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Career Development: Preparing Yourself for the Unexpected

Blog | Author: Skillsoft | Source: HCI | Published: November 10, 2016

Career development is typically thought of as an intentional, well-planned, and mapped progression of upward or lateral movement as a result of experience, education, and competency development. But, as we all know, life rarely allows us the luxury of neatly checking off boxes in order to ‘level-up.’ When I think of the business climate today I’m very often reminded of this phrase, a favorite used by a college English professor of mine; ‘the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.’

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Build Trust with Strong Interpersonal Communications in the Workplace

Blog | Author: Randi Kenney | Source: HCI | Published: November 9, 2016

Organizations today are, by necessity, changing quickly and adapting rapidly to changing business circumstances. These fast changes can leave employees confused and in the dark when communication is lacking. Employees that do not feel included become disengaged, lowering productivity and increasing the risk for turnover. Low engagement directly impacts the bottom line. Employees today want their leaders to trust them with knowledge of where the business is headed, and in return they want to trust that their voices are heard.

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Becoming an Employer of Choice in the New Economy: Three Strategies for Creating Your Competitive Advantage

Blog | Author: Amy Hirsh Robinson | Source: HCI | Published: November 6, 2016

Twenty years ago, the top company in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” list was Southwest Airlines. Contrast this to 2016 and Google holds the top spot while Southwest Airlines has disappeared altogether from the list. What defines an Employer of Choice has changed greatly, with significant consequence to companies.

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The Perpetual Student: Self-Directed Learning in the Digital Age

Blog | Author: Bridge | Source: HCI | Published: November 3, 2016

When is the last time you decided to teach yourself something new? What resources did you turn to for guidance? Years ago, we turned to parents or teachers or sought help from experts in the field. We made phone calls or even wrote letters to individuals we wanted to learn from in order to express our interest and open the lines of communication. In today’s interconnected world, you probably already know where to turn. New language? Duolingo. Programming? Codecademy. Hair and makeup, changing a tire or card tricks to perform at parties? Youtube. Now, our opportunities for learning are unlimited. There are few barriers to accessing information, and we are not constrained by library operating hours or geographic distance.

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