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  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 Hands-on games e-Learning Customizable courseware and more! We look forward to seeing you in DC at booth 1927!

We’re seeking webinar presenters for HRDQ’s Trainer Education Series. For the past two years, HRDQ has hosted educational webinars targeting trainers and other workplace-learning professionals.   Drawing a significant audience each month, our webinars, to date, have been explorations of themes presented directly in HRDQ training products. We are now opening up the program to include additional experts and accomplished presenters who either have content of general interest to the training marketplace, or who would be interested in presenting a webinar relating to an HRDQ product. In exchange for your expertise and time, we can offer the benefits of cross promotion, Read More

 You have to put yourself out to do it. ~David Hockney In our work-lives, most of our decisions and actions are based on information that we receive form others.  So, when we work together, we need to make sure that we’re all equipped with accurate and complete information. Each of us shares responsibility for the transmission and reception of information, and being a good listener is a fundamental part of that responsibility.  We don’t always get to choose the medium through which we communicate a message, and it’s even rarer that we are able to choose how we receive one., Read More

Happy New Year, Everybody!  Have you made your resolution yet?  Neither have I.  Let’s do it together – and make it count. 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. Because these styles reflect all aspects of our behavior, 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, 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

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2 – 3 pm ET Presented by Laurie Ribble Libove Does listening still matter in a world where most communication happens online and asynchronously? The answer is a resounding yes! Surveys of customers and employees regarding communication styles continue to link increased loyalty, engagement, and satisfaction with “feeling heard.” And leaders, managers, and professionals who are perceived as good listeners tend to enjoy higher approval ratings and better performance reviews. But just how do you prove you’re listening in a digital workplace? And how do you make the time and maintain the focus to listen in, Read More

Halloween is tomorrow, you guys.   I know.  You’re all going to be Miley Cyrus.  But wouldn’t it be nice if your costume matched your Personality Style?  I think it would.  So let’s figure out which classic movie monster you should be for Halloween! Personality Style is a sum of natural tendencies that can be observed by the people around you.  It’s a disposition to information processing and communication styles that is measured by expressiveness and assertiveness.  By expressiveness, I mean the extent to which you share your emotions, and by assertiveness, I mean the extent to which you try to influence, Read More

October 23rd marks the 55th anniversary of the Smurfs.  Today is a day to pause and take note of the exemplary teamwork embodied by these little guys. From Wikipedia: The Smurfs’ community generally takes the form of a cooperative, sharing, and kind environment based on the principle that each Smurf has something he or she is good at, and thus contributes it to Smurf society as he or she can. In return, each Smurf appears to be given their necessities of life, from housing and clothes to food without using any money in exchange. Now the Smurfs, of course, live, Read More

Conflict, properly managed, can yield many benefits – but it’s something people generally don’t like.  Conflict doesn’t always feel good; it can bring guilt, shame, anger, and hurt feelings to those involved.  But it’s like at the doctor’s office – how they get you to be less wary of something by breaking it down and explaining how it works before applying it to you. Conflict is more approachable when you understand exactly what it is and how it relates to you.  You don’t need to avoid it if you can make informed choices about it.  Very basically, conflict is when, Read More

Communication is about more than transferring information from one person to another.  It’s how we learn, how we build relationships, where we place value, how we are productive, what we hold on to – it’s a part of everything in our work lives. It includes how we build messages (what we choose to say and how we choose to say it), how we receive messages (how we listen and what we perceive in others), and how we are perceived by others (knowing how to shape that perception and effectively work with others). There is immeasurable value in developing communication styles. , Read More

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