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Thumbnail : Is Your Team like “Mom and Apple Pie?” – Guestblogger Betty DiMaria from Aras Performance

Is Your Team like “Mom and Apple Pie?” – Guestblogger Betty DiMaria from Aras Performance

Guestblogger: Betty DiMaria, CEO of Aras Performance – Betty has over 30 years experience in organizational performance, management, and technology.  She has worked in the corporate, nonprofit, and municipal sectors—in industries including insurance, health care, manufacturing, technology, government, and association management. In 2012, DiMaria founded Aras Performance Group, and serves as CEO and Performance Strategist. […]

Thumbnail : EFFECTIVE MEETINGS: Put On Your Yellow Hat and Decrease Meeting Time by 50%

EFFECTIVE MEETINGS: Put On Your Yellow Hat and Decrease Meeting Time by 50%

Guestblogger: Leslie S. Schreiber, M. Ed, is owner of Schreiber Training, a corporate training company designed to decrease stress and increase productivity through improved workplace communication skills. www.schreibertraining.com   Businesses acknowledge the necessity of meetings but struggle with how to make them efficient and meaningful. By implementing a model called “parallel thinking”, meeting time can be […]

Thumbnail : EFFECTIVE MEETINGS: Using 6 Thinking Hats For More Productive Meetings

EFFECTIVE MEETINGS: Using 6 Thinking Hats For More Productive Meetings

The article from New Directions focuses on using the Six Thinking Hats model as a way to get more productive meetings in less time.

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Refocusing Your Customer Service Efforts

In 2012 only 37% of brands received good or excellent customer experience index scores according to Forrester’s Customer Experience Index. 64% of brands got a rating of “OK,” “poor,” or “very poor” from their customers. Download this article to discover how to build a new customer-centered, relationship-oriented organization that meets the needs of your customers.  This article looks at […]

Thumbnail : WORKPLACE PERSONALITY: When Workplace Personalities and Change Initiatives Collide

WORKPLACE PERSONALITY: When Workplace Personalities and Change Initiatives Collide

This article focuses on the concept that while it’s certainly important to study change management strategies, we often neglect the mix of personality preferences in a change initiative and their impact on its success.

Thumbnail : EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: The Presence of EQ within your Employees

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: The Presence of EQ within your Employees

This article focuses on the concept that self-confidence, self-awareness, self-control, commitment and integrity not only create more successful employees but also more successful organizations.

Thumbnail : TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU

TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU

Download our article building a time management philosophy that doesn’t focus so much on the newest, coolest app but how to discipline yourself to build an effective time management strategy, philosophy and goal.

Thumbnail : PRESENTATION SKILLS: PowerPoint Isn’t Dead But Your Presentation May Be

PRESENTATION SKILLS: PowerPoint Isn’t Dead But Your Presentation May Be

Download our recent article to learn the new design and delivery techniques of presenting.

Thumbnail : QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Building a Process-Efficiency Mindset

QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Building a Process-Efficiency Mindset

Thumbnail : CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING: Cross Cultural Understanding

CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING: Cross Cultural Understanding

93% of communication is in tone and body language, and therefore a large source of cross cultural miscommunication.  Likewise, people with little cultural understanding struggle with the differences they experience related to others from another culture. Deep inside many of us is a belief that relating to a person from another culture should be easy. When it […]

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TEAMING: Teaming in a Virtual Environment

Work is now in the virtual network, not in the office.  The network becomes the place of work, of value creation, of communication, of management, and to some extent social intercourse.  Logging on is not just another activity, but a signal of your arrival in the electronic workplace.

Thumbnail : The Millennial/Gen-X Conflict: Why They’re Different, How They’re Alike, and What We Can Do To Get Them Working Together

The Millennial/Gen-X Conflict: Why They’re Different, How They’re Alike, and What We Can Do To Get Them Working Together

Unlike the size of baby boomers (80 million) and millennials/Gen-Y (78 million), Gen-X has just 46 million members, making it a dark-horse demographic. This can cause great tension and a challenge for organizations as the Boomers fade and Gen-x and Millennials look to fill the ranks. The looming issue for our workforce and our organizations […]

Thumbnail : Studies in Small Group Influence and Persuasion Article

Studies in Small Group Influence and Persuasion Article

Throughout the day we are constantly working in small groups and teams. While in these groups there is a lot of positioning and persuasion going on to get everyone in alignment. Read this article to understand the power of relationships and groupthink within small clusters of people.

Thumbnail : Teams in Government Law Offices (American Bar Association publication)

Teams in Government Law Offices (American Bar Association publication)

Written by Katherine Mikkelson of the  American Bar Association and featuring Deborah Mackin as a subject matter expert on teaming within government, this article get’s into the nitty and gritty of setting up a workplace team.  Not only for government law offices, this article is a must-read for any organization interested in setting up workplace […]

Thumbnail : The Case for In-House Training Teams Article

The Case for In-House Training Teams Article

In this article we discuss how organizations can cut cost while offering employee development by implementing In-House Training Teams within their organizations.

Thumbnail : Let’s Meet: Team Meeting (an AMA publication)

Let’s Meet: Team Meeting (an AMA publication)

Deborah Mackin, a featured expert on teaming, partnered with the American Management Association’s (AMA) to publish Let’s Meet: Team Meetings.   Deborah Mackin has written a classic on team management and continues to be an authority on the subject. This article shares some of the first issues to address when you form a team and prepare for your […]

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: The High Engagement Workplace (HEW)

LEADERSHIP: The High Engagement Workplace (HEW)

As managers and leaders we go through stages when certain concepts or philosophies become the “watchword” of the day.  So is the case now with the word “engagement.”  Many employers are worried that three years of economic turmoil have affected employee commitment.  Not surprising really, since the statisticians are reporting that one-third of the workforce […]

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TEAMING: The Case for In-House Training Teams

A new paper from New Directions discusses how organizations can cut cost while offering employee development by implementing In-House Training Teams within their organizations.   View 1 minute videos from successful In-House Training Team Members to see the potentials of starting an In-House Training Team program and then scroll down to view the free paper on In-House […]

MILLENNIALS: How To Engage, Motivate, and Retain the New Workforce

A new paper from New Directions discusses how managers, supervisors, and employers can flex to the needs of the Millennial worker without giving the ‘keys to the store’ away.   In this article you will learn: How to flex your leadership style to meet the needs of Millennials What are the 3 areas of the employee […]

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