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We thrive on ideas – the biggest one (for us) being that demographics are forcing both organizations and individuals to rethink career paths, productivity and employment structures. 

Lisa and the Challenge Factory team share case studies, research and expertise with policy makers, companies, associations and institutions looking to better understand and capitalize on changing demographics. 


 

Running a small business requires a diverse set of skills: product development, customer management, operations, financial analysis, marketing, etc. In large organizations, there are departments staffed with specialists, but in small- and medium-sized businesses who employ 90.3% of Canada’s private sector workforce, business owners oversee almost every function.

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Career change doesn't have to be threatening to your identity or risky to your sense of self. You are much more than your job. Once you believe this, others will too.

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We think the holidays are a natural time to reflect and ask big questions. Even before 2016 ends, we are already captured by what lies ahead. Here are 10 questions Challenge Factory will tackle in 2017:

1. How can small- and mid-sized businesses use career management tools to...

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Dr. Nasreen Khatri answers some questions arising from our last blog, "Today's Truths and 3 Tools to Restore Optimism".

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What does it mean when those who have successfully done the hard work to improve society admit defeat and lose their optimism? How does a lack of optimism affect all of us in our everyday work? 

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Dr. Khatri becomes Challenge Factory's first Scientist in Residence. This award-winning psychologist and gerontologist supports good data and good science as a path to healthier, more productive workplaces.

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Let's not go back to work. Let's go forward in our careers. What step will you take towards the future?

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Today’s workplaces are changing and some of us are so focused on playing the traditional corporate game that we keep our heads down, even as the landscape changes around us.

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Challenge Factory is a complex organization. We work inside of large organizations transforming and reinventing career path and talent management programs to better align with the realities of today’s workforces and workplaces. We also conduct research and publish articles, books, videos and white papers on how the ageing workforce is transforming the world of work. But our roots are in the work that we do with individuals as they challenge outdated assumptions about their own careers and learn to transition with purpose into new roles. These individuals take classes, receive coaching and/or attend events. They are executives, managers, employees, entrepreneurs, professionals and from the trades. For most, the first step is our complimentary Career Mindset Assessment and, since January 2016, hundreds of Canadians have completed this assessment. It is a great, easy way to kick start your own career exploration – available anywhere you might find yourself this summer…. in the office, on the dock at the cottage or somewhere in between.

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Internships are no longer a career strategy reserved for university students and recent graduates. The same invaluable learning opportunities that students take advantage of are available to those looking to make a mid-career change, and they should be capitalized upon. The transition process for a 20-something-year-old “student” to “professional” is really quite similar to the transition of a 50-something-year-old changing his career. However, while an internship seems to be the natural first step for most 20-year-olds in their transition, far fewer older professionals consider this path.

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