I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour. - Henry David Thoreau


Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership
In this article, Richard Stengel summarizes his interview with Nelson Mandela on the eve of his 90th birthday. Together they explore Mandela's philosophy and approach to leadership - all in an effort to make the world a better place.

Fully Engaging the Nexus Generation ... or any other!
There has been much discussion and debate surrounding the challenges of engaging and retaining employees from the ‘nexus generation’; those individuals in their twenties entering the workplace. The nexus generation has been analyzed and dissected like no other by employers eager to attract and retain their attention. Employee engagement has been attracting more attention than ever before as organizations look at the demographics of their employee populations in an age of declining pools of skilled potential employees. The ‘baby boomers’ are nearing retirement. Who will succeed them? Where will we find these people? How will we retain them? There is no doubt that, if retirement predictions for the ‘boomer’ generation are even close to accurate, the nexus generation will be in high demand.

Mentor-Protégé Partnership
In September of each year many of you see the annual call for those interested in either being an HR Protégé or a Mentor. This month, the 2006-07 OHRPA Mentoring Program is wrapping up. Before we launch the 2007-08 program, and approach another set of eager Protégés and dedicated Mentors, we asked our teams about what worked- and what did not - in the 2006-07 program. Teams were eager to share their ideas and insights. Many of suggestions will be incorporated into next year’s program. What seemed to work best? We asked one team, Jeff Singer of Transition Resources Group (Mentor) and Kate Underhill of Canada Post (Protégé) for their thoughts:

Maximizing the opportunity from a severance
There are really two types of people who need help with financial transition planning. The happy majority of these cases can be classified as ‘windfall’ clients who have lottery winnings, stock option gains or inheritances. Those who are there because they’ve lost their job don’t feel quite as fortunate.