Workforce Development News – August 22, 2011

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2011 State of St. Louis Workforce Event Overview/Reactions

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2011 State of St. Louis Workforce Event Overview/Reactions Video

The 2011 State of the St. Louis Workforce event attracted over 400 leaders from all across the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Individuals from the business, education, economic development, non-profits and the public workforce system all came together on this day to hear and discuss the latest workforce intelligence with one purpose in mind – collaboration to advance regional economic recovery. This video includes reactions and comments on the event by Deb Walkenhorst of SSM Heath Care – St. Louis; Karla May, Missouri State Representative; Molly Tallarico of the Missouri Division of Workforce Development; Gretchen Pettet of East Central College; Kurt Gerstner of Unisys; Margo McNeil, Missouri State Representative; and Steve Pulliam of GKN. (YouTube 3:11).

10 Things Great Managers Do

“Each anecdote taught me a critical lesson that advanced my career and helped me to be a better leader.”

Why Checklists Work

“One of the most basic organizational tools — the simple checklist — can improve the effectiveness of teams and individuals performing complex tasks. When properly conceived and used, a checklist ensures communication and confirmation among members of a team and catches errors.”

Infographic: How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

Higher Education and Old Media: More Similar Than You Think

“Out of all the industries based on the production and distribution of information (and make no mistake about it…music, books, TV shows, films, etc. are just information), there’s one industry that (for the most part) is still partying like it’s 1955…higher education.”

The 9 Eternal Rules of Teamwork

“Teamwork is a universally acknowledged to be a desirable business attribute, but few organizations have a clear definition of what teamwork actually means or how to achieve it.”

Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade

“If you have a child entering grade school this fall, file away just one number with all those back-to-school forms: 65 percent. Chances are just that good that, in spite of anything you do, little Oliver or Abigail won’t end up a doctor or lawyer — or, indeed, anything else you’ve ever heard of. According to Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, fully 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet.”

100 Most Often Mispelled Misspelled Words in English

Get Better Security with Plain English Passwords

“The debate over what constitutes a secure and smart password continues to rage on. Some security experts contend that it is counter-productive to regularly change your password, and that strong, complex passwords are no better than short and simple ones. Now there’s some new fuel for the fire: A phrase of easy to remember (but nonsensical) words might be better than a hard-to-remember string of letters, numbers, and symbols.”

9 Tips for Workers in a Turbulent Economy

“Tips for employees who want to make themselves invaluable and less vulnerable to job cuts.”

Job Interview Over? 8 Ways To Seal The Deal

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” – Margaret Mead

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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