Every week, I read dozens of articles about management, human resources, and employee development. I look for advice grounded in reality that small and large companies can easily use to help people engage, perform, and improve. I’ve pulled the best ones from this week so you can get right to the good stuff.
A Costly Skills Gap
Hiring is one of the top concerns for small businesses today and according to this article, there’s a real problem filling job openings. This article reports on the results of a Career Builder survey that hangs a $1 million price tag on unfilled positions. But is there really a skills gap. What do you think? Read more.
Three Ways Culture Empowers You to Reach as High as You Can
This article is discussing how to get high-performing sales teams through a strong culture; however, I think it’s applicable to any team. It includes some great research. For example, “In a recent study by Korn Ferry, the right culture in an organization can increase bottom-line sales by up to 30%!” And it includes good advice on how to create that all-powerful performance culture. Read more.
The 29 Least Inspirational Quotes of All Time
I couldn’t resist including this facetious little list because we all need a laugh now and then. Plus, you can use these “de-motivators” to poke fun at “business speak” and break some ice in your next training session. Here’s my favorite: “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Read the whole list.
What is Civility Training, and How Can It Help Your Organization?
This article caught my eye because I’ve never heard of civility training (aside from Emily Post), but it could be very useful in today’s tense times. Civility training gives “employees skills to better communicate and interact with one another.” The article explains how it might help you and addresses issues you need to consider if you’re planning a program like this. Read more.
The Competitive Advantage of Deliberate Practice
This article speaks right to my philosophy of training. Basically, it points out that while most training programs focus on classes, videos, etc., they spend little time or money helping employees apply those skills and improve them over time. With research from the Center for Creative Leadership, this article outlines how L&D needs to shift from knowledge transfer to knowledge application and how deliberate practice can facilitate that. Companies who make this shift will jump ahead of competition. Read more.
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