If you believe change leadership is just for top execs, think again. In today’s world, even the way change initiatives are executed has been subjected to change. It’s true. What was once the role of senior management is now the day-to-day responsibility of individuals throughout the organization, from the C-level execs at the tip of the pyramid to the frontline employees at the base. But it’s a good change. Why? Because studies show that change efforts are more successful when they’re implemented by the people they impact most. In fact, an individual’s ability to lead change has become a key, Read More

There’s always been a lot of buzz about the benefits of collaboration. But before you assume collaboration is the best strategy for executing organizational goals and objectives, consider this: there’s a right way to collaborate and a wrong way to collaborate. And sometimes, collaboration is the wrong strategy altogether. Successful collaboration requires a combination of the appropriate situation, a well-developed skill set, and an open mind. So how can you determine with confidence when—and if—to choose this approach as a means to achieving your goals? Let’s start with the need for collaboration. The Need for Collaboration Do more with less., Read More

A successful manager dances a delicate dance. On one hand, he has to exert a confident sense of purpose and direction and efficiently communicate strategy and tactics to his team. On the other hand, while his team expects him to genuinely lead the charge, it is also imperative that he intelligently work with his team, welcoming all input and collaborative motions so that he can competently lay the tracks in front of the racing locomotive of progress such that it continues to move make sure that things are moving in the best direction. The Matrix Manager Inventory: Leading in a, Read More

We don’t work in a vacuum. We are surrounded by individuals with individual needs, objectives, and concepts of the best way to get from point A to point B. The HRDQ Style Series will enable those individuals to analyze the reflection they see staring back at them in the mirror in order to help them put their best foot forward – as well as facilitate their colleagues also bringing forth their A games – every time. Individual personalities will often dictate the entire culture in a workplace. However, there needs to be balance. Everyone must feel comfortable sharing their opinions, Read More

A great place to start creating a vibrant, productive, forward-thinking environment is for individuals to begin self-assessing their communication styles and tendencies. In doing so – and identifying one as having a direct, spirited, considerate, or systematic communication style – skills can be developed and refined, leaders can be motivated to build symbiotic bridges with their team members, and great strides forward will happen. It’s not just about everyone getting along. It’s about creating a dynamic, progressive environment where great ideas are articulately expressed, eagerly absorbed, and creatively acted upon. Part of the bestselling HRDQ Style Series, the communication assessment, Read More

The HRDQ Style Model is an accurate and accessible model of Personality Style, based on an individual’s levels of assertiveness and expressiveness.  It defines four styles (Direct, Spirited, Systematic, and Considerate), that describe sets of natural behavioral tendencies. These styles reflect all aspects of our behavior and they represent both effective and ineffective choices.  Once we’ve developed an appropriate awareness of our own behaviors, we can resolve to choose more effective actions.  We can start by finding out which personality style we exhibit. The HRDQ Style Series offers eight personality assessments that target different aspects of work-life.  By examining some, Read More

Some folks avoid the jungle for fear of a poisonous snake slithering across their path. Some folks skip the surf sessions in order to not get eaten by a man-eating shark. And still others would willingly parachute into the heart of the Amazon or go diving with Jaws rather than have to stand before a group of their peers and superiors and deliver a speech or presentation. Public speaking scares the heck out of folks for a lot of different reasons. Often there’s nothing to hide behind. You feel as though your audience is physically and intellectually assessing, evaluating, and, Read More

Maybe you wrinkled your nose when you first heard terms like blogs, tweets, posts, and wikis enter your organization’s vocabulary. Perhaps social media didn’t even exist when you started your professional career. But social media is here to stay—and it’s not just a tech-savvy marketing channel anymore. It’s time to rethink what constitutes a learning tool. It’s time to consider social media and the role it can play in employee and management development. Learning is a continuous process. It’s not something that happens independent of any given work day. In fact Jay Cross, the author of Informal Learning: Rediscovering the, Read More

Catalyst is a fun, interactive game that helps individuals and teams to recognize their strengths and weaknesses in verbal communication. It is appropriate for any organizational level and can be used as a tool in soft-skills training, employee interviews, or company orientation. Catalyst: Think Improvement for Line-Level Leaders, is an interactive exercise using current concepts of organizational effectiveness and success to identify individual and group strengths and weaknesses in thinking and verbal communication. It is viable for communication training, employee interviews, company orientations and team building. It promotes practical steps to improved information exchange. Catalyst works for many reasons: It, Read More

When a baby is born, more often than not, the moment he realizes his mother’s protective, nurturing, familiar womb is no longer his place of residence, he lets fly a torrent of baleful, perhaps even horrified screams.   Doctors smile, fathers beam, mothers breathe, all the while baby boy is trying his darnedest to express his innermost feelings and thoughts. Interpersonal communication at its most essential. I am hungry; I am cold; I am scared. Fast forward 16 years, and he still coos in his mother’s ear – only this time it’s to borrow the car… Unfortunately, we often lose the, Read More

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