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Workforce Development News – Dec. 22, 2014
A weekly collection of interesting, insightful, and innovative articles on workforce development, employment and training, business performance improvement, leadership, higher education, and the economy.
The Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College leverages education for growth in the knowledge economy by offering programs and services designed to advance people, businesses and communities. We are located at the Corporate College, a state of the art facility solely dedicated to corporate education and professional development.
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“Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. Yet managers seldom view them as practical skills they can learn and improve. When the exchange is done well, people on both sides of the table benefit. The process can derail in many ways, and getting it wrong can have damaging consequences—misunderstanding and frustration, decision gridlock, subpar solutions, frayed relationships, and thwarted personal development.”
“We live in a time when it has become increasingly difficult to explain what one does at work. Employees desire to have a sense of purpose and to know that their actions are contributing in a meaningful way.”
“We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives?”
“It seems like leaders are always lamenting the lack of cooperation and collaboration in their organizations. But more often than not, the culprit isn’t their employees’ unwillingness to give others a hand — it’s the fact that most people simply don’t, or won’t, ask for help.”
“The long-term unemployment rate is going down much more slowly than the overall unemployment rate, and it doesn’t include the 6 million or so ‘missing workers’ — people we’d expect to be in the workforce, but who are not.”
“The capability to transfer deep smarts from experts to their successors is not just ‘nice to have,’ but an ‘absolute need to have.'”
“All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership. Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders.”
“Want your employees to love working for you? First you have to deserve that kind of honor. Here’s how.”
“The economy is not leaving men behind. But it is perhaps leaving manliness behind.”
“Practice makes perfect. Less is more. Audiences love a good story. These tips and more will spare you a deluge of flop sweat.”
“Reflect on your workplace perks so you don’t take them for granted.”
“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie