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Newest Training and Testing Articles

When You Train, Are People Learning?

By Dan Bobinski

Maybe you've had on-the-job training where someone showed you how to do something and then asked you sign off that you learned the material. Never were your skills tested. No one asked you to demonstrate proficiency. You simply observed someone doing what you were supposed to learn, and they said you were "trained." Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. The problem? That's not training. ...

Training Won't Solve All Problems

By Joan Lloyd

Have you ever said, "We've got a training problem," because someone wasn't doing what he or she was supposed to be doing? You're not alone. Managers everywhere send themselves and their associates to training programs such as, "How to Motivate Others," "Plant Safety, and "The Art of Delegation." There is nothing wrong with that, unless, of course, the training is viewed as the only possible soluti...

Checklist: Does Your Resume Do Its Job?

By Tim Windhof

To stay current in my resume writing business, I sift through a large amount of resume help articles every week. I am actually guilty of adding a few posts to the plethora of articles myself. However, lately I started to get the feeling that job seekers might be simply overwhelmed by the sheer amount of “how-to” advice. That’s why I took a step back and looked at the big picture ...

Keeping It to Yourself: Five Things a Wise Manager Never Delegates

By Laura Stack

As a leader, you know you must delegate many of the tasks for which you’re ultimately responsible, if you’re to be successful in meeting your goals. You know you can’t do it all yourself. Typically, under-delegation is more common than over-delegation, and most leaders should give more away. That said, there are some things leaders should never delegate. Some tasks obviously shou...

Do your colleagues see you the same way you do?

By Dale Kurow

Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you?" You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’...

The Need of the Hour: Managing vs. Coaching

By Laura Stack

Despite what some people may think, being a manager is no walk in the park. In fact, the combination of mental work, social interaction, project juggling, time management challenges, high pressure, responsibility and variability makes it among the more demanding types of work any person can take on. The hours are terrible and the stress is inevitable. But if organizations expect to accomplish anyt...

How Important is Praise in Business?

By Dale Kurow

Many psychologists would agree that positive reinforcement is significantly more effective than punishment. Many executives would agree employee recognition leads to an increased bottom line. Many doctors would agree that the release of dopamine in the brain whenever we hear something we enjoy is a powerful thing. And then there are the studies. Ragan.com shares a collection of studies that sets...

Empowering employees is a matter of survival

By Joan Lloyd

Status, power and control. These three brass rings are what American employees have been after for decades; and they have grabbed the prize when they were promoted to management. The language of control is liberally sprinkled throughout the corporate vocabulary. For example, "span of control" describes the number of "subordinates" who "report" to a "supervisor" or "manager." Even the word "...

How to Spot Winning Talent

By Dale Kurow

As the boss, you’re responsible for hiring and promoting the best. Whether it’s gauging a candidate’s qualifications in an interview, or determining an existing employee’s ability to move up within the company, you need to be sure the job is in the right hands. But spotting that winning talent can be challenging. When throwing their hat into the ring, everyone has on their ...

3 Keys to Effective Employee Training

By Mary Gormandy White

When you became a manager, there's a good chance that you didn't realize that providing employee training would become a major portion of your job. However, it's a fact that teaching is an essential function of every managerial job. When you're in charge of managing and motivating other workers, no matter how small or large your team may be, training is something that you're going to have to do on...

You Can Lose Money By Saving Money

By Dan Bobinski

If you shortchange new employee training you’re throwing away a lot of money. I’m talking thousands of dollars – possibly tens of thousands – slipping away unnoticed. The mistake comes when managers think they’re saving money and time by providing only a minimal amount of training when someone gets hired… just enough to get a person acquainted with ...

Evaluate Your Coach Before You Hire

By Wendy Adams

Just as organizations evaluate consultants before hiring them to provide guidance; it is critically important to carefully evaluate a career coach when seeking assistance in your career.Finding the appropriate coach will make all the difference, and can often: 1) increase your chances of finding employment, 2) assist you with promotion opportunities, or 3) get you more money at the negotiati...

For Anyone Who's Ever Scoffed at Training

By Dan Bobinski

When it comes to attending workplace training, those who really need to usually don’t want to. Perhaps you know the type: “I’ve been here a long time—what will that class teach me?” Often such words come from a seasoned manager, but it’s common for all adults to scoff at training, so perhaps you’ve said such words yourself. I can’t say I blame...

Mastery Doesn’t Mean Perfect

By Joan Lloyd

I run across a lot of high performing leaders in my work. And some of them have a trait in common—the intense drive to be perfect. It’s what propels them to master their specialty, but it can also be their Achilles heel. Consider the young professional I was talking with recently. He told me he was under intense pressure to “make it” in his field. His work had been n...

Peer partners

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I have recently been promoted to a fairly senior position in a large company. I’m wondering if you can give me any tips for developing good working relationships with my new peers. They are all experienced, strong leaders who run major parts of our business. I am in more of a support role. I have a new function and my staff will interface with their people and make changes ...

If you give presentations, be in tune with your roles

By Dan Bobinski

A skilled presenter needs to hyperspace from role to role depending on what the moment calls for.Although every presentation and audience is different, my best advice is always ‘know your roles, and prepare, prepare, prepare.’ This way it’s much easier to stay in tune with our audience and our presentation will have a lasting, worthwhile impact. Why do we need to kno...

Staying Informed in Your Industry

By Heather Eagar

There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re left out of the loop – especially when it comes to your career. But because there can be so many changes taking place in your field, you can look up one day and realize your entire industry has left you behind. With the economy changing as quickly as it is, you can’t afford to not know what the latest trends are. Including wh...

The Hiring Process Matters

By Becky Cole

If you have been job hunting lately, chances are it has gone something like this: you see an ad, you send in your resume, you get called for an interview, and you leave the interview confused and frustrated about the process. Traditionally done by the human resources department, the hiring process is now being done by managers, supervisors and other employees who lack the skills and knowledge to c...

Mentoring

By Taunee Besson

"Having a mentor is your single most important key to success," according to Mary Sias, C.E.O. of the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Yet many people don't know they need one let alone how to find one and build a relationship. Adding to this problem are the business demographics which indicate minorities have yet to break the glass ceiling in most organizations. And, according to Hugh Robinson, a ret...

When and How to Put an End to Procrastination

By Norine Dagliano

Early in my career I had the opportunity to teach a student success class (Becoming a Master Student, David Ellis) at a local community college. I loved the course curriculum because it provided numerous tools and logical advice to help students succeed in attaining their goal to stay in school and earn a degree. A lot of what I taught is very applicable to job seekers and how well they succeed in...

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