Meeting of the Minds Workshop

The cost of Miscommunication is high!!! A recent International Data Corporation study puts the cost at $620 per employee in companies with 100,000 or more employees. It can soar to a whopping $4200 per person if an organization has 100 or less.

If you are intrigued by the idea of developing your personal and professional potential, as well as that of others, you will undoubtedly be interested in Emergenetics, a proven psychometric tool used around the world but new to the Canadian market. This program will give you a fuller understanding of your own thought and behavioural preferences, and help you to communicate more easily and effectively with others.

Using a well-developed questionnaire designed to explore your strengths, and through an intellectually engaging and socially stimulating training experience, you will discover that Emergenetics is both simple to understand and easy to use. The profile, which is based on a wide body of academic literature covering psychology and neuroscience, is introduced through experiential learning. You will be fascinated not only by the human dynamics but the resulting practical applications as well.

Through the workshop, you will:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Discover others’ perceptions of you
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Make informed decisions
  • Value your inherent talents
  • Recognize core values

Who should attend:

• Individuals seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and others
• Managers who aspire to build cohesive teams
• Consultants/trainers looking for neuro-scientific tools that resonate with individuals and organizations
• Coaches/mentors and psychologists who are interested in gaining additional
insight into their processes
• Educators who desire to enhance their effectiveness with students and staff

Enroll soon as space will be limited.

We look forward to meeting you at this exciting event on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in Toronto and to sharing a simpler, easier way to understand yourself and others with the neuro-science of Emergenetics!

Details:

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
 Location: Toronto Star Building, 1 Yonge Street, 18th Floor, Toronto, ON Google Map
 Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
 Facilitator: Bridget Parise 

Cost of Workshop and Profile: $399 (Click below to enroll)

Register Here

If you’d like more information call 905.636.0797.

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Sharpen Your Leadership & Team Development

An Introduction to Emergenetics!

The cost of Miscommunication is high!!! A recent International Data Corporation study puts the cost at $620 per employee in companies with 100,000 or more employees.  It can soar to a whopping $4200 per person if an organization has 100 or less.

If you are intrigued by the idea of developing your personal and professional potential, as well as that of others, you will undoubtedly be interested in Emergenetics, a proven psychometric tool used around the world but new to the Canadian market. This program will give you a fuller understanding of your own thought and behavioural preferences, and help you to communicate more easily and effectively with others. 

Using a well-developed questionnaire designed to explore your strengths, and through an intellectually engaging and socially stimulating training experience, you will discover that Emergenetics is both simple to understand and easy to use. The profile, which is based on a wide body of academic literature covering psychology and neuroscience, is introduced through experiential learning. You will be fascinated not only by the human dynamics but the resulting practical applications as well. 

Through the workshop, you will:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Discover others’ perceptions of you
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Make informed decisions
  • Value your inherent talents
  • Recognize core values

Who should attend:

  • Individuals seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and others
  • Managers who aspire to build cohesive teams
  • Consultants/trainers looking for neuro-scientific tools that resonate with individuals and organizations 
  • Coaches/mentors and psychologists who are interested in gaining additional insight into their processes
  • Educators who desire to enhance their effectiveness with students and staff

Enroll soon as space will be limited.  Register here

We look forward to meeting you at this exciting event on Friday, Oct 4, 2019 in Toronto and to sharing a simpler, easier way to understand yourself and others with the neuro-science of Emergenetics!

  • Details:
  • Date: Monday, October 4, 2019
  • Location: Ryerson Oakham House, 60 Gould Street, Toronto, ON  Google Map
  • Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Facilitator: Karen Elkin
  • Cost of Workshop and Profile: $249 (Click below to enroll)

If you’d like more information, simply respond to this email or call 905.636.0797.

Gail Green, Emergentics Ontario

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North Carolina County loses Millions to Business Email Compromise and Phishing

North Carolina County loses Millions to Business Email Compromise and Phishing

Written by Michael Castro, vCISO and founder of RiskAware

Late last year, Cabarrus County in North Carolina fell victim to a crafted email asking to change banking information for a contractor with whom they had started business earlier that year. Within 3 weeks, the County had sent more than 2.5 Million dollars to who they thought was their contractor. It wasn’t.

It took a few more weeks to discover that they had been compromised. When the dust settled, the County was able to recover some funds, including a mere $75 000 from insurance, but even now, more than 1.7 Million remains unaccounted for.

Last year, losses to business email compromise topped 1.2 Billion dollars. As such, it is clear how an easy scheme can net quite large returns, and why it is so popular amongst cyber thieves.

Just the month previous, the city of Griffin in Georgia lost $800 000 in a compromise scheme.

Email as a process is not enough to deal with impersonation email, email fraud and wire transfer processes. Municipalities need to build new processes with checks in place to prevent the easy route of email compromise and fraud. Changes to account payable processes, proposer cybersecurity planning and education can all greatly improve the chance of such a scheme being caught before any money is lost.

Municipalities should also consider bring in cybersecurity experts to help with governance, compliance and process models that go beyond technical security controls and systems. For those government groups that have smaller budgets set aside for cybersecurity, a fractional or virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is a good resource to help plan and build a more resilient cyber presence within a budget and capability of the municipality.

RiskAware is a boutique Cybersecurity firm, specializing in Security Governance and Strategy, assisting organizations of all sizes with security and risk advisory services and security-on-demand capabilities. RiskAware and its founder Michael Castro also provide fractional CISO services

RiskAware can be contacted at [email protected] or visited at www.riskaware.ca

 

 

 

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Why You Should Become an Asset Management Coordinator

Asset Management Coordinator – have you heard this of this career before?  

Well, if you haven’t, you’re about to hear a lot about it from municipalities over the next little while.  

Many municipalities are facing challenges to fund their infrastructure at levels that ensure their sustainability. With ageing assets, increased renewal needs and pressures from changing climate there is a need to do things differently and collaborate to address the “infrastructure gap”.

The end goal is for municipalities, provinces, and the federal government to leverage asset management planning to optimize infrastructure investment decisions. For example, in December 2017, the Province of Ontario passed O.Reg 588/2017 that sets out new requirements for asset management planning for municipalities.  

This makes the need to hire Asset Managers and/or Asset Management Coordinators, even more important and urgent. Therefore this is a rapidly growing and expanding career in Canadian municipalities.

So what is asset management and why do municipalities need an Asset Management Coordinator?

 

What is Asset Management?

 

Asset management refers to the systematic approach to the governance and realization of value from the things that a group or entity is responsible for, over their whole life cycles. It may apply both to tangible assets and to intangible assets. Asset management is a systematic process of developing, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of assets in the most cost-effective manner.

 

What kind of background and training do I need to have for this career?  

 

Many asset managers have engineering, finance and/or planning backgrounds but another key criterion is Project Management, as addressed in a recent Public Sector Digest webinar, “Hiring an Asset Management Coordinator”, sponsored by muniSERV/muniJOBS, as being integral to the success of someone looking to enter this career. 

Municipalities reported that core competencies should be there but much more important is that you can tell them how you’d add value to the position. Because this is an emerging field, you have a great deal of liberty to build the position as you go.  Articulate it in your cover letter. You may not have all the skills right now but if you’re willing to learn, municipalities are willing to provide you with the right training to do the job.

Top skills reported are;

  1. Willingness to learn on the job
  2. Systems thinking
  3. Relationship building and
  4. Communications skills.

 

At present, there are no courses available at universities, although, the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA)and Public Sector Digest can help.

For municipalities looking for an Asset Manager or Coordinator, muniJOBS has some candidates with Asset Management listed as one of their skills. To search candidates, simply register for a free Employer profile.

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Fundamentals for Assertiveness

Become the leader everyone will follow with John Callaway; executive coach, mediator and facilitator of workplace conflict resolution and assertive communication programs.

In John’s Accelerator Group you will learn techniques to have healthier conversations and improve day-to-day interactions. Developing the skill of assertive communication will allow you to achieve improved outcomes in all aspects of life, both personally and professionally.

LevellingUp will help you bridge the gap between knowing HOW TO do something and MASTERING it. Grow your skills fast alongside an expert and with the support of a trusted small group.

Starts July 8th Register NOW!
$22/hr, 8 weekly, one hour sessions.

Max 8 people per group. BUY NOW  

www.LevellingUp.ca
#LevellingUp #PeopleHelpingPeople #LevelUp #Leadership #Goals #executivecoach #leadershipskills

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Speaker Series – Three Easy Steps to Better Internal Communications

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Cost: $149/person
Register now

As a municipality, your organization is focused on issues “out there” – improving situations that impact your stakeholders, delivering essential services and addressing difficult challenges in your community. Because of that focus, it’s sometimes difficult to find time or resources to focus on what’s happening within your organization, which means internal communications are often overlooked.

This webinar will make it easy for you to tackle that one big project that keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list – your internal communications plan! Why is it so important? Internal communications are what make your organization tick.

Learning Objectives:
Understand the importance of maintaining strong internal communication channels.
Learn how to develop an internal communications plan and how to apply it to your organization.
Recognize how you can bring your internal communications from “good” to “great” with easy tips.

Length: 1 hour

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Thinking about thinking….

Daily we are required to make decisions, recall facts, and balance risks, whether at work or at home.

All of this requires considerable thinking yet we don’t really pay much attention to how we do that. Is it because its so easy or because it is so hard????

Let’s explore….

If we were to ask a friend or colleague “What is capital of France?” most will quickly come up with the right answer. Paris, of course. Easy question and not a lot of effort goes into finding the answer. The same goes if I were to ask you to spot the pattern in this series of numbers 122333….?? Yes, you got it. 4444.

But what if you were asked to come up with the answer to 15 x 24 without using your phone/calculator? If you are like most people, this question requires you to pause and think hard. If you were good at math in school you might be able to recall a shortcut or you just might have to get out pen/paper and figure it out the old-fashioned way. Unless you are a math superstar, it will be difficult to come up with the answer quickly but, given time, we can all do it.  The answer btw is 360.

If you consider yourself in the top 1% in terms of math abilities and are still feeling comfortable, here is my favourite math challenge of all time:

·       A bat and ball cost $1.10 to purchase

·       The bat costs one dollar more than the ball,

·       How much does the ball cost?

Allow me to keep you in suspense as you mull that one over. The answer is at the bottom of the page.

What these mind exercises illustrate is something that Daniel Kahneman refers to as “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, which happens to be the name of his best-selling book from 2011. Kahneman, who is now in his mid-80’s, is acknowledged to be the father of the field of behavioural economics. As a trained psychologist, and proudly not an economist, he has always been considered an iconoclast in his field of study. Along with his now deceased partner, Amos Tversky, he has spent a lifetime studying and gaining insight into how the human mind behaves.

As a result of their ground-breaking studies, Kahneman and Tversky came to realize that there are actually two systems at play in our brains which affect our reasoning, judgement and decision making:        

·       System 1 operates automatically in the background at all times. It is quick and intuitive requiring little or no effort to come up with an answer. System 1 allows us to answer “Paris” to the question about the capital of France. When we use this system to think we are looking for patterns and meaning from the information at hand. Consequently, it is prone to mistakes. We can easily make judgment errors and fall victim to bias and are generally unaware of these errors when they happen.

·       System 2 kicks in when System 1 can’t provide the answer, like in the example of 15 x 24. This type of thinking is necessarily slow and deliberative. It requires great effort and we have to pay careful attention. It works best when it tests and checks results from System 1. It too can be prone to errors if we become distracted and lose our focus on the task at hand.

As someone who has spent their career helping colleagues make important procurement decisions there is much we can learn from Kahneman and the study of the human mind.  How often have we seen rushed evaluations and distracted evaluators lead to the wrong contractor being selected and poor project outcomes?

That is not to say that evaluations need to be dragged out unnecessarily. The use of enabling technology and more effective evaluation methods can make a huge impact and result in better overall outcomes, while still being completed in a timely manner. I advocate for drafting more effective and efficient evaluation schemes. On your next RFP, consider asking suppliers to respond in a structured manner to avoid having evaluators engage in an endless cycle of page flipping as they seek to find the pertinent information.  Try using enhanced consensus scoring where you focus only on the differences in scoring that exceed a pre-determined variance. We often spend too much time debating the merits of a 6 vs 7 and too little time trying to reconcile significant differences of opinion. Finally, spend the time to adequately prepare and train evaluators, even those who have previous experience. Awareness of how the mind operates and the pitfalls to avoid can go a long way towards a better outcome.    

In closing, here are my top advice tips to evaluators:

·       Be prepared to invest the time necessary to the task

·       Don’t rely on your fellow evaluators to bail you out

·       Slow down your thinking and avoid the rush to judgment

·       Pay attention to the details

·       Use critical thinking

·       Be respectful of other viewpoints during consensus meetings

·       Be aware of your biases – everyone has them

 

·       When relying solely on intuition, pause and use slow thinking to check/recheck the result

The ball costs $0.05

https://www.wayfinderconsultinginc.com/

 

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The Extraordinary Coach Workshop

Leaders who coach and develop others have a huge impact on bottom-line results.

In The Extraordinary Coach Workshop, you will develop the essential coaching skills that are required to be a great leader. In addition, you will learn what extraordinary coaches do well and how you can maximize your leadership impact and inspire others to perform at their peak.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for muniSERV Members

SAVE: $150 (1 DAY) OR $250 (2 DAY)

Learn more and Register Here

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Meeting of the Minds Workshop

If you are intrigued by the idea of developing your personal and professional potential, as well as that of others, you will undoubtedly be interested in Emergenetics, a proven psychometric tool used around the world but new to the Canadian market. This program will give you a fuller understanding of your own thought and behavioural preferences, and help you to communicate more easily and effectively with others.

Using a well-developed questionnaire designed to explore your strengths, and through an intellectually engaging and socially stimulating training experience, you will discover that Emergenetics is both simple to understand and easy to use. The profile, which is based on a wide body of academic literature covering psychology and neuroscience, is introduced through experiential learning. You will be fascinated not only by the human dynamics but the resulting practical applications as well.

Through the workshop, you will:

• Receive a behavioral and thinking style profile that will reveal you innate strengths
• Increase self-awareness
• Discover others’ perceptions of you
• Communicate more effectively
• Make informed decisions
• Value your inherent talents
• Recognize core values

Who should attend:

• Individuals seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and others
• Managers who aspire to build cohesive teams
• Consultants/trainers looking for neuro-scientific tools that resonate with individuals and organizations
• Coaches/mentors and psychologists who are interested in gaining additional
insight into their processes
• Educators who desire to enhance their effectiveness with students and staff

Enroll soon as space will be limited.

We look forward to meeting you at this exciting event on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Mississauga and to sharing a simpler, easier way to understand yourself and others with the neuro-science of Emergenetics!

Details:

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Location: Regus Toronto Airport Centre, 2425 Matheson Blvd East, 8th floor, Mississauga, ON Google Map
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cost of Workshop and Profile: $249 (Click below to enroll. After enrollment, instructions to take your Emergenetics   Profile will be sent within 24 hours)

muniSERV.ca is proud to partner with Emergenetics to provide a special members discount.  

**muniserv Members use 50OFF promo code

Register Today!

Unable to attend?  Watch for our upcoming online version in June 2019.

If you’d like more information, simply respond to this email or call 905.636.0797

[email protected]
EmergeneticsOntario.com

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The Extraordinary Leader Workshop

In today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive environment, the organizations that excel in their respective markets will be those whose people are most competent, passionate, and focused on delivering results.

The Extraordinary Leader Workshop presents a proven framework for helping individuals make a profound difference in their organization’s results, and in their own performance and development.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for muniSERV Members

SAVE: $150 (1 DAY) OR $250 (2 DAY)

Learn more and Register here.

 

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