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Training in a Tough Economy

Economic instability continues to make headlines. As organizations brace to weather stormy market conditions, all business functions are affected – and training is no exception.  
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Online Assessments: Are you ready?

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Workplace Learning, People Skills Training
The HRDQ Assessment Center offers a host of proven and reliable assessments that measure skills and behaviors on core topics such as communication, personality style, coaching, influencing, and managing change. Combined with the ease-of-use and advanced functionality of a web-based delivery system, HRDQ’s assessments provide valuable feedback that serve as a catalyst for improving personal and interpersonal productivity.
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The Business of Investing in Values

Posted by HRDQ on 02/19/2018 to Workplace Learning, People Skills Training
Many people  think of organizational values as some sort of lip-service proclamation that emerged from the latest executive management retreat. Or perhaps they think spending time talking about values is an unproductive use of time. But what many people assume are “values” really aren’t. They’re much more than that. Values are the unconscious force behind personal action. In a world that’s in a constant state of flux, values are what remain steadfast and true. And smart organizations know that they are the vital link to culture, commitment—and a competitive advantage. 
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Be Indispensable: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Solution-oriented and proactive, indispensable people know the key to their success is to work smarter, not harder. They take ownership of their jobs, go above and beyond the call of duty, add value to their teams, and perform well under pressure. And with the right training, a healthy dose of practice, and some experience, you can help to transform your workforce from irreplaceable to indispensable. 
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Five Things Every Supervisor Needs to Know

What makes a supervisor great? While there’s not a quick or simple answer to that question, there is a certain skill set learned through time and exposure, that makes supervisors more effective. But with increasing pressure being placed on supervisors to perform, organizations can’t afford a long learning curve for   supervisory skills training. So as a trainer, what can you do to set your supervisors on a course for success?  
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Conflict is everywhere. Here's what you can do about it.

Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. A person’s personal, professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully they manage conflict. Some people thrive on it, while others shrink away. No matter what your individual tendencies are, you must understand them in order to interact successfully with others. 
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Why Do You Hit it Off with Some People, but Not Others?

It may be that you have different Neurolinguistic styles. While we all use our senses, everyone has an unconscious lean towards one channel over another. This is called Neurolinguistic Programming or NLP. We don’t just use this preference when taking in information, it also influences the way we organize it in our heads, and how we communicate that sensory information to others around us. 
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Learning to Play. Playing to Learn.

Positive buzz, measurable results, and improved performance top every trainer’s wish list. It’s also the key to getting management buy-in and achieving professional success. But you won’t get there with lecture-style training or e-learning programs where rows of chairs face forward or the only activity taking place is the clicking of a mouse.
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The Seven C’s of Effective Team Performance

In business, as in most human endeavors, the best teams win. A work group, business unit, or organization that functions as an effective team will always outperform one that doesn’t. But what factors need to be present for “great teamwork” to exist, and how do you go about building effective teams?
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Successful communication starts with knowing your personality style

What is   communication style? When asked many people think of two or more people engaged in conversation. But communication is a multifaceted series of actions and interpretations, simultaneously more complex and simple than conversation. Four different forms of communication are verbal, paraverbal, body language, and the use of personal space. All four forms send messages to other people. 
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