I had a whirlwind week, and a highlight was facilitating a fantastic panel discussion on toxic cultures at the Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Culture Conference. This is a topic I’ve been asked to speak about a lot in the last year, and it always leads to interesting conversations after my session. It turns out that a lot of people have experienced a workplace they would describe as toxic at some point in their career.
Of course, “toxic” is a description of impact, not a diagnosis of an organization. I think it’s important to keep this distinction in mind, lest we assume that labeling it is the extent of analysis that’s required. Or, like the great philosopher Britney Spears, we decide that there’s no escape.
Hello there! Season’s greetings to you. It’s no secret that I’ve taken a significant break from blogging here at Talent Vanguard in the past several months. Life got pretty busy in 2014 and I suddenly found myself chairing a committee which runs the largest mentorship program for HR professionals in Ontario, planning a wedding, painting a house, and managing a busy job. These are all wonderful things that I am immensely grateful for, but over the summer my ‘overwhelmometer’ redlined and something had to give.
Anyway, I’m writing this because I’m back! I’ll be live blogging the HRPA’s Annual Conference in January over at LiveHR, and I am determined to return to a regular blogging schedule here at Talent Vanguard in 2015. Ahead of that please check out my pre-conference post “An Insider’s Guide to Selecting Your Conference Sessions” over at LiveHR where I offer some sage advice (if I do say so myself) on the art and science of selecting one’s conference sessions – a task that anyone who has attended an HR conference will know can make or break your conference experience.
For anyone attending the conference here in Toronto, I can’t wait to see you. May 2015 bring great things for us all.
P.S. It feels so good to be about to hit Publish in WordPress right now 🙂 I missed this…
Hello everyone, I hope your weeks are going well! This week I am being profiled by Pam Ross over at Impact99. If you’re not familiar with this unique HR summit, taking place in Vancouver and Toronto, I encourage you to check it out and consider attending. It’s all about an authentic, underlying desire to question the status quo and explore alternate approaches to HR and the workplace, and the potential that social and digital technologies have to impact our organizations. The relatively small group of participants, the interactive format, and Pam and Christine’s whole approach and presence really contribute to an exciting, organic experience.
You can check out my post related to last year’s summit here. Plus, I personally promise that anyone who decides to attend the Toronto summit based on my recommendation will be owed several pints on my tab 😉 Cheers folks!