Workforce Development News – Aug. 28, 2012

By on August 28, 2012
Three Questions Successful People Use To Change The World

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Photo Gallery From 2012 State of St. Louis Workforce Event

Enjoy our assortment of photos from this year’s event. The State of St. Louis Workforce Report is brought to you each year by the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. The Workforce Solutions Group leverages education for growth in the knowledge economy by offering a robust menu of entrepreneurial workforce solutions designed to advance people, businesses and communities.
Visit STLCC.edu/STLworkforce to learn more and to download the full 2012 State of St. Louis Workforce Report.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2012/photo-gallery-2012-state-st-louis-workforce-event/

Three (Incredibly Simple) Questions The Most Successful People Use To Change The World

“I’ve heard it said that the most brilliant business ideas are often the simplest. From my experience, it’s true. In fact, when I am fortunate enough to receive sage advice from a famously gifted person, I’ll often ask myself, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikemaddock/2012/08/21/three-incredibly-simple-questions-the-most-successful-people-use-to-change-the-world/

8 Steps for Closing the Skills Gap

“Without a domestic source of critical manufacturing skills, many firms have gone and will continue to go offshore, where the desired talent is abundant and affordable. But American producers can capitalize on these current conditions to cultivate the talent they need to stay competitive. Here are eight steps that manufacturers can take now to begin to narrow the skills gap and lay a foundation for growth.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-kaslow/closing-the-skills-gap_b_1790469.html

Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain

“Exposure to nonstop negativity actually impairs brain function. Here’s how to defend yourself.”
http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/listening-to-complainers-is-bad-for-your-brain.html

Infographic: Only 2 Percent of People Can Multitask Effectively

“The other 98 percent lower their IQ by 10 points, lose two hours a day to interruptions, and suffer from distractions every 10 minutes.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45386.aspx

Fall 2012 Industry Insights

Today’s workplace is more competitive than ever. To help you maintain an edge, St. Louis Community College is offering a series of expert insights into the issues that are impacting the economy, the job market and specific industries, as well as advice for how to succeed in this environment. As an extension of the State of St. Louis Workforce report, we invite you to join us as we take a closer look at the facts presented by local experts and see how these industries are impacting the local job market and economy. Breakfast included. $49 per session.
http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101694012919-745/Industry_Insights_fall2012.pdf

The 12-Step Insider’s Guide To Getting Press Coverage

“In short: Journalists want to hear from you, but their patience is razor thin. Getting ink isn’t brain surgery, but it does require a little effort, some of which can feel uncomfortable.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brettnelson/2012/08/27/the-12-step-insiders-guide-to-getting-press-coverage/

11 Reasons a 23-Year-Old Shouldn’t Run Your Social Media

“Sure, she understands Instagram. But do you really want a new grad controlling your brand online?”
http://www.inc.com/hollis-thomases/social-media-dont-put-intern-in-charge.html

Infographic: 65% of Today’s Grade School Students Will Work In Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet

“Despite its inherently speculative nature, the driving trends behind the technologies can already be observed, meaning it’s a matter of time before these scenarios start panning out in learning environments around the world.”
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680348/mapping-the-future-of-education-technology

The 12 Most Cringe-Worthy Business Phrases

“To be honest with you, this article is literally filled with rocket science. But that’s just my two cents.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45354.aspx

It’s More Important to Be Kind than Clever

“In a world that is being reshaped by the relentless advance of technology, what stands out are acts of compassion and connection that remind us what it means to be human.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2012/08/its_more_important_to_be_kind.html

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

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: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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