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Negotiation Skills
Jul 22-26, 2019 - Victoria
Managing Unionized Environments
Sep 17-19, 2019 - Calgary
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 22-27, 2019 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Sep 24-27, 2019 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 1-3, 2019 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Oct 1-3, 2019 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 7-10, 2019 - Calgary
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 8-10, 2019 - Toronto
Performance Management
Oct 16-17, 2019 - Toronto
Workplace Restoration
Oct 16-18, 2019 - Edmonton
Negotiation Skills
Oct 20-25, 2019 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Oct 22-24, 2019 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Oct 29-30, 2019 - Toronto
Talent Management
Nov 5-6, 2019 - Toronto
Change Management
Nov 5-7, 2019 - Victoria
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 7, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Workforce Planning
Nov 13-14, 2019 - Calgary
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 19-21, 2019 - Calgary
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Nov 19-21, 2019 - Halifax
Performance Management
Nov 19-20, 2019 - Calgary
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Dec 2-6, 2019 - Victoria
Strategic Grievance Handling
Dec 3-6, 2019 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Feb 11-13, 2020 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
February 24-27, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
February 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
March 3-5, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
March 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Performance Management
March 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
March 24-27, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Advanced HR
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
April 2, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
April 6-9, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
April 15-16, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
April 19-24, 2020 - Kingston
Change Management
April 28-30, 2020 - Calgary
Strategic Workforce Planning
May 5-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
May 12-14, 2020 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 12-14, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 31-June 4, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
June 1-5, 2020 - Victoria
Negotiation Skills
June 22-26, 2020 - Halifax
Managing Unionized Environments
July 7-9, 2020 - Halifax
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
July 20-23, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 22-27, 2019 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Sep 24-27, 2019 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Oct 1-3, 2019 - Ottawa
Change Management
Oct 1-3, 2019 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 8-10, 2019 - Toronto
Performance Management
Oct 16-17, 2019 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Oct 20-25, 2019 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Oct 22-24, 2019 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Oct 29-30, 2019 - Toronto
Talent Management
Nov 5-6, 2019 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 7, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Dec 3-6, 2019 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Feb 11-13, 2020 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
February 24-27, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
February 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
March 3-5, 2020 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
March 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Performance Management
March 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
March 24-27, 2020 - Toronto
Advanced HR
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
April 2, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
April 6-9, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
April 15-16, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
April 19-24, 2020 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
May 5-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
May 12-14, 2020 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 12-14, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 31-June 4, 2020 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
July 20-23, 2020 - Toronto

Latest Articles

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Latest Articles

How OSSTF Used Custom Training to Improve their Workplace Relationships

Cathy Sheldrick, Queen's IRC Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Publication date: June, 2019

Building relationships in the workplace is hard – and it takes work. It’s even more difficult when you work in a unionized organization which has traditionally adversarial relationships. But these days, organizations like the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) are stepping away from the attitude that, as a union, you have to be in ‘fight mode’ all the time. They are working towards accomplishing more for their members by trying to have better relationships with management. This is where the Queen’s IRC Relationship Management in a Union Environment program comes in. more

Earl Manners, Queen's IRC Speaker
Publication date: May, 2019

Just as leadership styles and organizational work have evolved, so have perspectives on performance evaluation. Traditional performance evaluation is hierarchical, control-oriented, and focused on individual ranking and grading. Present-day performance evaluation is relational, facilitative, and focused on development and problem-solving (Leadership, R. Lussier, et al). In Ontario, teacher performance appraisal requirements and processes are legislated. While the legislation is founded on a more traditional “three strikes you are out” mandate, the philosophy and practices are more contemporary. more

Ross Roxburgh, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: May, 2019

For some time I have been curious about ‘courage’ and its relationship to leadership. I am specifically interested in the part that courage plays in a leader’s decision to work with a coach, but also in the courage it takes for a coach to help their clients become as effective as possible in their leadership roles. Courage is not a new topic in serious conversations on leadership. It has been considered a significant attribute of the most effective leaders for many years. more

Diane Locke, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: April, 2019

How do you spot potential? What differentiates a high potential employee from one who has reached a career plateau? Many organizations fall into the trap of relying on past performance as a measure of future potential. Current and past performance may be an indicator of potential, but the two are not synonymous. In fact, according to a study conducted by Gartner (previously CEB/SHL Talent Measurement) only one in seven high performers are actually high potentials. That means that over 85% of today’s top performers lack the critical attributes essential to success in future roles.  more

Kate Sikerbol, Romi Bouchard
Publication date: April, 2019

Imagine that you are in a conversation when you suddenly realize that you have had this exact same disagreement with a co-worker, or a family member, many times before. In the moment, you can predict what you will say and do and what the other person will too. You feel compelled to act in a certain way, even when you know that what you will say or do next is unwise or unproductive. You cannot seem to help yourself. Or the other person! After the conversation has gone from bad to worse, you may find yourself attributing it to the other person’s incompetence, character flaws, or bad motive. more

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