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Girl and Boy Scouts demonstrate life skills and perform service activities in pursuit of merit badges. Military personnel earn badges of honor with acts of valor. Employees may receive ID badges with additional privileges or access when they are promoted. Even today’s fitness trackers provide badges for steps taken and miles logged.

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7 Steps to Stress Prevention

By Michael Rich We all have seen it in the workplace: an employee so overcome with stress he or she struggles to complete work and becomes a distraction to others.

Training as a Strategic Advantage

By Dan Cooper, CEO, ej4.com It was an impressive example of out-executing a competitor. On a Thursday, a distributor for a major consumer goods company found out a competitor was going to roll out a new product to grocery stores over two weeks starting the following Monday. The competitor was offering to buy an end-aisle display, and in return wanted the retailer to discount the new product 30 cents below cost. The competitor’s message was that the retailer would still profit from “market basket add-on” because of the draw of the product on sale.

Ask for Feedback

By Jodi Glickman, President and Founder, Great on the Job There are two overriding goals of getting constructive feedback—they are both equally important, and neither trumps or negates the other: Make the feedback as useful as possible to you. Make the request as easy as possible on the person giving the feedback. Goal #1: Make the Feedback as Useful as Possible to You

Happiness Breeds Success

By Shawn Achor If you observe people around you, you’ll find most individuals follow a formula that has been subtly or not so subtly taught to them by their schools, their company, their parents, or society. That is: If you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. This pattern of belief explains what most often motivates us in life. We think: If I just get that raise, or hit that next sales target, I’ll be happy. If I lose that five pounds, I’ll be happy. And so on. Success first, happiness second.

Conversation Continuers and Terminators

By Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer with William Bole Conversations are building blocks of innovation, ways to move an idea from origination to application. But they often stall at the starting gate or become unproductive. To create successful conversation, make sure you’re sending the right signals to your conversation partners, letting them know you’re interested in a real exchange of ideas. Recent studies of how doctors talk to patients (often ineptly) are instructive.

How to Repair a Damaged Relationship

By Travis Bradberry, Ph.D. Conflict is a normal part of two people with different needs, interests, and motivations coming together. It’s how conflict is handled that determines the quality and ultimate success of a relationship. Researchers at the University of Washington (the same researchers who can predict the future success of a relationship with 93 percent accuracy) have discovered that successful relationships address conflict using a single technique-one so effective at addressing conflict that it’s called a repair. Repair

Client Service Cycle Training at Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton LLP describes “distinctive client service” as its calling card. Yet with 4,200 accounting professionals in six service lines supporting diverse industries, delivering consistent client service was challenging. In response, Grant Thornton created the Client Service Cycle (CSC), a well-defined, repeatable, six-step process for developing relationships and delivering value. Here is how the firm put this program together, including the results it generated:

Events to Remember

By Kristen Coulter, Director of Communication, JP Horizons Business leaders often attend a professional development seminar, write down some notes in a binder, put it on a shelf when they return to the office, and get back to the daily grind. It’s a situation that costs companies money without producing many results.

Break Your Own Rules: Proceed Until Apprehended

By Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt There are plenty of instances in life when proper protocol entails obeying the rules. However, there are many othertimes when you need to give yourself the green light to proceed. Being bold and resolute takes practice. The best way to add assertiveness to your repertoire is by looking for opportunities to flex your muscles. Here are some hints to help you proceed until apprehended:

Ethical Lessons from the Penn State Case

By Darnell Lattal, Ph.D., CEO and President, Aubrey Daniels International (ADI) Penn State’s story of bad decisions and bad behavior sparked a national debate about personal moral conduct and the school’s perceived institutional failure to do the right thing. There were tremendous failures of judgment, of action, and of inaction. Since none of us are immune from acting unethically, what can we do to ensure our workplaces are not caught in our own failures of judgment, of action, and of inaction?

Hidden Costs of Temporary Workers

By Randall Hatcher During the early days of temporary staffing in the 1960s and ’70s, most companies turned to this option on a short-term, project, or seasonal basis only. As they started to increase their number of temporary workers, the enormous cost savings caught the attention of the number crunchers. Before long, some “temporary” jobs were lasting two, three, or five years, and others would end only if the business folded.

Domestic Violence Contributes to Workplace Violence

By Rich Cordivari, Vice President of National Accounts Business Development, AlliedBarton Security Services Violence in the home can lead to violence in the workplace. Employees are at risk for facing workplace violence where they, or their co-workers, are experiencing domestic violence situations. A violent spouse or significant other can come to the workplace to check up on, harass, threaten, or act out against their partner.

The Boss as a Mentor

By Jeff Kortes, President, Human Asset Management LLC

Supercompetent Speaking: Breaking the Ice

By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP Connecting with your listeners can be the hardest part of presenting, especially if they don’t already know you. They might come into your presentation thinking, “Oh, boy, another dull speech.” Or they may feel alone, out of place, or unprepared for the experience. Worse, if your session is mandatory, and they have “better” things to do, they might even feel a little hostility toward you.

Developing Community Support

By Hank Moore, Corporate Strategist Everyone needs a friend to speak on their behalf. Especially when things get tough, it’s nice to have someone to count on. Companies—like individuals—must bank support. Times to call for endorsements inevitably arise. The time to build bridges is today...not when crisis strikes. In selling goods and services, third-party support may include past and present clients, suppliers, and industries affected by your customers.

When Did Robots Take Over Customer Service?

By Scott T. Merrick Training Account Manager Signature Worldwide On a recent trip to a well-known big-box retailer, I noticed with much pleasure a small child goading his mom into letting him scan their purchases through the self-service checkout. All I could think of was as a child I would have loved this, and now as an adult I was equally intrigued, so I went to one of the available self-serve kiosk and followed the instructions.

UPS Tranforms Its Talent and Performance Management Process

By Margery Weinstein Over the last few years, UPS has transformed its Talent Management and Performance Management Process to align job models and leadership competencies to attract, develop, retain, and reward its future leaders. In late 2009, the company implemented training to all U.S. full-time management to give them a clear understanding of why the changes were made, demonstrate the link between performance and pay, and to help everyone identify their skill gaps and areas of strength.

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Training Top 125

Minneapolis, MN (November 18, 2014)—Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, today announced the finalists for the annual Training Top 125, which ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs.

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