Workforce Development News – July 30, 2012

By on July 30, 2012
Why Aren’t You Delegating?

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Why Aren’t You Delegating?

“Delegation is a critical skill. Delegation benefits managers, direct reports, and organizations. Yet it remains one of the most underutilized and underdeveloped management capabilities.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2012/07/why-arent-you-delegating.html

The Big Jobs Myth: American Workers Aren’t Ready for American Jobs

“What ails the American worker? Republicans and Democrats, chief executives and certain academics all say they see a mismatch between workers’ skills and employers’ needs. The data see something different.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/the-big-jobs-myth-american-workers-arent-ready-for-american-jobs/260169/

Ten Ways to Inhibit Innovation

“Every company is looking for the magic formula that will produce breakthrough products and services. But a better starting point is to think about what gets in the way of innovation, especially in firms that already have lots of talented, creative, and motivated people. In other words, by identifying and removing barriers, it might be possible to accelerate innovation simply by leveraging the capability that’s already there.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/ashkenas/2012/07/ten-ways-to-inhibit-innovation.html

How to Ace The Panel Interview

“The reason most employers conduct panel interviews isn’t to intimidate you; rather, it’s a time-saving way to meet with people that will likely interact with you in the new job, and gather their impressions all at once. These 5 tips can help you feel more in control of the process while facing a group of interviewers—with a professional, enthusiastic demeanor that helps win the job:”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2012/07/how-to-ace-the-panel-interview.html

Infographic: 92 Percent of Recruiters Use Social Networks

“Job seekers, clean-up your social network profiles. Somebody is watching you.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/Infographic_92_percent_of_recruiters_use_social_ne_45251.aspx

Report: The Future of Higher Education

“A majority of technology stakeholders polled in a Web-based survey anticipate that higher education in 2020 will be quite different from the way it is today. They said university-level education will adopt new methods of teaching and certification driven by opportunity, economic concerns and student and parent demands.”
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Higher-Education.aspx

An Employer’s Guide to Interviewing: A 10 Point Check List

“Not everyone is a good interviewer. It’s not a skill that one is born with – it’s something you learn and then need to work on developing – like any other job aspect, it requires training and experience. Here are a few helpful interview hints – think of it as a cheat sheet:”
http://www.recruiter.com/i/employers-guide-to-interviewing/

True Secret to Success (It’s Not What You Think)

“If you’re not exercising this emotional muscle, you’re probably setting yourself up for failure.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/gratitude-true-secret-to-success.html

Set Boundaries on the Sacrifices You’ll Make for Work

“People enter demanding fields to accomplish important things and build careers, but the associated costs can lead to unhappiness and burnout. Remaining always on and constantly working can mean less time to devote to family, friends, or yourself. Performance may suffer if continued sacrifice leads to less personal energy and creativity.” So what is an effective trade-off?
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/07/set_boundaries_on_the_sacrific.html

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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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