Workforce Development News – June 11, 2012

By on June 11, 2012
How to Speak More Strategically

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Courageous Leaders Don’t Make Excuses…They Apologize

“We are frequently taught that leaders, especially aspiring leaders, should hide weaknesses and mistakes. This view is flawed. It is not only good to admit you are wrong when you are; but also it can also be a powerful tool for leaders—actually increasing legitimacy and can help to build a culture that actually increases solidarity, innovation, openness to change and many other positive features of organizational life.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2012/06/05/courageous-leaders-dont-make-excuses-they-apologize/

How to Speak More Strategically

“We speak for three main legitimate and worthwhile reasons. What is surprising though is how frequently we fool ourselves into thinking we’re achieving those objectives when, in reality, we’re thwarting them.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman/2012/05/how-to-speak-more-strategicall.html

The Top 9 Things That Ultimately Motivate Employees to Achieve

“As leaders we must hold ourselves accountable to build meaningful and purposeful relationships that matter with our employees. This allows us to better understand those we are serving, just as much as ourselves.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2012/06/04/top-9-things-that-ultimately-motivate-employees-to-achieve/

Software Screening Rejects Job Seekers

“In many companies, software has replaced recruiters, so ‘applicants rarely talk to anyone, even by email, during the hiring process.’ It’s a whole new skill: Clearing the software hurdle is as important as being able to do the job.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304821304577436172660988042.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/drucker/2012/06/05/why-businesses-need-close-the-skills-gap/

10 Resume Mistakes to Avoid

“There is one goal for your resume: To show a potential employer why you are the best person for the job. However, there are so many things that can get in the way of what should be a clear message. Here are ten of the most common mistakes made in resumes:”
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/career/10-resume-mistakes-to-avoid/4355

10 Things You Should Tweet

“There’s no magic formula for how to use Twitter to promote your business. But here are a few things to try.”
http://www.inc.com/jon-gelberg/10-things-you-should-tweet.html

Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees

June 2012 Report. “Certificates have swelled to become the second most common postsecondary award in the U.S.: Over 1 million are awarded each year. In the context of concerns about rising college costs and student loan debt, certificates, which are cheaper and take less time to complete than college degrees, have become of increasing interest to researchers, institutions, and other stakeholders in higher education.”
http://cew.georgetown.edu/certificates/

The Amazing (and Puzzling) Manufacturing Recovery

“What if I told you that this graph explained the U.S. recovery?”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/06/the-amazing-and-puzzling-manufacturing-recovery/258148/

Don’t Think College Is Worth It? Ask People Who Haven’t Gone

“High school graduates of the classes of 2006-11 who do not have college degrees and are not enrolled in school full time overwhelmingly believe that additional education beyond a high school diploma is required to succeed.”
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/dont-think-college-is-worth-it-ask-people-who-havent-gone/

What Captures Your Attention Controls Your Life

“Giving and receiving undivided attention, even briefly, is the least that one individual can do for another — and sometimes the most. And yet, attending to others doesn’t just help them — it helps us, by evoking responses that help the listener feel cared for, useful, and connected to the larger world.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/06/what_captures_your_attention_c.html

Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” – Jim Rohn

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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