Workforce Development News – Jan. 27, 2014

By on January 27, 2014
Essential Truths About People

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8 Essential Truths About People

“Doing well in business comes down to understanding people – your employees, coworkers, and customers. Know these truths and you’re off to a good start.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/8-essential-truths-about-people.html

Strengthen Your Strategic Thinking Muscles

“Everyone has an opportunity to think more strategically. Strategic people create connections between ideas, plans, and people that others fail to see.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/strengthen-your-strategic-thinking-muscles/

One in Four Adults Has Credential Other Than a Degree

“Getting an academic degree is not the only way for people to develop skills that pay off in the labor market. These alternative credentials include professional certifications, licenses and educational certificates. The fields of these professional certifications and licenses were wide-ranging and include business/finance management, nursing, education, cosmetology and culinary arts.”
http://clomedia.com/articles/view/one-in-four-adults-has-credential-other-than-a-degree

The 9 Traits That Define Great Leadership

“To motivate your team to achieve the highest levels of performance (and create an extraordinary organization in the process) here are the qualities you should model every day.”
http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/the-9-traits-that-define-great-leadership.html

Want Motivated Employees? Offer Ample Opportunities For Growth

“When growth opportunities were abundant and organizational doors were open, employees worked with considerably more vigor than during times when for a variety of reasons opportunities were fewer or put on hold.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2014/01/24/want-motivated-employees-offer-ample-opportunities-for-growth/

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

“Good managers attract candidates, drive performance, engagement and retention, and play a key role in maximizing employees’ contribution to the firm. Poor managers, by contrast, are a drag on all of the above.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/if-youre-not-helping-people-develop-youre-not-management-material/

“Only Some People Are Talented”

“To be successful in today’s workplace, employees have to be good at the job (they have the right talents and abilities for the job) and like doing it (they have an interest or passion in the job). Just having experience doesn’t mean that an employee is both good at the job and likes doing it.”
http://www.ere.net/2014/01/21/only-some-people-are-talented/

The Secret to Lean Innovation Is Making Learning a Priority

“Lean innovation embraces a philosophy of not letting perfection get in the way of progress. One of the key findings was that learning has far and away the single greatest impact on revenue from new products.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/the-secret-to-lean-innovation-is-making-learning-a-priority/

Tips From the Hiring Side of the Office

“Nine key answers job seekers need to know to apply for opportunities successfully.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/01/22/tips-from-the-hiring-side-of-the-office

4 Parts of a Productive Job Search

“The longer your job search lasts, the more difficult it becomes to land a job. Make the necessary fixes before it is too late. Developing these skills will not only help you in your job search, they will also assist you in your new job.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/01/22/4-parts-of-a-productive-job-search

Wild World Series: Stunning Photographs of Animals

“In this article we have collected some outstanding photographs of wild animals. Some have been taken in their natural habitat and some of these animals are in zoos, but the photographs are stunning without exception.”
http://www.onextrapixel.com/2014/01/16/its-a-wild-world-series-stunning-photographs-of-animals/

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling

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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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