Workforce Development News – May 12, 2014

By on May 12, 2014
Myths That Kill Strategic Planning

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3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning

“In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. Sounds simple enough. Yet, three pervasive myths continue to make strategic thinking an elusive skill set in today’s organizations.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/05/3-myths-that-kill-strategic-planning/

A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education

Stronger Nation offers detailed data arrays that describe degree attainment at the national, state and county levels. The report also provides degree-attainment data for each of the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan regions.”
http://www.luminafoundation.org/stronger_nation/
Infographic: Closing the Gaps in College Attainment
http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/StrongerNation2014-infogra.pdf
New report shows largest year-over-year college attainment increase since 2008
http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-22-stronger_nation_2014.html

The Top 8 Reasons Your Best People Are About To Quit – And How You Can Keep Them

“More Americans are quitting their jobs today than at any point in the past 4 years. There’s an old saying: people quit their bosses, not their jobs.” Here’s why:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2014/05/11/the-top-8-reasons-your-best-people-are-about-to-quit-and-how-you-can-keep-them/

The Trouble with Leadership Theories

“People are tired of the leadership buzzwords and models that feel too tidy, analytical, and removed. The act of great leadership is never cliché. It’s an art. It should be informed by smart research, yet it should be shaped by on-the-ground experience.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/05/the-trouble-with-leadership-theories/

LinkedIn: When to Post, What to Post, and How to Improve

“As the network grows at a breakneck pace, it makes sense for your organization to cater to its professional audience.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48271.aspx

How to Get a Job When You Don’t Have Much Experience

“Eight job-search tips to combat your professional greenness.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/05/12/how-to-get-a-job-when-you-dont-have-much-experience

How Bad Is the Job Market for the College Class of 2014?

“Today’s crop of new B.A.s are staring at roughly 8.5 percent unemployment, 16.8 percent underemployment. Close to half of those who land work won’t immediately find a job that requires their degree.”
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/05/08/unemployment_and_the_class_of_2014_how_bad_is_the_job_market_for_new_college.html

Should Companies Monitor Their Employees’ Social Media?

“Social networks offer a window into how people live their lives. But should employers be looking into that window?”
http://online.wsj.com/articles/should-companies-monitor-their-employees-social-media-1399648685

Infographic: A Guide to Perfect Social Media Posts

“Guidelines to ensure your YouTube, Instagram and Vine posts (as well as posts on other social media sites) engage your fans every time.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48263.aspx

30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad

“Easy to get wrong. And easy to get right.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/30-incorrectly-used-words-that-can-make-us-look-stupid.html

50 Ways To Do Well By Doing Good

“With every passing day, our world becomes a bit more tightly interconnected. More than ever, what goes around comes around.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucekasanoff/2014/05/12/50-ways-do-good-by-doing-well/

Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” – Jeffrey Gitomer

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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