Workforce Development News – Dec. 30, 2013

By on December 30, 2013
Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

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7 Things You Should Expect From Your Leaders In 2014

“As the workplace continues to transition from a knowledge to a wisdom-based environment, the requirements for great leadership are changing. Leaders must have greater emotional intelligence so they can connect more intuitively with their employees. They must become better listeners, opportunity enablers and exceptional coaches.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/12/27/7-things-you-should-expect-from-your-leaders-in-2014/

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

If a leader was seen as being very strong on results focus, the chance of that leader being seen as a great leader was only 14%. Social skills combine attributes like communication and empathy. If a leader was strong on social skills, he or she was seen as a great leader even less of the time — a paltry 12%. However, for leaders who were strong in both results focus and in social skills, the likelihood of being seen as a great leader skyrocketed to 72%.
http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/12/should-leaders-focus-on-results-or-on-people/

We Are Creating “Walmarts” of Higher Education

“As colleges feel pressure to graduate more students for less money, professors worry that the value of an education may be diminished.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/we-are-creating-walmarts-of-higher-education/282619/

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

“Conflict — presenting a different point of view even when it is uncomfortable — is critical to team effectiveness. Diversity of thinking on a team is the source of innovation and growth. It is also the path to identifying and mitigating risks. If you find yourself shying away from conflict, use one of these techniques to make it a little easier.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/12/conflict-strategies-for-nice-people/

Professionalism: An Essential Career Skill

“Despite its value, professionalism is far from universal. That means you can set yourself apart from the competition by adhering to a professional code of conduct. Here are seven key elements of professionalism:”
http://www.theworkbuzz.com/on-the-job/worklife/professionalism-an-essential-career-skill/

The Most Overlooked Hiring Factor

“Think you already know the critical attribute you’re looking for in a candidate? Think again.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/the-most-overlooked-hiring-factor-th.html

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

“Here are the articles that most surprised us or provoked us to think differently about an intractable problem or perennial question in management.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/12/the-ideas-that-shaped-management-in-2013/

The ‘T’ in STEM: Getting More U.S. Students to Gravitate to Computer Science Programs

“STEM jobs receive a lot of attention for a reason. They’re mostly high-skill, high-paying fields that are key sources of innovation and economic growth. Yet since the recession, and even before, the technology segment of the STEM equation has lapped all others in terms of new jobs. And inside the tech sector — the “T” in STEM — computer-related jobs have been the real stalwarts.”
http://www.economicmodeling.com/2013/12/19/the-t-in-stem-getting-more-u-s-students-to-gravitate-to-computer-science-programs/

Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

“Why do so many people—especially more successful people—find smartphone use in meetings to be inappropriate? It’s because when you access your phone it shows:”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/12/26/why-successful-people-never-bring-smartphones-into-meetings/

Try This One Phrase to Make Feedback 40% More Effective

“According to researchers, the effect is ‘magical’.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/try-this-one-phrase-to-make-feedback-40-percent-more-effective-th.html

The History and Future of Everything: Time

“How much time do you have left? Time makes sense in small pieces. But when you look at huge stretches of time, it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around things. So we made this video to help you put things in perspective.” (YouTube 7:11).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XkV6IpV2Y0

Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go.” – Henry Austin Dobson

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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