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A Message From Dr. Helen

This is one of my favourite times of the year, not just because of the festivities and good food (although it definitely helps), but because it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the year ahead. As we approach the end of the year, remember that there’s still time to (a) make use of an annual training or professional development budget and (b) prepare for upcoming hiring/promotion processes in the federal public service or elsewhere.

I hope you enjoy this latest edition of "You Heard It Here!"


Feeling Pigeonholed and underestimated professionally?

When we’re pigeonholed and underestimated, it can take a lot of effort to get ourselves seen in a different light. Getting past these uncomfortable moulds might start with changing our own mindset and possibly adapting so that we’re more open to trying different roles that are a better fit.
Failure to launch because of workplace obstacles or resistance? How to take off in your career.

Getting and starting new jobs, launching major projects, or making any meaningful change often feels difficult to navigate. Sometimes it feels like a very bumpy road or it can be as unsettling as turbulence.The gravity of how hard this can be keeps many people down and unable to find the means to take off in their professional lives and in other important endeavours.
What You Need to Know About Psychometric Testing

Recent headlines and events chronicle the missteps of two prominent Canadian leaders who clearly have significant blind spots. These scenarios are great reminders of the value of the types of leadership assessments that I use in my practice. These psychometric assessments can help most of us work through the behavioural implications of our strengths and weaknesses – especially the ones that are most relevant to our responsibilities or our goals.
This month marks I/O Advisory Services’ 7th anniversary! I’m so grateful to the people who I've been able to meet and work for over the years. It's been an exciting and interesting experience and I look forward to what's possible in the future. To coincide with this milestone, I’m sharing the top 7 career tips that I’ve learned and/or recommended over the past 7 years.
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1. ‘How you do something is how you do everything’
I like this expression because it highlights the value of being consistent and having a close match between what we say and what we do. 

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2. The most successful people are originals 
It’s hard to be great or authentic when you’re imitating someone else.

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3. Don’t underestimate the value of networking, or as I like to think of it, building relationships
Many of the best insights and opportunities come through people who you know.

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4. Diverse networks are better than narrow ones
If we're in regular contact with people who are older or younger than us, in different fields than us, who have different lived experiences than us, then we end up sharing ideas and ‘bumping into’ information that we would otherwise never have access to.

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5. Chance favours the prepared
I’ve always liked the expression ‘the harder I work, the luckier I get …’ since it’s a reminder that when we’ve done our part, we’re better positioned for success.

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6. Make hay while the sun shines
There are always some things that are within our control and I’m an advocate of doing what we can when we can. 

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7. Perseverance beats intelligence
Hard work beats smart every time when smart does not want to work hard.

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How being grateful improves your chances of success

I love sharing information that helps people become happier and more successful. Since November is national gratitude month in the US, it's a great time to share some data-driven findings on the correlation between gratitude and success.
Read the full article on CNBC

How to stay relevant amidst AI & Machine Learning

Many changes linked to automation, artificial intelligence, and other trends will continue to affect the modern workplace. Over the past 18-months or so I’ve been reflecting on these coming changes and helping my clients stay on the right side of what’s ahead. In addition to my past AudioBlog articles on this topic, I’m sharing two articles here. One is on how soft skills will take on greater importance and the other is about the value of intrapreneurship.
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