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Certain cities in Norway experience the midnight sun in the summer when the sun doesn’t set for a few months. But, how does this affect work and rest?  Norway’s seasonal journey through light and dark reminds us that life is about finding a balance between work and rest; striving hard for your goals, while staying within your natural limits.

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If representatives from around the world came together to reimagine the Future of Work, what would they discuss? How would trends that dominate the thinking in one part of the world be received by others? Is technological advancement a prerequisite or impediment to creative approaches that maximize human potential? Is Canada a leader, a follower or an outlier in terms of work, education, career and vocation?

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After almost 16 years in the making, The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work is out and sparking conversations across the nation.  In this article, Lisa reflects on the first leg of her book tour, celebrating the future-focused strategies of our post-secondary institutions.

But this is just the beginning for Lisa Taylor and the Challenge Factory team. Now, with sites on the upcoming International Symposium in Norway, where Lisa will be working alongside leaders from 34 countries, we've put a call out for Canadian leaders to join the conversation. 

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"There’s no hiding behind what other people have done, said or thought in this book. I set out to challenge traditional thinking and shake up the HR and Career Development world. It’s a revolution, after all."

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Revolutions are messy. They disrupt and challenge what is currently in place, without fully revealing what is to come. When living through revolutionary times, it is easy to think that the full story can be known. We tell ourselves narratives that make the changes of the day less painful or more aligned with our own values, interests and beliefs.   

The Talent Revolution is also messy. There are many topics and technologies, groundswells and gurus all competing for attention to help paint a picture of the Future of Work.   

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Spring forward, fall back. This bi-annual ritual is one way we mark time and, each time, there is a combination of sweet and sour associated with the act of changing our clocks.

This cycle of light and dark, gaining and losing time, appears more broadly in our careers and lives, too.

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This morning I participated in an announcement from the Government of Canada that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and solidified Challenge Factory’s dedication to career development and the Future of Work.

Our national call-to-action has been cemented into three key deliverables.

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In January 2012, Challenge Factory was just a few months old. As a new entrepreneur, I was learning a lot about myself and this new business I had created. I had heard that there was a career-focused conference held in Ottawa that brought together career-focused academics, practitioners, non-profits and private companies. Called Cannexus, this conference would prove to be instrumental in Challenge Factory’s success – and in my own development as an entrepreneur.

 

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If you are like me, your social media feed has been filling up with the latest resolution-replacing trend, annual key words. These words are supposed to provide focus and purpose for the year ahead. To remind us of why we do what we do, what we hope to share with the world and what we will look to receive in return.

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Everyone knows that the world of work is changing. We feel it when we talk with friends and neighbours about our own careers and we hear it on the news, in podcasts and in the media.

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