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Workforce Development News – March 17, 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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“Companies have wasted time, energy, and resources hiring the wrong managers and then attempting to train them to be who they’re not. Finding great managers doesn’t depend on market conditions or the current labor force. And the good news is that sufficient management talent exists in every company – it’s often hiding in plain sight.”
“86% of business and HR leaders believe they do not have an adequate leadership pipeline, 79% believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem, 75% are struggling to attract and recruiting the top people they need, and only 17% feel they have a compelling and engaging employment brand.”
“Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here’s the answer, backed up by scientific research.”
“You’re part of a team, and talking about what’s working, what’s not, and what would make you a better professional can only help your boss be a stronger leader. Plus, it’s a great chance to show that you’re committed to your success—and to the company’s.”
What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know
What Employers Need to Know
“Employees who feel valued and appreciated by their leaders are infinitely more likely to go above and beyond for the company and hold themselves accountable for their part of a project. Most importantly, they will be happier in their roles. If leaders disregard the importance of connecting with employees, they lose the benefit of a dedicated, long-term team.”
The Corporate Services Training and Consulting Solutions Catalog is a quick reference to the results-driven training and consulting offerings of the Corporate Services unit of the Workforce Solutions Group.
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“’Any negative questions are trap questions – if you answer them in a straightforward way you can dig a deep hole for yourself.’ Beyond negative questions, there are also ‘flat out dumb, stupid questions.’ The problem is that interviewers ask them of 42-year-old midcareer professionals.”
“Given the amount of time your résumé has to make an impression, it should come as no surprise that your choice of words can be exactly the reason you aren’t brought in for an interview. Employers don’t simply want to know what you think about yourself; they want to see results.”
“Blogs call for a lot of content, and churning out all those posts makes conditions ripe for mistakes. Here are the most common ones to avoid.”
“Life happens in the narratives we tell one another. A story can go where quantitative analysis is denied admission: our hearts. Data can persuade people, but it doesn’t inspire them to act; to do that, you need to wrap your vision in a story that fires the imagination and stirs the soul.”
“How? When you give, you also receive.”
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
– John F. Kennedy