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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

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

Thriving Through Change Presented by Cynthia Scott Thursday, May 8, 2014 11am-12pm ET In a world filled with economic challenges, globalization, and advancements in technology, it’s beginning to seem as though one of the only constants in today’s organizations is change itself. To thrive in this environment and develop a sustainable future, it’s vital to first understand the human response to change and then learn how to harness it in order to foster innovation and improve business agility. Join subject matter expert and author Dr. Cynthia Scott for an informative, in-depth webinar that will discuss the organizational change process and, Read More

  Assertiveness skills are crucial to professional development, as well as other aspects of life. Asking for what you need, handling confrontations gracefully, and putting ideas forward with confidence are tools that will help get your career to where you want it to go. Not only do these skills improve teamwork, focus discussions, and build relationships, but they also help individuals to become competent, constructive, confident, and perform at their best. Assertiveness Skills, one of 75 soft-skills training programs in the Reproducible Training Library, provides the skill development, practice, and understanding that individuals need to learn to how to be truly assertive., Read More

And honestly, that’s pretty awesome.  Once we let go of the constructs that frame positive change, we see that it is possible – and happening – everywhere.  Learning is happening everywhere, all the time. Learning is great – it makes you strong and self-sufficient.  It makes you able to travel through social spaces, figure out what’s right and wrong, and help those in need around you.  To make learning possible and accessible to others is one of the most valuable things you can do for them. As a trainer, you are always looking for the most efficient ways to deliver, Read More

There are many measurable skills that contribute to individual high performance.  Furthermore, there are essential soft skills that make possible the delivery of that performance to an organization. A majority of these soft skills pertain to interpersonal relationships, and so are only visible in team settings.  Working as part of a team is much more difficult than working on one’s own – it means having to rely on others, committing to a common set of objectives, and modifying one’s own behaviors to accommodate those of others and move everyone toward shared goals. There are, however, simple choices that can improve, Read More

Although you may not think of yourself as a negotiator (like, with a capital N), negotiating is something we all do all the time.  It’s communication aimed at mutual need satisfaction. But even though we do it all the time, there’s a lot to negotiating – and by building the right interpersonal skills and modeling our behavior on a sound methodology, we can all reach positive outcomes.  The key is knowing which skills are in need of building, and how to put them into practice. Self-assessment is the first step toward improved performance.  In order to progress, we first have, Read More

The last thing leadership relationships should do is stand in the way of productivity. At HRDQ, we often make the assertion that leadership is pretty straightforward – it’s a specific set of skills that can be learned by anyone. (And we’re right.)  But that doesn’t mean that every leader behaves the same way, or is regarded in the same way. And when differing behaviors are perceived by others, they may come across as “incorrect” or non-beneficial.  They may be dismissed altogether.  Often, these differing behaviors are displayed by leaders of different generations – forming a rift in leadership teams. With, Read More

With Thanksgiving behind us and 2012 coming to an end, it’s time to look back on a year of hard work and size up your own harvest – the results of your training. There are so many benefits to soft-skills training that you probably see the results around you every day:  efficient communication, happier employees, stronger teams, abundant leadership, and clear values (Better learning.  Better Performance.  Better Life – we totally know). And it’s no secret that measurable results lead to continued support and appropriate funding; but how can the results of training be measured? A solid understanding of the, Read More

“I love trophies, but forget ‘em. They’re for old men, for guys living in memory.  I’m talking about: Are we competing today, every minute, in everything we do in practice? Are we letting loose and daring to be great here and now? And can we sustain that? And repeat it? Trophies are great, but we’re trying to win forever.” ~Pete Carroll Managers are not always aware of the value and benefits of regular coaching meetings.  Because these meetings are associated with performance issues, they can be seen as difficult or confrontational interactions. But, when acknowledged immediately, and worked through with, Read More