Success

FOCUS ON: The Positive Side of Success International Positive Psychology’s 5th World Conference offered new ways to think about what people want in regards to health, happiness, and success. First, what you achieve at work is not as important as “relational energy” – your ability to motive or energize others. Second, your mindset has physical […]

Supervision

FOCUS ON: Federally Mandated Training of Supervisors Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Federal Supervisor Training Act keeps the spotlight on federal personnel, hiring, and performance management issues. The possibility of big improvements in areas that affect employee morale and productivity could result from such a bill. If this bill passes, the first 12 months on the job […]

Work As Identity

FOCUS ON: A Healthy Connection After Retirement or Unemployment Retirement? Your clients may be worrying about leaving the work force at the end of their current career. Of course they may miss being involved in their profession, but they have options for not losing their identity. Encourage them to try something new, establish friendships outside […]

Change Happens

FOCUS ON: The Fluidity of Change Rapid readjustment is one solution to the “one step forward two steps backward phenomenon” that often occurs in projects. Are teams accordingly equipped (e.g., with generous freedom allowance)? If yes, then employee engagement during change can continue, leading to a greater chance of success. Read More. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Helping […]

Overcoming Bad Career Moves

FOCUS ON: Identifying the Problem Don’t be like these professionals who are smart in so many ways, except one. Advanced degrees and 10+ years experience don’t eliminate bad career decisions. Identify the problem (e.g., effort, execution, blind spots…) then proceed to a better future. Read More. GENDER IN THE WORKPLACE: AND YOUR LIBRARY: The Mistakes […]

Warming Trends

FOCUS ON: Rising Companies Unicorn Club companies, named so because they are valued at a billion dollars or more, are no longer just obscure tech start-ups. A new generation of workers, technology, and venture capital makes the Unicorn list ever-changing and growing. Knowledge of these game-changers means you and your clients will have more options […]

Working for a Purpose

FOCUS ON: Making Decisions with a Purpose Unconscious decisions are knee-jerk reactions controlled by everyday biases. While biases can take advantage of mental shortcuts and occasionally lead to efficient decisions, more valuable information is being ignored. People who want to make well-thought out purposeful decisions may need to learn to overcome biases involving availability, confirmation, […]

Working Internationally

FOCUS ON: Unintentional Rude Behaviors by Americans Travelers beware: there are a few American behaviors that could be rude in other countries. Loud, open laughter could offend a Japanese worker, as could being “on time” in Argentina. Help overcome social awkwardness and aim for politeness all around the world. Read more. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Studying […]

Engagement and Disengagement

FOCUS ON: Research on Engagement Dale Carnegie Training and MSW conducted a study of 1500 employees. To show why engagement matters, first, the definition was shared: “the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to his or her organization.” Next, the research results: 71% of all employees are not fully engaged; 26% are actively disengaged; […]

Retention

FOCUS ON: Employee Career Development Key reasons organizations support internal employee development include stress reduction, a focus on the long-term, in preparation for massive baby-boomer retirement, avoidance of attrition costs and the maintenance of intellectual capital. To make these efforts work, employees and managers need to be given the concepts, tools and practical experience. Read […]

Mindfulness

FOCUS ON: Defining Mindfulness American Psychological Association (APA) authors Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, define mindfulness as “a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment”. Their lengthy compilation of benefits, based on research, include reduced rumination, stress-reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional activity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and more. Read […]