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EDITOR’S LETTER TALK BACK never thought I’d admit it, but I really enjoy it when readers “talk back” to me about what they’ve read. At the very least, it tells me they are reading with a critical, objective eye; but, more, it also says they are involved and passionate about what they do and believe. A few issues ago (March 2012), you may recall we ran a column on psychometric testing. I received a couple of emails about it. One reader noted: “There are a few unsubstantiated claims by the author. Firstly, the idea that psychometric testing is an objective approach; and secondly, anecdotal evidence is used to support the claims.” Another wrote: “While I thought the article provided some great reasons to employ psychometric testing, I found it incomplete in its treatment of the topic. Using psychometric tests in selection does have its challenges. For example, how do you select the right test for the position so that it holds up if challenged (likely a greater concern for those of us in unionized environments)? How do you choose between tests? Also, while personality testing does predict future performance for a variety of jobs, it also has problems with adverse impact on minority groups, and this shouldn’t be ignored.” Fair comments both. A column by definition has a very narrow focus and often takes a particular point of view. I think this topic demonstrates a need for a further look into pre-employment testing—I think I feel a feature coming up! Watch for it in our September or October issue. In the meantime, enjoy our columns and features this issue, which focus on performance management, coaching and mentoring. And, don’t forget to write: or on Facebook at!/HRProfessionalMag. Cheers, PROFESSIONAL V OL . 2 9 , N O . 5 J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 1 2 Editor: Laurie J. Blake Publisher: Robert Phillips Legal Editor: Malcolm MacKillop, Partner, Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP Contributors: Daphne FitzGerald, Alison Adam, Jocelyn Bérard , Melissa Campeau, Jennifer Campbell, Scott Bury, Ian Turner, Stephanie Messier, Stephen Murdoch, Alyson Nyiri, Peter Fairlie Sales Manager: Bill McDougall Project Manager: Alana Place Marketing: Rebecca Wentworth Art & Design: Emma Law Publication Director: Wayne Jury Advertising Sales Representatives: Cheryll Oland, Maria Antonation, Norma Walchuk, Tracy Goltsman HRPA Chief Executive Officer William Greenhalgh Vice President, Finance and Administration Gary Monk Vice President, Professional Development Marta Pawych Vice President, Marketing and Membership Chris Larsen Vice President, Regulatory Affairs / Registrar Claude Balthazard, PhD, CHRP Vice President, Public Affairs Scott Allinson EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Michael Bach, National Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, KPMG Lauren Bernardi, Partner, Bernardi Human Resource Law Les Dakens, Senior Vice-President & CHRO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Alim Dhanji, Vice-President, HR, TD Bank Financial Group Reid Lewis, Vice-President, HR, ConAgra Foods Andrew Miller, Director of Talent Management, Sysco Foodservice of Canada Anthony Papa, SHRP, Principle, AFP Prism Consulting Stuart Rudner, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP I HR PROFESSIONAL is published eight times per year for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), 150 Bloor St. West, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M5S 2X9, tel. 416-923-2324, toll-free 1-800-387-1311, fax 416-923-7264, email, As the premier HR association in Canada, HRPA is internationally recognized and sought out for its knowledge, innovation and leadership. With more than 19,000 members in 28 chapters in Ontario, and other locations around the world, HRPA connects its membership to an unmatched range of HR information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities. HR Professional magazine is published by Naylor (Canada), Inc. 100 Sutherland Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2W 3C7, Tel. 1-800-665-2456; Fax 1-204-947-2047. © 2012 Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior written consent of HRPA or a license from Access Copyright. For a license, visit or call 1-800-893-5777. SUBSCRIPTIONS (Prices include shipping and handling) $49 per year in Canada; $79 per year in the United States and International. Published articles and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of HRPA. ISSN 847-9453 HRPA is proud to be a founding member of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations. PUBLISHED June 2012/HRP-H0512/7314 This publication is printed on recycled, FSC-certified paper stock. The polybag this magazine came in is 100 per cent recyclable. CANADIAN PUBLICATIONS MAIL PRODUCT SALES AGREEMENT #40064978 Postage Paid at Winnipeg 8 July/August 2012 H R P R OF E S S I ON A L!/HRProfessionalMag

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - July/August 2012

Editor's Letter
Leadership Matters
The End of Reviews as We Know Them
Coaching: Blazing Your Own Trail
Mentoring the Future
HR 101
Interview with an HR Hero: Sheila Rider
Off The Shelf
Technology & Privacy
The Last Word

HR Professional - July/August 2012