As technology advances, organizations are moving away from the traditional workplace setting to embrace the possibility—and the benefits—of “going virtual.” However, leading a geographically dispersed team is radically different from traditional face-to-face leadership, and it comes with a unique set of challenges, such as how to collaborate, manage accountability, inspire motivation, and build trust. Thankfully, help is here. President of OnPoint Consulting and virtual team expert, Rick Lepsinger will present Leading from… Read More

Career Anchors Tapping into the Power of Talents, Motives, and Values Presented by Edgar Schein Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2-3pm ET Are your employees or clients feeling stuck in their choice of careers or unhappy with their current job, unsure of how to make a change? Perhaps “career anchors” have something to do with it. Developed by Dr. Edgar Schein at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a career anchor is a combination of… Read More

Managers as Mentors Building Relationships for Learning Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2-3pm ET Much has changed about mentoring in the modern organization. Nowadays leaders at every level—from the bottom to the top—have the responsibility to perform as learning catalysts and trusted advisors. But how can managers effectively carry out insight goals from in-charge roles? According to bestselling author and relationship expert Dr. Chip Bell, the key to success is to build a… Read More

Play Your Cards Right! How to Use Card Games to Increase Learning Outcomes Presented by Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan & Tracy Tagliati Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2-3pm ET Have you ever tried your hand at playing cards in the training classroom? Card games motivate people to take an active role in the learning process, provide a wide variety of experiences in a highly engaging context, and promote quick mastery of new skills…. Read More

With Supervisory Skills Questionnaire Fourth Edition! Supervisors are a vital cog in the wheel of organizational success. So start the wheels turning with the Supervisory Skills Questionnaire, the training solution that gets supervisors quickly up to speed and ready for performance. It’s the tool thousands of trainers have relied upon for supervisory skills training and now the fourth edition has just arrived with a fresh design and numerous enhancements. From the fully… Read More

Brain Based Presenting Getting the Brain to Pay Attention Presented by Sharon Bowman Thursday, May 15, 2014 2-3pm ET You’ve been there before. Your mind wandering, eyes glazing over as you listen to a boring and predictable presentation. When people aren’t engaged, they’re not paying attention. And that means they’re not learning. So how can you guarantee your audience will sit up and take notice the next time you’re in the lead… Read More

Thriving Through Change Presented by Cynthia Scott Thursday, May 8, 2014 11am-12pm ET In a world filled with economic challenges, globalization, and advancements in technology, it’s beginning to seem as though one of the only constants in today’s organizations is change itself. To thrive in this environment and develop a sustainable future, it’s vital to first understand the human response to change and then learn how to harness it in order to… Read More

  Assertiveness skills are crucial to professional development, as well as other aspects of life. Asking for what you need, handling confrontations gracefully, and putting ideas forward with confidence are tools that will help get your career to where you want it to go. Not only do these skills improve teamwork, focus discussions, and build relationships, but they also help individuals to become competent, constructive, confident, and perform at their best. Assertiveness Skills,… Read More

  Join HRDQ at the ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition! Come visit us at booth 1927 and give our prize wheel a spin!  Everyone who spins will go home with a great prize and be entered for the grand prize drawing for a Bluetooth Bose radio (a $200 value). While you’re there pick up a copy of our latest catalog to see all of our soft-skills training including:  Experiential learning activities Assessments… Read More

We divide skills into two categories: hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are the technical or functional abilities that apply directly to a job title (such as teacher, attorney or engineer). Soft skills apply more to personal characteristics and work ethic such as effective communication, problem resolution, customer service, and team collaboration. Soft skills are the abilities and traits that relate to personality, attitude, and behavior. They are important in getting… Read More

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