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Reflecting on our Growth

Our company hit a significant milestone recently. We’re all grown up, at age twenty one. Just like a 21-year-old, our company has gone through growth spurts, and perhaps sometimes an awkward stage. And like a person, we have grown with knowledge and experience every year.

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Our 21st birthday is a sentimental one, full of celebration and reflection surrounding this coming of age milestone.

As we reflect, we’re proud that we’ve worked hard to develop solid, mature relationships because of trust and respect. Clients return for multiple placements and with each subsequent placement, we gain a better understanding of their unique culture fit.

We are so very thankful for so many loyal clients where we have developed a successful relationship that translates into placing all their new hires. When facilitating a candidate and company match, we always hope to get the fit right for our client but also help our candidates set off on a fulfilling career path. When we continue to work with these organizations year after year, we get to watch our former candidates progress within these organizations, which ends up being very fulfilling for us.

We often hear about all the great people our candidates were introduced to during the interviews we arrange; we love it when our clients showcase their employees, and ultimately their culture, during the interview process. We love it, even more, when we hear that our placements are now the employees interviewing new potential talent and helping to choose their next best hire.

We stay close to our clients and candidates, selfishly maybe – so we get to experience all these fulfilling moments… but also because as we mature, and our clients grow over time, our working relationship becomes easier. We become better at anticipating needs and recognizing good fit.

When we have a great interview at McNak, the team discusses where that person would fit best. Of course, we have open roles and immediate recruitment needs that we are working hard to fill… but, we also have the ability to imagine that person working for a specific client and fitting in great! We give that hiring manager a call, just in case they are thinking of growing the team anytime soon. This might be the same client who calls us in November to let us know they might be hiring in March, just so we can keep our eyes open in the meantime. Building on each year of partnership, with more knowledge, comes more success, and that is something to celebrate!

Just like a 21-year-old, we reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look forward to continuing to learn and grow. Saying this, maybe this milestone is more similar to a couple celebrating their 21st Anniversary? Our partnerships with clients are built on trust, growing from added knowledge and experiences year after year; we are better together, and it gets better with every year.

How Successful People Think

It is no accident that successful people are the big dreamers. They are purposeful, with an unrelenting drive to pursue their passion.

This motivational video just might inspire you to work harder, improve your performance, and be successful.

Take the time to say thank you.

It’s pretty simple. Just two words.light-sign-typography-lighting

Thank you.

And we fail to realize how much of a difference it can make to take the time to say thank you to our friends, family, and to our colleagues.

In the typical workplace, we work in teams. When we are collaborating with our fellow teammates, we help each other along to achieve a common goal. We need to remember to take the time to say thank you.

I was reminded of this simple concept in a blog post I read yesterday entitled Did You Say Thank You Today?

Gratitude goes a long way.

If someone has assisted you with a project, and their contribution and time meant a difference to you, take the time to thank them graciously. Even better, and this may feel awkward at first, make eye contact when saying thanks. It will be sincere. If you didn’t get a chance to thank them in person, put it in writing and make sure to send a quick email of thanks.

The best recognition you can give a colleague to thank them for their contribution, is to do so in front of their peers, at a team meeting for example.  At the weekly staff meeting in our office, we have a chance to recognize our colleagues’ efforts from the previous week; our appreciation is rewarded with a ‘kudos’.

Take the time to say thank you.

Make Your Bed Every Day

Starting each day with this one habit will set you up for success.

Navy Seal Admiral McRaven explains at a university commencement speech why making your bed everyday may be the best way to start off your day.

 

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”

~ U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven

 

 

Earth Day

Every year on April 22, more than a billion people across the globe celebrate Earth Day.pexels-photo-346885 earth day

Earth Day gives us the opportunity to come together to share awareness of what we can do to maintain a healthy environment on our planet. We believe we’re pretty good about recycling and being energy efficient in our homes, but what about our workplaces?

Here are some easy practices that can be put in place at the office:

  1. Use less paper. Do you really need to print that email? At least print double sided if you have to.
  2. Turn off the lights. As the days get longer, allow the natural light from the windows to brighten your workspace
  3. Watch that thermostat. Keep the office at a comfortable temperature. Wear layers instead of adjusting the thermostat.
  4. Stock the staff kitchen with reusable cutlery, glasses, dishes, cups. Have well marked recycling bins for food waste, plastics, paper etc.
  5. Buy energy efficient equipment. Laptops use less energy than desktops. Use sleep or standby mode when not in use. Turn off your computer at end of the day, and especially for the weekend.
  6. Walk, bike, or take public transportation to work. If your position allows for it, occasionally telecommute.
  7. Donate used electronic equipment to charities.

If we can all make adjustments, we can contribute to a healthy planet.

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

 

GrapeJuice Wine Auction & Tasting. Our 10th Anniversary!

We’re excited to announce the 10th anniversary of GrapeJuice , the wine auction & tasting benefiting Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver is the exclusive venue sponsor for this year’s event taking place on Wednesday, April 26th.GJ--logo
Since its inception, GrapeJuice has raised over $608,000 in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s (BCLM) mentoring programs!

Founding sponsors McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MLA Canada invite you to GrapeJuice. Exclusively presented by Capital Direct, guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening and magnificent wines while supporting a great cause.

If you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy wine and a great social event, then this event will certainly appeal to you! GrapeJuice has been known to sell out.  Purchase tickets here. For information on how to donate wine or contribute to Grape Juice contact Jessica Rozitis.

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Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

At a quick glance at a resume, hiring managers can easily be too quick to judge to determine if the candidate deserves an interview.

In this TED Talk video below, HR Manager Regina Hartley shares with us why highly motivated ‘scrappers’ are the kind of candidates hiring managers should be looking out for. Scrappers have experienced hardships and overcome adversity which has shaped them to be highly motivated, productive and successful.

How to Choose Your Career

What do want to be when you grow up?

We’ve all been asked this question. And throughout our lives, the answer can change as our skills refine and our interests shift.

I am the parent of a pre-teen and a teenager. They have many questions about their future, and are figuring out their interests along the way. They both know that they want a career that interests them, and will sustain them.  I look forward to showing them this infographic below, as many of the points are ones that come up in our thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations about choosing a career.

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source: Jobacle

Be Fearlessly Authentic

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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If you are a manager, team leader or business owner there is one facet of your character that must stand out to those you lead and that is “authenticity.”

Your people want to know who you really are.  Many times when a person is put into a position of “leadership” they feel they must act the part (whatever that means to them).  It’s not long before their people realize that they are not being authentic and this is where problems will begin.

In the book The Go-Giver The authors teach the “Law of Authenticity.” The following is an excerpt from the chapter.

“As long as you’re trying to be someone else, or putting on some act or behavior someone else taught you, you have no possibility of truly reaching people. The most valuable thing you have to give people is yourself.”

Here are a couple of tips to practice in being authentic.

  • Realize no one is perfect, be yourself.
  • Be present when you are with others.
  • State your values and then live them out loud. “Walk the talk.”
  • Be aware when you are not being authentic and change it quickly.

Being authentic is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to those with whom you encounter, live and work with.

“I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.”-Charles R. Swindoll

Get Ready for the Week Ahead

Every Monday gives us a chance for a fresh start.

 

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