Message from the President & CEO
As many of you know, part of our Future Ready Leadership program is dedicated to learning from existing leaders. One way we do this is in a panel format; asking senior leaders to volunteer a few hours of their time to share their individual leadership journeys with our participants. It has proven to be a highlight for our clients and for us at MCE. In the next few newsletters, I will be sharing some of their insights with you.

Let’s start with some positive advice on how to stave off burnout, something many of you may be experiencing as you try and juggle home, children, and work during the pandemic.

When the question was posed to Rene Gatien, President and CEO of Waterloo North Hydro, he provided three suggestions I am pretty sure each of us could implement.

  1. Create some fun and banter.
  2. Have lunch and ‘therapy’ time with confidants.
  3. Help others and seek some help back. 

I would like to share how we do these things at MCE.

I believe I speak on behalf of my team when I say we have fun together. In the article below you will see a reference to a Christmas activity we did together via zoom. This was a planned event. And there is always a fair bit of friendly banter on our weekly team calls usually involving the team making fun of me, especially when my internet freezes and my frozen face is on display for all to see.

In the face to face environment of the past, those of us in the office always had lunch together. We have had Zoom lunches now which aren’t quite the same but offer a time together to talk about things other than business.

I have always encouraged the team to look after each other whether that was scheduled “buddy” time to chat and get to know one another or just to reach out when you sense a teammate is struggling. As leaders, it is up to us to create an environment where it is okay to seek help. It is our responsibility to watch for burnout in others because regardless of how open the environment is, they may still be reluctant to ask for help.

“Leaders tend to be high-energy people when it comes to work.”, explained Helga Reidel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the ENWIN Group of Companies. This doesn’t mean leaders won’t burn out, it might just take a bit longer. Helga offers some practical tips such as aligning personal and work schedules into one calendar so you won’t miss important events, and, to keep working on those organizational and time management skills.

You can’t lead if you are burned out. Please check out Donna’s article on resilience below.

Audie McCarthy | President & CEO
Course Spotlight:
MCE Short Series: Register Now to Save!
The MCE Short Series was developed to deliver information in an interactive, concise way, using the principles of micro-learning in an hour-long, virtual format.

February 23, 2021 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm 

Explore the conceptual frameworks of implicit biases and their manifestation in our behaviours and attitudes. Discuss various forms of our unconscious influences and their implications. Examine promising strategies to build a healthy and bias-proof workplace environment.

March 23, 2021 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Discover the relationship between the four domains of the Emotional Intelligence Theory and Implicit Biases. Discuss various forms of our unconscious influences and their implications. Examine promising strategies to build a healthy and bias-proof workplace environment.

April 27, 2021 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Explore powerful strategies to mitigate implicit biases and promote a workplace that is inclusive, engaging, and empathetic. Discuss various forms of our unconscious influences and their implications. Examine promising strategies to build a healthy and bias-proof workplace environment.

Final 2 Weeks for the Series Package Rate! 3 Hours of Microlearning for $100!

The MCE Shorts Series Package brings all 3 quick learning modules into the comfort of your work environment at a discounted rate. You'll find that by attending all 3 modules, your dedication to improving your leadership skills will not go unnoticed in creating a more inclusive and emphatic leadership style. Research continues to prove that the MCE Shorts Series modules are skills for Future Ready Leadership.

Access the package rate HERE. Only until February 22, 2021.
Resiliency: An Article

MCE Instructional Designer, Donna Stevenson, penned an article on Building Resiliency in Your Team. Every leader is experiencing challenges no matter their environment, so how do leaders retain resiliency and optimism?

Read the article to explore the skills and deployment of resiliency in strong leadership. This article originally appeared as part of the Resiliency workshop hosted by OMHRA in January 2021.

Tiny Homes Project
is a GO!

It started off as CASE (Compact Affordable Sustainable and Efficient) Tiny Homes - a project proposed by the City of Brantford Future Ready Leadership team to introduce affordable housing to those in immediate need.

A feasibility study in April 2019 focused on finding available city-owned property for a potential CASE home demonstration project.

As of January 15, 2021, the City of Brantford embarked on its first foray into Tiny Homes.

Skills for the Future Forum

Workforce Planning Hamilton has partnered with MCE to offer a new FREE virtual interactive series: Skills for the Future Forum.

Three virtual interactive sessions featuring in-depth discussions and learning from a range of experts. Discover funding opportunities and the skills required for employees to be successful now and in the future.

SIGN UP TODAY! Begins February 9. More info via the link below

For more information about our programs, contact:
Audie McCarthy
Mohawk College Enterprise | 905-575-2534 | |