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Gallup recently reported staggering statistics about job misery. They reported that more than 75% of workers consider themselves to be in miserable jobs. What shocks me even more is that job misery costs employers a whopping $350 million in lost productivity. Miserable jobs are what cause the “Sunday blues,” the phenomenon that robs people of their energy and self-esteem, makes them cynical and unhappy—and is the source of both low morale and high turnover in organizations. While one could from a self-reliance perspective ask why we as individuals choose to live this way, for your organization it’s in your best, Read More

IT’S CYBER MONDAY AND WE’RE GIVING AWAY AMAZON GIFT CARDS! Shop HRDQstore.com today and we’ll help you get a jump start on your holiday shopping.  For every $200 you spend, we’ll give you a $25 Amazon gift card! Enter coupon code CyberM14 at checkout. The fine print: Offer valid until 12/1/2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Use coupon code CyberM14 at checkout. Limit $1000.00 in gift cards. Cannot be combined with any other offer, applied to prior purchases, used with quantity discounts and is not valid for Resellers. Number of gift cards will be calculated on total dollar amount of merchandise purchased,, Read More

Does your company train coaching skills for managers? Do they realize an effective coach rounds up individuals and provides them with the tools and resources necessary to harness what pre-existing skills and talents each individual possesses in order to work collaboratively on reaching a mutually-accepted outcome? Do they know if this is done with intelligent enthusiasm and vision, all parties involved will reap professional – and personal – benefits? Some coaches will covet a capacity to grandiosely lord over others. Some coaches will make errors and do everything possible to cover up the transgressions, only to move forward making the same mistakes., Read More

Team building games are an excellent way to engage participants, make learning active, bring real group dynamics to the surface, and drive home key points. Learning sticks because individuals are immersed in the activity. Whether you choose to use them as a stand-alone learning tools, or as a part of a larger training initiative, team building games can generate quality results. Jungle Escape has been used to train thousands around the globe, and continues to remain a trainer favorite. Participants are transported deep in the jungle during this high-energy team building game. All players participate, develop common strategies and face, 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. Not only are card games fun to play—they make learning really stick. And we’ve got the industry’s most-respected experts lined up to show you exactly how. Join Dr., 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 role? Never fear, Sharon Bowman is here! Join her for Brain-Based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention, an unforgettable hour of learning that will transform your training, Read More

Visual Thinking for Effective Leadership Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2pm-3pm ET In the face of organizational complexity and workplace chaos, it’s time to challenge leaders with a new way of thinking. Visual thinking, that is. Grounded in research, this dynamic technique is an excellent way to stimulate dialogue and provide a deeper understanding of how leadership plays out in organizations. After all, if a “picture paints a thousand words,” imagine what leaders can accomplish when they harness the power of visual thinking through the use of imagery, intuition, and metaphors. Join experts David Horth and Chuck Palus of the Center, Read More

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

Transitioning into a management position requires a shift in priorities, where relationship building and communication become central. It’s not always easy to make this transition, especially if one’s technical skill set is something he values highly; but, as with any shift in responsibilities, guiding principles can be derived from the organization’s values and goals – translated into behaviors within a job description that contribute to organizational success. BUT, what happens when these values and goals are either not clearly communicated, or not consistently followed by every stakeholder? Organizational trust is a major vital sign of any organization, and needs to, Read More

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