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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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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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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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CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: The Manager As Conflict Mediator

When faced with the job duty of “maintaining harmonious relationships,” many managers and supervisors in my workshops either: (a) chuckle, (b) groan or (c) sigh. So, when “handling drama in the workplace,” or in other words, “dealing with workplace conflict” was one of the top challenges in my supervisory workshop last week, I was not […]

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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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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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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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CHANGE: 10 Tips for Supervisors and Managers To Renew and Refuel the Heart of Your Change Initiative

“Running short of cash and unable to sell 1,100 digital imaging patents that could have rescued it,” as Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle writes, Eastman Kodak Co. today took the long-expected but still painful step of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As The Associated Press says, this raises the specter that “the 132-year-old trailblazer could […]

Thumbnail : TEAMING: Traditional vs. Innovative Managers (Guestblogger: Robert Gilbert)

TEAMING: Traditional vs. Innovative Managers (Guestblogger: Robert Gilbert)

Guestblogger: Robert Gilbert was a plant manager at Rohm and Haas Bayport, Inc. in the early days of “participative management” or what we would now call team-oriented management. Gilbert worked at Rohm and Haas for over 34 years  and 10 years as their plant manager. Gilbert now enjoys retirement and discussing the need for American […]

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NEW SUPERVISOR AND MANAGER: Supervisory Roundtables: An Inside Look

Ten years ago we began to hear a common theme among our clients when talking with them about supervisory training.  It sounded something like this:  while our supervisors need to be trained, we find it difficult to find the time for them to be off the floor receiving the training.  I’d like to suggest that […]

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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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PERSONALITY: Envy in the Workplace

Having just presented a workshop on Building Trust and Credibility in the Workplace, I was impressed by Stephen M.R. Covey’s ability to translate the nice societal value of “trust” into a real effect on speed, cost, efficiency and quality in the workplace.  If trust can have this significant impact, what about other difficult emotions?  Envy, […]

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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% […]

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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 : 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 […]

Thumbnail : LEADERSHIP: Stepping up to Workplace Demands in 5 Innovative Ways

LEADERSHIP: Stepping up to Workplace Demands in 5 Innovative Ways

I don’t know about you, but I am very glad to leave 2009 behind. In fact, the whole “00” decade wasn’t what I had dreamed about when we were all preparing for Y2K. At that time, we were on the cusp of a new century and everything sounded exciting: the projected technological and scientific advances, globalization of […]

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