Message from the President & CEO
And Just Like That, Summer Became Fall

Long, carefree summer days are a thing of the past. Calendars are filling up with meetings, events, conferences and trade shows. 

How are you handling the transition? Are you someone who enthusiastically jumps right in and already has a full calendar or are you lamenting the loss of free, unscheduled time? Have you put your summer wardrobe away or are you still waiting for one more, hot day to wear your shorts and sandals?

How you handle the transition will impact your success. Your approach to fall says a lot about your approach to change in general. Do you long for the past, the way things always were? Or do you look forward to the changes and challenges coming your way?

Let’s look at a practical example.

The fall is a time of conferences and trade shows. Some of you will attend the same ones year after year. While there is a lot to be said for consistency and process, you might want to consider shaking it up a bit. This could mean changing up your promotional tools – does your marketing material need a refresh? What about your swag – can you give away something that is unique? 

What about YOU? Do you gravitate towards the people you know from last year or do you reach out to new people as well? Do you go through the motions or are you excited to display your products and services? Do you sit behind your table or are you out in front greeting people as they walk by?

And do you take advantage of all the opportunities a conference offers? Do you have breakfast with other attendees? Do you have lunch with different attendees? Do you attend the professional development seminars that are offered and take notes to share with your team when you get back to the office?

Conferences are so much more than displaying your goods. Take advantage, be enthusiastic, be successful!

Audie McCarthy
President & CEO
Come visit our Technical Training Advisor Doug Daniels
at the Manufacturers Forum Workshop on Thursday, September 20.

Stop by and ask Doug about our Technical Training!
Come visit Business Development Officer Dianne Jones at the OMHRA Conference on October 19. 
Dianne will be at booth 7.

Ask Dianne about our new "Working with Council" course!
Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the MCE team Shawn Lovegrove, our Marketing and Communications Specialist.

The MCE team is thrilled to have Shawn with us!
HR Corner: Benefits of Professional Development
Finding it Hard to Keep up in Today’s Fast Paced World?

An increasing number of professionals are now recognizing the importance of professional development. More and more people of all generations are frequently upgrading their skill set to stay up to date in their field, to remain competitive and increase their value. As an HR person myself, I find the only way to stay ahead of the game and continue to bring value to MCE, is to continue to build on my skills. While we know that Professional Development is a must, the question remains: Who does it benefit and how? 
The three beneficiaries are: the organization, the employee group and the individual. 
Let’s take a closer look at each: 

Professional development benefits the organization in a variety of ways. An up to date workforce will: increase your talent pool, help you retain employees, maintain your organization’s image as a leader in the community and give you a competitive advantage. 

Professional development benefits the employees in several ways. It makes them more proficient in their jobs, more employable, prepares them for career moves as well as opportunities for promotions within the organization.
Lastly, professional development benefits the individual - you! It increases self confidence, ensures you continue to be competent in the profession, gives you credibility and increases your value to the organization.
So what are some ways you can engage in professional development?

Reading is an excellent resource. You have already started professional development by reading the MCE HR Corner! There are also other excellent resources such as the HR Reporter, Forbes and Ted Talks, to name a few. Some excellent books to read include: WHEN by Daniel Pink, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey and Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World by Rob Rosen. Following Social Media such as Twitter and LinkedIn are also excellent resources for articles.  

Attending conferences of joining networks is a great opportunity to meet other professionals as well as listen to excellent speakers. Attend your local HRPA's events, attend or volunteer at the Human Resources Convention in February 2019, attend the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association in October this year, join your local Chamber of Commerce or Business Network International. You can even joining your local Rotary club to connect with other professionals and organizations

Networking and building your professional connections is also key. When those difficult questions arise or you just need someone to bounce ideas off of, you will have a network of professionals to reach out to and share information. In order to find suitable venues, reach out to your local HRPA, Chamber or look at websites such as Eventbright.

In closing, professional development is important not just for HR but for all professionals. I recommend you take some time to form your own Individual Development plan, mapping out what types of professional development interests you.

Carrie Deon
Human Resources Generalist
Course of the Month: eLearning Modules
MCE is proud to introduce our new eLearn modules to support our Future Ready Leadership 1 program. They reinforce the learning from the program as well as introduce some new concepts. They can be used in conjunction with the Future Ready Leadership 1 program or as stand alone modules.

Module 1 | Leadership Dynamics - has been released and is available here
Module 2 | Embracing Diversity Through Impact Communications - coming soon
Module 3 | Coaching and Managing Performance - coming soon
Module 4 | Facilitating Change - coming soon

Contact us anytime for more information |
For more information about our programs, contact:
Lorraine MacDonald
Mohawk College Enterprise | 905-575-2534 | |