How to Start a Mentorship Program at Work

October 02, 2017 | Posted by OPPI | Post Contributed by Brett Sears, RPP | Management and Leadership, Mentorship
The Transportation Planning Department of MMM Group (now WSP) established a mentorship program in 2016 in response to a strategic visioning exercise that identified mentorship as a staff need. A Mentorship Committee designed the initial program and guided it to the conclusion of the first year. Minor adjustments enhanced the program for its second year. This article summarizes the steps taken to establish the program and the lessons learned from its first year. 
Conflict that we experience from day-to-day is a natural and normal part of life. Professional planners are aware that experiencing conflict is an inevitable part of the job, which drives the need for innovative solutions to mitigate, manage and resolve conflict. Here are 5 practical tips for minimizing and managing conflict in your professional practice.

Human Capital: Today and Tomorrow

November 18, 2015 | Posted by OPPI | Post Contributed by Kurt Tiltack | Management & Leadership, Succession Planning
Human Capital: Today and Tomorrow
Typically, people are aware of the technical skills required to be successful, but most are quite uncertain about the soft skills deemed necessary for team and leadership achievement. These core competencies must be defined, communicated and understood by individual contributors within an organization for honest and transparent talent management and succession planning to occur.