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Webcast: Are You Using Learning as a Strategic Lever to Drive Employee Retention?

Our friends at Mzinga, a leading provider of social learning solutions, recently held a webcast, “Are You Using Learning as a Strategic Lever to Drive Employee Retention.” Did you miss it? No worries.

Download the slides and recording. See the details below.

Webcast Description:

Is your company losing people after you have spent significant dollars training them on your products? Does your team struggle with high turnover and churn? Learning is one of the many keys to retaining your employees. When employees do not have the appropriate training, encouragement or guidance in their positions, they have a tendency to move on quickly.

Many organizations struggle with how to keep their employees engaged and employed. Come and participate in an open forum to discuss with Vado and Mzinga on how to use your learning and development efforts to drive employee retention. Come prepared to share your success stories of how you used learning to drive retention.

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Tool Check: CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book

Make CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book your online meeting companion

Summer time is “go” time, and in today’s fast-paced world, you may be like many busy professionals and finding yourself on more and more virtual meetings.   This summer, throw a copy of CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book in your bag, and you’ll be prepared to get the most out of every online meeting you lead.  The book provides meeting leaders with 60 comprehensive strategies for planning and executing masterful virtual meetings. In its 12 chapters, you’ll find strategies and answers to these questions and more:

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Leadership Strategies awarded $85,000 strategic planning contract for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Leadership Strategies, Inc. (LSI) is proud to announce it has been awarded an $85,000 strategic planning facilitation contract by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Work is underway and will conclude in November for the institute’s Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) 2015 plan.

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Read and Refresh: Facilitation Features Not to Miss This Summer

While you’re vacationing or on the go this summer, take time to leisurely catch up on what you might’ve missed in the previous months you’ve been hard at work. Read and refresh. These articles will help you feel ready to return to work armed with new tips and techniques. Here’s one place to bookmark – five of the best articles in facilitation you can’t miss this summer, including two how-to videos!

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The Hot HR Technology Trends Of 2014

By Meghan M. Biro, Contributor for Forbes

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a solid independent survey of HR tech trends that will affect the workplace in 2014. The Information Services Group III +0.22% (ISG), a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, recently conducted the ‘Industry Trends in Human Resources Technology and Service Delivery Survey’. Released in February 2014, the survey presents findings, which, while not surprising, should be top of mind for leaders and talent managers everywhere.

Read the full article here. 

The Death of Strategic Planning: Why?

By Bill Conerly, Contributor for Forbes

Like so many great people, Strategic Planning lived a full life. It touched many businesses in a positive way—but failed many, as well. It wasn’t perfect, but it made contributions to society. In the end, everyone said that it had lived well, but it’s time was done.

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Action Lists: Fact or Fantasy?

At Leadership Strategies, we recommend that your meetings – especially complex ones like strategic planning efforts – include three distinct “parking boards”: 1) the issues list, 2) the decisions list, and 3) the action list. Let’s focus on the action list – the list that captures action items to be taken following the meeting. Do you use action lists? When we first meet with clients who need professional facilitation services, we typically begin by asking them whether or not action lists existed in the last few meetings they conducted. You might be surprised at the answer.

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Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Wins National Award for Facilitating Community Change

Congratulations to the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library for recently receiving the 2014 Top Innovators National Award from the Urban Libraries Council! The library has become a central resource for helping groups within its community and earned this prestigious recognition for civic and community engagement. The librarians and management staff of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library believe that their training in The Effective Facilitator and Masterful Meetings helped them achieve this tremendous honor.

Read how the library reached success through facilitation training and learn more about their 2014 Top Innovators award.

Quiz: How Do Others Rate Your Meetings?

If meetings were viewed like parties, most people would be more concerned about the reputation they’ve built as meeting facilitators. No one wants to host a bad party, so why would anyone want to facilitate a bad meeting? Often, party hosts relish in praises for coordinating well-organized, engaging events. Shouldn’t meeting facilitators be just as focused on earning these same praises?

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Dysfunction Prevention Technique: Bring ‘The Whip’ to Your Meeting (Video)

Dysfunctional behavior. We see it everywhere – from political affairs to our family dinner parties. Dysfunction in the meeting room is no exception. One thing we teach our facilitators in training is how to manage dysfunction by detecting it early and resolving it cleanly. But, for many, the best defense is a good offense. Therefore, preventing dysfunction before it happens is one of the best facilitative skills, and we’ve found that engagement strategies are effective tools for doing that.

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