is coauthored with Jan van der Hoop; Partner and co-founder of Fit First Technologies; a specialist supplier of tools to enable predetermined recruitment screening. Jan has multiple industry experience and a background as a senior HR practitioner in several household name companies.&...Read more

You are Who You Hire Part 2

September 27, 2016

This blog is coauthored with Jan van der Hoop; Partner and co-founder of Fit First Technologies; a specialist supplier of tools to enable predetermined recruitment screening. Jan has multiple industry experience and a background as a senior HR practitioner in several household name companies.&...Read more

You are who You Hire Part 1

September 27, 2016

This blog is coauthored with Jan van der Hoop; Partner and co-founder of Fit First Technologies; a specialist supplier of tools to enable predetermined recruitment screening. Jan has multiple industry experience and a background as a senior HR practitioner in several household name companies.&...Read more

The Millennial Apocalypse

June 15, 2016

Two important organizations during the past few weeks have focused on the millennial workplace and examined the challenges that employers can expect. The millennial cohort otherwise known as Gen Y, was born between 1980 and 2000 and recently surpassed both Gen X and Baby Boomers in the workpla...Read more

A Business Transformation Case Study

May 10, 2016

We examine today business transformation and the importance of focusing on the challenges of transition and the dangers of over fixating on the new model. Transformation does not mean a fresh start - there is an existing business and it has to get from here to there while remaining sustainable...Read more

Sick of Wellness

May 10, 2016

There's a lot of chatter in HR and management circles on this topic - the latest flavor of the month or is it a worthwhile management tool? Our view is that in almost any business when appropriately applied the concept can add value.

The theory behind employee wellness is that improv...Read more

Moneyball Management - HR Analytics

March 17, 2016

HR professionals are constantly challenged to contribute to business results in a more tangible manner and have a tendency, as a consequence to latch on to new ideas that appear to be able to support that endeavor.

These ideas start in the minds of a few consultants, evolve into must h...Read more

Culture is the Force and May it Always be with you!

December 31, 2015

Talk to any owner or senior executive and they will acknowledge that workplace culture is as important as business strategy. We agree with that but it is also important that we understand what that means and not just go along with the sentiment.

The way work is conducted, beh...Read more

A Helping Hand for Recruiters

November 23, 2015

We can all use a little help sometimes to do the best work for our clients. Our own skills and knowledge just sometimes aren't enough. THW collaborates and has worked with many of you to help land the right candidate for your client or ours. We are happy to work alongside or supplement what yo...Read more

A Helping Hand for the Resource Sector

November 23, 2015

We all need a little help sometimes. Our skills and knowledge aren't always enough. Companies are no different. They are staffed to take care of everyday needs. Change projects require a deeper expertise than is on hand, and an objective perspective to avoid challenges.Even miners being natura...Read more

People Issues Will Dominate Your Future

July 04, 2015

It is hard to devote time to plan for the future when you are up to your neck in survival but the future will be here before you know it. For leaders in the mining industry it’s going to continue to be a bumpy ride but being prepared will help.

We have written in Read more

People Issues Will Dominate Your Future - Part 2

July 04, 2015

Last time we talked about why the predicted talent shortage in mining was likely to be much worse than prior downturns, how previous responses to this shortfall were not going to work, and why interim HR may provide a potential way to prepare for these challenges. In this blog we talk about wh...Read more

Women and Boards

May 14, 2015

Our Blog today addresses how emerging and junior minecos will have to respond to The Ontario Securities Commission's new rules on Board renewal and disclosure.  We discuss the proposals for increasing the representation of women and propose an alternative more cost effective, approach to ...Read more

Are You Ready For The Upturn?

March 16, 2015

There were definite signs of optimism at PDAC. Its true that no one said that they were actually experiencing the challenges that a vibrant industry imposes but people were talking about getting ready for them. That's a good sign right? And our recent client conversations too have ce...Read more

Harnessing Social Media for Learning and Development

February 28, 2015

Who remembers Intranets?  An innovative development to enable employees to access enterprise wide knowledge.  The concept fell out of favor when it became clear how much effort indexing and signposting was going to take to make knowledge accessible and useful. It was never ...Read more

Organizational Pruning Promotes Growth

February 17, 2015

An organization that becomes stale will fall behind competitors and eventually die. Fresh thinking and new ideas will lead it to innovation and growth. When you are green you grow, when you are ripe you rot.

Knowing when to selectively add or replace members of an already engaged team ...Read more

Improving the Performance of the Assets that you have

November 29, 2014

In David Lean's 1942 film "In Which We Serve", Noel Coward is the captain of a warship about to enter the Battle of the North Atlantic. During his first address to his new crew he asks two former subordinates to describe the culture he liked to create onboard; " A happy ship, Captain" and "An ...Read more

How to Set Up a Virtual Office

November 29, 2014

George left the staff meeting in deep thought. A small number of the head office team had suggested that they be allowed to work virtually for part of the week. The commute to the office was becoming longer and more frustrating, they were finding it harder to meet family commitments and these ...Read more

Soft Due Diligence

November 11, 2014

Once a merger, joint venture or even significant international expansion gets under way people get scooped up in the craving to count things; how many, what are the attached liabilities, how can we reduce them, what are the expected synergies and so on. We typically look at the...Read more

Team Management

July 12, 2014

Continuing our theme of risk associated with employees one of our readers suggested that we share our views on workforce and succession planning or as we call it, Team Management. In other words continuity of the skills and values that you need to sustain your business.

Regular followe...Read more

Mitigating People Risk in Major Transactions

May 08, 2014

Gerald was head of HR for an international company and had worked his way up from an almost entry level position. He was good at what he did; he knew the company and the industry. He was trusted as a provider of sound advice and he considered, as much as any HR person could, that he was "at th...Read more

Bottom Line improvements from an Engaged Workforce

May 03, 2014

In our two previous blogs we debated the characteristics of an "engaged" workforce, how to achieve one and how to sustain it once you have it!

Here we address the direct benefits to your employees and your...Read more

Engagement II

March 31, 2014

So how do you know if your team is engaged?

We talked last time about surveys but that's a big cumbersome and expensive approach particularly if you are a small team. Let's look at signs indicating that your team may not be engaged:

Turnover - do you have too many or the wrong p...Read more
Engagement

March 18, 2014

There is much discussion on the topic of engagement these days. Not just in HR circles but in Board rooms too. So what's the story; the latest HR fad or something much more important? Here's the background.

Several studies indicate that the happier an employee, the more productive they...Read more

Performance Management

February 15, 2013

You can hear the groans.  The annual review is not the favorite time for most employees or their managers.  Both parties spend time and effort recalling the year's events and getting them down on paper only to have a deflating discussion about things that should have been done differ...Read more

Simplified Recruitment

November 29, 2012

We all know that hiring the right candidate is critical but how do you do this?

With the currently high levels of unemployment and a large number of employees feeling disengaged from their current roles in theory, you have access to the largest talent pool in years ......but you still ...Read more

Don't Leave Your On-boarding to chance

October 31, 2012

Companies that have "On-boarding" programs are generally regarded as forward thinking and ones that place great store in the value of Human Capital. However, your success at a new company should not be dependent on its home grown program alone. Consider some key facts: 

40% of newl...Read more
Termination - there is no easy way

October 18, 2012

Ending an employee's employment is the hardest decision for any leader and one of the worst jobs to have to undertake. It's never easy. Sometimes it just has to be done to accommodate skill upgrades, to ease out poor performers or disruptive individuals. Whatever the reason, to avoid further v...Read more

HR Policies: Why Bother?

March 14, 2012

HR Polices:  Why Bother? 

Guaranteed to summon images of productivity stagnation is the request  "What's our policy on .....".  Have we even thought about that? The prospect of sitting around a table for a couple of hours debating various "what ifs" and hypothetica...Read more

Selecting and Hiring Senior Managers Part 2

February 23, 2012

This is the second part of a two part article on overcoming the challenges involved with selecting and hiring senior managers. The first part can be found here. Below we address how to avoid post recruitment surprises. 

Terr...Read more

Selecting and Hiring Senior Managers Part 1

February 16, 2012

This is the first of a two part article on how to overcome challenges involved with selecting and recruiting senior managers. First we address selection and fit and in Part 2 look at how to avoid post recruitment surprises.  

Terry looked at the file of "Candid...Read more

7 HR Breakdowns You Can Easily Avoid

December 01, 2011

Our best resource is often the most under-utilized. Achieving corporate goals and avoiding breakdowns in Human Resources (HR) becomes easier with an engaged workforce; because only then can each employee enhance company value. Here are 7 HR breakdowns you can easily avoid:

Health a...Read more
“Culture… we don't have one!”

April 02, 2007

This senior executive quote underlines the challenges we face in understanding and changing the effects of work place culture. Notwithstanding an ability to resist description Bain’s recent biannual “Management Tools and Trends Study” concluded that nine out of ten executives...Read more

The war for talent goes nuclear

December 04, 2006

Almost since work began employers have attempted to organize it with approaches to reward largely based on egalitarianism. If not one size, at least one model that fits all! Employers may have to rethink this approach as the effect of the acute talent shortage, facing all industries begins to ...Read more