As managers and executives at Stratford, we’ve led departments, divisions and whole organizations through growth and change. We have the “stars and scars” to offer meaningful, practical guidance or serve hands-on if that’s required.
Beyond our credentials, what sets us apart are the values we share and the ways we work. Every member of our team has a passion for giving back and helping organizations reach their goals. It’s why clients often tell us that when they met our people, they knew they wanted to do business with us.
To help you get to know us a little better, we sat down with some of our team members and interviewed them on everything from professional experience and obstacles to extracurricular activities and playlist recommendations. We thought you may appreciate seeing the personal side of our team through their shared personal insights, recommendations and hobbies.
The next team member we’d like to introduce you to is Pierre Côté, Senior Human Resources Consultant at Stratford.
Area of Expertise:
🎧 What do you like to listen to while working?
Deep House, Chill and Hip Hop.
📚 What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?
🌟 Who are you most influenced by?
I am most influenced by Ken Blanchard because of his knowledge on the art of management and Obama because of his values and public speaking abilities.
📝What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?
I actually have two.
🙋♂️ How do you add value to your clients?
I add value by presenting myself as a strategic business partner and providing sound business advice, options and risks.
👀 What do you think makes Stratford unique?
The quality of the people that work at Stratford and the credibility we have in the market.
🤝 What is your favourite type of client engagement?
My favourite client engagement is being able to work as the advisor for senior management teams. I also appreciate Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Change Management and Talent Acquisition work.
✨ Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?
I work with the Humane Society (SPCA Outaouais) as the HR Director.
🎶 What are some of your favourite past times?
I enjoy being a DJ. I used to work in bars and clubs as a student and I will still do some “gigs” for social event.
I also really enjoy working out!
🍿Any recommended movies or TV programs?
👩💻 Any recommendations on people to follow on their LinkedIn or Twitter accounts?
These are all great HR leaders that bring a different perspective on the art of human capital.
⛰️ What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?
An obstacle I must often overcome is dealing with the political aspects of organizations. This can be challenging when attempting to move great ideas forward, as personal agendas sometimes get in the way of doing the right thing.
❓What GIF best describes you?
📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?
“I hire smart people and get out of their way.”
– Lee Lacocca
“Tell people what you need, NOT what to do.”
– Peter Drucker
🤔 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?
Your business is about people, not about what you produce and sell. You must always consider the fact that a business’ success will be a reflection of how you treat your employees and the social contract you make with them.
I would hope my clients would gain the the understanding that employee engagement is not something you can ask for. Employee engagement is a result of your daily actions.
We look forward to introducing you to others here at Stratford and we’d love the chance to get to know you better too. If you’d like to connect with Pierre or other members of the Stratford team, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you.