View from the Bridge: Don’t worry (be happy)

July 25th, 2018

A WORD FROM THE TOP
Happy July! The sun is shining, the days are long and the smell of barbeques is in the air! It’s time to take a moment to relax and be happy. If you have any trouble doing this we’re sharing an article below with some great tips on what happy people do.

Speaking of happy, we’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with David Ogle, the Founder of a successful North American coaching and leadership practice. Recently David delivered a workshop on “Leadership and Innovation” with one of our Vertical Bridge clients. The feedback was excellent and I was blown away by his delivery. It’s no surprise then that David led Lululemon’s Leadership Development team during their growth to a $2 billion company. Check out his full bio and please join us in welcoming David to Vertical Bridge .

 
Warm regards,
Sandra Reder

President & Founder
Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting

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7 THINGS YOU’LL NOTICE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE DOING
 
Here are seven habits of the happiest people, which will make the rest of us perpetually jealous if we don’t hop on the wagon and join them.

So much has been written about the burgeoning happiness movement within the ever-expanding field of positive psychology, it’s hard to keep up.

What scientists have discovered is that practices like compassion, gratitude, positive thinking, meditation, and kindness are not only good for your health and well-being, they’re especially good for business.

While we know that leaders are partly responsible for setting the right conditions for employee happiness, employees have to be held responsible for making wise choices to ensure their own happiness, no matter what curve balls life throws their way.

While combing through my own research and notes on what successful and happy people do, it struck me how intentional they are in working the happiness advantage, putting emphasis on choosing the right mindset and literally training their brains to become happier and more optimistic. It’s a lifelong commitment.

Here are seven habits of the happiest people, which will make the rest of us perpetually jealous if we don’t hop on the wagon and join them.

MEET A VBer!
Vertical Bridge is very excited to be working with David Ogle, an extremely talented and sought after leadership coach. David  led the Leadership Development team at Lululemon Athletica through a stunning $2B in growth. He works with executives, Olympic athletes as well numerous leaders within organizations, and is a candidate for his MSc in Applied Neuroscience & Mental Health. With over a decade of coaching and organizational leadership, David is known for his ability to ask the challenging questions, create the conditions for insight, and he does this so his clients don’t feel like the sky is falling.

We encourage you to read his full bio!

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THIS IS WORRY-FREE!

Words to live by: Remember this catchy hit from 1988? 

 

View from the Bridge: Who’s your super hero?

June 29th, 2018

 

A WORD FROM THE TOP

Super heroes in the movies are obvious: Colourful costumes, concealed identities, witty come-backs. Unfortunately, spotting leadership talent within your own organization isn’t always so easy. In Minnesota recently, a different kind of masked super hero reminds us to be on the look out for leadership talent hiding (or climbing) right under our nose. As the story goes, a social media savvy Minnesota Public Radio reporter took a modestly unusual situation and turned it into PR gold. Read more

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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