Workforce Development News – April 6, 2015

By on April 6, 2015
Art of Asking Questions

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Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

“Because expectations for decision-making have gone from ‘get it done soon’ to ‘get it done now’ to ‘it should have been done yesterday,’ we tend to jump to conclusions instead of asking more questions. And the unfortunate side effect of not asking enough questions is poor decision-making. That’s why it’s imperative that we slow down and take the time to ask more — and better — questions.”
https://hbr.org/2015/03/relearning-the-art-of-asking-questions

8 Ways to Make a Truly Unforgettable First Impression

“No tricks, no gimmicks, no unusual clothing required.”
http://www.inc.com/8-ways-to-make-a-truly-unforgettable-first-impression.html

All the Charts, Tables, and Checklists You Need to Conduct Better Meetings

“The ripple effects of too many meetings can be astonishing.” Here’s how to decide if the meeting is needed, prepare with a checklist, determine who to invite, run a virtual meeting, know when to present or converse, avoid visual cliches, make an agenda, or decide if you really need to attend that meeting.
https://hbr.org/2015/04/all-the-charts-tables-and-checklists-you-need-to-conduct-better-meetings

Top 10 Ways to Supercharge and Optimize Your Job Postings

“If candidates can’t find your postings, you won’t get responses — but when your jobs are optimized, it can become one of the best methods of drawing traffic to the career section of your website. There is little cost involved to change your current posting methods, but the results could be well worth your time.”
http://www.ere.net/2015/03/31/top-10-ways-to-supercharge-and-optimize-your-job-postings/

What MIT Is Learning About Online Courses and Working from Home

“The richest experience [is still] being able to get together in person, face to face. There’s millions of years of evolution behind that.”
https://hbr.org/2015/03/what-mit-is-learning-about-online-courses-and-working-from-home

U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

“Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world.”
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/01/us-smartphone-use-in-2015/

How to Deliver Bad News to Your Employees

“Delivering bad news is tough. It’s even harder when you don’t agree with the message or decision you’re communicating. Find out what the experts say.”
https://hbr.org/2015/03/how-to-deliver-bad-news-to-your-employees

8 Signs Your Training Content Is Obsolete

“With more employers embracing the bring-your-own-device approach, your in-house education offerings must be accessible on mobile devices. Don’t be stuck in the past.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/49510.aspx

‘What Should I Post on Facebook?’ 12 Facebook Tactics Working Right Now

“If you feel challenged by Facebook marketing these days, you should know you’re not alone.”
https://blog.bufferapp.com/post-facebook-12-facebook-tactics-working-right-now

The Internet Has Been a Colossal Economic Disappointment

“For all its economic virtues, the Internet has been long on job displacement and short on job creation. Many of the largest Internet companies have for the most part taken revenue from existing companies without growing the total economy.”
https://hbr.org/2015/03/the-internet-has-been-a-colossal-economic-disappointment

The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” – Mark Zuckerberg

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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