Workforce Development News – March 14, 2011

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30 Things We Need — and 30 We Don’t

“Do you have the feeling that in the tsunami of everyday life, we’re getting too much of stuff we don’t need, and not enough of what we do?”

Not Achieving Your Goals? 5 Common Mistakes

“If you’re like most professionals, you’re probably very skilled at setting goals–but not quite so adept at achieving them. What stands in the way of achieving goals? Here are five common mistakes:”

The Practical Art of Persuasion

“Persuasion is a catalyst for getting work done, for achieving an outcome you can’t realize on your own. recognize your purpose: there is a difference between you and the audience that you’d like to resolve in a specific way. Understand your audience. Focus on content.”

Are You Job Search Weary?

“For many people in this economy, their job search has gone on for a long time. Much longer than expected, and longer than their emotions, relationships, and finances seem to be able to bear. An extended job search can be trying and make even the most resilient personalities weary over time.”

How Bad Is the Jobs Outlook?

“That depends on what you believe. The problem is that the data isn’t very good. Add it all up and here’s what you get: A job market that is improving steadily, but slowly. The CBO expects the jobless rate to fall only very gradually, to 9.2 percent by year-end, 8.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 7.4 percent toward the end of 2013. Unemployment won’t descend to its ‘natural’ level of just over 5 percent until 2016, according to the congressional agency.”

Sleep is More Important than Food

“Say you decide to go on a fast, and so you effectively starve yourself for a week. At the end of seven days, how would you be feeling? You’d probably be hungry, perhaps a little weak, and almost certainly somewhat thinner. But basically you’d be fine. Now let’s say you deprive yourself of sleep for a week. Not so good. After several days, you’d be almost completely unable to function.”

Sleep Deprivation: The Surprising Causes and Solutions

“The annual Sleep in America poll by the National Sleep Foundation suggests the cause is the widespread use of electronics at night. What do electronics have to do with sleep deprivation–and job performance? The National Sleep Foundation surveyed 1,508 people and found:”

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Darrell Royal

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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