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October 12, 2015 | The Vermilion Voice

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Performing Arts Season Kicks Off With Terrific Energy!

Elina Castro Submitted

The Allied Arts Performing Arts season began with a packed house at the Alumni Hall on October 3. The Carolines delighted the crowd with a full and varied repertoire of new and classic country hits. Their rendition of “Any Time” tickled the back of our necks, and the Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty piece, “You’re the Reason our Kids are Ugly” which The Carolines have extended to include websites and cellphones, garnered much laughter and cheer. The audience shared its own vocal talents with “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, and then the band broke our hearts with a beautiful rendition of“Tennessee Waltz,” and with the impressive whistling talent of Katie Perman. !

After singing together for a decade, Lesley Pelletier, Katie Perman and Chloe Albert are pure energy. When you meet them in person they are like you and I but, as soon as they come out on stage, they shine, they dazzle, they conquer.! “In terms of a quality show, these gals are the total package …” wrote Peter Pirquet last year. Although it is a long-standing notion that one should not agree with one’s critics, in the case of The Carolines, an exception should be made. The critics are right: the group’s blend of humour, plus the variety and reach of their creative harmonies truly warmed our hearts. The crowd appreciated their stories, their anecdotes, their artistry and vocal talent and responded in kind, laughing and cheering throughout the performance. The Vermilion Allied Arts Council is

grateful to RONA for sponsoring this elecTickets are available at Fantasy Flowtrifying performance, and to the master of ers, or at the door. Single show $30, ceremonies, Allan MacMillan, and Greg students with ID $20. Haslehurst Photography.

The Carolines. Photo Submitted

Speaker’s Message Painfully Good At Partnership Breakfast Shannon O’Connor Reporter

Mary Lee Prior of the Town of Vermilion and Corinne McGirr of the County of Vermilion River were the emcees for the 10th Annual Partnership Breakfast that took place on Oct. 8 at the Vermilion Regional Centre. They welcomed local dignitaries, business representatives, organizations, and partners of the breakfast whose keynote speaker was Kristen Cumming. Cumming’s presentation was called ‘Let it Suck,’ which emphasized the value of discomfort in management performance and the usefulness of pain. She asked for some specific examples from attendees where management performance in the workplace would be required. Behaviours such as: employees pursuing their own interests during work, employees making personal cell phone calls on company time, and employees who are unable to meet deadlines despite their assurances that they would, were mentioned. The meeting that is required to happen in these instances between the employee and management is the one no one wants to have, ie. it sucks. But, you have to ‘Let it Suck’ and have the conversation to increase the employees performance, as it is in everyone’s best interest that employees perform well. “Discomfort is essential to learning,” added Cumming. “It’s about uplifting employees to help them realize their potential. “It’s a real tough thing for supervisors and leaders to get their head around, because they want to avoid both the pain of their employee as well as their own discomfort,” said Cumming. “You have to learn how to ‘Let it Suck’ in the performance management process.” Cumming said there is a tendency to put too much emphasis on the meeting.

“The meeting is really only 20 per cent of the process. The other 40 per cent is preparation for the meeting, and then there is 40 per cent follow through,” she added. “When gathering discipline data, it must be objective data. The use of subjective words reveals judgement. You don’t solve a problem with judgement,” added Cumming. “Use facts not opinion.” Cumming added that it may even be necessary for the manager to let an

employee underperform until the appropriate data is collected. On the flip side, the manager also has to be open to the idea that there may be barriers in the business that are affecting an employee’s motivation and performance. While a manager cannot motivate an employee, he/she can create a space in the workplace for motivation. “If you want to create commitment, you have to offer it,” said Cumming.

During Cumming’s slide show presentation, she included a quote from Robin S. Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: “Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought performance and being.” To “Let it Suck” is to sit with the discomfort said Cumming. “Discomfort is the pathway to remarkable.”

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“Let it Suck” Presentation Presenter Kristin Cumming delivers her “Let it Suck” approach to management performance during the Vermilion Region Partnership Breakfast at the Vermilion Regional Centre on Thursday, Oct. 8. Photo Shannon O’Connor

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