Workforce Development News – Nov. 19, 2012

By on November 19, 2012
Lead With Your Heart, Not Just Your Head

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Lead With Your Heart, Not Just Your Head

“Have you noticed that in dangerous jobs, good bosses tend to have deep bonds with their workers? People in dangerous working conditions sense they need to trust each other and their boss to survive. As a manager, you may not be working on a fishing boat or in armed combat. But you need to motivate your people to get things done. Do you have that kind of bond? Or have you been taught to manage by objectives and metrics to monitor performance, and that bonding with your team members will be seen as a distraction at best or weakness at worst? In a recent survey, more workers would trust a total stranger more than their own boss.
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/are_you_getting_personal_as_a.html

7 Unusual Things Great Bosses Do

“Great bosses do these things. The rest don’t – because these simple gestures would never occur to them.
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/7-unusual-things-great-bosses-do.html

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today

“If you want to be the best in your industry, you have to get rid of your outdated management style.
http://www.inc.com/paul-spiegelman/leadership-practices-to-stop-today.html

Three Million Open Jobs in U.S., But Who’s Qualified?

“Millions of jobs are waiting to be filled, but employers say they can’t find qualified workers because of ‘the skills gap.’ Byron Pitts reports.” (CBS 60 Minutes Video, 12:14).
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50134943n

Five Ways to Retain Employees Forever

“40% of workers are planning to look for a new job within the next six months, and 69% say they’re already passively looking. Clearly, for employees to safely make a long-term commitment to an organization, the employer will need to give them good reason to stay.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/five_ways_to_retain_employees.html

“Soft Skills” Pushed as Part of College Readiness

“The ability to solve problems and be resourceful are viewed by some experts as being as important as mastering mathematics and reading.”
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/11/14/12softskills_ep.h32.html

The Return Of Video To eLearning

“Video engages better and usage of online video is growing at a blinding pace.
http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/18/the-return-of-video-to-elearning/

A 5-Step Cure for Boring Presentation Body Language

“What should you do with your hands? Should you move your feet? Here’s what you need to know.
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45833.aspx

4 Magic Questions That Create Success

“These questions, answered in this order, transform you into an irreplaceable resource.
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/4-magic-questions-that-create-success.html

All that we behold is full of blessings.” – William Wordsworth

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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