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Empathy: The Guidance System

By Herb Greenberg, Ph.D., and Patrick Sweeney The first key quality we found to be of critical importance to sales success is empathy. Empathy is the ability to read others. It’s knowing what drives them. It’s being able to intuit their strengths, limitations, potential, and motivations. Empathy is the ability to pick up the subtle clues and cues provided by others in order to accurately assess what they are thinking and feeling.

Maximize Coaching by Utilizing an Executiveメs Network

By Sean Tierney, VP, Activate Networks What makes for a worthwhile executive coaching engagement? Personality inventories and 360-degree reviews long have been standard fare for coaches, but now there’s a tool that provides detailed information about what may be an executive’s most critical resource: his or her network of relationships. Many professionals have used this tool—Personal Network Assessment (PNA)—to look beyond the larger organization to their own networks of professional and personal ties.

Why Doesnメt EVERY Organization Use Performance Improvement?

By Dick Handshaw, President, Handshaw, Inc. This has been a challenging year for internal training departments. Our company has seen many organizations go through major reorganizations in 2012. And with every reorganization, we have seen layoffs of trainers and instructional designers. Where is the role of performance consulting in these organizations? In many cases, it has been difficult to find evidence of a performance improvement effort.

Is Everyone a Candidate for Coaching?

By Dr. Stephen A. Laser
When faced with a potentially problematic hire, organizations must face a difficult decision. They can either reject the candidate outright based on the findings from the initial hiring process or they can bring the person onboard and coach him or her in the hope that the person’s behavior will change for the better.

Effective Leadership Development

As part of Brandon Hall’s Analyst Insight program, it received a recent member question concerning leadership development. The member wanted to know the benefits or disadvantages of creating a GE-style leadership program that takes recent MBA graduates and rotates them through the organization for a year or more with a focus on learning an organization’s culture and succession planning. The idea sounds great—but what works for GE may very well be a disaster for a smaller, less global organization.

How to Incentivize Your Multicultural Sales Team

By Christian Arno, Founder, Lingo24 Here’s a question for you: Is your sales staff motivated and performing at its best? If you didn’t respond with an emphatic “Yes!” you’re not alone. No matter how highly you value your staff, when it comes to performance, there is almost always room for improvement.

From Corporate Communications to Organizational Conversation

Not so long ago, power within organizations came from the commands of top executives. Leaders drove performance by devising strategic objectives, which they translated into directives that passed down to employees, whose job was merely to take orders and to act on those orders. Today that model has fallen apart.

Building a Global Training Program: Content and Instructional Design

By Jennifer Lawrence, Founder, Cambridge Corporate Training Once a company decides to pursue a global training program and reaches shared agreement on how to define and develop the initiative, the instructional design team can take the next step: deciding what content to offer and how to design instruction to deliver it. Perhaps the most important topic for a global training program—and thus, an excellent place to begin—is communication. This article explains:

Home Loan Program Can Help Attract and Retain Employees

By Dianne Wasson, Vice President & Affinity Lending Manager, HomeStreet Bank Back in the early 1990s, the city of Seattle faced a challenge. Due to the high costs of living in the city, police and fire department employees were forced to live in surrounding suburbs and neighboring cities, resulting in lengthier commutes. For these critical employees, response time—and hence proximity—was an issue.

Why Study Business in Italy?

By Ray Shaw and Michael Chiariello, Founders, Internships Italia There is little doubt of the value of studying abroad. This is particularly true for U.S. students who are aware of emergence of a new order in the Third Millennium. As a recent federal study reports, “Modern science, technology, and the internationalization of labor and commerce are changing the established order of things.”

Projecting Confidence and Competence

Cara Hale Alter has spent two decades studying why some smart, capable people project credibility and others don’t. Those who don’t project credibility often struggle to succeed, particularly in today’s recession-weary workplace and job market. Alter has identified 25 specific visual and auditory cues that affect the perception of credibility. And unlike countless other cues, such as gender, age, or physical features, these 25 cues are “within your active control,” she says.

How Progressive Insurance Helps Home-Based Agents Learn

By Margery Weinstein During 2008, The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies Contact Centers conducted a pilot to determine the impact of allowing contact center representatives to work from home. Based on the success of this pilot, additional participants were added. As of July 2011, the company had 500 reps working from home. The effort required significant collaboration between leadership, Human Resources, workforce management, information technology, and training.

How to Screen a Company for a Good Culture Fit

By Thomas J. Walter and Molly Meyer Perhaps you’ve heard about this phenomenon via television shows or movies. Maybe you’ve read about it in books and articles. Maybe your friends or family members have boasted about experiencing it, but you’re still not convinced it’s real. How does it feel to truly love the place you work, and does your workplace truly love you? Is a loving relationship between you even possible?

Learning From the Titanic: Business Lessons on Crisis Management

By Hank Moore, Corporate Strategist The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic caused many people to reflect on the glamour that was lost and the opportunities that faded. I think the Titanic can be used as an analogy to business. The Titanic was a monument to human folly and arrogance. It started with pomp and potential. But it turned into a lot of what-ifs and missed opportunities. So, too, is the case with business, which should learn the lessons from the economic downturn and corporate scandals.

Training Can Be Inspiring and Fun

By Kari Gladstone, Training Account Manager, Signature Worldwide It is common knowledge that immediately following training, staff members are more motivated, they demonstrate higher levels of awareness, and their job performance is at an overall high. However, what can you do to maintain inspiration after the training ends?

Thinking Outside the Pizza Box

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