Workforce Development News – June 27, 2016

By on June 27, 2016
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Why Diversity Programs Fail

“It’s more effective to engage managers in solving the problem, increase their on-the-job contact with female and minority workers, and promote social accountability.”
https://hbr.org/2016/07/why-diversity-programs-fail

More Older Americans Are Working, And Working More, Than They Used To

“Not only are more older Americans working, more of them are working full-time.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/20/more-older-americans-are-working-and-working-more-than-they-used-to/

The Long-Term Decline In The Labor Force Participation Rate

“Where are the nonworking prime-age men?”
http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/the-avenue/posts/2016/06/21-nonworking-prime-age-men-berube

All Hail Medium-Term Planning

“The short term is the daily managerial grind of fire-fighting and solving problems. The long term is a dream. The medium term is where companies are shaped — where they really achieve results and growth.”
https://hbr.org/2016/06/all-hail-medium-term-planning

Help Wanted in America: Skilled Workers

“In an ever-more-competitive job market, technology increases the need for skilled workers.”
http://m.kiplinger.com/article/business/T057-C021-S001-help-wanted-skilled-workers.html

Strategic Plans Are Less Important than Strategic Planning

“No plan survives contact with reality.”
https://hbr.org/2016/06/strategic-plans-are-less-important-than-strategic-planning

How to Negotiate with a Liar

“There are several science-backed strategies that can help you conduct conversations in a way that makes it more difficult for your counterpart to lie.”
https://hbr.org/2016/07/how-to-negotiate-with-a-liar

The Dangers of Disguising Cost Cutting as Improvement

“It is critically important to the success of any improvement initiative that everyone in the organization understands the real reason why changes are being made.”
http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/dangers-disguising-cost-cutting-improvement

The Key to Performance Reviews Is Preparation

“Ask these five questions before giving feedback.”
https://hbr.org/2016/06/the-key-to-performance-reviews-is-preparation

How to Answer ‘Why Should I Hire You?’

“It’s one of the most popular questions in interviews, and also one of the most understandable.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/277683

Dissecting the Job Posting

“Spend time reviewing whether a job is right for you.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2016-06-22/dissecting-the-job-posting

6 Qualities of Wildly Successful People

“Ambitious, Courageous, Committed, Prepared, Continuous Learner, Responsible.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/6-qualities-of-wildly-successful-people/

A leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk.” – John Boehner

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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