Workforce Development News – Aug. 26, 2013

By on August 26, 2013
Extending Deadlines

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Here’s What Really Happens When You Extend a Deadline

“We have a lot of difficulty using our newly-found time wisely. We wind up facing the same problem again — the same time pressure, the same stress, the same feeling-not-quite ready — only now we’ve gone an additional week, or month, or year without reaching an important goal. So why do we squander the time extensions we are given, and what can we do about it?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/heres_what_really_happens_when.html

State of St. Louis Workforce 2013: Key Takeaways Video

Insights on the key takeaways from the 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce Report by Rod Nunn, D.M. (St. Louis Community College), Clem Smith (State Representative, 85th District), Keith English (State Representative, 68th District), Debbie Walkenhorst (SSM Health Care-St. Louis), Bill Otto (State Representative, 70th District), Alan Spell (MERIC), and Keith Darling (AEP River Operations). Perspectives include the employer value of degrees, certificates, creative thinking and soft skills; workforce needs of employers moving to Missouri; and opportunities to partner between business and education to create the workforce needed by employers. Download the full 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce Report at www.stlcc.edu/stlworkforce. (YouTube 3:36).
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2013/state-st-louis-workforce-2013-key-takeaways-video-interviews/

10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece

“The following daily goals will help assess your performance.  You can use them to review your leadership opportunities at the beginning of the day and assess your performance at the end.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikemyatt/2013/08/21/10-ways-to-make-each-day-a-leadership-masterpiece/

10 Dumb Things Bosses Say (and What to Say Instead)

“Being the boss is hard work and it’s even harder if your employees think you’re acting like a fool. Here are ten common silly phrases that bosses use, followed by a far more effective alternative.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/10-dumb-things-bosses-say-and-what-to-say-instead.html

10 Things Bad Bosses Say

“Managers’ words carry enormous weight with the people they manage – and the wrong words can destroy employee morale and motivation. Yet bad managers go on saying the wrong things repeatedly.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/08/21/10-things-bad-bosses-say

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

“People in general commonly misinterpret displays of confidence as a sign of competence.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/why_do_so_many_incompetent_men.html

Professional Essential Training at STLCC Continuing Education

Professional Essentials will help you develop and maintain your competitive edge with credentials that will increase your value in the job market or develop competencies by learning new skills. Call St. Louis Community College Continuing Education at 314-984-7777 to register for our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Overview of Lean Manufacturing, PMI/PMP Project Management, Project Earned Value Management, and Project Recovery courses.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2013/professional-essential-training-stlcc-continuing-education/

Who Are the Long-Term Unemployed?

“It’s been over four years since the recovery officially began, but there are still over four million people who are long-term unemployed. That’s four million people who can’t find work even after looking for six months or more.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/08/who-are-the-long-term-unemployed/278964/

5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask

“Many of the questions potential new hires ask are throwaways. But not these.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/5-questions-great-job-candidates-ask-interviewers.html

10 Ways to Improve Your Personal Brand

“From your elevator speech to your online image and connections, there are many facets that can impress—or repel—a potential employer.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/47170.aspx

A Simple Guide to Interviewing for Attitude

“46 percent of new hires failed within 18 months, and that 89 percent of the time it was for attitude, not a lack of technical skills.”
http://www.ere.net/2013/08/20/a-simple-guide-to-interviewing-for-attitude/

Why Jobs Go Unfilled Even in Times of High Unemployment

“Companies say too many applicants just don’t have the right skills. Partnerships between employers and community colleges are looking to fix that.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/08/why-jobs-go-unfilled-even-in-times-of-high-unemployment/278801/

How To Build a High-Performing Digital Team

“Digital teams are responsible for developing, testing, and implementing a strategy to reach and engage target audiences through digital channels like web, mobile, and social. Here are six attributes to consider when sourcing talent for a high-performing digital team.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/how_to_build_a_high-performing.html

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams

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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