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Learning Gets a Higher Degree of Attention at Workplaces

January 8, 2014
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Employee development appears to be on the rebound as we enter 2014.
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Is Management Style Crucial to Leadership?

January 7, 2014
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How does management style affect someone’s ability to lead? We’re wondering if we should promote people with certain styles of leadership (autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire).

 —Always in Style, office coordinator, government, Washington, D.C.


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Can Ethical Behavior Be Taught?

October 22, 2013
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Issues around the quality of teaching are coming into focus in our school system. We should be scrutinizing our workplace the same way.
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Will This Change Our Culture?

October 1, 2013
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The point is that while experts have their processes and special methods, it is the leaders who determine their value and effectiveness.
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Work Views: Learning in Small Bites

September 9, 2013
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It’s time to rethink conventional approaches to corporate learning — particularly when more efficient and effective methods exist.
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When Class Matters

September 9, 2013
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While we continue to experiment with live interactive virtual learning for widely dispersed participants, I’ve had some thoughts about when a live class experience matters.
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2013 Game Changer: Matthew Painter

August 11, 2013
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Director of leadership development, Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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How Do We Identify Future Key Roles for Our Company?

May 15, 2013
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I am in a new role as Talent Acquisition Coordinator and need some help. What is the best way (or ways) to identify key roles in my company going forward? The big issue is being better able to anticipate those skill and talent needs and take steps accordingly. It sounds simple but can be incredibly hard to get it right —Anticipation, talent acquisition coordinator, telecommunications, Santo Domingo
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How Do We Get Managers To Embrace Difficult Conversations?

March 20, 2013
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How do we make our managers better at having difficult conversations with our employees? Sometimes it seems easier for them to gloss over tough topics rather than engage employees in discussion and uncover problem area. How do we convince them to probe below the surface without interrogating employees? We'd prefer to avoid mandating it as part of a manager's performance reviews. —Touchy Subject, executive assistant, health care, Sydney, Australia
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How Do We Turn Mediocrity Into Excellence?

March 7, 2013
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Which elements are most critical to an effective performance appraisal? —Performance Boost or Bust, services, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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