The Rate of Change of Technology Is Now Faster Than It Takes to Attend a 4-Year College
It is becoming imperative to learn skills that teach us how to think as opposed to what to think
If you run a business, it can be important that you work alongside your team to help them to achieve the best that they can as individuals and as a whole.
This is key to business success, as motivated and multi-skilled employees are the key driving force behind any successful venture.
While this may seem like a daunting task, however, there was lots of ways that you can help you colleagues make the most of their talents and grow professionally.
It is important that you listen to your employees to discover what skills they feel that they would like to improve on and gain, and listen to their individual needs because no two people are the same.
Yes, some development needs may apply to the whole of your company and others will be personal to people on your team, but you will need to determine the facts before deciding on a long-term strategy.
Who You Add to Your List of Influencers Could Determine the Outcome of Your Career
Who we listen to, whose counsel we pursue, who we consider a hero is the biggest indicator of our character
One of the more powerful and valuable treasures you can give yourself is a circle of influential people to follow.
LinkedIn Influencers provides easy access to a large group of influential people and most of the time you will be following them for material they contribute as well as news of their happenings, they will still provide some level of inspiration, aspiration as well as influence for your future.
You may even find yourself reaching out to some of your influencers as well – whether on LinkedIn or elsewhere.
There will be people who you are naturally attracted to just because they like what you like; others that will attract you will be because they are great to hang out as they are great conversationalists and/or just plain fun to be with providing a relaxing time together.
Then there are others that will cause you to stop, think, test, and challenge yourself.
Who you decide to accept into your circle of influence will become part of your compass for your future — choose emotionally and you will get some very trendy influencers…
But is trendy what you need in our circle of influence? Or would yoube much better off with those that can assist you in direction? through motivation? By mentorship? Through guidance?
Choosing those that will challenge your thought process, your beliefs, your very core may not be on the top of your list, but it will put you on top of your career.
You’re first selections may not suit your desired career path, especially if you have not given this much thought.
So how can you select wisely?
Here are some thoughts to keep in mind…
Building Strong Relationships With Employees Makes for the Best Retention Possibilities
3 basic steps will help managers build respected relationships that will last beyond the work place
Being the boss can be very rewarding, but it can also be pretty tough.
You want to run a tight ship and ensure that all work is getting done in a professional manner, yet you don’t want to work in an environment where your employees feel as if they are robots or that you are someone who is cold, impersonal, and simply barks orders.
How do you create a work environment that offers the best of both worlds?
A place there your employees feel as if they can comfortably talk to you and even share a few jokes, yet not cross the line into personal territory and risk your integrity and your role as the boss?
With careful decision making and the right personality, you can create a work environment in which your employees are not afraid to knock on your office door, yet they still know you are the boss…read more
It’s True — An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Using compassion and being sensitive yet firm will go a long way in your stand
The business of doing business is only part of the challenge that your company faces.
Handling the issues of your employees — the human beings of varying backgrounds, sensitivities, beliefs, and persuasions — can be a full-time job in and of itself.
In the modern workplace, employees expect — rightfully so — their work environment to be safe, comfortable, and secure.
It is the business’s leadership that will determine the workplace culture.
A sexual harassment claim can be a devastating blow to any business.
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A Discipline Requires Only 21 Days – Afterwhich, It Is A Habit
The time and energy to create a habit occurs in the first 21 days, afterwhich you perform this task without thought and much energy…
Success is the very same thing!
Everybody wants to be successful…
And one of the best ways to find success is to learn from the lessons of those who have come before you.
Be your own ‘Little Engine That Could’!
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HR Change & Transformation
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Designed for practitioners working in Strategic HR, Change Management, HRIT & related fields
What you will learn…
Attitude is Everything — and Our Has to Change Now
Millions of girls are not in school due to untested beliefs and embraced traditions
Intel has initiated a program to get girls into school…
Not only is their future, meaning Intel’s, at stake due to the coming resource and skills shortage, but so aren’t a LOT of businesses.
Courage Is a Skill — Skills Can Be Learned
Fear and courage can occupy the same space — the difference is how to use that feat to motivate you
When it comes to leadership, there has always been all sorts of how-to books, webinars, seminars, and conferences…
Yet what is the success rate of the attendees AFTER being a subject to these gatherings?
We believe THAT has yet to be measured with any level of accuracy — the only measurement we really have right now are the recommendations by others as well as the promotional campaigns by professional organizations.
There are no real statistics on what methods allow you to be become a success leader – whether measured by Briggs-Myers personality type nor other — all they can do is tell you what type of leader you are.
What is not measurable is your will power to overcome fear and that is one feeling and sensation that is in common with all leaders — fear.
Fear is different for everyone , so is courage — some is rooted in our beliefs, some rooted in our experiences, some rooted in whose counsel we seek, in who we see as a hero, and even in whose voice we listen to.
Being guided by a fearful leader is much like navigating a foggy lake in a small boat — you’re just not sure what is going to happen next, and many times you may not even know where you are at…
At the opposite end, true courageous leadership is easily identified by not only how well everyone can navigate everything but by the vision everyone shares…
Click the read more button to discover more about developing effective courageous leadship skills…read more
External Threats and Market Conditions Can Shift Your ocus
People fail from broken focus as problems will divert your attention
As the global economic recovery remains tentative, it is all too easy for business owners to become preoccupied with external threats and market conditions.
While these undoubtedly have an impact on the course that your business will take during periods of austerity, however, you cannot afford to lose sight of the internal risks that may ultimately undermine your prosperity.
Recognizing these internal threats and how they may impact on your business and employees is critically important.
There is no point in creating a recession proof business plan if you allow your firm to become vulnerable to issues that originate within, so there is a pressing need to consider all aspects of your venture when economic hardship takes hold.
Click the read more button to discover more of what Lewis has to share with you…read more
5 Ways To Improve Your Company’s Performance Management
Performance management is involved in tracking the activities of your staff, and their productivity.
This then provides a benchmark on which to improve.
This can be measured in a variety of ways, from goal setting to more discussion-based methods.
There are a number of different ways of both carrying out performance tracking, and encouraging staff to increase productivity and therefore improve profitability.
Click the read more button to discover more…read more
5 Military Leadership Skills That Businesses Can Benefit From
It’s more than the trust we have for them otherwise a lot of leaderships skills could be found elsewhere
Leadership skills are a primary feature that businesses look for when choosing managers and CEOs
Those who serve in the military are admired by Americans, consistently placing in the number-one spot as the group of people they trust most.
Military service awards people important leadership skills that businesses can use in their operations.
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There Are Leaders Then There Are the Greatest Leaders
What Separates Leaders from the Great Leaders?
Humanity’s major advances in science, technology, and politics are in large part due to the work of leaders.
Leaders are the initiative-takers.
They are the first to raise their hands during a vote and the first to take a step towards a goal.
They are the tiny pebble that ultimately becomes an avalanche.
There’s debate as to whether leaders are born or made.
It is true that some people come into the world with certain natural traits, such as charisma, that make them excellent leaders.
However, all the charisma in the world means nothing if you don’t also have the leadership skills necessary to accomplish your objectives.
Luckily, skills can be learned.
Click the read more button to discover the 5 core skills that all the world’s leaders have mastered…read more
Employee Morale Can Make or Break Your Business
A diligent and trustworthy employee is difficult to find.
Not only are diligent and trustworthy employees hard to find, they’re difficult to keep as well.
One of the key reasons for their exit?
When an excellent employee suddenly leaves a company, or steadily declines in his or her quality of work, then low morale is usually the issue.
Employee morale is the ability of the employees to successfully perform and complete tasks based on their discipline, confidence, happiness, and teamwork.
Keeping employee morale high can increase your business’s productivity and revenue.
Click the read more button to discover 4 ways that morale can affect your business as well as some tips to boost employee morale…read more
Dawn Altnam lives & works in the midwest and loves following the business tech world where spends her time researching her interests and then frequently sharing her discoveries in blogs.
The economy is heating up and your competitors are hiring, so your IT staff may not feel as stuck as they did a few years ago when the job market was tight.
Employees cite unhappiness with management as the number one reason they leave their jobs, so unless you want your IT team to take their valuable skills and irreplaceable knowledge with them when they head to greener pastures, it’s time for managers to take a long hard look at their behavior and its effect on employee satisfaction.
Dawn Altnam brings you 5 things to consider in your management practices, just click the read more button to continue…read more
Your work experience is largely determined by the company for which you work.
Even if you love your field, have great client relationships and enjoy what you do each day, doing it for a company that does not appreciate its employees dampers your entire work experience.
The following companies not only appreciate their employees, but they also foster a positive work environment in creative ways.
Snag a job at one of these companies, and you will benefit from perks like in-office massages, vacation packages, service awards, and more — Annette Hazard shares a list of 10 of these companies…read more
ManpowerGroup: Role of Women in the Workforce Increasingly Critical: International Women’s Day Underlines Structural Barriers Preventing Women From Unleashing Their Potentialread more
A LOT of attention has been drawn on leadership lately, especially in the forms of Sheryl Sandberg (COO, facebook), Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo!). They are not the first women in leadership positions — Susan B. Anthony and Golda Meir are a couple to note — and many more could be added, be sure to add yours to our comments! An infographic is included to focus on several aspects of women and the value of the MBA.read more
Based on a sample size of more than 1.12 million people across 200 countries and territories from executives to frontline staff, the Landscape of Diversity study exposes how the dramatic age diversity in organizations, both in the US, and globally could significantly stunt leadership growth – as well as succession planning, employee performance, and overall business outcomes – if not properly managed.read more
CEOs are Having the Wrong Workplace Debate: It’s All About the Culture : You can’t mandate motivation. Driving productivity and achievement is about shared culture, community and experience.read more
Gerri Elder discusses how movies and television shows glamorize corporations to the extent that it seems we’re almost obsessed with them. If we are, there’s a good reason for that: Corporations make or break this country and its people. In some way or another, a corporation plays a part in our lives. [Infograph]read more
Change Management Expert Bill Matthies Shows Consumer Products Companies How to Achieve Goals in New Book, ‘The 7 Keys to Change’, Personal Empowerment Techniques Must Be Used to Help Employeesread more
Our guest blogger Kim Wade talks up the basics of business management — see what you have missed, and maybe what you can add to her article as well…read more
Parents often reward their children for their accomplishments, but many adults fail to take advantage of this important productivity booster. Fortunately, more businesses are using employee appreciation programs to build employee satisfaction and propel them toward success in workplace projects. Annabelle Smyth, our guest blogger, discusses how companies can get started tracking employee accomplishments for big benefits.read more
Some people relish the opportunity to travel for work, and others feel only disdain at the idea. We’re here to make it all just a bit easier, regardless of which camp you fall into… With some tips for optimizing your out-of-town business planning. Comfortable No one likes a hot, windowless room for a business meeting. Do your research before you confirm the meeting location. You can usually find useful reviews online when trying to determine a meeting location. Your hotel should also be a great resource for recommendations. Nice...read more
Home for the Holidays (and the Foreseeable Future): 7 Reasons Why Today’s Boomerang Kids Can’t Hack It in Business Adult children, especially college grads, are moving back to the nest; but it’s more than a lack of jobs—it’s a fundamental unpreparedness for the Entrepreneurial Age FORESTVILLE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The holidays are here and the whole family is together. Maybe a bit too together. “Little Johnny” is 28 and back in his old room—jobless—and his expensive diploma is as...read more
The Shortlisted Companies for the HR Distinction Awards Announcement LONDON, December 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – We are extremely excited to announce the shortlist for the 2013 HR Distinction Awards categories! The competition was hard with over 150 submissions across the UK and our judges completed the complex task of selecting the large number of entries to a list of “Top 4″ for each of the 8 categories. We would like to thank our candidates and judges for all the efforts in taking part in this process! The shortlist…...read more
For years, the IT landscape has thrived on specialized information technology professionals.
But as technology and needs have rapidly shifted in recent years, so have IT needs.
Specialized IT positions are shifting right along with the technology.
Understanding how this affects your IT department means having a solid grasp on the types of positions affected.
More importantly, you’ll need to understand some new technology and how to navigate to ensure you’re getting the most out of IT resources.
This involves a significant shift in how you think about positions in your IT department.
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HR Needs To Do Better Job of Showing Value to Their Business: KPMG Study HR Needs To Be More Strategic, Data Driven NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Globalization, talent constraints and new technology pose significant opportunities for material change in human resources (HR), according to new research from audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, which found rising skepticism in the executive suite about the overall effectiveness of today’s HR function. In a global survey of more than 400 senior executives, only 17% of...read more
This is a guest post by Hafsah Nazir, HR analyst Sitting in your office, having a cup of tea, and a usual corporate schmooze with a few of your managers; you are surprised to know 7 of your employees left in the last 2 months. Yes! You knew it could happen but you were way too busy to look in on your employees. Few of those 7 people could even be your best pick for an upcoming project. If you don’t look out for your employees, you may fall through thin ice. Failure to retain employees could leave you open-handed. Your brand might have nailed...read more
One of the many words of wisdom we broadcast on LinkedIn and our twitter jobs account (@hrisjobs) states simply: What we are keeping in front of us is where we go… and What we tolerate, we cannot change. In an earlier article, we discussed why we should establish and focus on only one set of ethics otherwise risk the lose of integrity, trust, and understanding from family, and friends. Or, risk the acknowledgement we are limited and do what we can to rectify the situation. What Makes Great Men Great Great men and women understand this,...read more