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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 […]

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How to Roll Out a Team Culture in 3 Years (Yes, It Should Take That Long)

An organizational change as massive as moving towards a high performance, self-directed team structure should take nothing less than 2 to 3 years to implement fully.  The complexity of completing the workload, shifting accountability and power and building collaborative competencies needed at every level of the organization, as well as the general acceptance of the […]

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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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Strategic Planning: Just Fanning the Fire or Planning for Transformational Ignition?

Are your strategic planning sessions too complicated?  Do you even hate the phrase FMEA or Risk Analysis?  When you think of the future, is everyone aligned to the 1-month plan…the 1-year plan…or the 3-year plan?  Is there even a plan? At this point in many leaders’ daily activities, 95% of their time is most likely […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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The Workplace Accountability Trail Guide

It’s time to be a trailblazer in your department, team and organization!  As a leader how can you move the ball just a little bit forward and become the leader everyone is expecting you to be?  Finding an effective and long-lasting way to get people to be more accountability under your leadership speaks volumes about your […]

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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.

Thumbnail : No Regrets: Guestblogger Chris Guldner Reflects on the Lessons of Stephen R. Covey

No Regrets: Guestblogger Chris Guldner Reflects on the Lessons of Stephen R. Covey

  Stephen R. Covey may be one of the most settled souls in the universe. He died on July 16 at the age of 79. Ironically this was one year short of a key milestone he taught others to look forward to. Although his ship might not have reached that major port in his life’s […]

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Best Strategies For Leading Organizational Change During Chaotic Times

According to a 2012 survey 73% of revenue growing and profitable organizations did so because they excelled at managing change.  A 2003 Change Management Best Practice study reported that only 1/3 of change teams used a formal management tool, but of the the ones who did those teams showed an ROI of 143% Change is […]

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Organizational Renewal When Change Has Failed In The Past Workshop

The dissatisfaction with status quo has been established, the vision is compelling, and yet, when it comes to examining how the organization needs to transform to meet the future, your group struggles.  Sound familiar?  Perhaps your group is dealing with some “residual” resistance from previous poorly-managed change initiatives. This workshop looks at how an organization […]

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Best Strategies for Helping Yourself Handle Change Successfully Workshop

The only constant is change.  This workshop targets the individual and how he/she deals with change personally. This session will help individuals understand the effects of change, steps to progress through change and help them build crucial characteristics for dealing with change in the future. You may find yourself having trouble sleeping, picking fights with […]

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Best Strategies For Helping Staff Handle Change Workshop

The only constant is CHANGE – we all know it and we all struggle to handle it.  During the turbulent days we’re facing, it’s best to have a strategy for helping your staff handle whatever ups and downs come their way.

Thumbnail : CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Is Residual Resistance Killing Your New Change Initiative?

CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Is Residual Resistance Killing Your New Change Initiative?

We have often mentioned David Gleicher’s change formula – D X V X F > R – as an important sequencing of tasks when building a change initiative.  When so many leaders jump into the F – First Steps – without building the D (Dissatisfaction with Status Quo and Case for Change) or the V […]

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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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Teaming in the Workplace: Building a Team That is "Great By Choice"

We’ve been helping organizations implement teams for nearly three decades, with quite frankly, mixed results.  While the approach for designing a high-performance workplace is quite well known, the variables that influence success are often not recognized or given the importance necessary for success. I recently finished Jim Collins and Morton Hansen’s book, Great By Choice, […]

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Group Decision Making

Name: Group Decision Making Number of Participants: 15-25 Time Frame: 1-2 Day Course Who should attend: Groups or teams who are in decision making positions and want to improve their results Participants will be able to: – Understand what impairs our ability to make decisions – Apply a 4-step “best practice” decision-making approach – Recognize […]

Partnering with the Capital & Saratoga Region

As a region poised to be the next tech hub of the nation, New Directions is ready and able to meet the needs of the surrounding tech, manufacturing and service industries.

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QUALITY MANAGEMENT: The Commitment To True Continuous Improvement

Have you ever been to a Kaizen meeting, or conducted a Gemba?  Most of us, if we heard those words, would probably say ‘excuse you,’ but in the world of continuous improvement those are regular occurrences, or at least they should be. Earlier this month I was on a business trip to a major manufacturer […]

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STRATEGY: It’s Time To Revisit Good To Great

I was visiting my friend in NYC the other week and while I was there he gave me back my Good to Great book on CD he had borrowed a couple years before.  There are certain things that really just hit you at the right time, at the right place, in the right mind set.  […]

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