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Four Common Myths About Your Employees

We know employees continue to be stressed, frustrated, and disengaged. Who can blame them? From The Great Resignation to the impact of Covid, employees have endured a considerable number of changes over the last few years. According to Gallup’s most recent report, 60% of the workforce is emotionally detached, while 19% report they are actively disengaged from work. They also found that 44% of employees globally reported feeling stressed most of the day. How can

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Job Fit: Rising to Overcome Talent Disruption

Organizations everywhere are experiencing a profound disruption in the ways individuals interact and work. Many will find it tricky to understand and clearly map out a plan that can confidently carry them into the future. But, as we move toward imagining a post-pandemic era, organizations will need to meet the new demands for how we live and work. In a recent article from Deloitte, Reimagining Human Resources, the authors argue that despite disruption, HR can

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The Great Resignation: When the Unflappable Manager…Flaps

by Mark Scullard, Wiley’s Senior Director of Innovation and Research Here’s what we know to be true: The Great Resignation is taking a toll on managers. With the job market full of uncertainty and quality workers hard to find, managers are feeling overwhelmed and stressed. While many organizations have invested in stress reduction resources to address the impact of today’s volatile workplace conditions, most of these initiatives are generalized, meaning they can apply to anyone

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The Employee Experience: An Investment That Pays Off

by Mark Scullard, Wiley’s Senior Director of Innovation and Research A staggering number of people continue to leave their jobs, resulting in the perfect storm of staffing shortages and remaining employees being expected to pick up the slack. Current data from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that over 4.5 million quit their jobs in March. What is the impact on those who stay? According to Gallup, almost two-thirds of employees are disengaged in

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Investing in Employee Experience: The Keys to Empowering a Culture of Leadership

by Mark Scullard, Wiley’s Senior Director of Innovation and Research It’s no surprise that the myriad events of the past two years have resulted in a dramatic shift in the workplace. From where we work to how we work, the “office” has been completely flipped. The same goes for how we lead. But in the case of leadership, changes have been happening for years and were exacerbated by the pandemic. So just how much and

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Deliver Effective Onboarding in a Fast-Changing Work Environment

Companies today are in the midst of transforming their business models, restructuring their teams, and rethinking how they service their customers. Many have also permanently integrated hybrid or remote work arrangements, moving away from an office-only structure. Employees who work in these environments, where there is constant change and poor communication, are experiencing high stress levels and burnout. Many are reacting by Quiet Quitting or pulling back from collaborating and communicating with their colleagues. What

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Prevent Quiet Quitting and Burnout: How to Build a Culture of Communication That Works

I thought you would enjoy this insightful article describing Wiley’s recent onboarding research. In the following, Mark Scullard, Wiley’s Senior Director of Innovation and Research, highlights key findings and outlines practical, agile practices you can implement  in today’s rapidly changing work environment. ~~~ In light of the last two years, it makes sense that employees want to work for organizations that have a clear vision for the future, with a focus on relationships and effective

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Happy New Year and Tools for Constant Change & Reinvention

Happy New (ish) Year to All! And if you’ve already broken some of your New Year’s resolutions, there is always Chinese New Year Feb. 1, 2022! The world of work for leaders continues to be characterized by unrelenting change and disruption. And now, more than ever in this era of “The Great Resignation,” self-aware, self-directed teams that continuously learn are required—NOT teams comprised of the “best and brightest” individual players. For more on how to

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Unlocking Leadership Agility with Everything Disc® Agile EQ™ – Workshop 7-30-21

If we’ve learned nothing else in the past year, it’s clear that organizations are going to need to continually innovate and reinvent themselves by becoming more agile, flexible, and resilient in the face of relentless change and disruption. Maybe your company has become more agile by flattening the hierarchy, introducing agile project management or by emphasizing flexibility and teamwork in hiring. That’s all well and good, but without agile people who can be proactive, resilient,

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Thriving in an Era of Unrelenting Change and Disruption

How Has Change Changed? Humans have always talked about the ever-increasing rate and speed of change. Yet in the past, disruptions were usually followed by periods of relative stability. In the 21st century, change is now perpetual, pervasive, and exponential. Changes are perpetual meaning they are occurring all the time in an ongoing way. Changes are pervasive meaning changes are unfolding in multiple areas of life at once. Exponential means changes are accelerating at an

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Have You Ever Felt Left Out? Build a Culture of Belonging and Inclusion

I would venture to say that every human being, at least at one time in their life, has experienced the feeling of not belonging, of not being included, and/or of not feeling their voice is really being heard. Often this feeling arises from feeling excluded somehow either because of how you look, how you act, or how you believe. Somehow you are in opposition to the prevailing paradigm of how the “in crowd” is supposed

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Not Another Meeting? Sigh!

It is clear that many leaders in most organizations would report they participate in or lead too many meetings that don’t accomplish the intended or desired results. In today’s mostly virtual meeting rooms, Zoom fatigue is a result of more than just staring at a screen. Ask almost anyone in any organization and you will likely hear some version of the following meeting laments: “All I do is sit in meetings.” “If you want to

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Reskilling for 2021: Cultivating Agility, Restoring Resilience, and Building Trust

“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  Albert Einstein February 2021 As a leadership and team development expert, I follow many publications and podcasts for information about trends. My team and I are always on the lookout for ways to anticipate the needs of our clients in order to better serve them. So, I am borrowing from a recent McKinsey newsletter on the trends that will define 2021. My

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The Latest Stories from GWBC Radio

Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC),  the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses. Click here for Laura’s latest interview on GWBC Radio where she highlights the importance of working on your strengths to be an effective leader and team worker, and working toward an Agile culture.

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New Podcast Episode on Emotional Intelligence & Leadership and Team Agility: HOW AGILE ARE YOU?

It’s clear that the CoVid 19 challenge the world is still facing has required new levels of leadership and teaming skills. People and organizations have been called to step up their game in order to lead through this crisis and beyond. Listen to Dean interview Laura on the importance of emotional intelligence, agility, and intuition to lead through change and disruption. As they discuss, we all have a natural inclination for how we handle new

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Master Effective Communication and Collaboration by Becoming a Certified DiSC Facilitator

 If these past six months have taught us anything, it is the need for effective communication skills especially in a virtual/remote team environment. Many companies found that people could be productive while working from home, but the challenges of maintaining connection and building trust are becoming more apparent over time. Some of the challenges we are hearing from clients now include: Trying to recreate the “water cooler” impromptu conversations that tend to happen in a

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Our New Capabilities to Help You Navigate the New World of Work

It goes without saying that the world has changed dramatically for all of us in these last 5 to 6 months.  Many of the well-laid plans we had in place for 2020 were disrupted if not downright demolished. We have all had to become more resilient, more agile and flexible, and certainly more digital than ever before.  Now that we have been into this crisis for more than a few months, it is apparent that

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Celebrating Success! A WPDN Panel Discussion | Wednesday July 29 | 11:00 am

Success is meant to be shared and celebrated. Small successes that lead to bigger successes are something that most women entrepreneurs hope and plan for. This month we are bringing together three, talented long-time WPDN Members, to dive deep into a frank and juicy conversation about “success”. We will explore the different faces and phases of success, staying the “long game” in business, from how they all began to what life looks like now. This

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Change Starts from the Top: Improving Employee Engagement in Uncertain Times

Coronavirus changed how we work and do business in ways we don’t even know yet. But for all the change going on, one thing hasn’t changed—the need for engaged employees. If anything, organizations require engaged employees now more than ever. Before the virus, employee disengagement levels among American workers reached as high as 70 percent—costing the US economy between $450 and $550 billion per year. In an environment of economic volatility, today’s organizations cannot afford

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Why the Pre-Hire Process is Really About Planning

Think about the last time you ventured out to find a new job. Did you come across postings that seemed as though they were written a decade ago? You know what we’re talking about, right? It’s not that the job descriptions are entirely out of date, though sometimes they are. It’s more that what was once an emerging skillset is now an accepted norm in the workplace. Yes, we do know how to use the

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