Workforce Development News – May 23, 2016

By on May 23, 2016
When Your Boss Is Terrible at Leading Meetings

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When Your Boss Is Terrible at Leading Meetings

“Few managers or supervisors have mastered the art of meetings and even fewer organizations have made it a priority. Add to that the fact that leaders are busy — and often don’t have the time to prepare adequately — and you’ve got a recipe for ineffective meetings. The question is, what can you do about it?”
https://hbr.org/2016/05/when-your-boss-is-terrible-at-leading-meetings

Infrastructure Skills: Knowledge, Tools, and Training to Increase Opportunity

“Infrastructure occupations require higher levels of knowledge in 11 different content areas, most of which have little to do with construction.”
http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2016/05/13-infrastructure-skills-kane-tomer

Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test

“All over the country, employers say they see a disturbing downside of tighter labor markets as they try to rebuild from the worst recession since the Depression: They are struggling to find workers who can pass a pre-employment drug test.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/18/business/hiring-hurdle-finding-workers-who-can-pass-a-drug-test.html?_r=1

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

“Collaboration has become more complex, but success still depends on the fundamentals.”
https://hbr.org/2016/06/the-secrets-of-great-teamwork

A Simple Way to Test Your Company’s Strategic Alignment

“Strategic alignment means that all elements of a business — including the market strategy and the way the company itself is organized — are arranged in such a way as to best support the fulfillment of its long-term purpose. Here is a simple test you can perform to start an honest conversation about strategy and organizational effectiveness:”
https://hbr.org/2016/05/a-simple-way-to-test-your-companys-strategic-alignment

Save the Date: Aug. 10, 2016 State of St. Louis Workforce Event

The 2016 State of St. Louis Workforce Event will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the St. Louis Community College Forest Park Campus, 5600 Oakland Ave. Come to this discussion and hear about the latest workforce research. The conversation will be about the importance of manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation and logistics in driving our regional economy.
Register online today at http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/event/150882
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2016/save-date-aug-10-2016-state-st-louis-workforce-event/

Americans and The New Digital Economy: 8 Key Findings

“Digital technology has ushered in a slew of new shared, collaborative and on-demand online services ranging from virtual marketplaces to home sharing.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/05/19/digital-economy-key-facts/

Visualizations That Really Work

“Not long ago, the ability to create smart data visualizations (or dataviz) was a nice-to-have skill for design- and data-minded managers. Now visual communication is a must-have skill for all managers, because more and more often, it’s the only way to make sense of the work they do.”
https://hbr.org/2016/06/visualizations-that-really-work

8 Great Tricks for Reading People’s Body Language

“Research shows that 55 percent of communication comes from body language. Learn how to decode it.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275309

How To Impress People In Business If You Have Absolutely No Business Experience

“Most experienced businesspeople respect attitude and hustle more than the bullet points on your resume.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilpatel/2016/05/19/how-to-impress-people-in-business-if-you-have-absolutely-no-business-experience/

Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.” – Malcolm X

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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