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Collaboration Myth-Buster

February 23, 2012
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In thinking about how to help groups think better, beware of ‘groupthink'.
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Curbing Wasteful Compliance Training

February 22, 2012
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I’m writing this blog as I sit in a cavernous auditorium with 14 other Georgia attorneys. The lawyer in front of me is doing a crossword puzzle; the lawyer to his left is scanning her Kindle Fire. Several are sending emails; one’s reading a crime novel, another, a newspaper. One is soundly asleep.
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How Do We Persuade Software Developers to Keep Their Skills Up to Date?

February 15, 2012
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We have terrific software programmers who are technically proficient. Most show little interest in professional development beyond writing more code. How could we get their attention? —Cracking the Code, team leader, software/services, Andover, Massachusetts
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How Do We Teach New Supervisors That It's OK to Be Assertive?

February 15, 2012
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I am a new supervisor really struggling with what seems like a simple problem. How do I suggest assertiveness training to other new managers without coming across as demeaning? I want to make it part of annual reviews, but am not sure this is the best approach. —My Tongue Is Tied, product administrator, services, Seal Beach, California
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How Do We Persuade a Good Manager to Get Better?

February 1, 2012
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What should we do when an otherwise strong and productive manager resists coaching? —Behind the Scenes, health care, Charlotte, North Carolina
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The Last Word: Daughterly Advice

January 20, 2012
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Imagine my delight when I found out over the holidays that my daughter was promoted into management. Like any good father, dear old Dad was more than happy to impart his years of experience from the managerial front lines.
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How Do We Train Managers to Welcome and Promote Diversity?

January 4, 2012
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We want our managers to play an active role in promoting greater multicultural diversity among our workforce. How might this magnify the challenges they already face in motivating their employees? What obstacles/resistance should they expect, and how could we train them to answer those objections? —Proceeding, but With Caution, agency diversity manager, government, Phoenix
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Organizations Need Coaching on How to Coach: Report

December 12, 2011
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Business results were 21 percent higher among organizations whose senior leaders ‘very frequently' make an effort to coach others, according to the Bersin & Associates study.
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2011 WINNER: Financial Impact—NetApp

December 1, 2011
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For its retention effort with a clear bottom-line boost, NetApp is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Financial Impact.
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How Do We Effectively Recruit Our Next Execs?

October 27, 2011
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What steps do we take to develop an effective executive-selection process? —Changes at the Top, Director of Staffing and Selection, St. Louis
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