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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.

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.

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.

The Boss as a Mentor

By Jeff Kortes, President, Human Asset Management LLC

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.

Maximizing Learning Transfer

By Raed S. Haddad, Senior Vice President, Global Delivery Services, ESI International It’s not just what you know; it’s how you use what you know. Attending a training class without proper post-course knowledge application and integration is a futile, yet common practice. In fact, a recent study shows that organizations estimate a high level of learning transfer to the workplace, but the reality does not bear that estimate out.

Bust Out of Recession Mode—How to Rally the Troops

By Mike Noble, Managing Partner, Camden Consulting Group Leaders must be able to help their employees see the possibility and promise of what is to come, while making peace with the past. A company can’t succeed unless its employees are invested in its success, and they need to get into the right mindset. An organization’s leadership team must have the ability to motivate and inspire. Here’s what leaders need to do to rally their troops and get them excited about the future:

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