Do Teens Need to Network to Get a First Job?

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Posted: 04/10/2013 12:17 pm  Huffington Post My son couldn’t wait to turn 16 because it meant he could finally get a job. On his birthday, last November, he started applying to companies. He has a strong work ethic; it must come from being raised by an entrepreneurial mother. He has seen me work hard, make

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Are Advisory Firms Conflicted in this New Governance Normal

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Posted: 01/10/2012 9:09 am With Richard Leblanc A major organization knows it is not running efficiently and that over the years, systems have been spliced on to other systems, behaviour has become entrenched, innovation has stalled and the bureaucracy has run amuck. The balance sheet is not looking good and tweaking the system hasn’t helped.

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How to Stop Fraud and Corruption in Your Organization

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Published in Huffington Post on November 20, 2012 By Richard Leblanc and Deborah Nixon The Walmart bribery probe has widened beyond Mexico to include China, Brazil and India. The RCMP is investigating the SNC Lavalin bribery allegations, on which Richard advised a law firm suing the company. Richard blogged about Sino-Forest, a case of alleged

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Why You Need Trust in the Boardroom

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HUFFINGTON POST Deborah Nixon and Richard Leblanc GET UPDATES FROM Deborah Nixon Why You Need Trust in the Boardroom Posted: 10/29/2012 5:49 pm It was that time of year again: the board meeting. The CEO hated these meetings, didn’t like the board, and resented their oversight. As he had done in so many other meetings,

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Are Advisory Firms Conflicted in this New Governance Normal?

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A major organization knows it is not running efficiently and that over the years, systems have been spliced on to other systems, behaviour has become entrenched, innovation has stalled and the bureaucracy has run amuck. The balance sheet is not looking good and tweaking the system hasn’t helped. The Board of Directors has called for

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Dealing with Shareholder Activists

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Lately, advisors have been critical about activist investors and the focus on shareholder value. The Canadian regulatory landscape provides a perfect environment for shareholders to increase their influence at the board level. At first blush, you might believe that the extra oversight is a good thing. However, as Ed Waitzer of Stikeman Elliott says, “The

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Women Trust Women With Their Money

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Judy was panicked over her investments and frozen in indecision about what to do next. The market wasn’t doing well and she wasn’t sure what all of this meant for her. She was in her mid-fifties, didn’t have a pension (darn those years of doing her own thing) and was single. Late at night, while

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Laid Off After 20 Years? Time to Reinvent Yourself.

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How often do we hear this: it’s a tough economy. We all feel this reality and it seems that employees who are 50+ have been hit particularly hard. Of course, this doesn’t ignore the thousands of others who are having a tough time but the 50+ group have some unique problems. While many statistics will

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Behind Instagram’s Success. Networking the Old Way

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The only way to build trust is through building strong relationships.  This is something I tell people everytime I work with them on improving the trust and integrity in their personal and professional lives, and in their organizations. SAN FRANCISCO — Past midnight, in a dimly lighted warehouse jutting into the San Francisco Bay, Kevin

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