Workforce Development News – Dec. 19, 2011

By on December 19, 2011
How to Set Life- and Business-Changing Goals

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11 Expert Tips on How to Set Life- and Business-Changing Goals for the New Year

“Although I’ve never been one for resolutions (too restrictive and unpleasant), I love making lists of goals. They often include a blend of personal and professional hopes and ambitions and have been helpful in clarifying my priorities for the year ahead. What makes for a good goal? I decided to ask some of the best coaches to weigh in on how they help their clients to get the most out of the goal setting process. Here’s what they had to say:”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/thebigenoughcompany/2011/12/15/11-expert-tips-on-how-to-set-life-and-business-changing-goals-for-the-new-year/

The 10 Key Skills for the Future of Work

“With technology and economic developments moving so quickly, it’s hard to predict the career path to follow. But if betting on specific jobs is impossible, you can do something useful to prepare yourself for the careers of tomorrow.”
http://gigaom.com/collaboration/the-10-key-skills-for-the-future-of-work/

Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012

“Eliminating these five activities is likely to save me hundreds of hours next year — time I can spend expanding my business and doing things that matter. What are you going to stop doing? And how are you going to leverage all that extra time?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/12/five_things_you_should_stop_do.html

Top Ten Reasons Why Large Companies Fail To Keep Their Best Talent

“Large organizations have a hard time keeping their best and brightest in house. Here is the Top Ten list of what large companies do to lose their top talent:”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2011/12/14/top-ten-reasons-why-large-companies-fail-to-keep-their-best-talent/

InfoGraphic: Branding—How It Works in the Social Media Age

“Branding and social media — they seem to go together so well, yet they’re both widely misunderstood. While social media can serve as a gigantic megaphone for your brand, social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter can also give a company a golden opportunity to shoot itself in the figurative foot. How are people using social media to interact with brands, and how are companies using the power of social media to reach more customers?”
http://mashable.com/2011/12/15/branding-and-social-media/

What Great Companies Know About Culture

“Those companies who are committed to a strong workplace culture tend to perform well, effective culture can account for 20-30 percent of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/12/what_great_companies_know_abou.html

What Workers Want in Corporate Culture

“Different groups value different things about daily life in the workplace, with preferences varying by age, gender, level of education, and even geography. Culture is a key recruiting tool, so hirers need to know that one size does not fit all; given that 46% of new hires leave within 18 months.”
http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Careers/What-Workers-Want-in-Corporate-Culture-653547/

How to Use Short Substantive Soundbites on LinkedIn

“What does your resume look like? A dissertation, or an outline of the most relevant and key points? Which do you think will more likely be read, and get the better results?”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/12/how-to-use-short-substantive-soundbites-on-linkedin.html

Three Career Tips For Novice Networkers

“With 13.3 million Americans out of work and recovery still likely years away, it’s now more important than ever to obsessively manage any and all career prospects. Here are three tips from LinkedIn product SVP Deep Nishar.”
http://www.fastcompany.com/1800948/linkedin-svp-deep-nishars-three-career-tips-for-novice-networkers

5 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated

“No matter what you do for a living, the key to success is superlative performance, day after day after day. And that’s only possible if you make optimism, expectancy, and enthusiasm part of your daily experience. That’s easy if you’re pursuing your life’s dearest dreams. But what if, like almost everybody else in this world, you’ve got a job that’s not exactly perfect. Here’s how to remain a go-getter, even when the getting gets tough:”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/5-easy-ways-to-stay-motivated.html

Get Your Car Winter Ready

“Cold temperatures and winter precipitation are in the forecast, and that means it’s time to winterize your car. A video on MoDOT’s YouTube site reviews the most important things to remember while getting your car ready for winter, from tires to antifreeze to what to pack for an emergency.” (MoDOT)
http://youtu.be/kZP88bGjmYc

St. Louis Community College is closed for the Holiday Break December 23 through January 1. The next issue of the Workforce Development News will be January 2. Happy Holidays!

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About Richard Schumacher

Richard is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has over 25 years experience in technology, instructional design, eLearning, training, web content, IT consulting, and business performance improvement solutions. Richard is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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