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The Power of a Promise

By Maggie Salo, Director of Change Management, Algonquin Power & Utilities

Can a promise really make an impact on changing our behaviors, our actions and our habits? The answer is YES!

A promise absolutely can and will change our behaviors, our actions and our habits if we approach the change correctly. Let me share with you an approach that works for me and for the people whom I coach. Read more

Networking: The Expected & Unexpected Benefits

Robert-Mattson-Headshot-2By Robert Mattson, VP of Content Marketing, Ceridian

There is a give and take to networking. Right before the holidays, I attended a 1-day conference on Digital Marketing.  I was a little leery on taking the time away from “real work”, but it was local and seemed interesting, so I decided it was worth the time.

When I try to decide whether or not to attend these events, I usually focus on the topics, and if there are going to be interesting speakers presenting.  Granted, I’m always aware that some sessions won’t cover exactly what I think they were going to address based on the description.  However, in my opinion, if you get one new idea or a different approach to a problem from a speaker then that session was worth attending. Read more

Want to learn about leadership? Watch the Olympic Games.


Jay Greaves in 1996, in front of The White House with four members of the US Olympic Committee executive team and a staff member

By Jay Greaves, VP of Sales Effectiveness, Ceridian

In my home we are HUGE fans of the Olympic Games. It’s always been that way since my childhood and became even more so in 1996 when I served as an envoy for the United States Olympic Team. Beyond enjoying athletic competition, I really enjoy watching examples of all kinds of activities play out in the world. We see examples of commitment, diligence, focus, sportsmanship, competition, humanity, humility, and so many other great traits. And of course, leadership. We see leadership in lots of expected places, from lots of expected individuals, and also in many that are surprising. Read more

Leading as an Individual Contributor

leadership 3By James Arsenault, Director of Strategic Communications, Ceridian

As we progress in our careers, we’ll spend time in different roles as individual contributors and as managers. Both are valuable experiences – in fact, spending time understanding the perspective and challenges of each role can help you be more effective in both. However, leadership should be a constant theme throughout your career, regardless of your role. Read more

Leadership Lessons: Start with a leadership selfie

selfieBy Jay Greaves, VP of Sales Effectiveness, Ceridian

One of the foundational principles of Organization Development (my graduate degree) – the discipline of helping organizations, and the people in them, reach their potential – is “self as instrument.” In essence, to help others you must first understand yourself. Lacking this understanding of your own strengths and challenges may mean that instead of helping others, you in reality project your own “baggage” onto others and can actually do more harm than good. Read more

Turning Boulders into Blessings. Aron Ralston Inspires at #CeridianINSIGHTS

Life is full of boulders. It is packed with obstacles and situations that challenge, frustrate and even scare us. But endurance through life’s adversities helps us realize our inner potential and appreciate what’s most important.

This was the message Aron Ralston – whose story is told in the book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and the film, 127 Hours – shared with #CeridianINSIGHTS attendees during the conference’s closing session. Ralston told a riveting tale of survival that inspired attendees to shift how they view life’s challenges – or as he calls them, life’s boulders. Read more

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