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Millennials 'Benefit and Suffer' From Hyperconnected Lives

March 5, 2012 12:25 by vstgerard

(From MSNBC) -- Millennials—the always-connected generation, those born between 1981 and 2000—have such a "thirst for instant gratification and quick fixes" that they're at risk of making poor life decisions based on findings from a fast Google search or a text message response from a friend.

That's the worst-case scenario, according to 42 percent of the 1,021 Internet "experts" from think tanks, research groups, corporations and universities queried by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University in a new study, "Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives."

Those who are growing up in "today’s networked world and counting on the Internet as their external brain will be nimble analysts and decision-makers who will do well," some experts told Pew. But others "expect that constantly connected teens and young adults will thirst for instant gratification and often make quick, shallow choices."

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Where the Jobs Are, the Training May Not Be

March 2, 2012 11:36 by vstgerard

(From The New York Times) -- As state funding has dwindled, public colleges have raised tuition and are now resorting to even more desperate measures — cutting training for jobs the economy needs most.

Technical, engineering and health care expertise are among the few skills in huge demand even in today’s lackluster job market. They are also, unfortunately, some of the most expensive subjects to teach. As a result, state colleges in Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado, Michigan, Florida and Texas have eliminated entire engineering and computer science departments.

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Survey Identifies Company Transparency & Employee Development as Most Sought-After Workplace Practices

February 13, 2012 13:49 by vstgerard

(From Marketwire) -- A survey by Fierce, Inc., a world-class communication training and leadership development company, provides new insight into employees’ perception of workplace practices and the disconnect between the priorities of managers versus employees in terms of workplace communication.

Many employees feel their organization’s workplace practices are ineffective -- an assertion supported by the 44% of survey respondents who claim that their company’s best practices actually hinder employee productivity and morale. In fact, another 47% reported that their organization’s current practices consistently get in the way of desired results, rather than optimize the overall success of the business -- a primary function that a company’s best practices are meant to fulfill.

When asked which practices hold their organization back, nearly 50% of respondents identified a lack of company-wide transparency and too little involvement in company decisions as key areas of concern. In addition, nearly half of survey respondents identified the most beneficial practices as those that encouraged accountability, development, and individual empowerment within the organization.

Nearly 800 corporate executives, employees, and educators across the finance, healthcare, retail, aerospace, and defense sectors were surveyed.

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New Report Identifies Steps to Ensure More Women in Senior Leadership

February 10, 2012 12:11 by vstgerard

A new report, Women and the Paradox of Power, based on research by Anne Perschel of Germane Consulting and Jane Perdue of Braithwaite Innovation Group finds that corporations are leaving money on the table and forgoing future success by failing to place more women in senior leadership roles. Perschel and Perdue also claim that businesswomen must prepare themselves to take on these executive roles by understanding and using power more effectively.

In their study, which involved hundreds of senior-level businesswomen, Perdue and Perschel find that many women relate to power in ways that prevent them from attaining senior-level positions, be it lack of confidence; cultural conditioning; or simply not understanding what power is. In comparison, interviews with women in senor leadership roles at the highest levels of corporations reveal that they have a different understanding of power and use different approaches to gain more of it. They then use their power and influence to make important changes to the culture and to leadership practices.

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2012 ICF Global Coaching Study Reveals True Size of a Growing Industry

February 9, 2012 11:32 by vstgerard

(From ICF) -- Newly published research on professional coaching shows coaching is growing globally. Information just released from the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study commissioned by the International Coach Federation (ICF) shows an estimated 47,500 professional coaches worldwide.

The newly released figure–the most accurate estimation of the total number of coaches in the world–is a significant increase over the results of the 2007 ICF Global Coaching Study, which estimated 30,000 professional coaches worldwide.

“The study shows that people everywhere are turning to professional coaching for the positive difference it can make in their lives and communities,” said ICF President and Master Certified Coach Janet M. Harvey. “ICF is committed to ensuring that consumers of coaching get the quality of coaching they deserve.”

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Bills Extend Training to Low-Income Nebraskans

February 6, 2012 14:57 by vstgerard

(From The Washington Examiner) -- Nebraskans without a job, an education or the skills to advance professionally would have a new shot at training under two measures in the Legislature that seek to help people amid a slowly growing economy.

One measure by Omaha Sen. Heath Mello would offer state money for job-training programs to help low-income Nebraskans prepare a resume, manage their finances, present themselves in a job interview and hone other skills. "It's not purely on the education front of getting people in a GED or a basic adult education program," Mello said. "It's coaching. It's life skills development. It's trying to provide people with all the other aspects of what they need to be successful in a job and move toward a career — not just getting them into a classroom."

Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop has introduced another bill that would tap an existing state fund to offer job training for Nebraskans receiving unemployment benefits.

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Survey: Lack of 'Soft Skills' Holds Back Job Applicants

February 6, 2012 12:52 by vstgerard

(From Marion Star) -- Showing up on time and demonstrating other basic work ethics were the skills most lacking in people seeking employment in Ohio last year, according to a Marion CAN DO! survey.

The results of the survey are based on the responses of 81 companies in Marion, Ohio. "Can I say it's a widespread problem? No, I cannot," said Craig Thompson, president for CAN DO!, economic development agent for the city and county. "Can I say it's endemic to Marion? No, it's not. I've heard it from my other colleagues in central Ohio, the same concerns, as well as in my previous position in Oregon, that soft skills are lacking in the workforce."

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New Study: Behavioral Capabilities Drive Corporate Performance

February 1, 2012 09:22 by vstgerard

(From Marketwire) -- Organizational capabilities greatly affect long-term corporate success, and none more so than behavioral aspects. According to "Organization of the Future -- Designed to Win: Organizational Capabilities Matter," a new Focus report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), behavioral attributes have high impact only when they're backed by strong structural capabilities.

The study, conducted in partnership with 12 management organizations worldwide, surveyed approximately 1,600 senior managers, seeking their input on a framework of 20 organizational capabilities -- both structural and behavioral.

The correlations showed that all 20 types of organizational capabilities have an impact on overall performance -- though clearly some have much more influence than others. "There's a definite bias toward behavioral factors -- in particular, leadership, employee engagement, and cross-functional collaboration," said research leader Fabrice Roghe, a Duesseldorf-based partner at BCG. "But the best performance comes when those traits are backed by structural capabilities, such as a strong organization design and rigorous business processes and controls."

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Survey Reveals Middle Managers Are Under the Most Stress

January 30, 2012 11:30 by vstgerard

Nearly half of middle managers say that they are under excessive pressure every week, according to results from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) quarterly Employee Outlook survey. CIPD surveyed 2,000 middle managers in the United Kingdom.

Middle managers are particularly unhappy with their work-life balance; just 44 percent agree they are satisfied with their work-life balance, compared with 70 percent among nonmanagers.
In addition, middle managers worry most about their job security. One in three (29 percent) think it is likely they could lose their job as a result of the economic downturn, compared with 21 percent of employees with no managerial responsibility and 15 percent of senior managers.

“Middle managers are often caught in the middle between delivering strategic objectives and managing under-pressure line managers,” said Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD. “It is also important to remember the crucial role these managers play in managing change, translating the objectives of senior managers into actions, and motivating others.”

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Obama’s State of the Union Speech Calls for Job Training

January 25, 2012 11:45 by vstgerard

(From the Huffington Post) -- In last night's State of the Union speech focused tightly on jobs and the economy, President Barack Obama outlined his ideas for getting long-term unemployed workers back to work and closing the "skills gap" separating jobless Americans from employers who have positions to fill. Obama called for for more job training for young or unemployed workers.

To aid the unemployed, Obama proposed a new initiative to train and place 2 million workers in jobs through partnerships with businesses and community colleges, based on existing programs in cities like Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Orlando and Louisville, Ky. Additionally, Obama said he'd simplify government-sponsored training programs -- something that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also proposed.

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