The “F” word worthy of attention…





  • Workers over age 50 will make up 80% of our workforce by 2018.
  • By 2025, Millennials are projected to make up 75 percent of employees in the global marketplace.
  • Thirty-eight per cent of Canadian companies said the ageing workforce is having a damaging effect on their ability to compete. 


What are we doing to prepare for the future departure of the Baby Boomer and how are we supporting the Millennials now in preparation?


Improving leadership development

Impending retirement of the baby boom generation and the crisis in leadership during the economic recession have further elevated the importance of leadership development in the eyes of the Leadership and shareholders. Companies face two major challenges in finding and developing leaders. They need to identify qualified candidates to fill current and future leadership roles, and they need to develop a comprehensive leadership program to cultivate and develop the leaders of tomorrow.


Managing talent

Finding the right people with the right skills into the right jobs is a common definition of talent management and a basic HR challenge in any organization. Although talent management often focuses on managerial and executive positions, the issues involved apply to all jobs. Including:

  •    Workforce planning, which estimates future demand along with
  •    Hiring (entry-level and lateral) and internal development and promotion.

Strategic emphasis is clearly needed in keeping strong talented leaders and developing their successors with in most companies. Many organizations today are reducing their workforces, but we must be careful not to cut so deep that talent is scarce as our current economy rebounds.

Replicating a high-quality, highly engaged workforce is nearly impossible. The ability to effectively hire, retain, deploy, and engage talent—at all levels—is really the only true competitive advantage an organization possesses.


 Delivering on recruitment and staffing

 On average, 118 people apply for any given job and of those 118 candidates, only 23 actually get an interview. This conundrum begs the question: are employers building the best candidate pools? Staffing agencies and corporations face an identical challenge — attracting the right candidates to begin with.


To match people with the best jobs for their talent and passion, we must reinvent the practice of recruiting. Corporate recruiting teams should take a page from their staffing agency counterparts: Rely more heavily on pro-active relationship-based recruiting, restructure to focus on attracting the best candidate pool, and relate recruiting to revenue through measurement and reward. Ownership will land the best candidates only when they rethink how they’re getting applicants in the first place.


Managing demographics

As employees get older and retire, businesses can face significant losses of critical knowledge and skills, as well as decreased productivity. The demographic trend has been exacerbated by the relentless focus on cost reduction that’s become the business norm. In their zeal to become lean, organizations continue to have round after round of lay-offs—without realizing that in just a few years they may confront severe labour shortages or, if they’ve shed mostly younger workers, be left with a relatively old workforce. In some cases, a company’s ability to conduct business may even be hindered: When people begin retiring in droves, there may be no one left who knows how to operate crucial equipment or manage important customer relationships.

Analysing future workforce supply and demand under different growth scenarios and on a job-by-job basis will enable companies to determine how many employees they are likely to need, which qualifications they should have, and when they will need them. With that information, they can set up a tailored retention, recruitment, and talent management strategy for the job functions at greatest risk of a labour shortage. Such an initiative must be launched long before things reach a crisis stage, because the remedies may need years to take effect.


Managing Change and Cultural transformation

Our challenge is to make change management part and parcel to the business plan, and not a function that in many cases is added on managed independently. We have allowed mangers to outsource change management to HR specialists and consultants instead of taking accountability.

Who is accountable for effective change management in your organization: Managers or “experts” (whether from staff groups or outside the company)? Unless your managers are accountable for making sure that change happens systematically and rigorously — and certain behaviours are rewarded or punished accordingly — they won’t develop their skills.

Everyone agrees that change management is important. Making it happen effectively, however, needs to be a core competence of managers and not something that they can pass off to others.


It’s clear that millennials will be a powerful generation of workers and that those with the right skills will be in high demand. They may also be one of the biggest challenges that many organizations will face along with our retiring experienced work force.

There are a number of key steps employers can take to address concerns raised through this review Company leadership must develop strategies with experienced talent including a focus on mentor-ship roles supporting up and coming leaders along with exits strategies with senior staff well before retirement plans. No one has a crystal ball but we can plan ahead and be proactive then be reactive to the changes that will occur in our immediate future.  Our company exclusively works with the manufacturing sector supporting selection and strategies solutions towards building strong teams.


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The Face of “Finding Sales Talent”

Companies are facing competition like never before in pursuit of high producing sales people. Classic recruitment structures are limiting the “speed of hire” which is essential in remaining competitive as the pace of change in business and competition for talent increases.

 Companies will have no choice but to revisit speed of hire approaches and tools in order to land candidates that are in high demand.  Finding high-impact technology is problematic although there is a wealth of new technology in recruiting, almost all of it is designed to reduce costs and administrative burdens. After almost 30 years of waiting, I have yet to encounter the breakthrough recruiting technology that produces a competitive advantage of all new hires by at least 20 percent over existing processes that being said, leading companies have to be forward looking attempting to identify and assess future talent targets long before they are needed.

A proactive approach requires that you identify “your future sales talent pipeline”. This practice involves identifying and then “mapping” the top talent throughout your industry with the goal of eventually on-boarding the best when they are ready to move.  That means you need to be strategic in your planning and have the best possible resources around you to be successful with the right talent outcome.

Retention challenges will increasingly impact your success as more and more top sales performers shift towards other offers increasing turnover rates. This turnover will create many new “sudden openings” which will put an added strain on already challenged process. Companies need to be proactive in retaining with their own sales talent by designing a sales performance programs targeted to address the competitive environment along with accessing compensation and cultural changes as they arise. Turnover is costly communication is key knowing what needs to be improved and following up keeps your team together. Believe me when I say “if they are not happy” they are out looking before you get the chance they have landed another opportunity if they are good at what they do.

Finding sales talent is a strategy that needs a clear process for success along with expertise in the field of finding what works in your environment and sales success. Placing an advertisement today hoping to reel in your top performer is not going to cut it. You  will be streaming through unqualified potentials wading desperately to find that diamond shining in that pile of potential hopefuls.  Spending almost 30 years  in the field of business development l do know one thing for sure investing in a guaranteed process save you time and money allowing you to expand and stay on top of the sales recruiting challenge.

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Anthony has ALS and needs a Chairlift … We need your help….



 “By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.” ― Mark Zuckerberg


Anthony has ALS and his family are having to move this August into a rental home in Surrey British Columbia this home needs a “Chairlift”

we are asking for any support or assistance in providing this chairlift which will cost around $13,000 – $16,000 hundred dollars so we have started a go fund me page for Anthony and his family


To support Anthony please go to


Thank-you for your Support!

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“On” Boarding Sales Talent

So many companies make the mistake believing that sales recruitment ends the moment a new sales rep commits to coming on-board.



The process of “On-boarding” is critical and, when done right, protects your hiring investment by getting your new sales talent preforming at his/her best.

90% of employees make their decision to stay with a company within their 1st year. Companies need to leverage on-boarding as a way to drive key business objectives such as, growth, engagement and retention.

Common Challenges

  • “No” plan or process
  • Logistical issues
  • No Orientation
  • No process checkpoints
  • No Follow-up

Onboarding Best Practices

✔ Implement the basics prior to the first day on the job. (83 % of Best in Class companies start on-boarding prior to day 1 by welcoming new hires warmly and tackling administrative matters in advance)

✔ Make the first day on the job special.

✔ Develop a written onboarding plan.

Key areas:

  • Company & Product- Service Knowledge,
  • Knowledge of the Sales Role:  Activities – Process – Resources
  • Customer – Buyer Knowledge
  • Tools and Systems related knowledge and capability

✔ Make onboarding participatory.

✔ Be sure your program is consistently implemented.

✔ Ensure that the program is monitored over time.

✔ Use technology to facilitate the process.

✔ Use milestones, such as 30, 60, 90 and 120 days on the job—and up to one year post-organizational entry—to check in on employee progress.

✔ Engage stakeholders in planning.

✔ Include key stakeholder meetings as part of the program.

✔ Be crystal clear with new employees in terms of:

Objectives. • Timelines. • Roles. •   Responsibilities

 As businesses begin to grow their sales teams, there are a number of key steps they can take to help accelerate ramp-up times and reduce turnover. These include making sure their companies are sales ready, hiring sales people who fit their success profile, developing a comprehensive training program, providing ongoing sales coaching, assigning well-matched mentors, and measuring and monitoring sales activity levels. By creating this framework, business owners can confidently scale their sales organizations and more rapidly realize a return on their investment.

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Compensation Plan

As we begin 2015, many companies will consider de-designing or creating a new sales compensation plan. It can be the most important sales management undertaking at the start of the New Year.

The best plans serve as strong motivation for your sales team and assist you with recruiting top producers, which ultimately will boost your bottom line.

Of course, writing a compensation plan is a specialized skill. If you have the expertise, go for it. If not, consider hiring a compensation specialist to work with you and offer suggestions that are tailored to your small business.

 Consider these tips to help you get started:

 1. Reward Top Producers

Superstars like to be remembered. Design a plan that recognizes top performance in sales over and above the average. As an example, let’s say your sales staff has a sales quota of $100,000 per month and they are paid a commission of 5 percent per dollar. Most of your reps sell between $103,000 and $110,000 monthly, but your strongest sales rep routinely brings in more than $170,000 a month. Then, you may want to consider paying 7 percent commission on sales revenue between $101,000 and $150,000 and go a little higher – say 10 percent — for sales above $150,001.

 The tiered plan will entice a money-motivated superstar to sell more — month after month.

The difference in income is as follows:


5 percent commission
Sales   Commission
$170,000 5% $8,500
Tiered compensation plan
Sales   Commission
$100,000 5% $ 5,000
$ 50,000 7% $ 3,500
$ 20,000 10% $ 2,000
$170,000   $10,500

  2. Make Room for Sales Contests

Generally one to three percent of the amount available for sales commissions or bonuses should be set aside for contests. When a sales rep wins an iPad or Hockey tickets they feel good about themselves, their profession and the business they work for. In my experience, sales representatives typically enjoy longer tenures with companies that sponsor regular sales contests.

 3. Don’t operate independently

 Once the elements of your new plan are in place, get some feedback from your support network other business owners who have experience managing a sales staff. They can point out inconsistencies, inequalities or mistakes in your compensation plan. You also want to seek feedback from your sales staff; ask them what changes they would make. You may be surprised at the interesting and fair-minded suggestions that reps will share with you.

  After you received all feedback, make the tweaks and finalize the plan as quickly as possible. You don’t want sales reps holding off on closing deals because they’re waiting for the plan to take effect. Once the compensation plan is official, you’ll be sending out your sales reps on a clear path for success. Your entire organization will thank you.




Talent Whispers – Who has the “Right Stuff” and who doesn’t


We are all looking for that “perfect hire”  here are some  ideas’s that can assist you along the way…..

  • Look for the hidden virtues.

One of the most overlooked strengths today can be expressed in one word “Resilience”


  • Find your unlikely stars by noticing what others don’t see.

The best in any filed are constantly learning something new about their subjects.

Prepare a list of questions that tell you more there experience and aptitude.

  1.  What kinds of sacrifices have you had to make to be successful?
  2.  What is the most fun you have ever had winning a customer over?
  3.  Tell me about a sale that went wrong. What did you attribute it to?
  4. Which parts of your job excite you? Which parts bore you?
  5.  What have you done in the past 30 days to deepen relationships with key accounts?
  6.  Telling me about a time when you took action without explicit permission
  • Push your best candidates to grow even stronger.

Motivation revels itself as the selection process plays out. Never hire after one interview it takes several …

Strong recruiters  thrive on analysing  the middle of the pile- even if there is just one overlooked “Winner” in each stack of 50 “maybes” they find him or her. They widen the talent pool and never lower their standard. In their hands, the jagged resumes are not so hard to decode after all -

Here are some of their most powerful methods:

  • Compromise on experience; don’t compromise on character.

Be willing too embrace unconventional views of what skills are truly needed in each specific field.

  • Your own career is a template; use it.

 The best insights into candidate’s potential come from leaders whose own life experiences speak to the traits they are seeking.

  • Rely on auditions to see why people achieve the results they do.
When you watch a candidate in action you are not watching for a flash of brilliance you are hunting for dozens of clues that show how and why someone succeeds.
The use of  profiling tools  can assist  in discovering more about the candidates behaviour and  success factors that tie into the position if you would like to learn more about our profiling tools head to our web-site at  to learn more.




Four Screening Questions to ask…

I am always interest in  finding screening questions that can assist with the “WHO” do l want to interview. Our postings always drive interest and the key is to learn ways to weed out the resumes that do not fit.In our company we have developed several quicksteps to identify initially who might be of interest before we dive into a phone interview- profiling and then face to face time with a candidate.

The following our four great questions for a first over the phone interview to determine if he/she qualify to move to a second step among other clues such as how they presented them self on paper.  Attract Attention   Build Interest  and Create Action  if you are not doing that with your resume trust me… l will not see who you are! Thought l would just fire that in this article fore those of you out there looking.

Getting back to these four Questions;

1)What are your career goals? – Give the candidate the 1st word rather than telling the person about the company, Talent people know what they want to do and are not afraid to tell you about it.

2)What are you really good at professionally? – Make sure the candidate gives you at least 8 – 12 positives so you can build a complete picture of their professional aptitude.

3)What are you not good at or not interested in doing professionally?  If the candidate comes up woefully short, if the weakness are all strengths in disguise or if you hear deal breakers relative to what you need then screen the candidate out.

4)Who were your last (3) bosses and how will they each rate your performance on a 1-10 scale when we talk to them? – Notice the language used “When”. Candidates will be thinking “l’d better be honest”

After a candidate answers one of the primary questions get curious about the answer with “what,’ ‘how or tell me more’

Sample: What do you mean?- What did that look like?- What happened?-What is a good example of that?- What was your role? – Probe, Probe, Probe.

Hopefully the above will give you at start to uncover the “WHO’ you may want to entertain into a interview.




Happy Canada Day!

In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.
Bill Clinton

Whether we live together in confidence and cohesion; with more faith and pride in ourselves and less self-doubt and hesitation; strong in the conviction that the destiny of Canada is to unite, not divide; sharing in cooperation, not in separation or in conflict; respecting our past and welcoming our future.
Lester B. Pearson

We shall be Canadians first, foremost, and always, and our policies will be decided in Canada and not dictated by any other country.
John G. Diefenbaker

We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Canadians are standing on the mountaintop of human wealth, freedom and privilege.
Pierre Trudeau

There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.
Winston Churchill

So you want to get hired?

Ten critical behaviors necessary to land a Top Sales Role

Evidence suggests your personality and behavior play a critical role in determining your ability to perform at the top.  To persuade, convince, or direct others is in its truest sense SELLING…I would also say that everyone has the innate ability to sell. To become a SALES STAR however is much more than that.

Let’s look at some behaviors and qualities that determine high performance;

1)     Modesty – successful sales people are not pushy or egotistical top sales people have a high degree of modesty and humidity.

2)     Conscientiousness – top Sales people have a high level of conscientious behavior, a strong sense of duty and responsibility and reliability. Taking their sales positions very seriously and accountable for results.

3)     Achievement  Centered –Top performers are fixated on achieving goals and continual measure performance

4)     Inquisitive – We can describe this behavior as a natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge top sales performers are coachable and love to learn!

5)     Dominance – The ability to gain the willing obedience of customers such a recommendations and advice are followed. Overly friendly sales people are too close to their customers to provide this resource.

6)     Urgency - Top Sales performers have a strong sense of urgency. They are action orientated and strategic thinkers.

7)     Competitiveness – Determined attitude; a high percentage of top sales performers’ played organized sports in high school. There seems to be a connection between sports and sales success as top performers are able to handle emotional disappointments’, bounce back from losses, and mentally prepare them-self’s for the next opportunity to win.

8)     Persistent - Obstacles are always present’ but it’s what you do when faced with barriers that will determine your success. Top Sales performers always look for new solutions and are tenacious ( They refuse to give up)

9)    Great Listeners – “Telling is not selling” Top sales performers know that clients will tell them everything the need to know if given the right opportunity. They know that “Silence is Golden”

10)  Independent and Focused – Successful sales people are self-starters – who can take personal initiative by identifying what needs to be done and they do not depend on the sales manager for direction and guidance they just go out and preform!

There are certain attributes listed here that Top Sales performers must possess in order to succeed. Most of the attributes are the very same attributes that are shared by all successful people across many endeavors. With these attributes, you are certain to succeed in sales. Without them, selling well is difficult (and without a few of them, impossible).


Costly Hiring Mistakes

A single bad hire can cost between $60,000 and $120,000–that’s not exactly the way you want to spend precious dollars in a difficult market … l am sure some of you reading this have experience  this pain.

Business owners are facing a down economy in which scores of job seekers clamber over each other in order to land scarce positions. The influx of new candidates into the marketplace makes it even more difficult for executives and hiring managers to find the perfect people for open, high-impact positions.


So how do you avoid the wrong hire?

Here are 4 strategies to review….

1.     Don’t settle. Almost every tip I’ve provided works in both a good and lousy economy. But let’s be honest: When the good times roll, it’s easier to find someone and say “good enough.” But in a down economy, you should never do this. Take the time you need to find the right candidate, either active or passive, and make the right hire.

2.     Look for repeated patterns of success. Don’t just look for tactical job responsibilities and skills–find the applicants who have repeatedly made a mark and exceeded expectations, time and time again. Drill down in the interview to ask those questions; find out how they measure their own success and whether their employment history tells a story of a superstar.

3.     Define the requirements carefully. This sounds ridiculously easy, but it’s amazing how many business owners will embark on a search without determining exactly whom they want to hire. It’s important to detail the specific job requirements and desired personal characteristics, creating a “position bench-mark” that can be used in screenings and interviews to determine if a candidate can fulfill the requirements of the job. Needless to say, it’s also critical to determine if the candidate will be a cultural fit as well. 

4.     Find a recruiting platform that allows for pre-screening. When you do need to wade through resumes, use a recruiting system with pre-screening questions and candidate rating capabilities. This allows you to focus on the exact capabilities you need and only review the candidates who have passed the initial screening, saving yourself massive amounts of time. Behavioral Profiles work! We use the DISC method which provides us with the confidence to provide a full year guarantee on our candidates.

 There’s no question this is a great time to hire people. But don’t make the mistake of thinking it’ll be easier. The exceptional hires are out there, but just as in the old days, you may need to do some detective work and actively seek out the people who will make your company great.