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How leaders can achieve a positive workplace culture

How leaders can achieve a positive workplace culture

Recently, we were asked how companies measure if their workplace cultures are successful? Good question. We're so often asked about how to find the problems! Point number one: start by looking for transparency, openness and honesty. Let's clarify. Uunvarnished...

Why don’t women speak up? Psychological safety.

Why don’t women speak up? Psychological safety.

Psychological safety is necessary for any organization. It helps facilitate open communications, improves individual performance and assures you get the best collaborative ideas. Too often, though, it's lacking and usually this affects women and women of color most of...

Measure training and development ROI one person at a time

Measure training and development ROI one person at a time

What’s your ROI on learning initiatives and your overall training and development budget? Don’t feel bad if you don’t have that figure handy. It’s been a topic of debate for decades. Maybe it’s similar to advertising… “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted;...

Time to fill the empty vessel

Time to fill the empty vessel

Eleanor Brownn, the inspirational writer, gave us the now popular expression “you cannot serve from an empty vessel” to champion me-time for replenishment. The more jaded among us might prefer, “Put your oxygen mask on first, “given the last 12 months. Choose your...

I’m just a middle-aged white woman

I’m just a middle-aged white woman

After all, what can a middle-aged white woman possibly offer as a perspective that will make any difference at all? I love my job! It fills my cup and feeds my soul! As a facilitator I get to interact with different people and help them develop skills for being better...

How to avoid the true cost of making the wrong hire

How to avoid the true cost of making the wrong hire

Ever made a wrong hire in your business? Whether you are a large or small organization, have low or high turnover, you probably think you understand the cost of hiring someone new into your company. There’s the cost of advertising, interviewing, drug testing,...

How to assess motivation when hiring

How to assess motivation when hiring

What is motivation and why does it matter? To learn more, we had insightful conversations with a psychologist who develops assessments and an HR expert who uses them. Dr. Brett Wells and Alison Nolan, respectively. When you use assessments to dive deeper than...

Communication skills a top priority in Training survey

Communication skills a top priority in Training survey

It’s where hard skills meet soft skills in training and development. Communications skills training can cover the most basic skills—like articulation and posture—and it also dovetails with headier skills like emotional intelligence and giving feedback, where self-awareness and empathy come into play.

Trucking giant launches women’s leadership program

Trucking giant launches women’s leadership program

Women's leadership initiative? The first step is to get women to STAY with the company.   That’s the approach at Volvo here in Greensboro.  Needless to say, trucking isn’t the first place you look work women in leadership positions, but Volvo just wrapped up an...

Why you need assessments for talent selection

Why you need assessments for talent selection

For talent acquisition, mere trust is never enough to assure a great match. Don’t start trusting until you can verify that the candidate really is who they say they are in every facet of their résumé. That's the gist of Donna Warrick's article in this week's edition...

Culture is key to attracting talent

Culture is key to attracting talent

Companies are taking innovative steps to attract talent in a competitive hiring environment. Traditional measures of compensation are not enough, as younger generations shop for employers who offer positive work environments, interesting products and a chance to make...

For moms in the workplace, gender inequity goes up

For moms in the workplace, gender inequity goes up

The National Science Foundation offers us a Mother's Day gift of research! But the story's not all roses. Mothers who work are perceived as less committed to their jobs than other women. Shockingly, employers are 100% less likely to proceed with the hiring process for...

Leadership & Training walk into a coffee bar…

Leadership & Training walk into a coffee bar…

Kudos to Starbucks for making a statement against racial bias. Closing all their stores for an afternoon of training will cost millions in lost revenue, but pay off in the end. Unfortunately, that payoff is more in the area of public relations than in actual changes...

Character counts, so remember the three Cs

Character counts, so remember the three Cs

Character counts. It's true for organizations as well as individuals. Recently this question was posed: what are the biggest HR turn-offs you want to avoid in your company's recruitment efforts? The biggest turn-offs for millennials and Generation Z often are often...

Can you train away the gender gap?

Can you train away the gender gap?

Women and women's issues continue to make headlines. From the grassroots of the #MeToo movement to the first all-female panel at the lofty World Economic Summit in Davos, media awareness is high. This covers workplace harassment, "glass ceiling" issues that prevent...

Generational baggage and how you can check it

Generational baggage and how you can check it

Last week’s New York Times Magazine features a sobering and thought-provoking article about a reported increase in the number of adolescents suffering from anxiety. In “The Kids Who Can’t,” Benoit Denizet-Lewis documents a period in the life of a high school student...

Ever bomb an interview?

Ever bomb an interview?

Fess up. Ever bomb an interview? Maybe it was for a job your really wanted. Or a talk with your boss about a salary increase. Or critical performance review. Or an important sales call. It's a little bit like a bad dream, because you probably know you're bombing,...

Assessments and feedback for “back-to-workplace”

Assessments and feedback for “back-to-workplace”

Chances are your office is pretty slow right now, as coworkers wrap up their summer vacations and your vendors and clients have automated "I will be out of the office until..." messages on their e-mail. If you do business with European companies, it's even harder to...

How to read body language

How to read body language

Current politics is a boon for network, cable and internet news because every event is so visual. And we're not even talking about spectacular footage of space launches or significant human achievements, either. These days it's downright compelling to just watch two...

You too can be Wonder Woman

You too can be Wonder Woman

Or, if you don't want to be Wonder Woman, you can be Superman. In her talk, "High Performance Presentation Skills: Body Language," Donna reveals some of the secrets behind her ability to influence and win over a room. There are postures and gestures that are easy to...

The power of good presentation: body language

The power of good presentation: body language

From winning a job to winning new business for your job, presentation skills are both fundamental and an area for continual development. Body language is key. Body language impacts and sends messages to people all the time. We need to be aware of what our bodies are...

Assessing motivation: Does it match the mission?

Assessing motivation: Does it match the mission?

A new employee started at a high-level corporate organization. Talented, well-versed in the field, and eager to succeed, all of her previous experience implied that she would excel in her new role. She participated in mentoring opportunities. She completed work on...

Who Cries in a Business Presentation?

Who Cries in a Business Presentation?

At a recent Advanced Presentation Skills workshop, we spent a day with the senior vice presidents of sales representing a global  manufacturing organization. We asked these SVPs if they regularly used stories as part of their business communications, from informal...

“Son, I’m A Storyteller.” Why Business Needs Stories.

“Son, I’m A Storyteller.” Why Business Needs Stories.

This article is the first of a series that will discuss storytelling’s unique power in business communications. We recently talked business and storytelling with Chris Laney, President and CEO of Greensboro, NC-based Zenergy Technologies, a software delivery solutions...

Part 1 – Presentation Basics

Part 1 – Presentation Basics

Almost all of us will have to speak in front of an audience at some point or another. Whether it’s an internal report to colleagues, an external presentation to current or prospective clients, or a fundraising ask to the local PTA, speaking in public can be nerve...

Part 2 – 6 Elements of Successful Presentations

Part 2 – 6 Elements of Successful Presentations

We've all sat through presentations that are boring, poorly organized, or hampered by overuse or misuse of audio visual tools. And what happens? We tune out. And we might be missing information we really need to have. Sometimes we have to give presentations that are...

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