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Businesses have cross-functional and multi-functional teams, virtual environments, and dotted-line reporting relationships.  They are now being replaced with organizational charts that look more like a spiderweb than anything else! The keyword is Matrix Management. And it’s a good thing. Here’s why: Simply put, you can’t do today’s work with yesterday’s top-down approach. There was a time when a single chain of command drove performance but withith the emergence of workforce globalization, customer insistence, and technology fluctuation, this once-effective approach has become a hindrance to creativity, innovation, and accountability. Success now comes from collaborating with multiple touch points and building dynamic, Read More

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages. The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. Recently, social scientist Ron Storm hosted a Tedx talk. His topic was, “Do I Have to be a Jerk, Read More

Creativity now tops the list of critical soft skills. Research shows it makes a substantial contribution to performance and profitability. Your competition is likely to target it as a skill for development now and in the future – and you should, too. Organizations that develop creativity reap significant benefits, including better team building, increased flexibility, greater retention rates, and cutting-edge products. Ernst & Young’s Connecting Innovation to Profit report noted, “We assume 50% of our revenue in five years’ time must come from sources that do not exist today. That is why we innovate. The ability to manage, organize, cultivate,, Read More

Have you heard? March is International Listening Month. Wonder why an entire month has been dedicated to listening? Consider these statistics: You spend 45% of your time listening. Typically you remember only 20% of what you hear. You’re distracted (aka not listening) 75% of the time. 85% of what you now know, you learned through listening. Only 2% of us have received formal listening skills training. It’s happening all around you. If people aren’t listening, how can they be effective communicators, team builders, negotiators, or leaders? Equally interesting is that it’s not uncommon for people to boast about their listening, Read More

You have a wide-range of training needs, you want customized materials, you have a tight budget, and you need it yesterday. The Reproducible Training Library is the solution for trainers with ambitious goals who refuse to sacrifice quality, regardless of ever-shrinking budgets. A comprehensive collection of more than 100 soft-skills training programs on more than 20 topics, here is the complete and affordable solution that makes it possible for you to deliver customized (yes, customized!) training programs to a countless number of audiences. The course are adaptable. Everything is reproducible. And all of it is instantly downloadable and available for, Read More

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