April 18th, 2016
By Debra Finlayson, MA, CHRP, SHRM-CP
An Exemplary Follower acts with conviction and courage, not simply as an effect of Leadership, but proactively toward enhancing organizational processes
Are you an ‘exemplary’ Follower? How would you know if you were one? You may be thinking to yourself ‘What’s even the point of asking this question?’. If you are questioning the question, this is a sign that you might, in fact, be an ‘exemplary’ Follower. Read more
March 18th, 2016
When: Tuesday, April 26th @ 1:45pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
What: WHY LEADERS FAIL: Igniting Followership – The Untapped Organizational Resource
Sandra Reder (Vertical Bridge)
Debra Finlayson (VerticalBridge)
DESCRIPTION: Statistics show that organizations spend a lot of time, effort and money on leadership development, but that they ultimately may not be getting the results and outcomes they are looking for. Statistics also show that the younger generation of workers is looking for an employer who supports and develops them in their careers.
Imagine if your organization obtained complete harmony between Leaders and Followers where key Followers not only supported their leaders, but made them better leaders. Is there a gold mine of unrealized productivity lying hidden in your organization?
March 17th, 2016
Leadership is co-produced!
By Debra Finlayson, Followership Consultant
Are ineffective followers actually responsible for World War II?
Ira Chaleff, author of ‘The Courageous Follower”, opined in his classic book on Followership “If we’d had effective followers surrounding Hitler, he would not have risen to power”. And while you or I may have lessor challenges than preventing the rise of the Third Reich, the success of our organizations is still impacted not just by the quality of our leaders, but by the quality of our followers, and not just any followers. It turns out that the type of people who could have prevented Hitler’s rise to power are the same type of people who hold the potential to unleash huge gains in productivity for your organization. They’re called “Exemplary Followers” and knowing they exist brings you half-way toward harnessing their power for positive change. Read more
February 12th, 2016
Credit: Felicity Stone (BC Business); IMAGE BY: SABRINA SMELKO
Sandra Reder, president and founder of HR consulting firm Vertical Bridge, and Go2HR CEO Arlene Keis outline how to prepare a backup plan
February 12th, 2016
Credit: The following is an excerpt from the SBOT’s BUSINESS in SURREY (February & March 2016)
The Surrey Board of Trade works hard to advocate on behalf of the needs of our members and the business community of Surrey. Our 400 hard-working volunteers review issues and challenges that affect businesses and the economic potential of Surrey. Our teams, along with staff, proactively research and identify critical concerns and develop policy positions and advocacy statements.
Our best volunteers are our members. Let us know what concerns you have and consider joining one of the advocacy teams. Read on to find one that fits your knowledge and passion.
Chair: Debra Finlayson
Human capital, workplace development and labour legislation is vital to our new Global Economy. The Surrey Board of Trade recognizes their centrally positioned location within a high labour growth region and believes that providing sound workforce development and integration is a necessary economic strategy for businesses in Surrey. The Mentoring Action Group (MAG), a team within the HRAT, is developing a Mentoring Program to be launched in [May of] 2016 based on enhancing Essential Skills (ES) as a direct response to the ‘job ready’ appeals of local and member businesses. Contact Anne@businessinsurrey.com