Workforce Development News – April 29, 2013

By on April 29, 2013
Your Personal Core Values

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Define Your Personal Core Values: 5 Steps

“If your company has core values, shouldn’t you? Establishing your own personal guidelines can remove risk and accelerate success.”
http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/define-your-personal-core-values-5-steps.html

The “Sandwich Approach” to Give Negative Feedback Undermines Your Feedback

“Giving negative feedback transparently means respecting your direct reports, not controlling or alienating them; makes both your negative and positive feedback feel more genuine to your direct reports; and lowers your discomfort and their anxiety.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/the_sandwich_approach_undermin.html

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

“In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2013/04/22/is-comfort-holding-you-back/

An Uneven Recovery: A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%

“During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7% of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28%, while the mean net worth of households in the lower 93% dropped by 4%.”
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/04/23/a-rise-in-wealth-for-the-wealthydeclines-for-the-lower-93/

Meet the New Middle Class: Who They Are, What They Want, and What They Fear

“After years of economic turmoil, most families now believe the most valuable–and elusive–possession in American life is economic security.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/meet-the-new-middle-class-who-they-are-what-they-want-and-what-they-fear/275307/

ABCs of Missouri Career Grades

“With nearly 800 occupations to consider, choosing a career can be a challenge. Missouri Career Grades are a tool to help compare the future outlook of these occupations.” (MERIC, pdf).
http://www.missourieconomy.org/pdfs/abcs10-20grades.pdf

Create Your Personal Brand: 8 Steps

“Take control of your online presence to create a memorable personal brand.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/create-your-personal-brand-8-steps.html

Start Planning for Summer Interns Now

“Healthy internship programs garner higher quality entry-level candidates, strengthen company mentorship programs, and provide a way for companies to give back to the community.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/start_planning_for_summer_inte.html

7 Steps To A Truly Effective Leadership Style

“If you’ve ever been led by a Mushroom (everyone’s in the dark), a Seagull (swoops in, squawks and dumps), or a Kipper (two-faced and gutless), you’ll be all too aware of the leadership style you don’t want to be known for.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2013/04/24/7-steps-to-a-truly-effective-leadership-style/

How to Tell a Story with Data

“An excellent visualization expresses ‘complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency.’ So how does a visual designer tell a story with a visualization?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/how_to_tell_a_story_with_data.html

A man’s got to know his limitations.” – Harry Callahan

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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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