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A Final Reflection on My #CEO1Month Experience

In September, Olivia Poulin, Canada’s 2018 CEO for One Month winner, was selected as a top 10 finalist for the Adecco Group’s Global CEO for One Month competition. She traveled to London, England to participate in the 3-day Global Bootcamp with 9 other finalists from across the world — and eventually made it to the top 5! Here, she shares her final reflection on her Global CEO for One Month experience.

Selection Process

During the month I shadowed Adecco Canada President Gilbert Boileau, I also completed a series of weekly challenges for the global CEO for One Month competition. These challenges — including personality tests, preparing a competitor analysis report and presenting my innovation project — tested my skills and let me demonstrate some of the things I was learning. It was these challenges, plus an interview with the Adecco Global Team, that were used to select the top 10 finalists out of 47 country CEOs to participate in the global CEO for One Month Bootcamp in London, England.

The night before the announcement, I hardly slept. Watching the Facebook Live announcement with my family at 6:30 a.m., we anxiously waited for The Adecco Group CEO Alain Dehaze to announce the lucky 10. We held our breath as he said, “then we travel across the ocean to… Canada: Olivia Poulin”. We exploded with joy! You can check out the video here. I was in shock but thrilled — and I had just 4 days to prepare for my trip to England!

Bootcamp, Day 0 – September 17th, 2018

Yes, it’s called Day 0! On Monday, all the finalists started arriving at the hotel. The first person I met was Beatrice Partain from Sweden. We went to her favourite chocolate shop and explored the streets of London while we waited for the others. It didn’t feel like I was meeting anyone for the first time; I felt like I had known these friends my entire life! As everyone continued to arrive, we spent lots of time talking and getting to know each other better. Then, we gathered to be introduced to the jury (the team that would evaluate our challenges and decide who would become Global CEO for One Month), play some ice breaker games, and get an idea for how the week would work. We went to dinner as a group and I finally got to hear more about the incredible lives and experiences of my fellow finalists. What impressive people they are!

Get to know everyone with these CEO for One Month Bootcamp videos.

Bootcamp, Day 1 – September 18th, 2018

Showtime! On Day 1, we walked to a business incubator where most of our activities over the next few days would take place. Challenge 1 was playing a “game” on our phones that would judge our strategizing capabilities and emotional intelligence. Then we had an Adecco Group X session with a presentation by Christian Howes, a social media and big data expert. He brought a lot of energy to the room and taught us about how data is used to tailor media to specific consumers and how social media can be used to predict outcomes of real world events. After that, we participated in a virtual reality challenge using Google’s Tilt Brush program (basically Microsoft Paint, but for VR). In teams, one person wore the headset while the others described what they had to draw based on a photo they were looking at. It was tough listening to many voices providing instructions all at once, drawing in 3D and learning to use the system all at the same time, but it helped all of us improve our communication skills and teamwork.

After a quick lunch, we had 1 hour to prepare our innovation projects and 5 minutes to present to the finalists and the jury. Personally, I loved this challenge because I was so passionate about my idea for my innovation project and I enjoy presenting. I was super impressed by everyone else’s ideas too. It was then that I realized how influential my 9 friends would be to the future of the world and business. For our third challenge of the day, we were put into teams and tasked with solving a data breach crisis. We had to explain how we would respond and what we would say to stakeholders and shareholders.

Next, we walked to a “surprise” destination: the LinkedIn London Office building. We watched a presentation about new LinkedIn products not yet available, went on a tour where we saw their incredible themed meeting rooms (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Candyland etc.) and workout facilities, and we learned about the culture of trust at LinkedIn.

It’s hard to believe that we managed to pack all of that into one day, but we did — and it was amazing. It felt like we had been together for a week already based on the strength of the relationships we had formed.

Bootcamp, Day 2 – September 19th, 2018

On Day 2, I had my first interview with the jury. It was certainly not like any other interview I’ve had: it was only 15 minutes and they asked us two very unconventional questions. After that we had some time for photos and videos, followed by a team lunch. Our fourth challenge at boot camp tasked us with pitching a startup by researching a new venture and giving a 5-minute presentation to the jury, Dragons’-Den-style. Challenge 5 was a roundtable discussion with David Malkinson, the Chief Marketing Officer of The Adecco Group for UK & Ireland. We discussed the role technology plays and would continue to play in the future of life and work.

After that, we walked to our dinner restaurant. We were shocked to see Alain Dehaze (Global CEO of the Adecco Group), Stephan Howeg (Global Chief Marketing & Communications Officer), Jake Schwartz (co-founder of General Assembly), Cynthia Hansen (Head of the Adecco Group Foundation) and others from the Adecco Group. We had the opportunity to talk with them and hear more about their work and wisdom, while also having the opportunity to tell them about our experiences. It was incredible to be in a room with such amazing leaders and people. Alain was there to provide input on who he thought should be in the top 5 in preparation for the announcement. After dinner, we returned to the hotel and waited for the CEO for One Month team to meet us. We gathered together in the dark room and anxiously waited to hear our names called for the top 5. My name was called first and I breathed a big sigh of relief while trying to contain my excitement! The other finalists were Miguel from Spain, Lisa from Germany, Yolian from the USA and Zoey from Singapore. As the final five, we were given instructions to prepare a 3-minute speech for the morning and told that we would have an interview with Alain Dehaze before the announcement. I returned to my room to FaceTime my family and share the exciting news. Messages of encouragement and support flooded in. It was amazing!

Bootcamp, Day 3 – September 20th, 2018

I woke up early to get ready and head to the final venue with Miguel, Lisa, Yolian and Zoey. We each had a 15-minute private interview with Alain Dehaze, and then had time to socialize with all who gathered for the final announcement. The event started and the final five had a few minutes to give their speeches and talk about what the program meant to each of us. It was a wonderful opportunity to address the group and show them the impact the program had on our lives. As Alain and Aly Sparks (Global Head of Talent Acquisition with the Adecco Group and President of the Jury) prepared to make the announcement, I stood with the other finalists on stage, eager to hear who it would be. Alain spoke highly of his selected candidate, and, when he announced the name of my friend Lisa Frommhold from Germany, I turned and gave her a big hug! I was so happy for her and believe she truly is so deserving.

While Lisa ran around London getting amazing photo and video shots for the announcement, the rest of the group used our precious few hours of remaining time in London to see the sights — Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Our last dinner together was emotional; we were all sad that we’d have to leave each other the next day, so we made the most of the evening by going dancing and staying up late to savour every minute together. Syed, the UK CEO for One Month, also joined us, and it was amazing to meet yet another talented friend.

Post-Bootcamp – Returning Home

The morning after the big announcement, everyone had scattered departure times. My heart honestly ached as I said my goodbyes and walked away from them to head to the airport. In Canada, my brother and sister picked me up in Toronto to drive me home to Niagara Falls. That’s when I realized just how quickly everything had happened and that — just like that — life would go right back to normal. The only difference was that I had changed. The things I learned, the people I met, the experiences I had — these things will stay with me forever.

Other Thoughts & Lessons Learned

I was so incredibly impressed by how wonderful the other 9 finalists are. Their ambitions, experiences and wisdom taught me a lot in the few days we spent together. Many of them had travelled or lived in other countries, spoke multiple languages, were studying impressive subjects in school, and were passionate about their hobbies and culture. We grew so close and shared many challenging experiences that strengthened our bond and I truly believe that we will be friends forever. I can’t wait to see how they will have a positive impact on whatever they choose to do with their lives.

The collaboration exhibited by the finalists was also impressive. Though we were all technically competing for spots in the Top 5 and wanted to be selected as Global CEO, not once did I see any jealousy or anyone being “too competitive” to outshine the others. We all encouraged each other to do our best and use our strengths to work together.

In the spirit of honesty, I will admit that I assumed that if I wasn’t selected as Global CEO for One Month that I would feel like I had failed or would feel disappointed in myself. I couldn’t believe how much the opposite was true. I was SO happy and excited for my friend Lisa that I didn’t even have time to think about myself. Interacting with her throughout the boot camp was always enjoyable, and her warm heart and stable leadership style were outstanding. As I reflected on how I felt after all the chaos of the announcement, I realized that I was not sad or disappointed — I was still so grateful and happy for the things I experienced and the people I met. I was proud to represent Canada and make it to the top 5. I couldn’t have asked for more from the program!

The Adecco Group truly does live by its values. These values resonated very strongly with me and are what made me want to participate in the program. Entrepreneurship, customer focus, responsibility, passion and team work were exemplified by each person that represented The Adecco Group. It is a forward-thinking company that wants to improve lives and shape the future of work for the better. I’m grateful to have seen firsthand the positive impact Adecco has around the world.

My favourite quote has always been: “Every single thing that has happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.” I love this quote because it reflects the importance of the journey in getting to where you are. None of us woke up one day and just became CEO for One Month top 10 finalists. We all had experiences to draw on that led us to that very moment. Starting a company, holding leadership positions at school, public speaking at my Church, suffering a major leg injury with a yearlong rehab, winning case competitions, struggling through classes I didn’t enjoy, shadowing other senior executives — all of these things gave me experiences worth talking about that shaped who I am and put me in a position to learn from this program. All that, plus a little bit of luck and good fortune! It all matters along the way.

This program changed my life and I want to spread the word to students across the world: apply to the CEO For One Month Program. You will learn and experience so much. Yes, it might feel like a shot in the dark… but somebody has to be selected. Why not you?

 

Olivia can be found on Instagram (@poulin09) and Twitter (@oliviapoulin).

Lessons Learned from Adecco Canada’s CEO for One Month Program

By: Olivia Poulin

Adecco Canada #CEO1Month Olivia Poulin shares her experience of the CEO for One Month program and what she learned about business, leadership and herself. 

Jumping into a role at the top of an industry that you’re unfamiliar with means you will experience and learn a lot along the way. I consider myself a very adaptable person who happily adjusts to new environments, tasks and people. So to me, the CEO for One Month program was an exciting adventure — a whole new life for one month! I moved from Niagara Falls to my own apartment in downtown Toronto, took an Uber for the first time and walked to the store to buy groceries. I shadowed Adecco Canada CEO Gilbert Boileau and got to meet CEOs, directors, managers, recruiters and sales reps. I attended client meetings and dinners, visited branches and toured giant warehouses. I flew to Montreal and Ottawa for day trips, spent time shadowing recruiters and had lunch with new colleagues. I had many life chats and vibrant conversations with Gilbert as well as a variety of other managers. I spoke with candidates and associates about their experiences with Adecco and put together an hour and a half presentation for our senior leadership team for my last day. Needless to say, it was a lot to take in. In the rest of this blog, I’ve gathered some of my thoughts on my month at Adecco Canada so that others can learn from my experiences.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT BUSINESS & BEING A CEO

Meetings, meetings and more meetings

During my first week with Adecco Canada, I jumped right into the work of the CEO by joining Gilbert and VP of Finance Doug Hamlyn in calling all Adecco branches in Canada. Each meeting was scheduled for 30 minutes. That’s 20 HOURS on the phone. I watched as both Doug and Gilbert were attentive and interested in what branch managers wanted to share, from the first call down to the last, despite being exhausted.

Throughout the rest of the month, I joined Gilbert for national sales meetings, branch meetings, client lunches/dinners, weekly one-on-ones, meetings with people he reports to at US headquarters and many more. It was exciting to meet in person some of the voices I had spoken to on the phone my first week! Most importantly, these meetings helped me soak up as much as possible about an industry that was brand new to me. And I had a lot to figure out. There was rarely much time in between meetings, so I sorted out many answers to my questions by asking colleagues, doing research and taking advantage of travel time to talk with Gilbert.

These meetings introduced me to a fundamental truth about leadership: being a CEO really does mean being in meetings! But it’s more than that — it’s about managing people and teams so that you can reach shared success as a company.

The value of teamwork

Yes, we all know teamwork is important, but during my time with Adecco I realized just how much each person relies on their team. Being the CEO doesn’t mean you are a lone wolf and can make whatever decision you want. If anything, it means that you’re MORE responsible to the people around you — both above and below. After all, there is no CEO position without dozens or hundreds of positions supporting it. By participating in these meetings and learning more about Gilbert’s role at Adecco Canada, I came away even more committed to service leadership.

Gilbert’s job is to find ways to support the teams of people that make up the company for better business. I learned this because I spent time with the senior leadership team at headquarters in Toronto, attended an all-day branch manager meeting in Quebec and spent time at branches with recruiters, giving me an all-around view of each level of the organization. I saw so many positive work environments where people are happy, engaged and supportive of their teams, I’m not surprised that Adecco is on the Great Place to Work list for the second year in a row!

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LEADERSHIP

Knowing your stuff

As a leader and CEO, more often than not, you need to know your stuff. My respect for Gilbert increased every time I heard him speak credibly about the specifics of what is going on in a branch, with a VMS tool or in the recruitment industry. There was so much to know for more than 40 branches across Canada and countless clients, associates and employees, but he was on top of it as much as he possibly could be. People can often tell when you are making up information to sound smart or in-the-know, and as a leader, that would damage your credibility. When you don’t know, it’s equally important to own up to it and ask for the information you need. I saw examples of this form of leadership not just with Gilbert, but with recruiters, branch managers and regional vice-presidents who reached out for help in order to inform their decisions.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT ADECCO

The staffing industry

For a long time, I assumed that everyone with a job works for the company whose name is on their shirt. I never stopped to consider that any (or all) of the recruitment process for some staff could have been outsourced. Adecco does everything from posting job descriptions, accepting applications, conducting interviews, on-boarding new staff, supervising at work sites and more to help their associates find work at other companies. These temporary employees work AT and FOR a specific company, but are considered Adecco employees (on Adecco’s payroll, earning Adecco benefits). This makes life easier for companies who need to hire new staff for a short-term contract or for companies that hire hundreds of new staff at a time for peak seasons. Temporary jobs are an awesome way to get experience in a variety of roles, learn about different companies and earn great pay.

Adecco changes lives

I studied the candidate journey during my CEO for One Month experience. Throughout the process, I got to hear some incredibly heartwarming stories about how Adecco has changed people’s lives. Whether it’s new graduates, adults re-entering the workforce or immigrants who have recently arrived in Canada — Adecco helps anyone and everyone find meaningful work. Many of these stories involved individuals struggling to find a job and provide for themselves or their families and approaching Adecco for help.

People are especially shocked to find out that Adecco’s job search help services are free for their candidates. Adecco has relationships with thousands of employers who are looking for great staff to join their teams; by bridging this gap, Adecco helps thousands of people find work every week. For many, not having a job is just not an option and life is scary without stable income. I was privileged to hear success stories from many associates that brought a smile to my face and put into perspective the amazing work that Adecco does.

Believing in the next generation

I think my participation in the CEO for One Month Program with Adecco says it all: they believe in the next generation. Providing the privilege to join a CEO in their day-to-day business operations is a huge demonstration of trust from Adecco and I am so grateful for their transparency and willingness to guide me as I learned. Not only do they believe in me, they believe in the entire next generation and are eager to tap into their talent and perspectives. It’s up to us to show them that their trust is in the right place by working hard, being responsible and living with passion!

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MYSELF

Social media

When I sat in on the branch review phone calls my first day, I kept my phone out to Google terms I was unfamiliar with and research clients on the spot, so that I could better understand what we were talking about. When I was not using the Internet to keep up with the conversation, my phone sat on the table face up and was continually lighting up with notifications from social media. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook… all of it. Though I wasn’t checking these notifications, I was still distracted by them and bothered that they were interrupting my participation in our phone calls. That night I went home and shut off all social media notifications. I immediately noticed that my productivity increased, I was interrupted less throughout the day and I felt more in control of my social media use. Out of sight, out of mind. I have kept these notifications turned off since returning home because I enjoy feeling more connected in the moment and have decided to only check my notifications when I feel like it or when I am alone.

Bedtime

As a self-proclaimed night owl, my best hours of productivity have been between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. for the last four years of university. My schedule never had me spending more than a few hours in one place between classes, running my business, church responsibilities, hobbies, sports, a social life, family time etc. Running on 5 hours of sleep was tough, but not impossible. During my time in Toronto, though, I was focused on just one thing for hours at a time: Adecco. I embarrassingly look back on a few moments when I was so exhausted it was tough for me to keep my eyes open and head from hurting in meetings. I realized my sleep schedule needed some serious adjustment and I vowed to begin going to bed at midnight. In the past, midnight meant I was just getting into my groove and had two productive hours ahead of me. Now? It means bedtime. Since returning home from my Adecco adventures, I haven’t consistently gone to bed at midnight, but I have definitely improved from my once-standard 2 a.m. bedtime. I’ve realized how much more sustainable it is for my health and work. To bring my best self to work, I need a proper sleep the night before.

Juggling priorities & hard work

I’ve always had a “get-it-done” attitude, regardless of the circumstances. I truly believe that there is always a way. During the month of June, not only did I have to balance my CEO schedule and deliverables, but I was also completing reports and projects for Adecco Global, taking a full credit spring class, running my business from afar and tending to regional responsibilities with my church, all while attempting to get sleep, exercise and stay in touch with my friends and family. My “get-it-done” attitude was tested, but deciding what my priorities were, setting expectations for myself and really committing to my work helped me accomplish all that I needed to. Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” and I’ve experienced the negative consequences of this many times in my life as I rushed to meet deadlines that were set days or weeks in advance. My experience with Adecco forced me to dedicate concentrated blocks of time to completing tasks to ensure they didn’t grow to be impossible to handle amid all of my other responsibilities.

Throughout my time at Adecco, I have been challenged, but I also learned, worked hard and had lots of fun. I’m grateful for the trust that I felt and the relationships I developed along the way. Gilbert was a great mentor to me and was an example of how to be a successful CEO and lead change in an organization. I highly recommend the CEO for One Month program to any budding business minds or eager and curious learners.

Thank you to everyone for supporting this program and letting me become part of the Adecco family! Please follow my social accounts if you haven’t already … I am still completing projects to compete for a spot at the Global Bootcamp and would love your support!
I can be found on Instagram (@poulin09) and Twitter (@oliviapoulin). Make sure to use #CEO1Month.

Want to learn more about Olivia and #CEO1Month? Read her previous blog Interested in Adecco Canada’s CEO for One Month Program in 2019? Here’s what you need to know!


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Interested in Adecco Canada’s CEO for One Month Program in 2019? Here’s what you need to know!

by Olivia Poulin, 2018 CEO One Month

Adecco Canada #CEO1Month Olivia Poulin shares her advice for what to expect from the CEO for One Month program.

The Application Process

The initial application through the Way to Work website consisted of a profile, resume and motivational letter. There were really no instructions for the letter besides a blank box and the question “What drives you?” which allowed me the freedom to tell Adecco what I’m all about (I chose to make my letter 1 page). I received an email from Adecco in my country announcing that I was in the Top 30 and they requested that I send in a 1-minute video and an essay demonstrating how I live Adecco’s core values. After this, when I was selected for the Top 3, I had a Skype interview with the CEO himself, Gilbert Boileau. This was our first opportunity to speak to one another, so I felt the pressure, but also just wanted to show him who I really am and why I wanted the opportunity so badly. After a follow-up interview with someone else from his team, I received a congratulatory phone call letting me know I had been selected. What a feeling!

Research

If you’re doing research because you are interested in the 2019 program, then you’re already off to a great start. I spent hours researching the Canadian program as well as the global program, which includes a finalist boot camp and the ultimate opportunity — shadowing The Adecco Group Global CEO Alain Dehaze. I watched every YouTube video, read every article, checked out past participants’ Twitter and Instagram profiles, searched hashtags etc. When the interview question came along “how much do you know about the CEO for One Month program?” I could confidently answer “practically everything”. However, DON’T STOP THERE! Learn about Adecco in Canada and in surrounding markets, the staffing industry, and some of our competitors, too. This way, during the interview process, you can speak to how your personal experiences will benefit you throughout the program, increasing your chance of selection.

Attitude (of Gratitude)

Be grateful for every round of applications you advance through and the things you learn about yourself along the way! The Marketing Team is reading, scoring and ranking every application more than once. If you don’t make it through to the next round, send a follow-up/thank you email for having been considered. Have a genuine attitude of thankfulness. This could benefit you in the future if you build the relationship properly. Once you are selected, please realize the incredible opportunity you have ahead of you to learn, be challenged and prove yourself. You have been trusted to view everything top down of a Global Fortune 500 Company — an experience many could only dream of at the early stages of a career!

Do What Feels Right

Don’t follow everyone else’s lead. Do what feels right to you. There isn’t really a “right answer” in terms of exactly what they’re looking for. Think outside the box and feel free to have fun with your application. Show your personality and creativity. I stressed myself out watching OTHER people’s submission videos and digging around the Internet to see who I was competing against. I’d compare our backgrounds, education, videos etc. and worried that the approach I took in my video wasn’t quite right. But at the end of the day, I was selected because I was able to show so much of my true self and my relevant experiences, which leads me to my next point:

Authenticity

Make sure your videos/essays match WHO YOU ARE. It sounds so cheesy, but: be yourself. When I showed up to work on my first day, I wasn’t worried about ‘acting right’ or putting on a show to be someone I’m not — I was exactly who I am and that served me well throughout my time there. I could relax and interact in a natural and positive way. I received many compliments that I was warm, kind, fun, positive, eager to learn, genuine and determined — qualities that I foster every day. In my final day feedback session, I was told that in-person-Olivia matched application-Olivia and that was really important to me.

Time Commitment

Whatever you’ve got going on — cancel it. Kidding! (Kind of, but not really). I have never worked harder or been busier in my life than during my month with Adecco. I was juggling an online university class, running my company from another city, handling church responsibilities and completing Adecco Global Challenges on top of travelling, learning, shadowing and working on my final project for Adecco. It was crazy, but it taught me a lot about myself (check out next week’s post!) and my working style. I’d recommend making decisions that allow you to put as much of your focus and energy into your CEO for One Month journey as possible in an effort to maximize your time there and not spread yourself too thin.

Living on Your Own

I lived in Toronto during the month in an apartment that Adecco supplied for me. Living close to work was a big stress relief for me since I come from a small town where I’ve always had to drive everywhere. It was fun to walk to and from work in the big city, grocery shop without my car and enjoy the other exciting activities around me. I was comfortable living on my own because I have previously done so, but make sure you are mentally preparing for it if you haven’t yet had that solo experience!

Global Challenges

The Global Team will be issuing challenges to you via a web platform during your time as CEO for One Month, depending on when your month takes place. My month with Adecco was in June and global competitions are happening throughout June, July and August. The challenges are unlocked weekly or biweekly and consist of things like video introductions, personality tests, LinkedIn articles, an innovation project, reports etc. These challenges are used to showcase your skills, experiences, personality and things you learned during your CEO journey.

Other Stuff

The people at Adecco are great — interact with them as much as you can. They become like family; everyone wants to see you be successful and have an incredible experience.

Your salary comes once you’ve completed your month. Adecco pays for your place to live in Toronto and helps you out with some money for groceries.

It will likely not be a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job (especially on travel days). When meetings with the CEO and the rest of the team take up your entire day, you will likely have work to complete at night.

Reach Out

Feel free to reach out to me if you have direct questions or want to talk more about my experience. I can be found on Instagram (@poulin09) and Twitter (@oliviapoulin). Make sure to use #CEO1Month.

Stay tuned for my next blog post about my biggest takeaways, lessons learned, what I did, and more!


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Why You Should Consider Applying To Be Our “CEO for One Month”

Are you a talented and ambitious young professional looking to jump-start your career? Want to see what the leadership of one of Canada’s top Workforce Solutions Providers really does all day? Then our “CEO for One Month” internship program was made for you. Read on to learn more about the program and how you can benefit from it.

Exposure

Where many college/university internships have you making daily coffee runs and sitting in on company meetings, The Adecco Group’s “CEO for One Month” program exposes you to the inner workings of our Fortune 500 organization. Not only will you shadow the Adecco Canada’s President, you’ll be attending and participating in meetings with our top executives. And through onsite meetings across the country, you’ll gain exposure to the staffing industry from the branch level all the way to the corporate level.

Experience

When accepted to the “CEO for One Month” program, you become part of The Adecco Group organization. You are given real projects and the chance to contribute to the decision-making process. Through your work with us, you’ll add to your transferable skills, strengthening your resume and career prospects, regardless of your professional direction. The experience you gain from your month will set you apart from every other candidate for years to come! Plus, not only does the program offer an exceptional way to learn about the staffing industry, it gives you an opportunity to learn how to navigate and communicate with top executives and senior level management.

To learn firsthand about last year’s CEO for One Month, Alana Couvrette’s experience, visit: https://leadblog.ca/?s=ceo+for+a+month

Connections

Looking for a great reference? What better reference than Adecco Canada’s president! As “CEO for One Month”, you’ll be working alongside Gilbert Boileau, President of Adecco Canada, and making connections with the senior level management of one of the top staffing agencies in the world. Network your way to valuable connections that will last the rest of your professional life!

Opportunity

The opportunities provided by this internship are virtually limitless. To start, the boost to your employability from the experience you’ll gain will help you throughout your career. Plus, there’s the potential of being hired to work within Adecco’s corporate head office once the internship is completed. Finally, every “CEO for One Month” from participating countries can apply for The Adecco Group’s global “CEO for One Month” internship. The top 10 candidates from around the world will attend an all-expenses-paid boot camp in a major city, competing with candidates from around the world to become the global “CEO for One Month”. This is an opportunity of a lifetime you won’t want to miss!

Travel

Love to travel? The “CEO for One Month” program gives you the opportunity to travel from coast to coast with Gilbert Boileau on all Canada-wide business excursions, visiting branches and corporate offices. And, with the global “CEO for One Month” program based out of Zurich, Switzerland, the successful candidate is given the opportunity to travel across Europe. A travel enthusiast’s dream come true!

Compensation

The icing on the cake? The Adecco Group’s “CEO for One Month” internship is a paid position! Forget compensation for bus passes or credit for school. Amidst the plethora of other benefits, the successful candidate will receive a full month’s salary. Plus, any required travel arrangements are paid by us. A month’s pay for a month’s work. REAL work. That should help put a dent in those student debts!

Think you have something to contribute? Then we’re looking for you! For more information on “CEO for One Month” and to apply visit us at  .

About Way to Work™
The Adecco Group launched Way to Work in 2013 to tackle youth unemployment and skills shortages, develop young people’s employability, and help them enter the world of work. Through Way to Work, The Adecco Group provides young people with internships and apprenticeships (over 10,500 between 2015 and 2016), career guidance and training, and an opportunity to be the ‘CEO for One Month’.

About the Adecco Group
The Adecco Group is the world’s leading workforce solutions partner. We provide more than 700,000 people with permanent and flexible employment every day. With more than 33,000 employees in 60 countries, we transform the world of work one job at a time. Our colleagues serve more than 100,000 organisations with the talent, HR services and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that meets social needs while driving business innovation. Our culture of inclusivity, fairness and teamwork empowers individuals and organisations, fuels economies, and builds better societies. These values resonate with our employees, who voted us number 2 on the Great Place to Work® – World’s Best Workplaces 2017 list. We make the future work for everyone.

The Adecco Group is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). The group is powered by eight lead brands: Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Adia and YOSS.

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ACSESS CHAMPION: ADECCO Canada Adecco Canada opens the doors of power to support future leaders

Article by ACSESS Canada

It took a leap of faith for Gilbert Boileau, President of Adecco Canada, to swing open the doors of his office for a month.

That’s exactly what he did. In June, Gilbert invited Alana Couvrette, (pictured above with Gilbert) a 22-year-old student studying public administration and political science at the University of Ottawa, to job shadow him, as part of his company’s CEO for One Month program. As part of the process, she would also share her journey along the way on social media.

Boileau is big believer in giving everyone at all levels a chance to excel but had some reservations. “I questioned how it would come together, yet was intrigued to see the outcome. I would need to allow someone in ‘my bubble,’” explains Gilbert, “but for the program to work effectively, Alana needed to be able to shadow me as I carried out my day. Her job shadowing covered everything, including confidential meetings with other colleagues, events and client meetings. You name it. In the end it was a huge success and I would sincerely recommend it to any CEO.”

This experience was also enlightening for Gilbert. “It was so interesting to share my experience with a young person and fascinating to see things through Alana’s eyes. It forces you to think about things you haven’t considered in years. She is impressive on so many levels. Her energy and enthusiasm was felt by the many teams. Armed with her political background, she was inquisitive, probing and asked me some tough questions. I had to explain so many things to Alana because she has very little background in our industry. It made me reflect on the way I do things…”

Alana was chosen from more than 2,300 applicants to become Adecco Canada’s first ever CEO for One Month, a global program that is part of the company’s Way To Work initiative. Gilbert’s passion for the program and willingness to participate sparked after hearing the global CEO for One Month speak at an international company conference.

“This program is positioning us as an industry leader in attracting the next generation of leaders with our flexible, open and inclusive work environment,” says Christine Marinho, Adecco Canada’s Director of Marketing for The Adecco Group in Canada. “The Millennials represent 37 per cent of the Canadian workforce with 28 per cent of them in managerial roles. The Baby Boom generation is transitioning out of the workforce and we want to foster a supportive environment where we develop leadership talents, encourage the sharing of ideas and provide mentorship at all levels. Our CEO for One Month program allows us to ‘walk the walk’ and provide access to one exceptional leader who will share their experience in real-time with employees and potential candidates via social media.”

What was it like for Alana to be given this extraordinary opportunity?

“It was overwhelming and inspiring in every possible way. I never realized you could get so much done with so little sleep,” she says jokingly. “Yet, I would wake up every morning, excited to be able to do it all again. I had no idea what a CEO does and I wasn’t very familiar with the staffing and employment industry. I’ve had a total of five jobs in my life and now I was working with the CEO.” Watch one of Alana’s Day in the Life video updates.

She and Gilbert instantly clicked. “He treated me as an equal, as we leapt head first into his jam-packed schedule, where we met with amazing Adecco clients, discussed their needs and worked with employees from every function across the organization. Everyone was so committed and excited.”

Alana found Adecco employees to be very special. “They are ‘people’, people, so warm and welcoming. I really enjoyed travelling to meet with clients at their offices and learning about the services Adecco offers. I saw firsthand how fascinating the staffing industry is and how much Adecco cares for its clients and candidates. There are so many myths about the industry. I was in so many meetings about placing candidates and I saw how hard they work to get candidates the best benefits and compensation.”

Some of Gilbert and Alana’s favourite moments were driving to client meetings together and discussing industry issues. It’s where they discovered how the generational divide sparks great debate and fosters understanding. “Both Gilbert and I like to be challenged, to be proven wrong and be shown the faults in our reasoning,” says Alana. “It made for many lively conversations between the two of us. He has a fascinating background and it’s rare for me to have the full attention of someone with his experience. I think we pushed each other to see the world from each other’s eyes.” Alana shares her thoughts on how Millennials and Baby Boomers can help each other enhance their leadership skills in this blog post

Adds Gilbert: “I enjoyed our debates. I think it’s so important for Alana to not only challenge me, but everyone she is working with. There were some interesting debates and I am glad I created a haven for her to share her insights, which was eye opening for us both. This program is meant to benefit Alana but I learned so much as well. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to have someone sitting beside you and observing how you work. She helped me see myself in a different angle, from the viewpoint of someone looking from the outside in.”

What’s next for Alana now that’s she’s helped lead the Canadian group of a multi-million dollar organization for one month? She is being considered along with 48 finalists from around the world for the honour of acting as Adecco’s Global CEO for One Month, shadowing Alain Dehaze, The Adecco Group’s Global CEO. The Global CEO for One Month selected will also receive a salary of 15,000 Euros. You can help Alana achieve her dream of becoming Adecco’s global CEO FOR ONE MONTH. Anyone can rate the candidates.

“I am so proud of Alana,” says Gilbert. “She was thrown in the water and swam so impressively. She had more of a theoretical view of the business world and she was able to see it in practice. It was amazing how poised she was considering everything she went through, meeting so many different stakeholders and engaging in real world discussions. To be able to work with the CEO at a macro level, at her age, is remarkable.”

 

The original article was written by Acsess Canada and can be seen on their website: Click here

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Reaching a Middle Ground: Reconciling the Millennial Generation with the Boomers

By Alana Couvrette, 2017 CEO for Month

By 2025, Millennials will represent 75% of the total global workforce[1]. Considering these numbers, I would argue that one of the greatest challenges our society will face is reconciling the Millennial generation with the more seasoned one, the Boomers.

A lot of generational stereotypes are out there. Pundits will say that Boomers are old, set in their ways and technophobes. Millennials, on the other hand, are viewed as selfish, entitled and hopeless narcissists. However, instead of pointing fingers, we should think more constructively and put our efforts into identifying ways to stop this growing generational chasm.

Although at the individual level, there is cause for a change in mentality, thought leadership should originate chiefly at the macro level: through organizations. Workplaces are where generational reconciliation must occur, which means that organizations must play a leading role in creating the conditions for its success.

Initiatives like Adecco’s CEO for One Month help this reconciliation effort by breaking down institutional and hierarchical silos. On one hand, it allows the millennial generation to interact directly with senior management, giving them a chance to learn from their expertise and vast experience. It’s an opportunity for the Boomer’s institutional memory to be transferred to younger generations.

On the other hand, it also encourages senior management to move out of their comfort zone and incites them to be open to new ideas. Millennials can help Boomers stay relevant, in a world of constant change.

However, we don’t need initiatives as articulate as CEO for One Month to create change. It can be as simple as implementing a mentoring program or organizing weekly “Lunch with Senior Management” sessions, to foster dialogue between employees.

We shouldn’t pursue this objective simply because “it’s the right thing to do”. There is pragmatic impetus to unite generations. In the long run, investing in bridging generational gaps will result in a stronger, more efficient work culture.

Successfully navigating our intergenerational future requires crafting the right organizational strategies -sooner rather than later.

[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/workday/2016/05/05/workforce-2020-what-you-need-to-know-now/#3b1973c2d632