Workforce Development News – May 21, 2012

By on May 21, 2012
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Corporate College Receives 2012 Business Development Award

On behalf of the Corporate College of St. Louis Community College, Rod Nunn, Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Community Development accepted a North County Inc. (NCI) 2012 Business Development Award at their 35th Annual Breakfast held on May 18th at the St. Louis Airport Marriott. NCI’s Business Development Awards are presented to organizations whose efforts positively affect the economic development and business climate of the North County area.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2012/corporate-college-receives-2012-business-development-award/

How to Get Feedback When You’re the Boss

“The higher up in the organization you get, the less likely you’ll receive constructive feedback on your ideas, performance, or strategy. No one wants to offend the boss, right? So, what can you do to get people to tell you what you may not want to hear?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2012/05/how-to-get-feedback-when-youre.html

Meet the Meeting Killers

“When it comes time for a meeting, co-workers can be deadly. Discussions get hijacked. Bad ideas fall like blunt objects. Long-winded colleagues consume all available oxygen, killing good ideas by asphyxiation. Here’s some advice from executives, meeting planners and trainers on productive meetings:”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304192704577404434001058726.html

6 Habits of Truly Memorable People

“How to stick out in the minds of your colleagues and customers – no gimmicks required.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/6-habits-of-truly-memorable-people.html

The Fastest-Dying Jobs of This Generation (and What Replaced Them)

“Two graphs that track the fastest-declining and fastest-growing occupations between 1983 and 2002.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/05/the-fastest-dying-jobs-of-this-generation-and-what-replaced-them/257154/

Help Your Employees Be Strategic Thinkers

“Ongoing education is a core part of every great business. The investment is small, but the return can be a game changer.”
http://www.inc.com/vanessa-merit-nornberg/help-your-employees-be-strategic-thinkers.html

The High Cost of Treating Job-Seekers Like Cattle

“Here are six rules for ensuring that job applicants, whether they’re hired or not, come away with positive impression of your company. After all, who knows? The person who’s rejected today might just be a regular shopper or even the perfect candidate for tomorrow’s job.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2012/05/17/the-high-cost-of-treating-job-seekers-like-cattle/

11 Questions You Should Be Asking Employers Before Accepting A Job

“By now, job seekers hopefully know the two cardinal rules of interview questions, but there’s an often overlooked rule that you should remember for your own good. Here are 11 questions you should be asking employers throughout the interview process:”
http://www.theworkbuzz.com/get-the-job/interviews/11-questions-you-should-ask-employers/

Networking for Introverts: 3 Tips for Success

“An unwillingness to invest time in building professional relationships can limit your career. Here are some ways to reduce the stress of developing a robust network.”
http://www.inc.com/karl-and-bill/networking-for-introverts-3-tips-for-success.html

In Defense of Polymaths

“We live in an age where deep-specialization is highly encouraged … just about everyone professionally specializes. The more deeply you specialize, the more money you’re likely to make. And that’s fine. Except when it’s not. The problem with deep specialization is that specialists tend to get stuck in their own points of view. They’ve been taught to focus so narrowly that they can’t look at a problem from different angles. And in the modern workscape we desperately need people with the ability to see big picture solutions. That’s where being a polymath has certain advantages.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/05/in_defense_of_polymaths.html

Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” – Kenneth Blanchard

About Richard Schumacher

Richard is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has over 25 years experience in technology, instructional design, eLearning, training, web content, IT consulting, and business 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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