What is self-leadership?

When we discuss self-leadership, we often address things like the self-direction and self-motivation needed to lead ourselves through a task or goal. Goal setting, mental practice, self-monitoring, and designing natural rewards are aspects of self-leadership. For me, the difference between traditional leadership and self-leadership is the absence of a manager that would normally generate the … Continue reading What is self-leadership?


Are you an active listener?

Active listening: the process of sensing a sender’s signals, evaluating them accurately, and responding appropriately. These three attributes of active listening only pertain to the receiver’s end of a communication transaction, and frequently cycle through each step during a conversation. I find that I regularly have a problem with interrupting people during conversations that I … Continue reading Are you an active listener?

How to Improve Training Effectiveness in Adult Learners

Here is an excerpt from on Tips to improve Training Effectiveness in Adult Learners. Incorporate adults’ prior learning and experience It’s important to capitalize on the rich prior experience that adult learners have when they enter the training by incorporating that experience into the session. Also, inaccurate information that people think is correct can … Continue reading How to Improve Training Effectiveness in Adult Learners

Word of the day: Social Networks

Social Networks Social networks are social structures of social units that are connected to each other through one or more forms of interdependence. Social networks are held together due to common interests. Employees are more likely to form networks with coworkers who have common educational backgrounds and occupational interests. Source: Canadian Organizational Behaviour 9; McShane, … Continue reading Word of the day: Social Networks

Term of the day: Mental Models

Mental models Mental models are internal representations of the external world that allow us to visualize elements of a setting and relationships among those elements. A sender of communication and receiver with shared mental models of the communication context have similar images and expectations regarding the location, time, layout and other contextual features of the … Continue reading Term of the day: Mental Models

What is Communication?

Communication is the act of conveying information for the purpose of creating a shared understanding. It’s something that humans do every day. The word “communication” comes from the Latin “communis,” meaning “to share,” and includes verbal, non-verbal and electronic means of human interaction. Scholars who study communication analyze the development of communication skills in humans … Continue reading What is Communication?

10 Essential Negotiating Skills for HR Managers

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Human resource managers spend enormous amounts of time helping both employees and upper management cope with everyday issues involving two or more stakeholder groups—often with conflicting interests. What you are doing day in and day out, whether you realize it or not, is negotiating. Any time you are involved in helping two or more parties come to an agreement, you are, in effect, handling a negotiation.HR professionals who hone their negotiating skills are in a tremendous position to influence company morale, improve productivity, boost the bottom line, and foster a company culture that is harmonious and competitive. In other words, being a better negotiator makes you better at managing your workforce, with all of its complexities.In human resources, you can master the same type of negotiating techniques that are used by high-powered companies to secure multimillion-dollar contracts. At the core of every negotiation are two sets of interests that need…

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Changing perceptions and building influence

Evolutionary psychologists would suggest that we are hardwired to immediately respond to someone we see for the first time in one of four possible ways: 1) as an ally; 2) as an enemy; 3) as a potential mate; or 4) with indifference. The default response is indifference. (It can very quickly become any one of … Continue reading Changing perceptions and building influence

Human Resources Word of the Day: July 02, 2017

Learning Objectives A learning objective is what you want the learner to be able to do, explain, or demonstrate at the end of the training period. Good learning objectives are performance based and clear, and the end result of the learning objective can be observable or measured in some way. Examples of learning objectives might … Continue reading Human Resources Word of the Day: July 02, 2017