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The Power of the Pause: Managing Employees Who Are Too Busy to Think

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They’re some of your most dedicated, hardest working employees. No one gets down to business and gets every box checked, every time, on time, quite like they do. Frankly, it’s a relief, knowing that you can count on them to keep plowing ahead no matter what you throw their way.

But did you ever stop to think that maybe they don’t have time to stop to think?

Deep thinking is in short supply in today’s work environment, where the distractions are many, the work is intense and task-oriented productivity rules the day. As a result, though, we’re sacrificing impact for activity. If people don’t have time to think more critically and intentionally, to make conscious choices instead of habitually reacting and responding, the business is going to suffer—maybe not today, but soon enough.

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Why World-Class Talent Doesn’t Always Make a World-Class Team

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A number of years ago, an oil company was working on a billion-dollar proposal to design a superior offshore rig and drilling method to optimize the deepwater oil exploration process. They brought together a team of world-class experts in each of the technical phases of offshore drilling—the idea being that they could combine their individual areas of expertise in a synergistic way to come up with the optimum drilling process.

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5 Winning Talent Acquisition Strategies of Championship Teams

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Every championship team runs on player talent, both individual and collective. What are you doing to acquire the talent your team needs to play in the big leagues—and win?

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Why Your Management Training Programs Might be Limiting Their Success

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"Most managers of business functions epitomize their occupation.”   This statement, taken from The Whole Brain Business Book, isn’t likely to surprise you. It makes sense that someone who’s moved up to a management position would be the embodiment of his or her functional area of expertise.  

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4 Signs You Should Invest In Better Employee Assessment Tools

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Whether you’re working in-house with internal employees or at a consulting firm with external clients, employee assessments—of one kind or another—are probably part of your toolkit.

But when was the last time you assessed those assessments? Are they the right tools for the job? And are they delivering the ROI you need?

Here are 4 signs it might be time to invest in better employee assessment tools.

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How to Fire Up Your Employee Training Program with A Cross-Training Regimen for the Brain

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In fitness it’s a given that if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you’ll eventually hit a plateau and your results will start to flatten out.

Enter cross training, which involves switching up your activities or combining several different techniques and strategies into a single workout. It gets you out of your comfort zones, fires up new muscles and pushes you to a new level of performance.

Could that same philosophy be applied to fire up performance in the workplace?

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Thinking Preferences and the Perfect Match, At Work and At Home

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What makes a good match? Whether you’re putting together a workplace mentoring program or just thinking about your prospects for Valentine’s Day, thinking preferences provide some clues.

On the work front, many organizations have begun setting up mentoring programs recently. With another estimated 4 million Baby Boomers expected to retire this year, these companies want to make sure their valuable knowledge, experience and critical thinking skills don’t leave along with them.

But just like any pair, not every mentor match is made to last.

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