View from the Bridge: A young Steve Jobs perfectly expresses a leadership fundamental

May 23rd, 2018

A WORD FROM THE TOP
Every now and then, I’m reminded of a fundamental tenet of leadership. It’s something we’ve all heard before and know on an intellectual level, but oftentimes it slips to the back of our consciousness when we’re dealing with the daily challenges of running a company: Great leaders strive to create a common vision that attracts, excites and motivates smart people to accomplish great things. Read more

View from the Bridge: Do you have a bully in your midst?

April 25th, 2018

 

 

 

 

A WORD FROM THE TOP
Recently we’ve seen an increase in the number of clients who are grappling with workplace bullying & harassment complaints.  Bullies tend to be very toxic by nature and as a result they can turn a happy workplace culture into a dysfunctional toxic environment that can cause a variety of issues. These include absenteeism due to stress and anxiety, loss of productivity, loss of customers, employee turnover, and the list goes on. Below is a great article that clearly outlines the cost of a toxic employee.
While the cost of a toxic employee to your organization is serious enough, WorkSafe BC passed Bill 14 on November 1, 2013. This is a legislated directive that makes every organization responsible to take bullying and harassment seriously with three legally binding policies. Bill 14 requires all employers, managers and employees to operate under these guiding policies. Not only has this bill put into writing what we are required to do by law, it has also mandated every employer’s responsibility to take action.
Often when we start working with new clients we discover that many were not aware that they were required under the law to have an “Employer Duties – Workplace Bullying and Harassment” policy which includes the following required steps of action:

View from the Bridge: Spring clean your brain

March 29th, 2018

A WORD FROM THE TOP
It’s that time of year when we think about throwing open the windows, letting in some fresh air and doing a little Spring cleaning. While this typically entails decluttering our closets and other nooks and crannies in our homes, we don’t think about other areas of our lives that may also require some decluttering!
This month we’re sharing the following article on “decluttering your brain” as many of us can get caught up both professionally and personally in over-thinking and worrying about things that ultimately may hold us back. We’re also including a Ted Talk given by Amy Morin, the author of the article. Amy has personally experienced some tragic life events and challenges that would knock most of us to our knees. In her TED Talk she shares how to develop mental strength in the face of challenge and adversity…it’s worth the “watch”!

Warm regards,

Sandra Reder

President & Founder
Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting

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3 WAYS TO DECLUTTER YOUR MIND SO YOU CAN FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT MATTER
Credit: Inc., Amy Morin, Author, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”; Image: Getty Images.
 
Getting rid of the mental clutter makes room for the things that really matter.
Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.
I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house isn’t clean enough. My life would be better if I had more money.
Rehashing the same things, focusing on the negative, and worrying about things you can’t control wastes your time and your mental energy. The key to building more mental muscle involves decluttering your mind of those mental habits that are keeping you stuck.
Here are three tips that will help you spring clean your brain and rid yourself of the thinking patterns that keep you from reaching your greatest potential.
1. Get rid of the pity parties.
Feeling sad or disappointed is healthy. But self-pity is different. It involves magnifying your misfortune and convincing yourself that your problems are worse than anyone else’s. And if you’re not careful, it will keep you stuck.

THIS IS HEADSTRONG

 

The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong: There’s a lot of talk about physical strength, but not much about mental strength. Amy Morin (the author of our featured article) prescribes some workouts for your brain so that you can be your best no matter what the circumstances. 

 

 

View from the Bridge: Managed Services: How they save you money

February 28th, 2018

A WORD FROM THE TOP
Over this past year we have been working with many fast growth companies providing them with HR and recruiting support bundled together under our Managed Services program.
These companies recognized that as a result of their accelerated growth they would need the HR infra-structure in place along with the expertise of a professional recruiter to facilitate and support scaling their organization. They told us that the costs of accessing professionals who could provide this support was prohibitive as they would have to separately engage an HR Consultant and a traditional recruiting agency.
Our solution… Managed Services, which provides regular access to a dedicated HR professional (on and off-site) and the expertise of an agency recruiter bundled together for a fraction of the price. Below is more information, please feel free to give me a call if you’d like to talk about your company HR and hiring needs.

Warm regards,

Sandra Reder

President & Founder
Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting

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MANAGED SERVICES: OUTSOURCE YOUR HR TO US!
You’ve got something the world needs and you’re growing fast. It’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You know that attracting and retaining top talent is key to keeping your company on its growth path. But you also can’t afford to tie up too much capital at this critical stage of growth. Building an in-house HR team is expensive and using agency recruiters quickly adds a minimum of 20% to a new hire’s salary. Do you take the gamble and go without Human Resources and recruiter expertise?
 

DON’T GAMBLE YOUR FUTURE

 

What happens when you try to handle HR and recruiting yourself?
  • You take your focus away from operating your business
  • You spend time you don’t have on HR and recruiting
  • Without the expertise and experience, you risk the chance of costly mistakes
  • You may be non-compliant with employment legislation, risking fines or lawsuits
  • You risk incurring the hidden costs of hiring mistakes

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
 

Vertical Bridges’ Managed Services offering was designed specifically for organizations that do not have “in-house” or local HR and/or recruiting support. These services are all encompassed in one monthly fee based on a one-year renewable contract. You get the best of both worlds: Experienced HR & recruiting firepower in a way that reduces the impact on your cashflow and bottom line.
Learn more about how it works and what it costs

THIS IS BEING HUMAN 

 

Don’t put this off: Tim Urban of Wait But Why takes us inside the mind of a master procrastinator in this hilarious TEDtalk.

 

 

 

 

 

Five signs someone’s a bad leader

January 31st, 2018

A WORD FROM THE TOP
It’s the start of a new year and I’ve been talking a lot with clients this month about “leadership”. We’ve been looking at how they want to provide leadership development for their executive and management teams, and how to identify potential and emerging leaders within their organizations.

Happy Holidays!

December 19th, 2017

 

 

WARM WISHES FROM VERTICAL BRIDGE

Happy Holidays from all of us at Vertical Bridge! We hope the new year brings you success, fulfillment and prosperity!

Front Row from left to right: Marnie, Sandra, Dawn
Back Row Laurie and Gregg

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Employees don’t respect a cool boss

October 31st, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
This past weekend I facilitated a half-day practice management session at the Women in Dentistry Leadership Conference. One of the things that was discussed was the topic of “fairness” in the workplace. We looked at how important it is to ensure that people are being treated fairly by the leaders within their organizations. Read more

Learn how to do things the Amazon way

September 30th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
 
September is often considered the start of a new year for many of us; the kids are back in school and the cool weather is upon us. This is often the time when we look at how we’ve done over the past year… did we accomplish all our goals and if not, what could we have done differently or better?
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