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.
Can You Really Teach Your People to Be More Creative?
Most people misunderstand what real creativity is, so they see it as some character train. You’re born with it or you’re not. But this articles explains that creativity is not just daydreams and butterflies. It’s hard, sometimes painful, and often awkward work. But it’s possible to help someone learn it. You’ll get strategic and practical tips. Read more.
What’s the Secret to Becoming a Great Leader?
There are lots of articles out there with leadership tips, but this one focuses on empathy. I wanted to include it this week because empathy helps you succeed at much more than leadership. In fact, putting yourself in others’ shoes can help you get more interest and support in your training programs as well. The includes some great real-world examples and practical advice. Read more.
Employee Engagement Defined
If you’ve secretly wondered whether you could identify employee engagement in the wild, take a look at this article. It has a nifty little video that offers a framework definition based on company productivity and employee satisfaction. If you want to improve engagement at your organization, first make sure you can define it. Read more.
How to Get Through a Hard Day
We’ve all had those days when we just lose it. The frustration builds, the emotions boil over, and we devolve into raging maniacs (or something like that). The author of this article has been there, too, and she offers some great advice to keep your cool. You can use this for your own challenges or to help coach others through difficult patches, too. Read more.
Three Ways to Make Your Workplace Learning Stick
This article is written for sales teams, but its advice can apply to any group that wants to make sure training time isn’t wasted and new knowledge isn’t forgotten from disuse. In short, you have to go beyond a good presentation with regular, focused coaching on important skills. And first line managers have to receive and value good training. Read more.
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