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Newest Training and Testing Articles
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. ...
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
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”
That’s why I took a step back and looked at the big
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...
Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you
don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably
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’...
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...
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...
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 "...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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
I am in more of a support role. I have a new function and my
staff will interface with their people and make changes ...
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...
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
With the economy changing as quickly as it is, you can’t
afford to not know what the latest trends are. Including wh...
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...
"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
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...