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December 2018    






Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again: Restoring Teams After Workplace Investigations
Ronald Pizzo, Labour Lawyer, Pink Larkin, 2018

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again: Restoring Teams After Workplace InvestigationsA workplace investigation will not repair dysfunctional workplace relationships. A workplace investigation neither builds bridges, nor resolves interpersonal conflict. In fact, an investigation may make a difficult work environment even more difficult. So how do we put Humpty Dumpty back together again, if all the King’s horses and all the King’s people could not?

Google’s Project Aristotle
In 2012, Google undertook a multi-year initiative to answer one question: what makes some workplace teams soar while others fail miserably. The research team, which included organizational psychologists, statisticians, engineers and sociologists, studied the literature and over 150 Google teams. They found five (5) behavioural norms that all successful teams shared.

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Implementing an Interest-Focused Collective Bargaining Strategy
How Changing the Approach to Collective Bargaining Led to Success
Andy MacDonald, Queen's IRC Coach, 2013

Implementing an Interest-Focused Collective Bargaining StrategyI was a professional Fire Fighter in the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), for many years before I got directly involved as a member of our Local’s negotiating team. Although I was always interested in our Association's activities, and I regularly attended meetings, I never considered myself "involved enough" to run for any committee or executive position for those first 15 years of my career.

I’m not certain that there was any particular event that piqued my interest in becoming a member of our Local's negotiating team, but I was frustrated over the regular cycle of failed negotiations and expensive interest arbitrations. It seemed to me, from the outside looking in, that history kept finding a way of repeating itself and that perhaps I could bring about some change to the process of negotiations.

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You Asked, We Listened
Queen's IRC

You asked, We listenedDue to overwhelming demand, we have made some adjustments to our Spring 2019 program schedule.

We are pleased to announce the return of Strategic Workforce Planning to our program line-up. This program will run on May 28-29, 2019 in Toronto.

We have added another Negotiation Skills program to run in Victoria on July 22-26, 2019. Register early as the last Victoria program filled up very quickly!





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Our prices are increasing in 2019. Take advantage of our 2018 prices and save $750 on 4-5 day programs and $350 on 2-3 day programs when you register on or before December 31, 2018. This limited time offer only applies to 2019 programs.

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