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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

We are social creatures. We often enjoy listening to each other’s musings and rants almost as much as we enjoy listening to ourselves deliver similar pontifications. How often have you, as you absently nodded and grunted acquiescence, been simply thinking of what you needed to say next? Well, in a business setting, such (dare I say egocentric?) communication practices will not lead to the furthering of any ventures or tasks. Rather, they will impede any possible hopes for productivity and success. However, as individuals, and despite our occasional forays into borderline narcissistic communication tendencies, we all bring our unique strengths, Read More

Last Friday, HRDQ team members (known as the HRDQrew!) participated in the 5th Annual Bringing Hope Home West Chester STOMPS Cancer 5K fun run and walk. As one of this year’s race sponsors, we took the challenge seriously, and supported each other in both training for, and finishing the race. It was team spirit in action as we cheered each other on across the finish line. Bringing Hope Home is a non-profit organization that provides both financial and emotional support to local families with cancer. Through their Light of Hope Family Grant Program, they offer a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer in the Greater, 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

Soft-skills training is, in large part, about fostering good citizenship – in our teams, our organizations, and our communities. At HRDQ, we believe that good citizenship extends beyond the workplace and even beyond the community.  We must also be good global citizens.  In 2014, we will continue our efforts (and take new steps) to minimize our impact on the environment.  Along with a critical eye focused on our daily habits, our business strategy is focused on the future – e-Learning and digital products. Over the past year, we published 5 new online assessments and 13 new digitally-formatted training programs.  Delivering top-quality content,, 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

An organization is a group of people that work together for a common purpose. That’s really it.  That’s all it is.  So how does the work get done?  How are decisions made, and by whom?  How do they know they’re right? To maximize efficiency, engagement, and effectiveness, everyone should be empowered to make decisions – everyone needs to know how their decisions align with and affect the organization as a whole. An essential responsibility of organizational leaders is the communication of mission, vision, and goals. People need to be reminded and reassured of what their organization’s purpose is – not, 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

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