Workforce Development News – Oct. 17, 2011

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Creating Inspired, Open, and Free Organizations

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Creating Inspired, Open, and Free Organizations

“Organizations that thrive over the long run, in good times and bad, pay explicit attention to the nine factors that are critical to organizational health: Direction, Accountability, Motivation, Leadership, Coordination & Control, External Orientation, Culture & Climate, Capabilities, Innovation & Learning. Three of them, though, seem particularly crucial.”

The Key Trait Successful People Have, and How To Get It

“Which character traits do you need to have if you want to work effectively and get ahead? The answer depends, to some extent, on the kind of work you do — but there’s one trait that everyone needs to have if they want to succeed, and that’s …”

Relentless Innovation

“Innovation isn’t about spontaneity. Businesses should mine for revolutionary business ideas all day, every day.”

InfoGraphic: The Art of Creative Problem Solving in New Product Development

“How to ‘Connect the Dots’ — the nine major steps toward creative problem solving.”

PowerPoint Presentation Tip: Put Your Contact Info in a QR Code

“Inserting your contact information in a QR code is the ultimate in convenience. Anyone in your audience who wants to capture your e-mail address for future reference need only point their phone at the screen for a couple of seconds, no writing or typing required.”

College’s Most Important Trend is the Rise of the Adult Student

“The media’s ‘typical’ college student lives on a campus at a four-year institution. But that describes no more than a sixth of the total college population. In fact, there are more college attendees over the age of 30 than such ‘typical’ students. The most significant shift in higher education is the massive growth in the adult-student population.”

InfoGraphic: Managing Your Online Image Across Social Networks

How are employers screening job applicants? There are three key takeaways:

Negativity Gets You Nowhere In A Social Media Job Search World

“91 percent of recruiters screen applicants via social networks, with 76 percent reporting that they view a candidate’s Facebook profile.” The top 5 reasons employers rejected candidates (due to content found on social media profiles) are:

10 Things Never to Tell Sales Prospects

“Whether spoken or written, words make sales happen… or not. Too many salespeople, marketers, and advertisers use the same words — words used so often they’ve become meaningless — to describe their products and services. Here’s the ones to avoid:”

Ten Common Marketing Mistakes

“The tactic is less often to blame than the implementation of it. In fact, many companies make mistake after mistake based on gaps in their understanding of how marketing really works. Here’s a quick review of 10 of the most common errors to help you avoid the worst of them.”

10 Tips for Building a Great Reputation from Scratch

“For most successful small businesses, networking and referrals are both the least expensive and most effective forms of marketing. Reputation is the currency of networking and referrals. Reputation is usually built from one thing: happy customers. Depending on your business, it may be the quality of your product, your low prices, or your friendly service. But the bottom line is that your reputation is constructed of exceptional customer experiences.”

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

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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