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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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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 […]

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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: […]

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 : 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 : Delegation: 11 Tips, Tactics and Tools to Effectively Harness the Power of Your Team

Delegation: 11 Tips, Tactics and Tools to Effectively Harness the Power of Your Team

Last week we wrote about the need for both a steering team and a design team in order to delegate the heavy demands on leadership to run both operations and designing cultural shifts within an organization.  We argued that having both the steering team (senior leadership team), as well as a design team (a team […]

Thumbnail : High Performance Teams – The Benefits of Creating Both a Steering Team and a Design Team for Maximum Output

High Performance Teams – The Benefits of Creating Both a Steering Team and a Design Team for Maximum Output

Recently, an organization expressed interest in transforming from a traditional top-down, supervisory model to a high performance, high engagement, lean organizational model.  These types of challenges place a heavy demand on leadership in terms of finding the time to run the operations and concurrently design, plan and implement something totally new.  As much as leadership […]

Thumbnail : Beware the Latest Buzzword:  Is ‘Holacracy’ Just Teaming in Disguise?

Beware the Latest Buzzword: Is ‘Holacracy’ Just Teaming in Disguise?

When Zappos indicated its strategic shift to the concept of “holacracy,” and suggested that management titles would be dissolved, everyone sat up and took notice.  What is holacracy?  What new social engineering is going on that we need to know about and perhaps copy? Not unlike the buzz of Total Quality Management, Lean, Six-Sigma, 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 : Baseball Commissioner Finally Executes a “Survival of the Hive” Strategy for the Sport

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 : 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 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 : 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 : 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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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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WORKPLACE CULTURE: 4 Steps to Building a Culture of Accountability in the Workplace

Accountability seems to be the focus of most organizations these days.  How do we get employees to take more accountability for their actions?  What can we do, as leaders, to engender a culture of accountability in our workplaces?  Why do some people thrive on accountability, while others avoid it at all costs? Let’s take a […]

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

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 […]

Thumbnail : NEW SUPERVISORS & MANAGERS: Building Assertiveness Skills Part I

NEW SUPERVISORS & MANAGERS: Building Assertiveness Skills Part I

If you are like many new supervisors, you got promoted because of your job knowledge and technical ability. While some of you may have been recognized for your communication skills, others may find that your promotion requires a whole new level of expertise. Just recently, one new supervisor asked me quite openly, “Based on all […]

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Management and Supervision Skills: Focusing on Collaboration

    Collaboration is working together to achieve a goal. In business, it is seen as a way of coordinating different ideas from numerous people to generate a wide variety of knowledge to achieve strategic objectives (wiki). I like how that sounds. I’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows lately, Everyday Italian, in particular. […]

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QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Process Efficiency Workshop – BB:C & Goal Setting

Michael Harrington and Deborah Mackin of New Directions Consulting talk about some of the common principles in their Process Efficiency workshop, the Belief: Behavior Connection and Goal Setting.  

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: The Us vs. Them Mentality – Bridging the Gap Between Operation & Administration

LEADERSHIP: The Us vs. Them Mentality – Bridging the Gap Between Operation & Administration

Judging by the amount of times I’ve run into this phenomenon it’s probably safe to assume that most people have found themselves, somewhere along the way, in the midst of a battle between the operations side of the house, and the corporate / executive side.  Now you might be asking yourself, I’m not really sure […]

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New Directions Launches Training & Service Catalogue

[Download Catalogue] New Directions Consulting launches the 27th edition of their Training and Service Catalogue.  Seen as a roadmap for many of our clients in developing a rich and robust training and development program, we hope the newest edition provides as much guidance and direction for the next generation.

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: Back to Basics – Guest Post by Jared Eckler, President of Townsend Leather

LEADERSHIP: Back to Basics – Guest Post by Jared Eckler, President of Townsend Leather

Guest Blogger: Jared Eckler is the president of Townsend Leather located in upstate New York. Townsend Leather makes beautiful upholstery leather for interior designs in business and commercial aircraft, in yachts, automobiles and luxury motor coaches, and for residential, hospitality and office furniture applications. Not to be mistaken as mere distributors or marketers of leather, […]

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: Situational Leadership – The 4D’s of Your Employees

LEADERSHIP: Situational Leadership – The 4D’s of Your Employees

  Some supervisors apply a “one size fits all” approach to supervision. The Situational Leadership II model suggests that a supervisor should vary his or her style of leadership based on the employee’s developmental level. Ken Blanchard, creator of the Situational Leadershi p II model, believes that all employees pass through a job cycle of […]

Thumbnail : PERSONALITY: NDCPodcaster: Deborah on Preference vs. Skill

PERSONALITY: NDCPodcaster: Deborah on Preference vs. Skill

  Click Here To Download NDCPodcaster: Preference vs. Skill    Listen to Deborah Mackin & Michael Harrington as they talk more in depth about Deb’s recent post on “Preference vs. Skill Development” and how the MBTI assessment can help a professional develop certain skills to be a more well-rounded employee.

Thumbnail : Crisis Management to Controlled Management

Crisis Management to Controlled Management

Lisa Dunbar of New Directions Consulting presenting the CMtoCM presentation at the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce February 17th 2010

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: Get the "Lead" Out of Your Leadership Balloon

LEADERSHIP: Get the "Lead" Out of Your Leadership Balloon

In a previous blog I stressed the idea that the way in which someone leads can have a direct impact on how a company, and its people, progress.  I once had a leader, or should I say boss, whose mantra was ‘no good deed goes unpunished.’  You can imagine the ripple effect that had on […]

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: Taking the "Lead" Out of Leadership

LEADERSHIP: Taking the "Lead" Out of Leadership

I recently took a personality test that identified me as an ‘inspirer.’ Now this wasn’t a test that pops on your Facebook page occasionally; it was a legitimate tool I was considering using for a training on leading without authority. A couple of days prior to this, I had received a call from a client […]

Thumbnail : NEW SUPERVISORS: You’ve Been Promoted! Now What? Avoiding New Supervisor Potholes

NEW SUPERVISORS: You’ve Been Promoted! Now What? Avoiding New Supervisor Potholes

You’ve been promoted; congratulations! You are excited about starting your new job, vowing to be the best supervisor you could possibly be and never doing what your past “terrible” supervisors have done to you! You are on the road to future success at your company and you’ve got great hopes for tomorrow.

STRATEGY: 11 Bold Strategies for Employee Development in 2011

Let’s face it; the economic slowdown has had an effect on the US workforce that we have yet to fully comprehend.  The decision to extend unemployment benefits to 99 weeks is a tangible reminder of how desperate the employment situation is for so many people.  Those with newly minted college degrees are facing over 14% […]

Thumbnail : CONFLICT RESOLUTION: Managing Up: How To Manage Your Manager

CONFLICT RESOLUTION: Managing Up: How To Manage Your Manager

What do we mean by managing up?  We might define it as a conscious, deliberate effort to build a strong relationship of understanding and cooperation between ourselves and our bosses.  Let’s explore some ideas about how we might approach this idea of managing up.  And, if you’re feeling that it’s too late to improve your […]

Thumbnail : SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS: 5 Essential Skills for Employee Course Correction

SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS: 5 Essential Skills for Employee Course Correction

As you may know from my last blog, I just finished designing a workshop on going from crisis management to control management.  When we operate in crisis mode and an employee comes to us with a problem, we are quick to give the solution. The employee goes on his/her merry way and fixes the problem. […]

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: Building the Teaching Competency of Your Leaders

LEADERSHIP: Building the Teaching Competency of Your Leaders

Several weeks ago I was asked to speak to a group of HR professionals on strategies for future leaders.  One of the strategies that I highlighted was the need to build the teaching competency of leaders.  Most of us are familiar with building a learning organization, but we rarely talk about building a teaching organization.  […]

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TRAINING: Your One Stop Shop

I am routinely struck by how hungry people are for answers to the daily situations they find themselves in.  Whether it’s the need to just have someone listen to their ideas or they’re actually seeking advice for how to tackle a “sticky situation”, I have witnessed my organization continually exceed the expectations of the people […]

Thumbnail : MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS: CM to CM: From Crisis Management to Controlled Management

MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS: CM to CM: From Crisis Management to Controlled Management

I’ve heard it said many times by managers that “I work best under pressure,” or “I’m constantly being pulled into one crisis after another all day long.” The talk of crisis management for many leaves them exhilarated, excited and empowered by the unpredictable, feeling good at the end of the day that the problems of […]

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MILLENNIAL: The Fuel That Drives the Engine

Privileged, altruistic, opportunistic, argumentative – Just some of the words used by a room full of trainers to describe this newest workforce generation; and as a millennial, I more than likely possess some of those traits. However, as someone who was born on the cusp between Gen X and Gen Y, I feel as though […]

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LEADERSHIP: Leaders, We're Not Communicating Enough!

Recently, I was walking with a participant the day before one of our training courses on quality service. I asked her what had been communicated to everyone about the reason for the course and why quality service was important to the organization. “Not much,” she replied.  I mentioned that the leadership group would be seated […]

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