Redefining Success: Celebrating the magic of community

Gori Bhullar
​​Gori Bhullar, Law and Business ’13, is a seasoned management consultant with a specialization in understanding human behaviour in the workplace. She has spearheaded transformative people and culture initiatives for several organizations. Currently, Gori works in the financial services industry in Toronto, Canada, where she leads strategic people & culture efforts for more than 60,000 employees across North America. Her commitment to fostering talent is her hallmark, making her a standout figure in her field. Stay tuned for her insights in this series.

Have you ever watched the television series Community? It’s a whirlwind of hilarity and heartwarming moments, centring around seven individuals who initially gather for Spanish tutoring and unintentionally build profound friendships. This show beautifully exemplifies the essence of community – people coming together around a shared interest and discovering connections they might never have otherwise.

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Redefining Success: Embracing the adventure of learning

Gori Bhullar
​​Gori Bhullar, Law and Business ’13, is a seasoned management consultant with a specialization in understanding human behaviour in the workplace. She has spearheaded transformative people and culture initiatives for several organizations. Currently, Gori works in the financial services industry in Toronto, Canada, where she leads strategic people & culture efforts for more than 60,000 employees across North America. Her commitment to fostering talent is her hallmark, making her a standout figure in her field. Stay tuned for her insights in this series.

Remember what Einstein once said, ‘Once you stop learning, you start dying.’ So, let’s start with this vital dimension: learning. It’s a cornerstone that profoundly impacts both our personal and professional journeys.

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Redefining success: The work-life harmony series

Gori Bhullar
​​Gori Bhullar, Law and Business ’13, is a seasoned management consultant with a specialization in understanding human behaviour in the workplace. She has spearheaded transformative people and culture initiatives for several organizations. Currently, Gori works in the financial services industry in Toronto, Canada, where she leads strategic people & culture efforts for more than 60,000 employees across North America. Her commitment to fostering talent is her hallmark, making her a standout figure in her field. Stay tuned for her insights in this series.

Say goodbye to the age-old concept of work-life balance; it’s time to embrace a new perspective — work-life harmony. This fresh framework acknowledges that our lives extend far beyond our work roles, encompassing a rich tapestry of dimensions that interconnect and support our careers.

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Workplace wellness tips for health-care workers and leaders

Ashley Kim, Health Administration in Community Care (MA) ’19
Ashley Kim, Health Administration in Community Care (MA) ’19 is Program Manager, Your Health Space at Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario division. She is a mother, registered nurse and advocate for culture change in health-care organizations to improve workplace mental health for health-care workers.

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month. Health-care workers, leaders and organizational decision-makers can celebrate this month by making plans to holistically improve the health of their workplace and collectively work toward a shared vision of psychologically healthier and safer workplaces.

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Why kindness is the must-have superpower you need to lead

As the old saying goes, a little kindness can go a long way. In this blog, Julie Adam, Radio and Television Arts ’92, shares four ways you can use kindness to help you in leadership.

Julie Adam
Julie Adam, Radio and Television Arts ’92, is the President of News & Entertainment at Rogers Sports & Media. Her leadership book Imperfectly Kind: Why Kindness Is The Must-Have Superpower You Need To Lead was released in December 2021.

Practicing kindness in leadership will force you to shift focus away from yourself to the things which matter most — your customers, your employees, your shareholders and your community. If you want to transform from good to great and excel in leadership, you need a north star and a superpower to guide you. Make it kindness.

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6 tips for success in a solo business

Sue Allen Clayton
Sue Allen Clayton, Business ’82, is the founder of the Solopreneur Academy and author of Solopreneur Success: How to Plan, Create and Run a One-Person Business. Sue lives on Long Island, NY with her husband, self-employed daughter, two rescue dogs, and an embarrassingly large collection of books and quilt fabric.

When I received my business degree from Ryerson in 1982, I had no desire to start my own business. I chose a secure future in corporate Canada and became a human cog in Toronto’s real estate industry. My life changed drastically in the 1990s when my husband was transferred to the United States. Once I could legally work, I was very pregnant and excited to start a solo business as a freelance writer.

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How to get the most out of an information interview

Monika Monga
Monika Monga (Business Management ’00; Human Resources Management MA) is a HR professional who has worked in both the public and private sector where she gained experience in recruitment.

An information interview allows a potential candidate or jobseeker to “interview the employer.” It’s a great way to network with industry professionals and pick up key insights into a field or industry. The information interview gives the candidate the opportunity to lead a more casual conversation where the industry professional does most of the talking.

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Learning from others’ hiring mistakes

Craig Bissett
Craig Bissett, Marketing Management ’81, is the author of My Worst Hire & What I Learned From It. He is the Founder of the Hiring Simulation Assessment process and President of Hire Results Ltd. Bissett’s Hiring Simulation Assessment process is used by hundreds of hiring teams to test drive candidates before a key hire is made.

Business owners and managers have rarely been challenged more in a 12-month timespan as they have due to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis. In spite of these challenges, some vital business activities still need to take place but now with increased rigor and precision. Hiring is one of these all-important activities.

If you have the responsibility of hiring key personnel you will appreciate the hiring wisdom outlined by the 50 business leaders in this new book.

Here are a few abbreviated stories and the accompanying hiring nuggets from three of the 50 contributors:

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Making lemonade out of lemons: 3 tips for pivoting your business with confidence

Rachel Kelly, Image Arts ‘12
Rachel Kelly, Image Arts ’12, is the Founder of Make Lemonade, a coworking office and community for female entrepreneurs.

Tears welled up in my eyes as I walked home on March 15, 2020. I had just closed my business doors — a coworking office — for two weeks. One week prior, I was celebrating International Women’s Day in an office full of ambitious entrepreneurs. We had a potluck, there were numerous hugs, and we certainly underestimated how special it was to gather in real life.

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