Corporate Training Materials

Great companies value employee training and development. Take your team to the next level with corporate training materials that will really improve vital business skills like communication and negotiation.

Creativity has been called the “secret sauce” of personal growth and organizational success. And in today’s organizations the demand for more creativity is greater than ever. But what exactly is creativity? And is it possible for people to improve their creative talents? We recently interviewed Dr. Lynne Levesque, a creativity expert and author of Breakthrough Creativity and the Breakthrough Creativity Profile, about developing creativity in the workplace.  Q:           How do you define creativity?   A:            I believe we are all creative. But popular definitions of creativity such as “brainstorming,” “the generation of big ideas,” “creating groundbreaking innovations,” “genius,” and “artist” miss, Read More

Have you heard? Effective listening skills are the foundation for better communication, decision making, and teamwork, as well as reduced absenteeism, turnover, and conflict. Yet studies show people remember only half of what they hear, even moments after they’ve heard it. That’s because listening and hearing are not one and the same. And while we may be born with the ability to hear, the ability to listen is a skill that must be developed. It’s ok to admit it. Listening—real, active listening—isn’t always easy. Obstacles get in the way, from external barriers such as noise levels, mannerisms, and interruptions to, Read More

“Influencing” is the ability to win others to your way of thinking, to get people to like you, to be persuasive, to be able to change people’s minds without resentment. To be able to effectively influence someone is an art. The Art of Influencing Others is a training program designed to help you and your employees do the following: Build rapport and develop genuine relationships Improve communication skills, including verbal and nonverbal messages, to be more effective with others Recognize common barriers to communication Understand and use communication styles to tailor your communications Resolve conflicts The purpose of this training, Read More

Do more with less. It’s become the mantra of organizations across the globe. The demand for increased productivity and bottom-line results is greater than ever before and the responsibility for monitoring and driving business is no longer the sole domain of the accounting department. Today, employees are partly accountable for the organization’s financial well-being, regardless of their background, experience, or skill set. Chances are most employees have a limited knowledge of financial basics, even if they passed Accounting 101 in years past. But the truth is everyone can benefit from a working knowledge of accounting and financial instruments. And as, Read More

An organization is a group of people that work together for a common purpose. That’s really it.  That’s all it is.  So how does the work get done?  How are decisions made, and by whom?  How do they know they’re right? To maximize efficiency, engagement, and effectiveness, everyone should be empowered to make decisions – everyone needs to know how their decisions align with and affect the organization as a whole. An essential responsibility of organizational leaders is the communication of mission, vision, and goals. People need to be reminded and reassured of what their organization’s purpose is – not, Read More

The high percentage of women in the workforce, and ever-increasing presence of women in leadership roles, makes gender issues in the workplace no less real. Women face many obstacles on the path to a successful career. It’s important to note, though, that in addition to actual cultural issues in an organization, some obstacles come from women’s own perceptions of themselves and their place in an organization. Both types of obstacles can be overcome with soft-skills development, but differentiating between external and internal obstacles is a very fundamental step towards self-awareness and growth. Once this awareness is established, women can begin, Read More

Multitasking is nothing new: it’s the action of switching quickly between different tasks.  But in contemporary times, it’s become more and more expected – at a faster speed and higher frequency – in both work and personal life.  Just in the face of an ever-increasing number of communication vehicles (talking, telephones, letters, email, mobile phones, texting, social media, video conferencing, etc.), it’s expected that we remain accessible to everyone all the time – because we can be; because we fall behind when we aren’t. It’s been proven, though, that people slow down when switching from task to task – especially, Read More

Even the most technically skilled, personable, committed, and hard-working employee can see his own downfall in poor time management.  When tasks are not prioritized correctly, problems can arise – not just for the individual, but the whole team.  While prioritization may seem like a very specific and personal process, there are proven methods – applicable to anyone – that address generalities of managing one’s work. Managing oneself well can have immeasurable benefits on an organizational and personal level: increased productivity, engagement, and efficiency for the organization; increased confidence and job satisfaction, and decreased stress levels for the individual. Everyone will, Read More

In order to stay competitive in its marketplace, an organization must change over time.  Growth is change.  Adaptation is change.  Improvement is change.  Change is good. Change is also disruptive – it requires action and effort and commitment – which, in turn, require perceived value.  People need a reason to take action.  “Because I said so,” is an option – undeniably – but it won’t provide the best result. Leading change is communicating, demonstrating, and helping others to find the value of change.  And everyone can do it. When new organizational goals are established, individuals need to realign themselves to, Read More

FREE Webinar Wednesday, August 14 11am – 12pm ET While projects usually start with good intentions and lots of enthusiasm, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain that focus and energy when you have to juggle multiple priorities at the same time. No longer just the responsibility of those trained as project specialists, the ability to manage everyday projects is a requirement for many people in today’s organizations. Join author and project management expert Lou Russell for an hour-long session that will address common stumbling blocks and offer you a practical formula for success. What You Will Learn What it means to, Read More

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