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Jim Fries

About Jim Fries

Jim Fries, M.A., CHRP (partner) - No ‘one size fits all’ approach works for complex challenges or builds upon the unique strengths of organizations, teams or individuals. Jim brings a wide variety of approaches, honed over the course of his career. As someone who has owned and operated three small businesses, Jim is adept at exploring different alternatives to help organizations and individuals realize their ambition and potential.

When is a team not a team?

By | August 29th, 2016|Career Transition, Executive Coaching, Executive Search, HR Consulting, Management Consulting|

I met the executive vice-president of HR of a global firm the other day. He asked me to tell him about Cenera. I told him we were employee-owned, Calgary born and raised, we offer a range of HR services, and that we work as a team. “No you don’t. That’s impossible”, he said. “You’re a [...]

Why Fit Matters – And what you can do about it

By | August 22nd, 2016|Executive Search|

We just picked up a new executive search for an exploitation engineer. Not because they are hard to find – with all the layoffs in the city I know there are lots of outstanding exploitation engineers out there looking for work. I suspect if you placed an online ad you would get hundreds of applicants. [...]

Holiday Season Networking

By | December 3rd, 2015|Career Transition, Marketing|

It seems we are often asked by our clients if they should take a break from their job search over the holidays. Chances are you won’t get many interviews, but this is a great time to network and look ahead to the New Year. How can you hit the ground running? By networking like crazy [...]

Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile

By | November 30th, 2015|Career Transition, Executive Search|

Times are tough, no question about it. There are a lot of people looking for work at the moment. And surprisingly a lot of people are finding work. These aren’t the stories you hear on the radio or in the newspaper. I guess nothing sells like doom and gloom. We know from our work with [...]

A Case for Coaching: Why Executive Coaching is the Best Leadership Development Strategy in Today’s Turbulent Times

By | September 17th, 2013|Executive Coaching|

Blog from our global partner: Career Partners International – San Franciso Bay Area / Torchiana Mastrov & Sapiro Organizations are caught in a dilemma. The recent global economic meltdown has required many companies to cut back drastically and tighten belts wherever possible – including cutting their commitment and resources dedicated to leadership development. At the [...]

Can “Application Coaching” Improve Your Leadership Development Strategy?

By | September 10th, 2013|Executive Coaching|

Lately we’ve seen an increase in the number of projects involving what we call “Application Coaching,” or Integration Coaching, with clients of all sizes. Application Coaching is one-on-one coaching support, provided to participants of leadership development programs, to reinforce the learning as participants apply it in the workplace. Savvy organizations invest significantly in the development [...]

Coaching: Blazing Your Own Trail

By | August 27th, 2013|Executive Coaching|

Blog from our global partner: by Stephan Murdoch Below is a case study of "Manager as Coach" implemented by Hazell & Associates, Career Partners International - Toronto. This article was reprinted with permission from HR Professional magazine and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). www.hrpa.ca. In 2011, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences developed a coaching [...]

Are the Critical Components of Career Success Changing in the 21st Century?

By | May 6th, 2013|Executive Coaching|

Blog from our global partner: by Geoff Officer Over the last twenty years I have had the privilege of working with many individuals as they confront different career turning points in their lives, from career promotion to transitions and radical career changes. While every individual faces their own unique set of circumstances, I have been [...]

Emotional Awareness and EI

By | April 8th, 2013|Executive Coaching|

Blog from our global partner: by Kris Girrell A few years back, Daniel Goleman introduced the concept of Emotional Intelligence as an essential foundation for effective leadership. It was one of those ideas that met with instant recognition as spot on. But just as quickly – in just a matter of a few years, it [...]

Going For It!

By | March 25th, 2013|Executive Coaching|

Blog from our global partner: by Kris Girrell We coaches often draw analogies from the sports world, and this is one of those rich ones – so rich, in fact, that it made it into the Wall Street Journal! The actual football issue – that of making a late-in-the-game 4th and 2 decision to go [...]