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Workforce Development News – Sept. 28, 2015
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“These key elements (we call them the “Three Imperatives of Leading and Managing”) are not quick and easy wins – they are substantial and fundamental to one’s ability to function effectively as a leader. Here’s why:”
“Do you know what’s expected of you at work? One of the most startling findings is that only about half of employees strongly indicate that they do.”
“The median male worker who was employed year-round and full time earned less in 2014 than a similarly situated worker earned four decades ago. And those are the ones who had jobs.”
“Graduates with the ‘Big Six’ college experiences are about three times more likely to be engaged in their work.”
“Certain words and phrases minimize what you have to say, making your requests ineffective. Others have surprising power to influence your listeners.”
“Resume-writing is difficult for a number of reasons, but one common complaint is that it’s tough to write about yourself.”
“It’s such a simple question—just seven little words—yet it always feels like some kind of trap. So easy to say the wrong thing and come off sounding arrogant, insecure, unprepared, self-serving, or all of the above.”
“Numbers can be numbing, unless you present them wisely. Apply these guidelines to power up your speech, rather than putting your audience to sleep.”
“A fundamental goal is often overlooked in designing presentations: the presentation must change the audience in some way.”
“This interactive graphic uses data from the Social Security Administration to simulate your possible lifetimes. The line shows the probability you live to see your next birthday, given age and sex. The range of your life expectancy is very interesting.”
This deserves the description “epic.” “Made by 3motion this timelapse took over 3 years to complete and in the course of it the team traveled over 30,000 kilometers, producing over 100,000 individual photos.” (Vimeo 8:46).
“It’s like deja-vu, all over again.” – Yogi Berra