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WHY INVEST IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT?

Whether you are a learning and development professional who needs to secure budget, a company leader who needs to make the case to skeptical colleagues, or a manager or employee who wants to bring training and coaching to your team, our new Guide to Winning Support for People Development will help you make a strong case for people development at your organization.

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Increase performance by decreasing your daily stress

How do we get it all done while staying balanced and maintaining a human pace? We’ve compiled some of our favorite resources that support a nourishing, focused, and more mindful way to work.

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Maintaining Productivity as Teams Grow

With more people come more relationships, greater specialization, and increased complexity. How do you avoid confusion, mitigate mistakes, and keep your team productive as it grows? Try these proven strategies for collaborating effectively amidst complexity.

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FEATURE

How to Convince Your Company to Invest in People Development

Despite the clear benefits of people development – including increased retention, productivity, profitability, and happiness – not everyone is sold on its value. And you may need the support of these people to launch or expand programs that teach people and teams at your company how to communicate, collaborate, and lead more effectively.

So, what are the best ways to align stakeholders, gain support from leadership, and even convince detractors that people development should be a top priority?

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THE POST-IT CHALLENGE

It’s engaging, a great team builder, and could have a significant impact on whatever strategy or plan you choose to adopt.

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THE MOST INSPIRING BUSINESS TRENDS OF 2018

From the rise of social enterprise, mindfulness and renewables to a focus on more inclusive cultures and agile organizations, here are some of our favorite business trends from 2018.

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FOUR WAYS TO LEVERAGE APPRECIATION AT YEAR END

We’ve highlighted 4 potent practices for helping team members feel truly seen and deeply valued.

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Mike Robbins encourages us to embrace our imperfections, appreciate who we are, and be bold and authentic in how we communicate with others at work.   Learn more here

Mike Robbins encourages us to embrace our imperfections, appreciate who we are, and be bold and authentic in how we communicate with others at work.

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Kegan and Lahey shine light on the mindsets that make individuals and organizations resistant to change and give practical recommendations on how to make change last.   Learn more here

Kegan and Lahey shine light on the mindsets that make individuals and organizations resistant to change and give practical recommendations on how to make change last.

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Chip and Dan Heath uncover the psychological reasons why it can be so hard for individuals, organizations, and communities to make lasting change, and how we can harness this knowledge to make our changes stick.   Learn more here

Chip and Dan Heath uncover the psychological reasons why it can be so hard for individuals, organizations, and communities to make lasting change, and how we can harness this knowledge to make our changes stick.

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Erin Meyer identifies 8 dimensions of cultural difference that can hinder international business efforts, and provides strategies for cross-cultural business success, all based on real-world examples.   Learn more here

Erin Meyer identifies 8 dimensions of cultural difference that can hinder international business efforts, and provides strategies for cross-cultural business success, all based on real-world examples.

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A follow-up to his popular book Getting to Yes, William Ury of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation teaches readers how to find out what the other party wants—whether they’re a co-worker, manager, or customer—and arrive at constructive agreements that work for all parties.   Learn more here

A follow-up to his popular book Getting to Yes, William Ury of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation teaches readers how to find out what the other party wants—whether they’re a co-worker, manager, or customer—and arrive at constructive agreements that work for all parties.

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Marshall Rosenberg’s groundbreaking book explores how we can shift our language from harmful to harmonious, encouraging empathy, compassion, and connection in all of our communication and relationships.   Learn more here

Marshall Rosenberg’s groundbreaking book explores how we can shift our language from harmful to harmonious, encouraging empathy, compassion, and connection in all of our communication and relationships.

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This valuable volume from the Harvard Business Review is a complete toolkit for managers seeking practical solutions for motivating, evaluating, developing, and coaching their people.   Learn more here

This valuable volume from the Harvard Business Review is a complete toolkit for managers seeking practical solutions for motivating, evaluating, developing, and coaching their people.

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New York Times science writer Daniel Goleman argues that awareness of our own emotions and the emotions of others matters more than more typical views of human intelligence, and provides powerful insights into how we think, lead, and make decisions every day.   Learn more here

New York Times science writer Daniel Goleman argues that awareness of our own emotions and the emotions of others matters more than more typical views of human intelligence, and provides powerful insights into how we think, lead, and make decisions every day.

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Building on Goleman’s seminal book, Bradberry and Greaves provide readers with a practical tool to evaluate their own Emotional Intelligence quotient (EQ), along with 66 ways to increase it.   Learn more here

Building on Goleman’s seminal book, Bradberry and Greaves provide readers with a practical tool to evaluate their own Emotional Intelligence quotient (EQ), along with 66 ways to increase it.

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Consider Verne Harish’s updated classic the primer on navigating the complexities of scaling a business successfully.   Learn more here

Consider Verne Harish’s updated classic the primer on navigating the complexities of scaling a business successfully.

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In this business classic, Jim Collins examines the world’s most successful companies and describes the 6 key competencies that are crucial to making the leap and staying at the top.   Learn more here

In this business classic, Jim Collins examines the world’s most successful companies and describes the 6 key competencies that are crucial to making the leap and staying at the top.

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Based on the stories of 12 managers selected from Gallup’s global database of 10 million interviews with managers and employees, Wagner and Harter reveal the 12 key elements of what makes a great manager and, in turn, what makes a great workplace.   Learn more here

Based on the stories of 12 managers selected from Gallup’s global database of 10 million interviews with managers and employees, Wagner and Harter reveal the 12 key elements of what makes a great manager and, in turn, what makes a great workplace.

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Based on a study of 24,000 people in over two dozen companies over 10 years, Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright explain how the success of an organization depends not on team structure or even CEOs, but on the culture of its tribes and their leadership.   Learn more here

Based on a study of 24,000 people in over two dozen companies over 10 years, Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright explain how the success of an organization depends not on team structure or even CEOs, but on the culture of its tribes and their leadership.

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Kouzes and Posner’s research demystifies the characteristic and qualities of great leadership, and offers advice on how to develop your skills and form deeper relationships with your people.   Learn more here

Kouzes and Posner’s research demystifies the characteristic and qualities of great leadership, and offers advice on how to develop your skills and form deeper relationships with your people.

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Connors, Smith and Hickman make a powerful case for accountability, and describe how individuals and organizations can adopt a mindset of ownership and empowerment.   Learn more here

Connors, Smith and Hickman make a powerful case for accountability, and describe how individuals and organizations can adopt a mindset of ownership and empowerment.

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Drawn from over four decades of research, Daniel Pink identifies 3 elements of intrinsic motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose—and how we can harness them at work and in our personal lives.   Learn more here

Drawn from over four decades of research, Daniel Pink identifies 3 elements of intrinsic motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose—and how we can harness them at work and in our personal lives.

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