Workforce Development News – Dec. 22, 2014

By on December 22, 2014
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The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice

“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.”
https://hbr.org/2015/01/the-art-of-giving-and-receiving-advice

Give Your Employees an Identity Worthy of Ownership

“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.”
http://www.helpscout.net/blog/employee-identity/

How Successful People Squash Stress

“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?”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2014/12/09/how-successful-people-handle-stress/

5 Ways to Get Better at Asking for Help

“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.”
https://hbr.org/2014/12/5-ways-to-get-better-at-asking-for-help

What’s Keeping The Unemployed From Getting Jobs

“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.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2014/12/17/whats-keeping-the-unemployed-from-getting-jobs/

How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge

“The capability to transfer deep smarts from experts to their successors is not just ‘nice to have,’ but an ‘absolute need to have.'”
https://hbr.org/2014/12/how-to-prevent-experts-from-hoarding-knowledge

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

“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.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jackzenger/2014/12/18/what-makes-leaders-innovative-new-study-identifies-the-10-keys/

6 Ways to Become a Best Company to Work For

“Want your employees to love working for you? First you have to deserve that kind of honor. Here’s how.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/6-ways-to-become-a-best-company-to-work-for.html

The Mysterious Rise of the Non-Working Man

“The economy is not leaving men behind. But it is perhaps leaving manliness behind.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/12/men-not-at-work/383755/

10 Deadly Presentation Mistakes Anyone Can Avoid

“Practice makes perfect. Less is more. Audiences love a good story. These tips and more will spare you a deluge of flop sweat.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/49076.aspx

6 Signs You Have a Great Job

“Reflect on your workplace perks so you don’t take them for granted.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/12/18/6-signs-you-have-a-great-job

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie

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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