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Workforce Development News – Aug. 11, 2014
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“The best leaders understand the need to ‘walk the talk’ – that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators and high-performing companies, the more I appreciate the need for leaders to ‘talk the walk’ – that is, to be able to explain, in language that is unique to their field and compelling to their colleagues and customers, why what they do matters and how they expect to win.”
“Workplace culture is all around us. 96 percent of people believe culture change is needed in their organization. And 51 percent also felt that organizations need a major culture overhaul.”
“Expert technology builders and analysts anticipate robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025, with huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics, customer service, and home maintenance.”
“The most obvious takeaway is that a grain of salt is needed whenever prognosticators claim to know which jobs will be automated and which won’t. And while technology may displace workers in the short-term, it does not reduce employment over the long-term.”
“Having a degree matters even more during a recession, and getting the right degree matters even more than that.”
“This method seeks to both eliminate resentments and arguments over recognition and foster collaboration toward better results. It includes these four elements:”
“If you want to be heard, you should avoid these all-too-common mistakes.”
“High-tech firms have two basic reasons for attempting to hire and retain more STEM women into key roles. If firms want to be transparent and reveal where specifically in their organization that they have succeeded in making sure that STEM women are fairly represented, it’s time for them to develop a more comprehensive metric scorecard. The time to move beyond simple quotas for STEM women and other diverse groups has long ago passed.”
“The science is clear: People make decisions on the basis of first impressions. As speakers, we need to take advantage of that.”
“Watch out – these mistakes could sink your job search.”
“When deadlines and opportunities abound, it’s really hard to take a day for yourself. But sometimes, the signs you should are overwhelming.”
“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John Maxwell