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Women and Office Politics – 10 Ways to Increase Your Power

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/12/16 8:00 AM

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About 7 years ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “The Game of Office Politics – Do you know how to play?" In it, I referenced a book by Dr. Lois Frankel called, “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.” In her book, Dr. Frankel suggests that women work too hard but don’t get promoted, purely because of that hard work. What else are we guilty of? We make our offices too girly and we don’t capitalize on work relationships. After all this time, I wondered, “Has anything changed?” Do women hold more leadership positions than before? Are we really breaking that glass ceiling and getting the corner office? 

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Topics: trials & tribulations, job performance, influencing

Hero Worship

Posted by Paul Sitter on 7/18/16 8:00 AM

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We sometimes run into people we look upon as “heroes.” Occasionally, they are real heroes. The fire fighter who runs into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Or the mother who lifts a car off her trapped child. Someone becomes your hero when their performance goes way beyond what you could normally expect of the typical person.
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Topics: coaching, success stories, job performance

How to Improve Job Performance Using Incentives

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/6/16 8:00 AM

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As a training professional, it’s very possible you’ll be approached by a manager or supervisor within your organization to discuss employee job performance. This discussion will likely happen when that manager is looking for ways in which to improve the job performance of a poorly performing direct report or team member. Don’t be surprised if that manager views training as the first and only option to fix the many possible issues related to unsatisfactory job performance. 
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Topics: needs analysis, job performance

How to Help Learners Become Proficient after Training

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/29/16 3:00 AM

Training Needs Analysis

One of the topics that pops up during many Langevin course overviews is what training “is,” and what training “is not.”

Simply put, training provides the knowledge and skills to meet or improve the performance required for any task related to a current job.

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Topics: needs analysis, job performance

6 Reasons to Love a Training Needs Analysis

Posted by Paul Sitter on 11/24/14 3:00 AM

A training needs analysis (TNA) is an often misunderstood and underused tool of a training department.

Of course, you don’t always have to conduct a TNA. If something is brand new, mission critical and non-intuitive, the need for training is obvious. Additionally, if training is mandated by law or executive direction, the decision making has been done.

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Topics: needs analysis, job performance, instructional design

How to Calculate the Potential to Improve Performance

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/15/14 4:00 AM

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To train or not to train…that’s the question. Every year, we spend billions of dollars on training in corporate North America, with no change in performance back on the job. So why are we training people? Sometimes management asks for it. Or maybe it’s the new flavor of the month and everyone is doing it. Or possibly we have to spend our budget dollars or we’ll lose them next year. Although we hate to admit it, I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of conducting training for some of these WRONG reasons.

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Topics: needs analysis, job performance

8 Tips for Increasing Line Manager Support for Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 9/8/14 5:11 AM

In the world of training, what do you have without management support?

Most of us would answer quite correctly, “Nothing.” This is especially true if the management you’re talking about is first-line supervisory management, the person your learners report to. You can be as persuasive as possible in the classroom, but if the words we have all heard (“Yeah, that’s what they said in training, but let me show you how we do it here.”) are spoken by the person who manages your learners, I know which way they’ll go.

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Topics: job performance, tips-for-trainers

How to Increase Productivity in Your Department

Posted by Langevin Team on 10/3/13 4:00 AM

Are you interested in getting a refresher on some leadership skills that most of us already possess but often overlook? Then you have come to the right place!

I want to discuss three leadership skills that can have a tremendous impact on both your department and organization’s bottom-line. Besides, who can’t benefit from a little review?

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Topics: job performance, training manager

3 Tips to Create a Work-Life Balance

Posted by Langevin Team on 6/17/13 4:00 AM

A recent story in the USA Today newspaper was titled, “Always Working: Our All-Mobile World is Killing the Desktop – and Our Personal Lives.”

According to the USA Today survey, 7 in 10 US workers say technology has allowed work to move into their personal lives. Wow! That’s 70%! Is that a problem for you or does it just mean the new “working normal?”

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Topics: job performance, tips-for-trainers

How to Use Comparison for Professional Growth

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/21/13 3:00 AM

One of my favorite Ben Franklin quotes is; “When you are finished learning, you are finished.” Learning, and therefore developing ourselves, should be an on-going process, and not just something we do when we go, or return, to school/college, or when we get a new job, for example.

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Topics: job performance, instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

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