Career Development Increases Employee Retention-Engagement

Career Development Increases Employee Retention-Engagement

Are you an HR Director?

A recent Forbes article, based on a study from Randstad (August 28, 2018) suggests  that “without career development opportunities, overall job satisfaction isn’t enough to attract, retain and engage employees” The study indicated that:

·        58% of workers say there isn’t enough growth opportunity to drive retention

·        69% would be more satisfied if their employers better utilized their skills and abilities

·        57% say taking their career to the next level requires leaving their company

Tom Rath is also quoted in this article: “As Tom Rath, best known for his book StrengthsFinder 2.0, says, “work is a purpose, not a place,” and when work starts to feel more like a purpose, we’ll see retention and satisfaction improve”

Career management consultants can help your HR team to introduce career development for your staff for internal professional growth within your company. Enhance your company’s capacity to attract, retain and engage employees!

Wayne Greenway is Chief Executive Officer with Career Aviators. Career Aviators is Canada's only career management firm that is a Certified B Corporation. We do career management far differently than any other provider. Career Aviators is set up to fund programs that help vulnerable youth to flourish in the face of highly stressful life situations. We do this with the profit from delivering innovative outplacement service and employee career development workshops.for our corporate clients.

We are proud of an 93% success rate in helping individual clients (professionals, executives and those in a position of responsibility) find positions in which they will excel, value highly and love to do.

Wise Words For Millennials and Boomers - Careers and Life

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This month’s Atlantic has wise words for both millennials and boomers.

For boomers, “the biggest mistake professionally successful people make is attempting to sustain peak accomplishment indefinitely, trying to make use of the kind of fluid intelligence that begins fading relatively early in life. This is impossible. The key is to enjoy accomplishments for what they are in the moment, and to walk away perhaps before I am completely ready—but on my own terms,” says Arthur C. Brooks in his article entitled, Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think Here’s how to make the most of it

Its all about re-intentioning your career, a term I learned in an interesting conversation I had at C2 Montreal 2019 this year. Instead of giving up on oneself, like the man Brooks describes at the beginning of his article, it is possible to harness the strength of boomers crystallized intelligence which he defines as: “the ability to use knowledge gained in the past. Think of it as possessing a vast library and understanding how to use it. It is the essence of wisdom. Because crystallized intelligence relies on an accumulating stock of knowledge, it tends to increase through one’s 40s, and does not diminish until very late in life.”

There is also a strong message in this article for milllenials -- their runway on their fluid intelligence is limited. There is something to be said for “just doing it” and not waiting to be fully trained and credentialed as many younger clients feel they need to be before embarking on their career. It may be better for them to determine what they are curious about and then go after a position where they can act on their top strengths and be driven by their deepest values.

Some people may say that there are no jobs like this. Our experience is just the opposite -- the jobs are out there that fit these criteria. Its all about the search strategy and sometimes it takes consultation from a career management consultant to get there faster.  


Are you considering a career transition? Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation® that its directs profits to support programs to help vulnerable youth flourish in the face of highly stressful life situations. He is passionate about helping clients across Canada to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do.


Thinking about a career management practice in Montreal?

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Career Aviators Career Management Consultancy Opportunity

Would you like to learn how to help clients find careers in which they excel, value highly and love to do?Are you ready to open and operate your own business?

Would you like to become part of a career management firm that has fun while they help clients to flourish in their careers and lives?.

We can help you. This may be for you.

Career Aviators is searching for someone in Montreal who is bilingual (French/English) and who would like to become a career professional. This opportunity would give them all the training and ongoing support they need to enable them to grow their own their own career management firm or add career coaching/management to their services if they are already a coach or HR consultant.

 About Career Aviators

Career Aviators is Canada's only career management firm that is a Certified B Corporation. Our approach to career management is different from any other provider.. Career Aviators helps professionals, managers, and executives find positions in which they will excel, value highly, and love to do. The profits from our work  support programs to help vulnerable youth flourish in the face of highly stressful life situations.. We are proud of our 93% success rate in helping clients to achieve this goal.  We see clients on a weekly basis from the initiation of service until they are employed in a job that fits.

 How Does This Idea Work?

 Career Aviators will provide:

  • Comprehensive training in the Career Aviators methodology

  • Co- consultation with your clients until we mutually agree that you are ready for solo practice

  • Ongoing weekly professional development and sharing of triumphs and challenges

  • ·The Career Aviators brand for you to use as you grow the business

  • A page about your business on our website

  • Provide you with unlimited access to our materials, forms etc

  • Collaborative business planning and learning

We ask you to:

  • Research any licensing issues in your community or province

  • Find 3 Beta clients

  • Set up a sole proprietorship for Career consultancy

  • Successfully complete the full training

  • Prepare your Career Aviators page in French and English

  • Find more clients during training and going forward

  • Keep 75% of your earnings. 25% is directed to Career Aviators to grow the business across the country.

  • Agree to maintain the integrity of the Career Aviators methodology and brand for 5 years

Qualifications

Required

  • Be Montreal based

  • Bilingual with excellent communication skills in French ( written and oral)

  • Empowerment oriented with a demonstrated ability to help others flourish

  • Curious, life-long learner with a keen interest in professional development

  • Experienced in counselling, coaching or related work

  • Solution focused, sound judgement with a good sense of humour and flexible in attitude

  • Committed to  helping clients from initial contact until they have successfully transition

  • Bachelors degree in a relevant program and proven success in a related line of work or equivalent

  • Proven experience in networking with a strong network of helpful contact

  • High degree of resilience and determination to make the business successful

    Assets

  •  Proven experience in sales, marketing and communications is highly desirable

  • Graduate studies in management, counselling or other related program

  • Professional qualification in social work, psychology  coaching  or career development

  • Previous success in helping others with resumes, job search and career transitions

If you are interested in discussing this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Wayne Greenway,

Senior Partner, Career Aviators

LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/wgreenway

E: wayne.greenway@careeraviators.com

P: 1866 873 7633

Stuck: Nervous About Starting Or Growing Your Business?   You are not alone!

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Photo by Tomas Tuma on Unsplash

Fear of failure prevents many Canadians from starting a business. The 2018 data from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), an organization dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship, shows that among Canadians who say there are good opportunities for entrepreneurship, that 43 percent would be prevented from starting a business due to fear of failure.

We see it in our Career Management practice. Clients come to us trying to discern their best direction.  They have a business plan that they have worked on with their business advisor. The business advisor is happy with the business planning to date.  They are ready to move forward but they get stuck! They don’t know if they should take the plunge and leave their job to move forward with the business. Sometimes the idea of  dabbling in the business while they remain in their job does not get traction either, even though it would be a less risky decision.

Its thoughts like: “this is going to fail,” ” I will never be successful,” “who would buy my products or service,” “there is too much competition,” “it will never work etc.”  that override the logic of the business planning and often what the client deeply wants to do

They are stuck. While a number of authors offer suggestions to help submerge these thoughts or to reframe them, we find that this often just gives these kind of thoughts more power. Quick fixes don’t work well and even when we think they have worked, the thoughts often creep back in a different way.

We are working on a process to help people to develop a practice where they  become increasingly skilled at getting unstuck. They act on their strengths in the direction of their values to achieve what is deeply matters to them.  Read more

 

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Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation® that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiatives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is proud of a 93% success rate in helping helps clients from across Canada to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Helping clients to get unstuck and move forward in career and business decisions is a regular part of his work. He is becoming known as a thought leader in this area.

Getting Stuck Giving Performance Feedback

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In career management, I only hear the employee’s side of issues but an estimated 60% of clients seen to date have received no performance reviews or very little detailed feedback on their work. It’s a common  reason for wanting to transition. 

In a 2017 HBR Blog Post, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman confirm through their survey that 44% of managers find giving negative feedback very stressful but the interesting result was that  37% of the people who took their  self-assessment conceded that they don’t even give positive reinforcement!

“One of the most difficult parts of a manager’s job is giving feedback. In a survey of 7,631 people, we asked whether they believed that giving negative feedback was stressful or difficult, and 44% agreed.”

Giving feedback is incredibly difficult for most of us. When talking with managers about giving feedback, the authors report that they “often hear comments such as, “I did not sleep the night before,” “I just wanted to get it over quickly,” “My hands were sweating and I was nervous,” and “They don’t pay me enough to do this job.”

Giving feedback raises thoughts in us such as:: “This is going to backfire”, “I have never been any good at giving feedback”, “The person is going to hate me,” “if I don’t do this right I could have group dynamics problems,” or “who am I to give this positive feedback,” “they are going to think I am manipulating them or I am being artificial. “

The result is that managers get stuck and the feedback, that they know is valuable just does not happen.

“We find that because of this anxiety, some managers resist giving their direct reports any kind of critical feedback at all: when we asked a different group of 7,808 people to conduct a self-assessment, 21% admitted that they avoid giving negative feedback.”

In our practice, we find that people get stuck by similar kinds of thoughts at many different stages of their career discernment and job search process. Often they do not notice they are stuck and they let other things in life take priority over the task they are avoiding, which they know is more important to their long term fulfillment.

We have been working on the development of a process based on positive psychology and acceptance and commitment therapy  that we teach people to help them get unstuck and while it  takes practice and a sense of determination, it seems to work well for most people and they often talk about how it helps them get unstuck in other parts of their life.  Learn more

 

 

 

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Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation® that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiatives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is proud of a 93% success rate in helping helps clients from across Canada to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Helping clients to get unstuck and move forward in career and business decisions is a regular part of his work. He is becoming known as a thought leader in this area.

Career Aviators, Guelph ON  --- Overwhelmed By the Kindness of Others

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April 2, 2019

I am overwhelmed by the tremendously encouraging notes and the generous gifts from colleagues and friends  to support a Go Fund Me Campaign I established just 19 days ago.

Recently, I was selected as one of 29 speaker accompanist/ support volunteers for the internationally renown C2 Conference 2019 and the Movin'on Summit in Montreal (May/June 2019).   These conferences are renowned educational experiences that draw top international thinkers and business leaders to focus on business development for a better planet. 

What makes attendance so important to me is that I can use the knowledge and connections to grow my business which directs 100% of its profit to innovative youth leadership initiatives in Guelph.

While my volunteer acceptance waives the registration fee of $6000.00 for both conferences,  Career Aviators is still in its start-up phase (This is my first year of working at it full time) and unfortunately, we don’t have a professional development fund to cover the associated costs.

I initially thought I would need to decline the offer to volunteer at the conferences. Yet, I did not want to lose the opportunity.  These conferences could make a huge difference to Career Aviators. Both Conferences are entirely experiential and consequently participants develop different and deeper kinds of  relationships with other participants than they do at traditional conferences.

“Forget everything you know about conferences. You won’t find any trade floors or exhibitors’ booths here. C2 Montréal is about experiencing the unexpected, taking a step back, recharging and leaving your comfort zone behind. This three-day event brings together visionaries and forward-thinkers from around the world to explore the relationship between commerce and creativity, and its potential to redefine business” is what C2 describes on their website.

My research showed past participants had all made connections or gained new ideas which shifted and grew their businesses. This kind of learning could assist Career Aviators in reaching  its goal of directing 20,000.00 per year, by 2023, to innovative youth leadership initiatives in Guelph

What also attracts me is their interest in sustainability. C2 describes the theme, Now:

“Global challenges require us to make impactful efforts, both individually and collaboratively, right now. The business community is home to the kinds of powerful, broad-spectrum thinkers and doers who can influence and evolve — perhaps even revolutionize — the ways in which we work while leading towards a better, more sustainable and inclusive future.”

Their interest in sustainability is also reinforced by hosting the Movin’On Summit held one week later on the same site, which explores new and actionable solutions to address global challenges that will define the future of mobility.

Sustainability, Creativity, Business Growth and Innovation are the foundation of these conferences and that aligns with why Career Aviators became a Certified B Corporation in 2017  

 

 

 

Wayne Greenway is 75% on his way to Montreal thanks to many kind supporters. Words simply cannot express his gratitude to those who are helping me to grow Career Aviators through the learning and contacts he gains at these conferences

Interested in helping Wayne get the rest of the way there? Go Fund Me Campaign

Mindfulness: The Platform To Get Unstuck

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Mindfulness is a process of awareness. It involves paying attention to experience in the moment as opposed to being caught up in thoughts (Harris 2009)

Mindfulness is spending any amount of time focused on one object while you let all of your other thoughts and feelings pass through your mind without attending to them.

With practice, you can experience a whole new world as you focus on the present. It is the platform from which to grow permanently unstuck

Interested in learning more  about mindfulness ?

Interested in learning more about getting unstuck so you can move forward using your strengths in the direction of your values ?

Career Aviators On C2 Montreal: About Aithan Shapira

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On C2, is a daily post which pulls out interesting aspects of C2 Montreal, May 22-24,2019 — The most forward-thinking business event in the world

One of the interesting speakers: “Aithan Shapira is the founder of Making to Think, a company that advises executives at complex, global organizations on how best to foster company cultures that enable innovation and change. Drawing from his experience as a professional artist, Aithan’s strategies and techniques are doing more than guide corporate incubators of talent — he’s also shaping international governments’ innovation initiatives, business and arts education curricula, and coaching leaders on how to “see and listen differently” in the tectonic shift from building tools to creating cultures as their competitive advantage. Aithan is currently leading three international university initiatives integrating their arts colleges and business schools, and he’s pioneering progressive curricula at the edge of leadership, skills retraining and the future of work at MIT Sloan, Harvard iLab, Stanford d.school and the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship” (C2 Montreal 2019 - Commerce and Creativity)

Are you considering a career transition? Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation® that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiatives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is proud of a 93% success rate in helping helps clients from across Canada to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do. Helping clients to get unstuck and move forward in career and business decisions is a regular part of his work, He is becoming known as a thought leader in this area.

Wayne was recently selected as a speaker accompaniment/support volunteer for the internationally renown C2 Conference 2019 and the Movin'on Summit in Montreal (May/June 2019)