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New Directions Provides 2-Day Leadership Boot Camp Based on Bee Book

Leadership Firm Launches Survival of the Hive Leadership Boot Camp for Companies New Directions, an innovative team-building and leadership development firm, launched their newest service focused on providing an intensive ‘boot camp-style’ course on organizational leadership.  The course, a 2-day immersive workshop, uses the firm’s recently published book Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons […]

Thumbnail : Sidecar Leadership and the Need to Build Your Leadership Bench

Sidecar Leadership and the Need to Build Your Leadership Bench

According to a recent 2014 report from DDI and The Conference Board’s Global Leadership Forecast, the challenges CEOs see as most critical in the near future are human capital, customer relationships, innovation, and operational excellence. However, when asked if they feel prepared for these challenges 55%, more than half, indicated that they did not feel […]

Thumbnail : Harrington to Present at the Vermont Human Resource Association on the Millennial Generation Worker

Harrington to Present at the Vermont Human Resource Association on the Millennial Generation Worker

Leadership Speaker and Author Set to Address the Vermont HR Association about the Largest Generation of Workers in the Workplace (Colchester, VT) –– Matthew Harrington, leadership speaker and author specializing in the Millennial generation (1980-2001), will present for the Vermont Human Resource Association at their program “Fine Tuning Your Employees’ Acumen around Engagement and Effectiveness” […]

Thumbnail : Values: Why To Hire and Why To Fire

Values: Why To Hire and Why To Fire

The values of an organization get a bad rap.  Usually they come after the prestigious mission and vision, don’t receive the proper time to be fully developed and are rarely used for what they were designed for.  At times they can be characterized as the ‘fluffy’ stuff or the ‘human interest’ piece of an organization […]

Thumbnail : Professional Growth and Development Number One Driver for Millennials in 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report

Professional Growth and Development Number One Driver for Millennials in 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report

The 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report, produced by Quantum Workplace, looked at over 400,000 employees of nearly 5,000 organizations and determined that professional growth and career development was the number one driver of successful engagement and retention among Millennial (1980-2001) employees. Additional research, conducted by The Ken Blanchard Companies, found that there was a gap […]

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15 Leadership Tools for 2015

This is what we’re seeing out in the field as some of the best leadership tools that are being used and implemented effectively: 1. LinkedIn – LinkedIn has been around for over a decade now but its importance as a social leadership tool is unrivaled. This is a great platform to connect with other leaders, […]

Thumbnail : 10 Tips To Becoming the Value-Added, Indispensable Millennial Employee

10 Tips To Becoming the Value-Added, Indispensable Millennial Employee

When we train on the new workforce generation one of the most common themes that emerges is how can a Millennial worker become more value-added in a short amount of time.  In addition to this theme usually the next sub-theme is ‘…make it practical, real life examples, attainable differences.’  With those two thoughts in mind […]

Thumbnail : Mackin Presents Leadership Secrets from a Beehive and New Adaptive Coach Competencies to Vermont State SHRM Conference

Mackin Presents Leadership Secrets from a Beehive and New Adaptive Coach Competencies to Vermont State SHRM Conference

Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building and leadership author, presented two presentations today at the annual SHRM Vermont State HR Conference.  Her first presentation was based off of her recent co-authored book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive entitled Leadership Secrets from the Beehive, while the second presentation focused on The Adaptive Coach: […]

Thumbnail : Trending: Employee Engagement (If not now, soon)

Trending: Employee Engagement (If not now, soon)

Every so often we try to take a step back here at New Directions and analyze the landscape of organizational development.  Where are we at and where are we all going?  What will we be talking about in 3-5 years? What do our clients need to know today to prepare for tomorrow? These are some […]

Thumbnail : How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Worker

How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Worker

Last week we had the pleasure of presenting a half-day workshop for the Vermont Association of Talent Development (formerly ASTD) at Champlain College focused on the Millennial worker.  The room had a great mix of generations and professionals all wondering about this new emerging workforce. The assortment of organizations in the room and around the […]

Thumbnail : 90% of Millennials Don’t Plan to Stay with an Employer for more than 5 Years.  Now What!?

90% of Millennials Don’t Plan to Stay with an Employer for more than 5 Years. Now What!?

The vast majority of Millennials (90%) do not plan to stay with any given employer for more than five years.  More than a third of Millennials (37%) say they plan to stay no more than two years.  Almost 40% of Millennials start a new role already planning their next career move in the immediate future.  […]

Thumbnail : Millennials and Teams: The Perfect BFFs?

Millennials and Teams: The Perfect BFFs?

Next month on June 19th, we’ll be presenting Leading Millennials: How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Generation in Your Workplace at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  It’s been a while since we’ve done a blog post on this newest workplace generation (born 1980-2001), although our commitment to understanding and interest in the Millennial […]

Thumbnail : A Manufacturing Floor Operator’s Experience with High Performance Teams and What It’s Meant To Him

A Manufacturing Floor Operator’s Experience with High Performance Teams and What It’s Meant To Him

  This is a manufacturing floor operator’s thoughts on implementing a high performance team culture in his organization. They’re about 3 months into it and he is astounded at the results and being seen as a valuable asset to the organization.  Just get on the bus!

Thumbnail : Corporate Training Soars – Here’s What It Means

Corporate Training Soars – Here’s What It Means

In February, Josh Bersin of Forbes Magazine wrote an interesting article on training and development titled, Spending on Corporate Training Soars: Employee Capabilities Now a Priority.  In the piece he took a look at the recent 2014 Corporate Learning Factbook study and did a pretty good job analyzing and summarizing the key parts.  We thought […]

Thumbnail : Why Change When Things Have Been Successful in the Past?

Why Change When Things Have Been Successful in the Past?

We recently began work with a fortune 1000 company whose sales have quadrupled over the past four years and who now boasts a more than 6,000 employee workforce. Despite that enormous growth and success, the company is deciding to make massive changes within its culture and the way it conducts business. Why? Why change when […]

Thumbnail : ‘Eliminate Managers?’ Asks Inc. Magazine.  Our Expert Opinion on Flat Organizations.

‘Eliminate Managers?’ Asks Inc. Magazine. Our Expert Opinion on Flat Organizations.

Inc.  Magazine recently had a feature titled Eliminate Managers? CEOs Who’ve Tried It Explain Why It Works.  In the article they discuss the ‘no manager’ org chart and moving organizations from towering hierarchical structures to leaner, flatter structures.   Some of the notables who are attempting this include Zappos, education platform Treehouse, video game company Valve […]

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Creating a Culture of Yes

I recently had a couple of unique brainstorming sessions with a good friend of mine.  Afterwards, he mentioned how much he appreciated my ability to hear his vision and bounce ideas around with him.  I thought nothing of it – I love new ideas and expanding upon thoughts.  But for him, it was a me […]

Thumbnail : Chief Listener: What the Clinton Team Has Figured Out and You Should Too

Chief Listener: What the Clinton Team Has Figured Out and You Should Too

In last weekend’s New York Times Magazine which featured the continued political life of Hillary Clinton (and her possible run for president in 2016) much was talked about how Clinton’s team will have to do a re-calibration from previous election attempts/wins in order to have the high ground going into the 2016 election season.  This […]

Thumbnail : Really Simple, Yet Practical Things We Can Do In Training To Make Sure That Learning, Engagement And Growth Is Occurring

Really Simple, Yet Practical Things We Can Do In Training To Make Sure That Learning, Engagement And Growth Is Occurring

The numbers seem the same.  The 2013 State of the Industry (Training) numbers seem similar to what we’ve seen in the past – billions of dollars spent on training employees.  Instructor-led classroom remains at the top of the delivery list at 54%, but continues to spiral downward as companies look for the cheap and easy […]

Thumbnail : Obama’s New Manufacturing Hub and What Future Manufacturing Actually Needs To Be Successful

Obama’s New Manufacturing Hub and What Future Manufacturing Actually Needs To Be Successful

President Obama announced this week the creation of a manufacturing and innovation institute in Raleigh, North Carolina that will be led by North Carolina State University. The new innovation hub is part of a larger effort to create a national network of manufacturing innovation sites. “For decades we’ve been losing manufacturing jobs. But now our manufacturers have added over the last four […]

Thumbnail : New Directions Adds A Second Office in Albany, New York

New Directions Adds A Second Office in Albany, New York

Leadership & Team-Building Firm to Open A Second Office in Albany  Leadership development & team-building firm New Directions is adding another location at 920 Albany Shaker Road in Albany, New York at the beginning of the 2014 year.  New Directions’ headquarters is currently located at 5 Bank Street in North Bennington, Vermont.  The Albany location […]

Thumbnail : These Aren’t Predictions or a Top 10 List. These are Focusing Points We Plan To Embrace In 2014

These Aren’t Predictions or a Top 10 List. These are Focusing Points We Plan To Embrace In 2014

We’re not sure what next year will bring.  We hope great business success, new technology to add to our services and new insight and key relationships to grow and expand our organization.   These aren’t predictions (a usual buzzword around this time of year), but rather vital ‘focusing points’ that we think are important, game-changing and […]

Thumbnail : Is Leadership Born or Built? It’s Sexier Than That!

Is Leadership Born or Built? It’s Sexier Than That!

In a recent Washington Post article titled, Is Leadership Born or Built, the question was again asked, “is leadership born or is it built?” It’s always an interesting topic that garners a lot of attention because of its polarization, assuming that leadership is an either or situation.  Most of the article assumes that leadership is a […]

Thumbnail : Local Authors of New Leadership Book Present Seminar at Vermont Bookstore

Local Authors of New Leadership Book Present Seminar at Vermont Bookstore

MANCHESTER, Vt. – Northshire Bookstore of Manchester, Vermont will host a seminar and reception on Friday, November 8th for local Vermont authors, Deborah Mackin and Matthew Harrington, and their recently released leadership book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive.

Thumbnail : New Directions To Offer Five Professional Development Workshops in Albany This Fall

New Directions To Offer Five Professional Development Workshops in Albany This Fall

New Directions will be hosting five professional development workshops open to the public this fall season.  The workshops, held at the Quality Inn on Troy Schenectady Road in Latham, will focus on key development skills needed in the workplace for managers, supervisors and leaders. Starting on Thursday, November 7th, workshop one will be How to […]

Thumbnail : A Field Trip to Tech Valley High – More Than Just Tech

A Field Trip to Tech Valley High – More Than Just Tech

In my attempt to better understand where the workplace will be in the next 10-20 years for tomorrow’s panel discussion entitled, The Technology Edge, presented by the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, I recently “attended” Tech Valley High in Albany, New York.  I figured, if we want to understand how […]

Thumbnail : Leadership author and workplace specialist to be on panel discussion for technology and learning

Leadership author and workplace specialist to be on panel discussion for technology and learning

Matthew Harrington, co-author of the recent leadership book Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive and thought leader on the millennial generation will be part of a learning panel for the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development event titled: The Technology Edge – The Experts Share! Harrington is […]

Thumbnail : The Future of Learning and Development in the Workplace (Revisited)

The Future of Learning and Development in the Workplace (Revisited)

“The dropout rate of massive online courses is higher than 97%,” recently reported Seth Godin, technology guru and author, on his blog. As a panelist on next week’s The Technology Edge – The Experts Share for the American Society for Training and Development, I feel obligated to share new and shiny technology that we all […]

Thumbnail : Harrington, Author and Young Professional Advocate, Featured Story in Albany’s Capital Magazine

Harrington, Author and Young Professional Advocate, Featured Story in Albany’s Capital Magazine

The September/October edition of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce’s magazine, CAPITAL, features Matthew Harrington, of New Directions, on the front cover and in the magazine’s featured story, The New Wave, on the Capital Region’s up and coming talented young entrepreneurs and business leaders. In the article, Harrington is highlighted for his recent co-authored book […]

Thumbnail : Dear Donald, Leadership is Not a Cardboard Cutout

Dear Donald, Leadership is Not a Cardboard Cutout

This past Saturday New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says many of the […]

Thumbnail : 10 Leadership Tools Every Leader Should Know How to Use in the Workplace

10 Leadership Tools Every Leader Should Know How to Use in the Workplace

It’s amazing/startling to see, when we go into an organization and begin to work with their leaders, managers or teams, the lack of knowledge people have around basic leadership tools that they could be using to produce better results.  Tools that if applied correctly and for the right challenge, can quickly turn a long, results-lacking […]

Thumbnail : Local Manfred Real Estate School Offers Fall Sales Seminars

Local Manfred Real Estate School Offers Fall Sales Seminars

The Manfred Real Estate Learning Center Offers New Fall Classes  The Manfred Real Estate Learning Center will offer a series of five classes on relationship selling for local real estate professionals.  Classes are open to the public and will be held at the Learning Center located on Albany Shaker Road. The Manfred Relationship Selling Seminar […]

Thumbnail : INTERVIEW: Authors Discuss Survival of the Hive and Leadership with Author Talk Radio

INTERVIEW: Authors Discuss Survival of the Hive and Leadership with Author Talk Radio

Deborah Mackin and Matthew Harrington discuss the writing process, how they came up with Survival of the Hive, and why every leader needs to read the book with host Steve Jorgenson.

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The Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development Endorses Workforce Training Series of Albany

Local Chapter and Local Workforce Training Series Team Up To Address Immediate Workforce Training Need  The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and its affiliated local chapter, Hudson-Mohawk, has endorsed and will sponsor the recently launched Workforce Training Series of Albany workshops.  Designed to be practical and affordable training workshops in the Capital Region, […]

Thumbnail : Global Shift in Leadership: A Move from Recruitment to Development Indicates New Survey

Global Shift in Leadership: A Move from Recruitment to Development Indicates New Survey

Recently Deloitte released their Global Human Capital 2013 Trends report.  This report looked at and analyzed how companies were “pivoting from the recession to the new horizons of 2020.”  In the survey and report, which covered more than 1,300 organizations in 59 countries, 90% of global business leaders and HR executives are looking to abandon […]

Thumbnail : New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

New Directions Commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services

Local workforce training and leadership development firm New Directions celebrates its 29th year of business on July 18th 2013.  The firm, started in 1984 by Deborah Mackin out of her spare bedroom with a $500 loan from her mother, now is a global firm that works with vast array of local and global organizations looking […]

Thumbnail : Local Author to Host Four Do-It-Yourself Marketing Workshops for Small Business (*New Dates)

Local Author to Host Four Do-It-Yourself Marketing Workshops for Small Business (*New Dates)

Do-It-Yourself Marketing Series Focuses On Real World Social Media Application for Small Businesses (Albany, NY) ––Matthew Harrington of The New Directions Group, will host four open-to-the-public workshops focused on practical social media and marketing best practices for small businesses which will be held at the Regional Chamber office. The Do-It-Yourself Marketing series will focus on […]

Thumbnail : Local Workforce Training Series In Albany Kicks Off To Address National Statistic

Local Workforce Training Series In Albany Kicks Off To Address National Statistic

Developing the area’s workforce, WTS unveils 2013 training and development workshops (Albany, NY) –– Last month Gallup polling released that 7 out of 10 employees hate their job.  The CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton, indicated that 70% of American workers are disengaged at work as a direct result of poor management and leadership.  The Workforce […]

Thumbnail : Leadership advice from honeybees? Experts give us seven lessons from the hive

Leadership advice from honeybees? Experts give us seven lessons from the hive

Leaders can inspire and engage, or they can disappoint and disillusion employees. Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive takes the lid off a beehive and provides a fun, relevant and reflective look at effective leadership through the eyes of one of the world’s most industrious creatures, the honeybee. Deborah Mackin and […]

Thumbnail : Did the Founding Fathers Follow a Survival of the Hive Philosophy?

Did the Founding Fathers Follow a Survival of the Hive Philosophy?

As we celebrate this week with Independence Day, it forces us to ask ourselves, “Did the Founding Fathers follow a survival of the hive philosophy?” Outgunned, outmanned, and out resourced against Britain, the Founding Fathers had a few things going for them: resourcefulness, determination, courage, and a passion to survive. In the face of terrible […]

Thumbnail : President of CAP COM Federal Credit Union Endorses Survival of the Hive Book

President of CAP COM Federal Credit Union Endorses Survival of the Hive Book

Paula Stopera, President of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, endorses the Survival of the Hive book written by Deborah Mackin and Matthew Harrington and talks about why she “thinks it’s one of the best tools she’s seen in a long time  for leadership training.”

Thumbnail : What Kind of Organizational Culture Do You Have?  Would you call it Healthy?

What Kind of Organizational Culture Do You Have? Would you call it Healthy?

Everyone plays a role in defining an organization’s culture.  Culture is a compilation of values, principles, beliefs, and actions that ultimately define how an organization works.  Many organizations today use words like efficiency, excellence, customer-oriented and lean to describe their cultures.  Here’s an important question:  would we add the word healthy to that mix?  As […]

Thumbnail : Engage Your Employees with the CAMP Method of Motivation and Engagement

Engage Your Employees with the CAMP Method of Motivation and Engagement

“Engage!”  Captain Jean Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise would say with authority, pointing his finger forward, on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Once he gave the command, the Enterprise and crew would make it possible to move forward, to ‘engage’ the thrusters, to jump into warp drive and continue to explore the universe (of […]

Thumbnail : Veteran Business Coach and Trainer Joins New Directions

Veteran Business Coach and Trainer Joins New Directions

Founder of the Virtual Internship Program Joins Global Workforce Development Firm (Albany, NEW YORK) — Robert Braathe is the newest addition to the New Directions team, as both a business partner and trainer.  New Directions is a global workforce development firm located in southern Vermont since 1984 and works with various organizations on staff training, […]

Thumbnail : Survey Indicates 96% of U.S. Companies Lack Sufficient Leaders

Survey Indicates 96% of U.S. Companies Lack Sufficient Leaders

In a survey conducted for Right Management, senior HR leaders indicated that talent pipelines are producing few potential future leaders and managers, with only four percent claiming the United States has a sufficient pipeline to meet the majority of their needs. Right Management speculates that the reason that the leadership pipelines are so weak is […]

Thumbnail : 5 Reasons “Survival of the Hive” is a Must-Read, Summer Book for Today’s Leaders

5 Reasons “Survival of the Hive” is a Must-Read, Summer Book for Today’s Leaders

Survival of the Hive is a small, 100-page leadership book in the genre of Who Moved My Cheese and Our Iceberg is Melting that’s colorful, bright and easy enough to read in 2 hours.  However, it packs enough leadership “punch” to drive revitalization of an entire organization’s leadership strategy. There are 5 main reasons we […]

Thumbnail : What the World’s Most Industrious and Successful Creatures, the Honey Bee, Can Teach Us about Leadership

What the World’s Most Industrious and Successful Creatures, the Honey Bee, Can Teach Us about Leadership

When we purchased our first beehive, after carefully placing the queen in the hive, we tipped the box upside down and shook 5,000 bees into the hive. At first the bees were flying everywhere. But within minutes all the bees had settled into the hive and begun their work. During the past three years as […]

Thumbnail : The Journey That Took Us To Publishing “Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive”

The Journey That Took Us To Publishing “Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive”

Almost a year ago we embarked on a rather fun and unique adventure that resulted in this week’s arrival of Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive. The book was written to address the current lack of great, selfless leadership within organizations and the changing paradigm that is needed in leadership in […]

Thumbnail : SEDC Breakfast Leadership Series: Building an Innovative, Multi-Generational Workplace in Tech Valley

SEDC Breakfast Leadership Series: Building an Innovative, Multi-Generational Workplace in Tech Valley

Leadership Authors Set To Talk at Saratoga Economic Development Council’s Leadership Breakfast in May (Saratoga, NY) –– Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building author and featured 2013 SHRM Talent Management Conference speaker, will be presenting on Building an Innovative, Multi-Generational Workplace in Tech Valley for the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Breakfast Leadership series on Thursday, May […]

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