Empowering Yourself By Empowering Others

How do you empower yourself in life? Do you set goals, record accomplishments, engage in opportunities to stretch your comfort zone, or instill compelling mantras within yourself? What is the difference between empowering yourself and empowering other people? Last week, I attended an event that highlighted Goodwill and their mission: to provide career pathways, job…

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Changing How We Design Training Is Not Easy

Making changes in our organization—Invista Performance Solutions (IPS)—is just as painful as making changes in any organization.  Decisions to incorporate change sometimes seem to introduce a multitude of new problems-something we all recognize, but we still research, study, plan, and decide to make changes despite absolutely knowing that pain accompanies any institutional change. Once we…

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Keep Your Customers From Walking Away During Staff Turnover

If you run a client services organization, then you know one of the worst things that can happen is to lose a services delivery manager—that main client contact—in an abrupt manner.  Clients lose confidence in your organization; services will suffer; important knowledge and information does not pass to the next employee; bad turnover suggests organizational…

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Training Content Curation – Good News & Bad News

Part I:  Jumping on Bandwagons Whenever a brand new ‘be-all/end-all’ craze threatens to move me to immediate adoption as a solution to my problems as a training professional, I always try to remember ALL  of the fad diets I have bought into during my now rather lengthy lifetime.  Learning the hard way that absolutely no…

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How LEAN is your Thinking?!

What keeps you up late at night? Is it the dishes you didn’t wash? The game you missed on T.V.? Well, if you are anything like me, the things that keep me up late at night have nothing to do with my personal life; they are all work related! Countless times, I have stressed about…

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Lessons in Rolling Out Training Projects Successfully

Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI) defines project management as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project.” This definition doesn’t tell the reader much about the day to day work and responsibilities of a project manager. While each organization…

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Five Practices to Develop Gratitude and Become More Resilient

Practices to Develop Gratitude

What are the components of resilience? Grit, determination, mental skills, mentally strong? Absolutely, but when I was first trained in Resilience I was totally surprised that gratitude was one of the fundamental skills. Not the first time my initial impressions were wrong when learning a new skill or set of skills. Gratitude: a feeling of…

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