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Up-to-date event and workshop schedules, news, and advice from MacKinnon Communications.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAR VISION

Alot of my recent work has included facilitating strategic planning sessions for various groups and the improving of group dynamics and communication among groups where assumptions and hunching has replaced clear, efficient and respectful communication and understanding.  A foundational aspect of any group is the answer to the questions, “Why do we exist and where do...

THE POINT OF IT ALL?

I was giving training last week for an agency on effective team communication and negotiation.  During the training I was emphasizing the importance of drawing as much information as possible from the other party before setting out our own perspective.  I was asked a very interesting question by one of the attendees of the training.  The question was asked if...

THE IMPORTANCE OF STARTING EARLY

It is always advantageous to consider mediation earlier, rather than later, in any conflict or dispute.  I hear from people who have become entangled in conflict at work or in their personal lives and often the first thing that happens between the warring parties is that their communication ceases.  Perhaps and worse yet, their communication may continue but in a very non-productive, toxic and dysfunctional manner which leads to further...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALBERTA’S NEW ENERGY REGULATOR

During the hectic early weeks of last December, while most of us were out shopping for Christmas presents and preparing for the upcoming holiday, government officials in Alberta were putting the finishing touches on a different kind of gift package. The Responsible Energy Development Act of Alberta was given Royal Assent on December 10, 2012...

WHAT RIGHTS DO YOU HAVE TO CHECK YOUR WORKERS FACEBOOK PAGE?

Aaah… technology….The joys of using social media such as Twitter, Linked, Blogs and Facebook. Facebook like other forms of social media allows individuals and businesses to communicate like never before. However, it also shows the increased blurring between individuals work and private lives particularly where staff write in a negative way about their employers. Employees...