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What can you do about cynicism right now?

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Decades ago, individuals would find work in an organization, preferably, a well-reputed one, and survive their way through the corporate ladder to the top, no matter how hard that vertical climb was. In the office, they would find a way to work with and around bad managers, even if they thought their manager was inept and undeserving of their benevolence.

In stark contrast to then, organizational realities in today’s flatter hierarchies are vastly different. With downsizing and stagnant salaries as a given, organizations now aren’t immune to the outcomes of unethical behaviour, lack of transparency, or lying on the part of their leaders. A workforce that’s maimed by frustrated, disillusioned, and distrustful employees is one that’s suffering from what’s known among academics as “organizational cynicism”.

The 2016 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER indicated that there is a general lack of trust between organizational leaders and their employees. Of the 33,000 people they questioned globally for the survey, it was found that “while two-thirds of executives trust the company, less than half of rank-and-file employees do.”

In The Speed of Trust, Stephen Covey wrote “when trust goes down (in a relationship, on a team, in an organization, or with a partner or customer), speed goes down and cost goes up…The inverse is equally true: When trust goes up, cost goes down, and speed goes up.”

Organizational cynicism leads to knowledge hiding by employees. In a 2012 research published by Dr. Catherine Connelly - one of our two academic speakers in June - “despite efforts to enhance knowledge transfer in organizations, success has been illusive.”

Karl Marx had once said, “Cynics are made, not born”.

Join us at SCNetwork in June for a lively organizational cynicism smackdown. It’s a well-known assumption that corporate and academia mix like oil and water. This event is your chance to get both sides of the story on organizational cynicism and knowledge hiding, as two university professors debate with two CHROs on the topic.

This is your chance to discover what you can do about cynicism and knowledge hiding within your organization.

The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

A must-attend event for our CHROs.

Like a boomerang, two of our past University presenters are coming back to update us on their research. Why? Because you told us they were great; that their topics resonated with you; and that you would have liked a deeper dive. Dr. Catherine Connelly, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Organizational Behaviour at McMaster University, and Dr. Kristyn Scott, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at Ryerson University will lead a session that will unfold in three acts.

ACT 1: The professors will take turns talking about: Knowledge Hiding in Organizations and Organizational Cynicism.

ACT 2: Each professor will pair up with a CHRO. A lively point/counterpart discussion will follow.

ACT 3: You’ll work in groups, and the live audience will engage in discussions about all they’ve learned. The event will close with the panel of professors and CHROs responding to questions and suggestions.

ENCORE: The two professors will provide an exclusive “sneak preview” of research studies currently underway at their respective universities.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? Because of the classic gap between Academia and Corporate Canada, we often miss opportunities to leverage new research findings for the benefit of our organizations. Here’s your chance!

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The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

Leaders often forget they’re human beings, and that their employees are also human.

Leadership today is not about having all the answers and making all the decisions. It is about being present and forming personal, and meaningful bonds with the people we lead. In the “future of work”, human leadership puts people before numbers. So, how do we become human leaders again?

Potential Project’s new book explores The Mind of the Leader and identifies three key qualities of human leadership.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? Because our speaker, Vince Brewerton, recipient of the Rotman Award of Teaching Excellence, will share stories of human leadership from top global executives, and lead you through a mindfulness training session (the first leadership quality) to enable you to take your first step in developing truly human leadership.

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The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Let’s have some serious fun looking inside your head.

Ever wonder why the person across the table from you seems to come from a different planet? Ever wonder if that person is thinking the same thing about you? It’s all about your style of thinking.

Along the way to getting work done, we assemble our thinking into thoughts which leads to our actions, which produces our results. If your results aren’t what you hoped for, let’s try aligning your thinking style with the thinking requirements of the task at hand.

Join thinking guru and president of Forrest & Company, Julian Chapman as he introduces you to your thinking style, and shows you how to use that awareness to work faster and smarter. Even with Martians.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: All registrants of this event will be sent an invitation to complete a Rhodes’ Thinking Intentions Profile (Rhodes’ TIP) survey by August 8, 2018. The resulting report, the “Thinking-Intentions Profile”, will be sent to each registrant prior to the event. All webcast and onsite attendees are requested to bring this report to the event.

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Register yourself and/or your corporate teams today!

Early bird pricing ends June 15.

Whether you’re a curious golfer, a competitive golfer, or an epicurean…we’ve got you covered!

Enjoy a day of golf, tasty treats, and learning to help us beat our 2018 fundraising goal of $7,500 for Daily Bread Food Bank.

To sign up, visit:

For more information and sponsorship details, contact:

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To our member, Barb Keenan from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), for receiving 2018’s prestigious Dentons Senior Executive of the Year award from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).


We recently sat down with Barb and asked her to share how she put D&I on OPG’s leadership and board agenda. Read our conversation here.



Bracing for workplace cannabis?

"Most of those who’ve weighed in on the issue concur that HR has had very little time to prepare their organizations for the impact of such a legislation. So, is there an urgency for HR to prepare? Yes and no."" - Suanne Nielsen

Read more here...


by Colleen Clarke

Look For the Good in People

Shut off your cynical voice when you meet new people, and people not of your ilk, and look for reasons to like them, look for the good in a new acquaintance. What you cannot relate to in a person, know that that person is on the other fence about the same issue in you. Accentuate the positive.



Contrary to common knowledge, while representation is a vital component of diversity and inclusion, it is not the only one. At our full-house D&I event this May, Renée Bazile-Jones, senior director of learning at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion informed us about the five directional dimensions of diversity that originate at the very core level of our individual personalities, spanning out all the way to global proportions.

To catch the highlights of Renée’s talk, check out this short clip:

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