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Do you recognize this cast of workplace characters?  The “my way or the highway” tough guy (or girl), the gossipy saboteur, and the quiet pushover.  It’s fair to say just about every organization has them. But then there’s the one who always seems to get his or her point across. The assertive one.  The one who is calm, confident, and communicates with a synergistic attitude. I’m sure you agree that your organization needs more people to assume this role. In today’s complex business world, collaboration is no longer a nicety. It’s an expectation that’s paramount to our success. From resolving, Read More

It is about you. You help the people in your organization to become better communicators, productive team members, and more influential leaders. You assess training needs, establish the curriculum, and facilitate countless hours of programs aimed at improving workplace performance. As a training professional, your responsibility is the development of others. But now it’s time for you to take a front row seat in the classroom. Welcome to HRDQ-U, our new, free learning community created for people just like you—trainers, organization development professionals, management consultants—and anyone who shares a passion for improving the value of human capital through experiential learning, Read More

by Daniel Lerberg We’ve all, at one point or another, thrived under good leaders and suffered under bad leaders.  Those great leaders demurely hold a mirror before us and allow us to see the absolute best we are able to produce and envision. Those inferior leaders simply nonchalantly- or maliciously- stick a foot out and let us trip and fall while they check their watches and wonder who might have been looking. The good leaders will bring a sense of purpose, vision, and competency to the table as they deftly bring out the best in their team members and get, Read More

Too often, this is a common scenario. You get a job. You do what is expected of you. You collect a paycheck. You are forgettable. Your work, really, is inconsequential in the greater scheme of things. You are a cog that could easily be replaced by a strategically-written line of computer code. However, were you to join forces with a more comprehensive team of dedicated employees-and in doing so, make your presence known and appreciated-you could easily become an integral component in that entity that is your company. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to play nicely with each other-let alone, Read More

In military speak, “noncoms” are those non-commissioned leaders who rise through the ranks. They pay their dues while slogging through the mire and the muck, taking orders from those who they may or may not believe deserve their attention and respect. However, their personal sets of skills and abilities enable noncoms to achieve more than the average “grunt.” They become leaders–deservedly so. They will go on to be the “supervisors” in the field to whom their troops may or may not give their respect and attention. In a business setting, employees often experience similar professional development trajectories. Their exemplary work, Read More