Make Your Meeting Worth the Time
By CI International : 08-07-2018
“I wish we had more meetings around here.”
-Said no one, ever
It’s a lot more likely that you and your colleagues often wish for fewer meetings. But of course, the real issue is not how many meetings we have, but how many meetings are actually worth the time spent. Here are three tips for making your meetings effective:...
Empowering Ourselves and Others Through Effective Delegation
By CI International : 06-26-2018
Although she’d been in management roles for several years, and was considered a strong and capable leader, Mary often found delegation to be both challenging and frustrating. “I know I’m coming across as a micro-manager sometimes, but it seems if I don’t spell it out step-by-step things just don’t get done”, she shared with her mentor Joan. “And, if I give people free rein to use their initiative I get results that look wonderful but are so far beyond the practical that I end up having to tell people “no”. I need everyone to be on their “A-game” these days, and it’s just not happening. Frankly, everyone in my division, from me on down, is getting frustrated and I’m starting to see people disengage. I’m worried and need some help.”...
An Integrated Approach to Blended Learning
By CI International : 05-15-2018
By Terri Harrell, M.A.
One of the biggest challenges to the success of a blended learning program is that it be experienced as one program rather than multiple components.
Each component needs to build off the one before, skills need to be linked and reinforced, and participants need to be mapped into where they’ve been, where they are, and where they are going....
Getting Tasks Done
By CI International : 04-18-2018
By: K.J. McCorry, Productivity Consultant and Author of Organize Your Work Day in No Time
It is very stressful and overwhelming trying to remember all the actions and tasks one needs to take on a daily or weekly basis....
Arming Your Workforce with the Knowledge and Tools to Prevent Sexual Harassment
By CI International : 03-16-2018
Most workplaces are made up of good people, wanting to work in an atmosphere of mutual respect, in support of organizational success. So why does sexual harassment nonetheless occur? What factors contribute to the likelihood of bad behavior? How can organizations equip their leaders and employees with the knowledge and tools needed to create a positive workplace culture?
These are the questions on a lot of people’s minds....
Innovation in Public Service
By CI International : 10-24-2017
John closed his laptop and sighed. Sitting in his in-box was yet another memo from headquarters asking managers, basically, to “do more with less.” It wasn’t worded exactly that way, of course; senior leadership knew everyone was tired of hearing those words. No, the memo said something about the need to get creative and invent new organizational structures and processes. And as usual, there was very little in the way of suggestions for how to do that. John shook his head in frustration and opened his laptop. “Might as well get back to my 300 other emails,” he thought....
Telework Makes Us Better Leaders
By CI International : 08-17-2017
Telling someone you're teleworking no longer leads to raised eyebrows or questions about how you're able to make that work. It's now considered just another way to get work done.
We've all heard the advantages of a telework environment:
• Increased productivity (up to 27% increase in productivity in a recent meta-study)
• Better recruiting (flexible work environment is now the #1 recruiting tool for new employees)
• Ability to respond to emergencies (Continuity of Operations in event disaster makes office spaces untenable)
• Reduced absenteeism (63% reduction for teleworkers in GSA study)
• Job satisfaction (Partnership for Public Service study found those Federal employees not given telework option were least likely to be satisfied)
Here's what most people don't realize: a telework environment creates better leaders....
The Hard is What Makes it Great
By CI International : 03-15-2017
In a memorable scene from A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks is pleading with Geena Davis’ character not to leave the team, and when she protests, “It just got too hard” he responds, tersely, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”...
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