Workforce Development News – Aug. 20, 2012

By on August 20, 2012
Are You Sure You’re Not a Bad Boss?

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Are You Sure You’re Not a Bad Boss?

“Bad bosses are defined not so much by any appalling things they do as by certain critical things they don’t do. Here’s the list in order, from the most to the least fatal:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/are_you_sure_youre_not_a_bad_b.html

The Seven Deadly Sins of Management

“We all know bad managers — be they ambitious and aggressive, doing whatever it takes to move up the corporate ladder, or the opposite: managers thrust into their position without the skill or the will to do the job properly. Let’s focus on the bad behaviors we are trying to get rid of.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/the_seven_deadly_sins_of_manag.html

An A to Z Guide to Employee Engagement

“These 26 pointers will help you build a superstar team.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45370.aspx

Don’t Engage Employees – Empower Them

“Every business leader wants employees to care about their jobs and the success of their company. But accurately measuring employee engagement, developing the right strategies to improve it, implementing them, and not screwing up anything else in the process is far easier said than done. There are better ways to motivate employees and improve business performance.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57492483/dont-engage-employees-empower-them/

A College Degree Is Indeed the Best Defense Against Unemployment

“Many of the stories you’ve heard about the Great Recession often involve the plight of college graduates, or stories about how men and women have fared differently in the recession and recovery. The media have even created a new vocabulary to describe these differences, such as ‘Man-cession’ and ‘Man-covery.’ But the evidence suggests that differences in education better explain how Americans have fared in these difficult economic times. In The College Advantage, we argue that college degrees have served as protection for Americans seeking shelter during a tough economic storm.”
http://cew.georgetown.edu/collegeadvantage/

How the Great Recession Proved, Beyond a Doubt, the Value of a College Degree

“The U.S. economic recovery has been anemic by almost any standard. But for Americans with just a high school degree or less, it’s been worse than anemic. It’s been non-existent.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/how-the-great-recession-proved-beyond-a-doubt-the-value-of-a-college-degree/261225/

How to Read a Job Description

“How you read and interpret job descriptions has a lot of bearing on how well you think you’re qualified and how you’re likely to customize a resume.”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2012/08/how-to-read-a-job-description.html

The 7 Cs of Building a Social Media Strategy

“After using social media for a while, a lot of people and companies decide that they need a strategy. Of course, that approach is like putting the cart before the horse.”
http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/12404.aspx

Marketing Is Dead

“Traditional marketing isn’t really working anywhere. We already know in great detail what the new model of marketing will look like. It’s already in place in a number of organizations. Here are its critical pieces:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/marketing_is_dead.html

Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

“Taken in locations ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam, the winning pictures show everything from peaceful landscapes to unexpected moments. However, all of them depict the beauty of the places and people that make traveling memorable.”
http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2012/

A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.” – HSM Burns

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 is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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