Workforce Development News – September 12, 2016

By on September 12, 2016
Qualities That Make a Great Leader

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Why Leadership Training Fails—and What to Do About It

“Education and training gain the most traction within highly visible organizational change and development efforts championed by senior leaders. That’s because such efforts motivate people to learn and change; create the conditions for them to apply what they’ve studied; foster immediate improvements in individual and organizational effectiveness; and put in place systems that help sustain the learning.”
https://hbr.org/2016/10/why-leadership-training-fails-and-what-to-do-about-it

Don’t Blame A ‘Skills Gap’ For Lack Of Hiring In Manufacturing

“Ultimately, the slow pace of job growth in manufacturing isn’t companies’ fault any more than it is workers’. The cause is more fundamental than that: Due mostly to automation, U.S. factories now produce more than ever with fewer workers. That’s a trend no job-training program will reverse.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/dont-blame-a-skills-gap-for-lack-of-hiring-in-manufacturing/

A New Record for Job Openings Deepens Mystery Over Lack of Hiring

“The number of job openings for professional and business services and for health and education services have reached substantial new highs in recent years. The number of job openings in manufacturing and construction, by contrast, remain below their levels of a decade ago. This lends some support to the idea that openings are going unfilled because workers don’t have the right skills.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/09/07/a-new-record-for-job-openings-deepens-mystery-over-lack-of-hiring/

5 Employee Onboarding Fails and How to Avoid Them

“New employee onboarding is an easy thing to muck up, and unfortunately, there’s no going back once the damage is done. You can, however, move forward and improve on your flawed onboarding process.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/5-employee-onboarding-fails-and-how-to-avoid-them/

The Performance Management Revolution

“Three business reasons to drop appraisals and the challenges that persist.”
https://hbr.org/2016/10/the-performance-management-revolution

Fading College Dream Saps U.S. Economy of Productivity Miracle

“For decades, a growing pool of college graduates poured into the U.S. labor market, boosting productivity and shaping America’s status as the world’s dominant economic power. That driver of growth is diminishing. Fed’s Yellen calls for better education system, more training.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-07/fading-college-dream-saps-u-s-economy-of-productivity-miracle

The Bottom Line: Skill Shortage

“St. Louis employers say they can’t find workers with the skills they need, but Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus claim that this is partly the employers’ own fault.” (Video, 3:37).
http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/the-bottom-line-skill-shortage/html_256364c1-3e74-525b-b956-a165f9b02752.html

4 Steps to Land Your Dream Job

“So you’ve found the perfect job – great location, good salary, relevant to your interests, and attractive benefits. What next?”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/4-steps-to-land-your-dream-job/

Bad Writing Is Destroying Your Company’s Productivity

“It wastes everyone’s time.”
https://hbr.org/2016/09/bad-writing-is-destroying-your-companys-productivity

22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader

“Want to be a laudable leader? Study these characteristics — and the wise words of leaders who strive to embody them.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/270486

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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