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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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What Employees Really Want to Know that Only Leadership Can Answer

Every organization today is going through some sort of change, whether it’s technological, growth, diversification, globalization, or just the transformation of the workforce generations.  Employees are expected to adapt quickly to leadership demands for increased accountability, cross-training, adaptability during restructuring, and constant change.  I recently told a group of employees, “Just get yourself on the […]

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 : 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 […]

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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 […]

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How Does Detroit’s Possible Bankruptcy Link to Workplace Accountability?

This summer’s news included the City of Detroit’s dire financial condition – seeing bankruptcy as the only option for the longstanding state of financial crisis and becoming the largest city in the US to file bankruptcy. Certainly, Detroit made agreements to be accountable to their workers, vendors, bankers, companies and individual tax payers. What does […]

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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 […]

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Baseball Commissioner Finally Executes a “Survival of the Hive” Strategy for the Sport

In the wake of this week’s suspension of 13 professional baseball players for alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, including All-Star Alex Rodriguez, baseball historians are suggesting that it is “finally time for action to be taken.”  In 2003 the first baseball drug testing identified 104 players who tested positive, but no actions were taken against […]

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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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 […]

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How Eliot Spitzer and You Can Begin To Restore Trust After A Big Mistake

Recently it was announced that Eliot Spitzer, former New York Governor who admitted paying prostitutes for sex and was forced to resign in 2008, is planning to run for New York City Comptroller.  It begs a curious question:  if a person has fallen from grace and people no longer trust the person, how does he or […]

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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 […]

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4 Key Leadership Lessons to learn from the Asiana Plane Crash

For any of us who fly on a regular basis or have friends and family who do, the pictures of the ill-fated Asiana Airline Boeing 777 crash landing at San Francisco airport were terrifying. But even worse have been the news stories emerging about the co-pilot-in-training, who reportedly had only 43 hours of experience in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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WORKPLACE PERSONALITY: Beware of the Bully Boss

In the course of 28 years as a consultant, I’ve probably run into a half-dozen bully bosses, those people who appear to be pleasant enough initially but then throw you a curve when you actually think you’re doing the right thing.  I thought it would be good to focus a blog on this topic, include […]

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Bennington Workforce Training Series Attendee Testimonial

Nikki, one of the attendees of Bennington’s Workforce Training Series (WTS), talks about the session she attended, Dynamic Supervision, and how she liked the engagement and tools she gained in just one day.

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The Innovative Leadership Guide Volume 2

Leaders aren’t born.  They’re built.  After the great success of our first Innovative Leadership Guide, we decided to make the second volume bigger, bolder and brighter! Now with over 90 pages of tips, tactics, strategies and real-life, in-the-trenches scenarios this is a perfect download for any manager to get a full idea of how to […]

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Mackin to Present at Vermont Women’s Leadership Conference in 2013

Vermont Woman Business Owner & Leadership Coach Set to Talk at the Vermont Women in Higher Education’s 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference Deborah Mackin, founder and principle leadership coach at New Directions, a workforce development firm in North Bennington, Vermont has been chosen to speak at Vermont Women in Higher Education’s 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference. The conference […]

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NEW MANAGER & SUPERVISOR: The Innovative Leadership Guide Volume 2

It looks like we may be seeing some signs of light at the end of the tunnel as we march into the new year.  With the fiscal cliff averted in the US, the stock market rebounding and businesses starting to release more of their reserve funds for new hiring, training and expansion – we are […]

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Bennington rolls out work force training I Rutland Herald

Thumbnail : Workforce Training Series to Kick Off in Bennington, VT

Workforce Training Series to Kick Off in Bennington, VT

A collaborative effort to ensure area workforce training and development. New Directions, a training and development firm in southern Vermont has partnered with area businesses, the Bennington Economic Development Task Force, the Workforce Investment Board and the Town of Bennington to offer convenient and affordable employee training to the Bennington area in a new program known as […]

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LEADERSHIP: 13 Leadership Skills the Next U.S. President Has To Have

Today is Election Day in the U.S. and we thought it would be timely to address some of the leadership requirements of any Chief in any office.  As we go to the polls and elect our next president, we want him to know that there are key leadership skills he needs to have and/or build […]

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COACHING: The 3 Types of People You Need In Your Dynamic Support Team

Michael Bungay Stanier in his book, Do More Great Work is clear when he says, “Doing Great Work by yourself means it’s not Great Work.” He goes on to say, “To get the job done, we all need support from those around us – family, friends, and colleagues. “  For many of us that can […]

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A New Certification for Leadership Firm New Directions

Mackin Completes Certification in the MBTI Step II Deborah Mackin, Founder/President and Principal Performance Strategist for New Directions, Inc. of North Bennington, Vermont completed certification to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Index Step II, an advanced capability in the use of the personality tool.   The Myers-Briggs Type Index (MBTI) is an assessment designed to measure psychological […]

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The Millennial To Manager Challenge Workshop

Over 60% of employers say that they are experiencing tension among employees from different generations.

Thumbnail : The Manager To Millennial Challenge Workshop

The Manager To Millennial Challenge Workshop

Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce in the next 10 years and yet they’ve been called “one of the hardest generations to work with.

Thumbnail : Preparing for Tomorrow’s Talent Gap Workshop

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Talent Gap Workshop

The gap in organization’s talent is coming if it isn’t already here. Baby Boomers are retiring at the staggering rate of 6,000 a day and with them, a great wealth of knowledge and talent.

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The MBTI and Your Leadership Team Workshop

The MBTI is the most well-known personality instrument.  This training takes Type to a new level, examining your leadership team’s strengths and “hot spots” when planning, solving problems, making decisions and managing change.  The team will leave the training with clear actions for performance improvement.

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COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Today’s Needed Leadership Skill – Lowered Defensiveness

“I didn’t understand what I was supposed to do.”  “It looks fine to me.” “I did exactly what you told me to do.” “You never told me I needed to do…..” “What right do you have to criticize what I do?” “The blame really lies with your area, not mine.” Any of these sound familiar? […]

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Celebrating the Leadership of Early America on This 4th of July

The year was 1770.  The location was the colonies of the British empire in North America.  As the circumstances with the British occupation of the colonies began to deteriorate, more and more people stepped forward to show their dissent.   Initially, there was some naiveté about the consequences that might result.  But slowly, it began to […]

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Innovative Leader Guide

Based on 28 years of partnering with some of the world’s leading organizations, as well as a keen insight from our on-the-ground experts, this compilation of writings discusses what is critical for innovation in every industry and what it will take for organizations to build the next generation of leadership excellence.

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Fluid Teams – a New and Emerging Structure within the Teaming Continuum

At the 2008 Olympics, Beijing built what has become known as the Water Cube to house many of the swimming competitions of the 2008 games including diving and synchronized swimming. In July 2003, the Water Cube design was chosen from 10 proposals in an international architectural competition for the aquatic center project. The Water Cube was specially designed and […]

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LEADERSHIP: How To Be a Strategic Thinker In a Crisis Economy: 5 Core Skills

On a regular basis people in leadership are asked to think at a strategic level, to identify a vision for the future, define key strategies to achieve the vision and convert those strategies into long-term objectives.  For some people, this type of thinking is fun, easy and energizing.  For others, who prefer to focus on […]

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