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Sept. 2, 2009
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Sink or Swim
from the Human Resource Executive
First-time managers too often are promoted into positions without the know-how, tools or training to successfully lead a team. That's the upshot of a new survey from i4cp, a workforce-productivity research firm based in St. Petersburg, Fla., that found only 25 percent of respondents judged their organizations to be "good" when it comes to how well workers make the transition from individual contributor to manager. More

Oakland, Calif., Adult and Career Education
from The Oakland Ethnic Community Examiner
Long gone are the days of two-parent families with stay-at-home moms. Everyone is struggling to bring home a pay check as businesses downsize, outsource, close down or relocate overseas. Many hard-working citizens are finding it hard to keep their heads above water as creditors circle their prey like hungry sharks waiting to sink their teeth into the dwindling assets of bleeding debtors. More and more people are finding it necessary to work double shifts, find additional jobs, take in boarders, and seek out roommates in order to help pay the bills. More

Success with Unified Communications: The Technology Needs Assessment
from Unified Communications News
What is the mandate of information technology? Do you deploy the latest and greatest applications and infrastructure simply because that is what you do? Or should you deploy technology to solve business problems? Unified communications remains a hot buzzword in the industry, and naturally IT organizations might feel compelled to deliver at least a pilot project just so that the CEO doesn't walk into the CIO's office and ask, "Why don't we have that?" More

Learning Isn't for Nine Months; It's Forever
from The Washington Post
We think of education as a year-to-year thing. Start school in late summer. Finish in late spring. Then repeat. Learning doesn't work like that. Our fixation on the calendar is getting in the way. When I was young, I didn't understand that. I accepted the rhythms set by my parents and teachers. So it was a shock to leave school and discover that when working and raising a family, it no longer mattered so much what time of year it was. More

The Power of Continuous Improvement
from Gigaom
Mathematicians will tell you that the only way to learn math is to do math. Lots of it. The same is true in music and sports. While with math you quickly find out whether you’re right or wrong at a very atomic level with each problem you try to solve, with music a student listens to a song many times before she tries to emulate it — and then gets feedback on a note-by-note basis. And the same goes for sports — the stroke, the kick, the catch, the swing, the run and so on. Practice makes perfect, right? More

How to Conduct a Simple Training Needs Assessment
from About.com
Want to quickly learn the training needs of a group of employees who have similar jobs? Yet, you don't want to develop and implement a survey, put the questions in a computer program, or run analyses on demographic information you collect. This training needs assessment works best in small to mid-sized organizations. It will give you a quick assessment of the training needs of an employee group. More




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