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View from the Bridge: 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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View from the Bridge: The #1 reason why employees quit their manager

August 22nd, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
As we approach the last quarter of 2017 for many it’s a time to reflect on where they want their careers/businesses to be.

Historically it can be a time when people think about change (think start of a new school year). This is when leaders need to pay extra attention to their employees as they may make the decision to move if they are not happy in their current situation. The article below provides some great insights on why you need to lead with your employees as your #1 priority.

Some of the best leadership is happening at companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Please check out the information on the upcoming workshop we are co-presenting called “Agile Innovation for Leaders” below. It’s definitely a “do not miss” opportunity!

Enjoy the last lazy days of summer!

Warm regards,

Sandra Reder

President & Founder
Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting

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WHY DO EMPLOYEES QUIT THEIR MANAGERS? HERE’S THE NO. 1 REASON IN A SHORT SENTENCE

Credit: Marcel Schwantes, Inc.
 
Reversing this problem is so simple, and yet it’s so hard to find in most managers.

If I were to sit down at a coffee shop with leadership gurus John C. Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, and Simon Sinek–who have collectively sold a gazillion best-selling leadership books–and ask them this question, do you know what they would tell me?

Gentlemen, give me the bottom line, once and for all: What’s the real reason people quit their managers, exactly?

I imagine Ken and John chuckling over their lattes before answering, as they’ve probably been asked this question an equal gazillion of times, since this is what they have written about over four decades. Sinek, the newer kid on the block, will probably give you that confident smirk under his spectacles, not say anything, and lift up a copy of Leaders Eat Last in his hand.

LEARN TO DO IT THE AMAZON WAY!

“AGILE INNOVATION FOR LEADERS”


In partnership with Varshney Capital, Vertical Bridge and Grace Consulting are hosting an exclusive one-day abridged version of Agile Innovation for Leaders. This just-in-time leadership development workshop will be led by Joy Smith of Grace Consulting on Tuesday, October 10thJoy has direct experience with ‘Agile Innovation’. She spent 6.5 years at Amazon leading the design and development of programs, like the Dream Tank, to support executive leaders to influence and empower high levels of curiosity and innovation among their teams. The end result led to product innovation never realized previously. Imagine attending this session and walking away with many of the key elements that have created success for companies like AmazonGoogle andMicrosoft to name a few.


Learn more about the workshop details or contactsreder@verticalbridge.ca orgraceconsulting@outlook.com for questions.

REGISTER TODAY
Only $99
Space Very Limited
THIS IS THE SECRET SAUCE!

Video:
Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles via Jeff Bezos
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THE IMPACT OF LEARNING

“As a life-long student of both professional & personal growth, I’m always seeking opportunities to learn, grow and raise the bar in all areas of my life. To have a chance to learn  about best practices at some of the most successful companies on the planet is one any entrepreneur or business person should take advantage of.”

Praveen Varshney
Varshney Capital Corp
Commenting on Agile Innovation For Leaders workshop

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View from the Bridge: The Perfect Employee

June 20th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
This month we’ve been working with clients on a number of different projects ranging from onboarding new employees, assisting with building a great corporate culture, and developing a workplace cultural sensitivity workshop. In all cases, the common denominator is people.

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View from the Bridge: Are you onboarding by accident?

May 31st, 2017

 

A WORD FROM THE TOP
A great example of good “onboarding by accident” just came to my attention while working with one of our clients, a fast growth tech company. They had a new employee start and on his first day he was asked to come in at noon. When he arrived, they were having a company “pizza lunch”. He was welcomed in and had the opportunity to meet everyone in a very informal and relaxed fashion. He loved it (although they forgot to tell him that there would be lunch provided). He had no idea that this wasn’t the normal way new employees were onboarded.
This sounds like great onboarding but it was in fact an accident. The manager wasn’t available in the morning so they had the new employee start at lunch time. This story is illustrative of the importance of having a good onboarding process in place that is consistent and that aligns with the company’s culture. Imagine if everyone who joined that company was welcomed with a pizza lunch! Read more

View from the Bridge: 5 reasons to ditch performance reviews

April 30th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP

Earlier this week I attended a great event hosted by Antonio Zivanovic of The Reframe Group at the ACL offices in Vancouver. The panel, consisting of senior HR leaders from SAP, ACL and Kaboom, talked about current HR trends and best practices. One area that got a lot of attention was the annual performance review. The big question was… is it still a valid best practice? The answer was a resounding “no”!!! Read more

View from the Bridge: The top 3 human capital challenges

March 29th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for us recently in the Canadian HR Reporter Reader’s Choice Awards. It was such an honor for Vertical Bridge to be nominated by you the readers! We don’t know the results yet, but when we do we’ll let you know if we “brought home the trophy.” 😊

The article below was featured in the March edition of Canadian HR Reporter and it provides insight on 3 of the key human capital challenges that employers will face over the next 5 years. Leadership development tops the list. I was honored to be asked to have some input into this article.
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February 27th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
As the month of “amore” comes to an end we are thrilled to have been nominated for the 2017 Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards. This is such an honor for all of us at Vertical Bridge as it will be decided by you!

We are currently in our 12th year of business and being nominated for this award is affirmation that our commitment to quality work, delivered with integrity in order to create an ongoing relationship of trust with our clients is being recognized. We all love what we do and we would appreciate your vote for this prestigious award! Read more