training and development

Why can’t these people work together as a team?” If only you had a dollar for every time you heard that plea. So why do some continue to struggle with team performance? After all, it’s not a new or unfamiliar concept. And it today’s world, it’s vital to success, especially with the growing trend toward virtual, cross-functional, and multi-functional teams. A lack of understanding is partly to blame.  Believe it or not, sometimes groups simply don’t “get” what it means to be a team—or how to do it. Sure, you can stand at the head of a classroom and tell, Read More

Having great people skills doesn’t mean being the life of the party or having the gift of gab. People skills are much more than that. They’re what make up your personality. They’re what make you undeniably you. They’re the foundation of who you are and how you approach every role—from being a leader to communicating with others and being a team player. Before you begin your next training initiative, make sure you add some personality to it. I’m not talking about making it more energetic or fun, although these are important as well. I’m suggesting you start your next program, Read More

Change is the only constant. You’ve heard it before, but the saying is true now more than ever. So how can you ensure your organization will weather these turbulent times? Strengthen your core. By this I mean your organization’s values, culture, and identity. Values are what drive action, and they’re the one facet of your organization that won’t waver when times get tough. Take IBM, for example. A global leader founded in 1911, IBM has transformed business, science, and even society. Its leaders attribute the organization’s success to many things, including innovation, globalization, and the deliberate creation of a shared, 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

Career Anchors Tapping into the Power of Talents, Motives, and Values Presented by Edgar Schein Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2-3pm ET Are your employees or clients feeling stuck in their choice of careers or unhappy with their current job, unsure of how to make a change? Perhaps “career anchors” have something to do with it. Developed by Dr. Edgar Schein at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a career anchor is a combination of one’s competencies, motives, and values. And it’s the dominant element of a person’s real self that he or she will not forfeit, even if it leads to dissatisfaction,, Read More

  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!

FREE Webinar Wednesday, August 14 11am – 12pm ET While projects usually start with good intentions and lots of enthusiasm, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain that focus and energy when you have to juggle multiple priorities at the same time. No longer just the responsibility of those trained as project specialists, the ability to manage everyday projects is a requirement for many people in today’s organizations. Join author and project management expert Lou Russell for an hour-long session that will address common stumbling blocks and offer you a practical formula for success. What You Will Learn What it means to, Read More

Tomorrow, we’ll celebrate our nation’s independence.  While we may be far removed from any colonial experience, we’re reminded that there are certain things that we refuse to give up – things that we feel set us at our best.  They could be physical things, ways of living, opportunities, or property.  When we’re asked (or told) to give these things up, everything tends to go south for everyone involved. As a nation, we understand that there are both individual freedoms and collective freedoms – and that they don’t always align towards the same goals. So, while we’re trying to do our, Read More

Navigating the ins and outs of teamwork can be as difficult as trekking through the jungle.  In the jungle we can try to push through the dense vegetation with no tools – just like we can push teams to work together – but without the right tools we just get nowhere. Teamwork is vital to the workplace but we often don’t know how to deal with teams when conflicts arise and productivity drops.  So, where and how do you start addressing these problems with teamwork?  By demonstrating how a well-oiled team acts and thinks. A well-oiled team recognizes the impact, Read More

As the weather gets warmer, it’s more and more common to see people learning to swim.  This can be a great experience for some, and a traumatic one for others – for a number of reasons, but the one we’ll explore is learning style. Whether you’re the one teaching or the one learning, you’ll find that there’s no one way for learning to happen.   You could… Throw the baby in the pool and see what happens. Sit on the deck and watch other people swim. Shave your entire body and buy webbed gloves before getting in the water. Position yourself, Read More

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