• Next Leap for Robots

    The video above from the Wall Street Journal discusses how robot developers say they are close to a breakthrough — getting automated robots to pick items off shelves and pack them for shipping.

    Advances in technology have implications for managers and employees.

    How do robots reduce the availability of jobs and shift the nature of the job opportunities?

    Why should routine work be performed by computers and robots?

    Why are knowledge tasks the dominant focus for the workforce?

  • CEO Activism in 2017

    Weber Shandwick, in partnership with KRC Research, released CEO Activism in 2017: High Noon in the C-Suite. (See attached file.) They described CEO Activism as follows: "In the past year or so, some CEOs have spoken out publicly and taken a stand on controversial issues. For example, CEOs have spoken up about social, political and environmental issues, such as climate change, income fairness, same-sex marriage, immigration, gun control and discrimination." The survey of American adults gauges attitudes toward the trend of chief executive officers (CEOs) speaking out on societal topics. According to the research, 47 percent of Millennials (ages 18-36) believe CEOs have a responsibility to speak up about issues that are important to society. Only 28 percent of Gen Xers (ages 37-52) and Boomers (ages 53-71) agree. Millennials also see this as a growing responsibility — more than half (56 percent) say CEOs have a greater responsibility today to take a stance on hot button issues than they used to. 

    How can CEOs establish a link between the issue and the company’s values and business?

    What is your generation?

    Why do Millennials (more than other generations) believe CEOS have a responsibility to speak up about issues that are important to society?

  • Meet the Corpsumer!

    “CorpSumer” is a newly identified consumer segment who is highly loyal and moves beyond advocacy to activism. CorpSumers believe that a company’s values and reputation are just as important as the attributes and features of its products, writes Carreen Winters, Chairman Of Reputation & Chief Strategy Officer. Their attitudes and beliefs about company reputation drive behaviors, such as buying, investing, and working.

    Explain why you think that a company has a greater ability to make positive change in the world than government.

  • Have Your Best Summer Ever!

    The Coaching Tools Company - 7 Qs To Have Your Best Summer Ever Graphic

    1.  What do you NEED this Summer?
    2.  What do you WANT? And What DON'T you WANT?
    3.  How will I RELAX and Recharge my batteries?
    4.  What will you do for FUN and enjoyment?
    5.  How will you maintain the crucial BALANCE between what you WANT and what you NEED to do?
    6.  What do you need to give yourself PERMISSION for?
    7.  What could you do differently so your 'self' THRIVES?

    How will you remember to relax and enjoy Summer?

  • Top CEO's Interview Questions

    Top CEOs favourite interview questions and why they ask them

    Almost no one looks forward to being interviewed. But, being interviewed is not so bad as long as you are prepared. The infographic above lists some of the top CEO's favorite interview questions.

    Which of the questions above are you most/least prepared to answer? Why?

  • Best States for Starting Your Small Business

    Infographic showing states with lowest taxes for small businesses

    Why is your state the best for starting your small business?

    Explain the importance of the tax rate to businesses.

  • Generation Z is the largest single population segment

    Generation Z are those people born between 1997 and 2015. The oldest members of the generation are now 20 and some have entered the workforce.

    U.S. TV Homes Composition - Q1 2017

    Euclid Analytics reports that Gen-Z uses mobile apps and features on mobile phones more than other demographic segments in retail stores. (See Euclid “Evolution of Retail” report , 2017.)

    Generation Z is the next generation of workers. While they share some of the behavior patterns and characteristics of millennials, they have distinct preferences and expectations that managers must understand and address.

    Are you a member of Generation Z?

    If so, what do you want managers to know about you and work?

    If not, what should you know about Generation Z?

  • Why our screens make us less happy

    Psychologist Adam Alter has studied how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those hours you spend staring at your smartphone, tablet or computer might be making you miserable -- and what you can do about it.

    How much personal time do you have on an average day?

    How much time do you spend on screens?

    What are your screens and devices doing to you? 

    Explain which apps make you happy.

    Explain which apps cause you distress.

    What can you do about this?

  • Does entrepreneurship have an expiration date?

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    Any body, any age can be an entrepreneur.

    Why is experience the best determinant of becoming an entrepreneur?

  • Remembering Spencer Johnson, M.D

    Spencer Johnson, M.D., author of Who Moved My Cheese? died last week from pancreatic cancer (1938-2017).  He was co-author of The One Minute Manager® and The New One Minute Manager® with Ken Blanchard . About the One Minute books, Johnson reminds us, "Its the one minute you stop during the day and look at what you're thinking and what you're doing. The real key is that quiet time you listen for your own wisdom."

    Who Moved My Cheese? is a short book reminding us that we need to adapt to change.  In the book, Who Moved My Cheese?, Cheese is a metaphor for what one wants to have in life. Maze is where one looks for the cheese. Sniff is a character who sniffs out change early. Scurry is a character who scurries into action. Hem is a character who denies and resists change. Haw is a character who learns to adapt. The Handwriting on the Wall is a Biblical allusion [Daniel 5] where Daniel interprets handwriting on wall for Belshazzar.

    Dr. Johnson said, "As you watch the characters, you can discover yourself in the story." Explain why you most identify with one of the characters.

    Before reading Who Moved My Cheese?, respond to the following questions.

    1. What type of workplace would you like yours to be like and what can you do to help make it this type of workplace?

    2. As an employee, what would make your job more desirable and what can you do to help make it more desirable?

    3. Do you consider your job to be stressful and if so what could you do to relieve some of this stress?

    4. Does change add to this stress and if so what positive things do you do to cope with change?

    5. How would you define flexibility, and as an employee do you perceive yourself as a flexible person? Explain.

    After reading Who Moved My Cheese?, respond to the following questions.

    1. What are some of the major changes over the past five years?

    2. Why is it human nature to resist these changes?

    3. How can we use our complex brains to simplify these changes and adapt? (List five major ways.)

    4. What does the author mean by the statement, “If you do not change, you can become extinct”?

    5. How do old beliefs and emotions hinder us from finding new cheese?

    6. What makes this statement true? “The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.”

    7. What are some ways to “smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old”?

    8. Why is flexibility so important in finding new cheese?

    9. What is meant by “read The Handwriting on the Wall”?

  • Be more productive during the workday

    Working too many hours leads to stress and burnout. Stress kills productivity. According to an infographic by project management software Podio, your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes, at which point it needs a short break before you can launch into your next 90 to 120 minutes period of focus.

    This cycle is known as your ultradian rhythm or our cycle of doing our best work. Therefore, learning your own rhythm can maximize your productivity.

    Which part of the 24-hour day is your best 2-hour part of the day? 

    How can you use your ultradian rhythm to work smarter and not harder?

  • Credit as a Reference

    We know that an individual’s credit score is used to determine the rate of interest a person pays for a credit card or loan transaction when shopping.  But, a credit report might also be used in hiring or promoting employees.

    Do you understand your credit report?

    Why would an employer check your credit?

    When you are a manager, will you check employee's credit reports?

    What should you do to improve your credit?

  • Challenges Learners Face Today

    Many people do not have the luxury of attending college/university without working. Fortunately, many companies offer tuition reimbursement.

    According to sales and service training provider the Miller Heiman Group, the five most common challenges faced by today’s students are:

    1) Keeping up with changes in technology: Tech has made change a constant, and that makes learning more difficult for students who deal with institutions’ outdated tech or limited flexibility of when and how they can use it.

    2) Dealing with information overload: With so much information always available, learners are becoming overwhelmed and have trouble both retaining information long-term, as well as sorting through relevant information.

    3) Not enough time: With packed scheduled and jobs, today’s student doesn’t have time to invest in what doesn’t pay off. Learning has to have tangible ROI.

    4) No interaction or collaboration: Outside of personal social media habits, today’s learners often feel as though they are learning in a silo, with no connections to the real-world.

    5) Content doesn’t align: Today’s learners often report struggling with recognizing how the course content aligns to their future careers.

    Which of the challenges listed above are you facing?

    How do you plan to face the challenge?

  • How to Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact

    Dale Carnegie Training has developed an assessment to help you identify the skills you need to become an expert communicator. (See attached assessment.)

    Good communication skills are needed by managers.

    Take the attached assessment. 

    How tactful are you?

    What skills do you need to develop to become an expert communicator?

  • For Many, Technology Addiction Is Real

    Internet Users Worldwide Who Agree vs. Disagree that They Find It Difficult to Take a Break from Technology, by Age, Summer 2016 (% of respondents in each group)

    Many internet users worldwide, particularly younger ones, have a hard time walking away from their smartphones, tablets and TVs—even when they know they should.

    Managers have taken notice. They are using remedies for behavioral addictions that involve creating physical distance between the user and the behavioral trigger. In his book,"Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," Adam Alter tells about Heldergroen, a Dutch design studio, having rigged its office furniture to automatically rise to the ceiling at six o'clock every evening and about Daimler, the German car manufacturer, having an email system that automatically deletes incoming emails when employees are on vacation.

    Explain why people find it difficult to take a break from technology.

    Why are managers helping employees take a break from technology?

  • Success, Failure, and Drive

    In this short 7 minute TED Talk, Elizabeth Gilbert inspires you to stay the course. She discusses her failure and success.

    Why can success be as disorienting as failure?

    What is a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes?