Employee Development Best Practices for Enhancing Job Performance

Here’s one of those misunderstood terms: Employee Development. For management, it’s about improved job performance. For employees, it’s something entirely different: positioning them for a promotion, increased compensation, job mobility. If the needs of all constituents aren’t met, even the most well-intended employee development activities won’t achieve any of the desired objectives. Here are five…

10 Traits of Self-Motivated People

Have you ever asked yourself what separates highly motivated, highly successful people from everyone else? No matter what walk of life they come from, people who are motivated to achieve success share certain traits, says Gail Cohen, lecturer and consultant who is the author of Thinking Outside the Lines: Power Thinking for the 21st Century.…

Case Study: Strengthening the Administrative Foundation at University of Notre Dame

An internal study at the University of Notre Dame revealed the need to update the technical and functional skills of the University’s administrative professionals. Kara McClure, manager of Learning and Organizational Development for Notre Dame, turned to NST to create TAP — a customized training program that drastically improved on-the-job performance. Business Challenges: Improve and update both…

6 Steps for Creating a Great Company Culture

For the last two years, Google has taken the top spot on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. As its employees will tell you, it’s a great company culture that sets this organization apart. Google recognized early on that satisfied employees create satisfied customers, and it based its company culture around that philosophy. While…

Free White Paper: Why Context is Critical to Increase Learning Application in Your Organization

Organizations in the U.S. spent $156 billion on employee learning in 2012. However, a stubborn gap persists between what is learned and what is applied. This white paper explores ways in which organizations can decrease the gap between what is learned and what is applied, significantly enhancing the return on training and development investment. Follow…

4 Apps to Help You and Your Team Stay Connected

  Your team is mobile. Thankfully, staying in touch has never been easier.  Apps abound that help connect a team that’s more and more spread out geographically.  Four of our favorites are listed here — Google Calendar, Evernote, Dropbox, and WebEx — along with tips for team usage.   Google Calendar is a free online…

12 Principles of Effective Listening

  To get ahead in your career … to be successful at what you do … it’s important to listen and hear what is really being said. Here are 12 principles to help you listen more effectively: Avoid unintentional negative body language — this can send the message to the speaker that you’re not really interested…

7 Ways to Foster Innovation in the Workplace

  Turning a creative idea into an innovative product can catapult your business to the top of the Fortune 500 list in a matter of months. Apple’s innovative iPod revolutionized the way we listen to music. An innovative Harvard student created Facebook and forever changed the way we communicate. Your next product could revolutionize your…