Message from the President & CEO
Speaking Words of Wisdom

Many of you will know that as part of our Future Ready Leadership program (level 1) we include a Leadership Panel. Many of you have either spoken on our panel or have experienced the opportunity of listening to and asking questions of successful individuals from your communities. It is a highlight of the program and although I have attended almost every one of the 70 something we have hosted, I always learn and/or am reminded of something. 

I recently attended the panel with the City of Burlington. Our panelists included:

  • Tim Commisso, City Manager, City of Burlington
  • Meg Houghton, Associate VP Student Services, Mohawk College
  • Glen Norton, Director Hamilton Economic Development, City of Hamilton
  • Demetrius Tsafaridis, President & CEO, CareGo  

Here is what they had to say in response to a question on setbacks.

  • Setbacks are a natural part of leadership. If you have substance and process you will have fewer setbacks. It really is about the journey. 

  • Setbacks are an opportunity to show who you are and are imperative to remind people of the bigger picture/vision.

  • 1. Celebrate success – acknowledge it
  • 2. Listen – ask what is it going to take to motivate you?
  • 3. Setbacks are not a personal failure – don’t dwell – go back and fix it

  • Celebrate failure; 7/10 businesses fail – we should teach people to fail and we don’t. 

Celebrate failure. I am curious as to how many of your organizations or your leaders do that? In the words of Ellen DeGeneres: “It's failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” 

We thank all of our panelists, past and future for sharing their words of wisdom with us and our Future Ready Leadership participants.  

Audie McCarthy
President & CEO
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Congratulations to the 2019 cohort for all of their hard work over the past year, and especially for the creative and well thought out project ideas they presented last month ( Online Gallery ).

Stay tuned later this year for an announcement about their 2021 program.
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Framatome is a designer and supplier of nuclear steam supply systems and nuclear equipment services as well as fuel for high levels of safety and performance.

Training for the HVEM designation is currently underway. Beginning in late February, we switch gears to offer the Power Protection and Control (PPC) training program to qualified participants.

This is an exciting, highly-technical partnership we are proud to be a part of.
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Cheryl is currently providing Strategic Planning for the Industry Education Council of Hamilton Board members, as part of our Strategic Planning Consulting services.
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Simply throwing a mix of people together doesn’t guarantee high performance; it requires Inclusive Leadership. Inclusive leaders are people-oriented, great listeners, able to tap into the talents and motivations of their teams.

Research shows that Inclusiveness directly enhances performance. Teams with inclusive leaders are 17% more likely to report that they are high performing, 20% more likely to say they make high-quality decisions, and 29% more likely to report behaving collaboratively.

Inclusive Leadership
The MCE course helps leaders understand, encourage and embrace diversity and inclusion amongst their team. Participants will learn the impact of understanding diversity, including how being an inclusive leader will bring cohesiveness in today’s workplace and amongst workplace teams.

When you complete this course, you'll be able to recognize the different types of diversity in your team and workplace and articulate the characteristics and qualities of being an inclusive leader.

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