professional development

A few weeks from now, HRDQ will be at the ASTD International Conference and Exhibition (ahem), so we’re brushing up on our presentation skills. It’s not at all uncommon to worry over public presentations – they come with a lot of challenges: Presentations require a set of communication skills that don’t get as much practice as your everyday skills do. You only have one chance to impress and influence your audience. Presenting can make you feel isolated – unsupported and disconnected, left to close a gap between you and your audience (who sit in judgment). They’re all going to laugh, Read More

Personality Style affects all aspects of our work life – especially time management.  Just as with social situations involving different groups of people, we approach time management differently depending on what we’re doing. When thinking about time management, it’s important to consider not just the nature of the task, but the other people involved.  Team members, managers, and other stakeholders may have very different methods of time management than we do.  And while we cannot control the behaviors of others, and most often can’t choose who we work with, we can make our time-management style align more closely for a, Read More

Breakthrough Creativity: How to Use Your Talents to Gain a Competitive Advantage Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Lynne Levesque Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2 – 3pm (Eastern Time) Organizations that integrate creativity into their DNA achieve significant benefits, including better team performance, increased flexibility, greater retention rates, creative problem solving, and strategic decision making. Some say it’s the “secret sauce” that’s needed to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. But creativity isn’t limited to artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The fact is everyone is creative. Just as there are multiple styles of intelligence, there are multiple styles of creativity that, Read More

Our planet has a specific set of resources.  Independently, they’re just a group of things.  But, under the right conditions, when they interact with one another and begin processes in which they are interdependent, they have the ability to synthesize into a thing that has greater capabilities.  (Liquid water and biogenic elements come together and begin processes facilitated by energy from the sun.  With adequate protection and stability, they become life.) In the same way, a specific group of people can work together interdependently and communicate with each other to accomplish common goals.  They can be a team.  These conditions,, Read More

A guest post from Linda Galindo, consultant, author, speaker and educator  Back in my days as a radio news personality a station consultant charged with improving our ratings told the morning team to produce our shows with “health, heart, and pocketbook” in mind. Health, heart and pocketbook were, according to the consultants, what gets and keeps listeners engaged. Their rationale: If you don’t have your health, not much else matters. Appealing to the “heart” with human interest stories that uplifted and informed would be talked about around the water cooler. And, pocketbook referred to money; one’s wealth and what may or, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Ron Carrucci and Josh Epperson Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm eastern time Now more than ever, organizations are struggling with generational differences in the workplace. Transferring years of experience and knowledge from incumbent leaders to senior managers to the generation climbing the ranks is no easy challenge under normal circumstances. And when issues surrounding communication preferences, assumptions about authority, power, control, and lifestyle are present, that process is made all the more difficult. So what’s the best way for organizations to bridge the gap, so to speak? Join subject matter experts Ron, Read More

On St, Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.  It’s not really about ethnicity or religion – it’s about finding things that are special and unique in us and in others, and celebrating them.  It’s about being aware and appreciative of differences. But more than that, it’s an acknowledgement that behavior is a choice.  We can shape our interactions and interpersonal relationships by choosing certain behaviors. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone incorporates the good, fun parts of the signifier “Irish” into their own behavior.  In the same regard, we can all flex our Personality Style to incorporate positive aspects of other styles, Read More

There’s a reason we work in teams.  We’re not that lonely, we don’t really need to make others feel included, and we’re not not-good-enough on our own.  But we can be better.  When individuals face a common problem (or opportunity!), they can produce results that reflect the combined strengths of everyone involved.  Broadening not just the potential for production, but the set of benefactors of success.  More goodness from more people for more people – synergy. But, if you’re working as a team, and the results you’re coming up with are not better than could be achieved by your single, Read More

An ethical dilemma is a situation that requires a choice between equally unfavorable outcomes.  This usually occurs when two parties have opposing or mutually exclusive goals. The catch, though, is that the situation would not be considered a dilemma by an individual or party that has no regard for the others involved.  That’s where the “ethical” part comes in.  Only when each party understands and appreciates that his actions have consequences for others (which may or may not be favorable), can he begin making ethical decisions.. When facing an ethical dilemma (as defined above), choosing cooperation over competition is about, Read More

I love listening!  It’s just the best, really. Can we take a minute to talk about how great listening is? The benefits of effective listening are innumerable.   And although it is sometimes overshadowed by its flashier contemporaries Speaking and Presenting, Listening has more to offer than we often realize. Listening is preparing for, reaching, and confirming understanding.  Come on, that’s so great!  You never don’t need that – there’s no situation that doesn’t benefit from effective listening.  And though it seems content to remain that loveable, yet fey workhorse behind the scenes, my relationship with Listening does take effort and, Read More

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