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How to manage the immediate COVID-19 fallout while preparing for a post-pandemic future

April 22, 2020 by Jason Contant

Industry leaders should begin preparing right now for the post-pandemic business environment, while still managing the immediate fallout of COVID-19, two partners of a strategy consulting firm said recently. This includes spending time envisioning the future, developing a strategy to

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Three strategies to help insurance pros deal with coronavirus anxiety

March 6, 2020 by Jason Contant

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing in Canada and “coronavirus anxiety” now a reality, there are some strategies insurance professionals can take to ensure their teams continue to collaborate effectively and maintain momentum in the business. Among those strategies

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Why you shouldn’t go outside the industry to find talent

January 17, 2020 by Jason Contant

It’s no secret that there is a war for talent in Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry. But before you look outside your brokerage or insurance company for talent, take a look inside, advises Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, the chief talent scientist

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Here’s what makes an employer one of the “best companies to work for”

December 19, 2019 by Jason Contant

We’ve all seen those “best companies to work for” lists (and perhaps even longingly wished we worked for one of them). What does it take to be one of those companies? While there is no one formula that can capture

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How to handle grieving clients

September 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers are used to responding to clients’ questions about their insurance needs, but are they always able to effectively handle grieving customers? The million-dollar question is how to ensure brokers are building enduring and caring customer relationships, while also protecting

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How to bring adult children back into the family brokerage

July 25, 2018 by Jason Contant

For brokerages considering succession planning, allowing the next generation to “find their own path in the world and then successfully boomerang back into roles in the family business is critical to the future” of the business, according to a new

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Building an innovative culture? Here are two pitfalls to avoid…

June 29, 2018 by David Gambrill

Companies often make two common blunders when they seek to disrupt themselves. First, some talk about hiring a bunch of “intrapreneurs” – creative geniuses who break all the rules and swim against the corporate tide – and then silo them

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Skip the industry cocktail mixers. Here’s a better way to network.

May 15, 2018 by David Gambrill

Tired of attending yet another insurance industry cocktail event, idly stirring your drink with a swizzle stick and talking to everyone you already know? Go ahead and skip that schmooze-fest. There’s a better way to meet new people. High-stakes shared

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How IT developers will change the way you do business

May 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

A daring group of developers came up with a new approach to technology development 17 years ago, dubbed ‘agile.’ The process grew popular in the startup world; it was soon embraced by mainstream leaders around the globe, including by those