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4 Things You Must Do Before Retirement

Rather than slipping quietly into retirement, managers should create new opportunities toward the end of their careers, Professor Mary Dean Lee from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University suggests.

Professor Lee and her research team interviewed 100 executives and managers who had recently retired or were actively considering it and HR professionals from 24 companies to explore the different paths taken to retirement today. 

Read full article: PALife, June 30, 2016 

Published: 6Jul2016

Canada’s great auto slide

Since the recession of 2008 and 2009, increasing concern has been expressed by politicians, union leaders and analysts concerning the decline of manufacturing in Canada. Indeed, during the past half-century, the share of manufacturing as a percentage of Canadian GDP has declined from just under 25 percent to 10 percent. The declines are also recorded when measured by employment levels or the number of new auto assembly plants.

Published: 6Jul2016

Soft skills for competitive leadership

Twenty-first century leadership needs more than just having a qualification, but special skills that one can work on. Leadership is complex to those who lead from a control or autocratic standpoint. It’s rewarding to those who understand people, communication, learning, serving and other soft skills. 

Read full article: Newsday, July 2, 2016 

Published: 6Jul2016

Reverse mentoring: who's the learner?

From boosting retention to bridging the generation gap, reverse mentoring is brimming with potential. 

Published: 6Jul2016

Rising MBA tuition fees fail to damage demand

Six years ago McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management took the unprecedented decision for a Canadian business school to raise its MBA fees to a level that would make the course self-funding.

Published: 6Jul2016

Shots Fired! Switching Between Practices in Police Work

Authors: Schakel, J.K,  Fenema, P.C, Faraj, S. 

Publications: Organization Science

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Published: 30Jun2016

Shots fired! Why is switching between organisational practices so difficult?

Imagine you work for the police and are involved in large covert surveillance of a notorious criminal. The team is experienced and includes a helicopter, cars, a high tech listening post, and over a dozen agents observing the site. Just after your team has taken positions, your subject gets shot. You can see the shooter, but are unable to move. Your colleagues cannot see what is happening, but you have difficulty getting into contact with them. The local police do not have a clue of what is going on – it’s a covert operation after all. They can’t start helping you out of the blue.

Published: 30Jun2016

Forget Chopsticks; Amateur Pianists Show Real Chops

But some competitors don’t follow the pattern. Semifinalist Sean Sutherland, 39, grew up in St. Vincent and The Grenadines, and he fell in love with the piano early on. By the time he was fifteen, however, he had exhausted the piano teaching resources available on St. Vincent. He kept up his musical activities by becoming the arranger and manager for a “boy band” (one of his bandmates was Kevin Lyttle, now a highly successful pop singer). After a three-year lapse in his piano study, Sutherland enrolled at MIT, receiving degrees in music and electrical engineering/computer science.

Published: 30Jun2016

Reverse mentoring: who's the learner?

From boosting retention to bridging the generation gap, reverse mentoring is brimming with potential

Published: 30Jun2016

What Makes Public Disclosure Effective?

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a technology employed in the production of oil and gas from unconventional shale formations. Over the last decade, tens of thousands of fracking wells have been drilled worldwide. Fracking often takes place in relatively populated areas, thus posing an array of risks to public health such as water contamination and induced seismicity. In addition to inspecting and monitoring these risks, regulators now face the challenge of keeping the public well informed about their extent.

Published: 30Jun2016

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