Workforce

Alexandra Levit on Finding the Job and Employment Success

Avoiding Missteps to Step Ahead

April 6, 2012 / Podcast # 12-07

Alexandra Levit

Alexandra Levit, author of the book Blind Spots: Ten Business Myths You Can’t Afford To Believe On Your New Path To Success discusses her book which points out the biggest myths of business success; the things people believe that don’t work for most of the truly successful. In this edition of Edgewise, Alexandra touches on how the recession has transformed our ideas about how business works and why these myths are more dangerous than ever in a compromised economy. She also stresses the importance of self-promotion in the workplace and the pitfalls to climbing the ladder too quickly, as well as the greatest obstacles facing employees and entrepreneurs in the coming years. You will learn her take on personal censorship and online transparency, and why it’s important to be aware of what you disclose publically.

Alexandra Levitis a nationally recognized business and workplace author and speaker. A syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com, Alexandra has authored several books, including the popular They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, How’d You Score That Gig? and Success for Hire. Alexandra is also a member of the Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which is advising the Obama administration on current workplace issues.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Decoding the Unwritten Rules of Executive Career Advancement
*Coaching and Counseling for Outstanding Job Performance
*What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, by Lily Whiteman
*The Career Clinic, by Maureen Anderson
*Reinvention, by Brian Tracy

 

George Anders on Finding Exceptional Talent

Adopting New Tactics for Efficient Recruiting

January 27, 2012 / Podcast # 12-02

George Anders

What changes should your organization consider in order to get the most out of the recruitment process? New York Times bestselling author, George Anders, discusses this in his new book entitled, The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else. George emphasizes the importance of new technologies and social networking and how they play a critical role in finding all stars for your organization. In addition, George explains why testing and assessments are key elements of the recruiting process to build a strong team and corporate culture. Listen and learn as George shares how highly successful organizations such as GE, Facebook, and the U.S. Army identifying, recruit, and cultivate top performers.
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Emily King on Recruiting and Keeping Veterans

The benefits of actively seeking an ex-military workforce.

October 28, 2011 / Podcast # 11-43

Emily King

It can seem like there are a number of risks involved in hiring veterans into a more conventional workforce: the culture is completely different and their highly specialized skill-set doesn’t seem to apply. Emily King, author of Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans, wants recruiters and HR professionals to not take military resumes so literally. Driving a tank may seem irrelevant to an office culture, but the skills, knowledge, and training that went in to learning how to use a very complicated and expensive piece of machinery can be extremely beneficial in any job. Read more…

 

Lindsay Hutter on Employing and Empowering Millenials

Assessing the risks and opportunities of working with Gen Y

September 30, 2011 / Podcast # 11-39

Lindsay Hutter

In this episode of Edgewise, Lindsay Hutter discusses the dynamics of working with Millenials, the generation born between 1980 and 2001. Although they possess an invaluable affinity for technology, Lindsay explains why it is also important for Gen Y to disconnect from social media and engage in mutually beneficial communication with their older co-workers. Listen and learn how to tap into the nuances of Gen Y and facilitate cross-generational collaboration.
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Tony Beshara on Unbeatable Resumes

July 15, 2011 / Podcast # 11-28

Tony Beshara

In today’s job market, applicants are often focused on submitting resume after resume and less on crafting a solid CV for each position. In this episode of Edgewise, America’s top recruiter, Tony Beshara, tells how to prime your resume and put it in the hands of decision-makers. Tony has collected his findings from 30 years of perusing resumes and cover letters into his latest book, Unbeatable Resumes(AMACOM), breaking down the approach to a cross section of career levels, job titles, and job functions. Tony not only specifies the critical components of stand-out resume, he arms applicants with strategies to get themselves out of the application abyss into an actual interview, and even how to master awkward questions.
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Tony Miller on Systemically Strengthening Our Schools

Employing business development practices to target deficiencies in America’s Education System

June 24, 2011 / Podcast # 11-25

Tony Miller

In devising a strategy to bolster the nation’s eroded educational framework, Anthony Miller, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Education, pulls from his business background as well as international research on the processes and metrics employed by other countries to raise the academic bar. At the core of Tony’s blueprint, is the alignment of student achievement goals and initiatives with budgets and operating plans, and making critical investments in training teachers, particularly in the use of technology and collaboration tools to facilitate communication and maximize targeted learning. Tony also discusses partnerships between major corporations and higher education systems, and the importance of deploying such initiatives to equip students with the competencies most essential to competing and exceling in the 21st century global workplace.
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David Livermore

David Livermore, author of The Cultural Intelligence Difference, due out this month, defines Cultural Intelligence Quotient (CQ) as one’s ability to function effectively across national, ethnic, and organizational cultures. From a misinterpreted gesture, to an email in lieu of a phone call, there are implicit actions, rules, and guidelines that differ from countries or even corporations, that can make a profound professional impression. Knowledge of these nuances isn’t innate, regardless of skill-level, IQ, or EQ. But CQ can be learned. David outlines the four areas of CQ and why your proficiency in them can be the defining factor in your career progress.
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David Clemons & Michael Kroth on Managing Your Mobile Workforce

Keeping workers engaged, even when they're not in the office.

January 7, 2011 / Podcast # 11-01

David Clemons & Michael Kroth

It’s a challenge to lead any employee but when a large number of them are mobile and don’t even show up in the office, the stakes are raised even further. Today’s technology makes it easier but David Clemons and Michael Kroth want to remind you that cell phones and e-mail are tools, not a solution. The smartest leaders don’t just hand their employees a Blackberry and send them on their way; they figure out how to use those tools to engage their mobile workers and keep them motivated, everything a face-to-face leader would do, just at a distance. Read more…

 

Stan Slap on Engaging Emotional Commitment in the Workforce

Why so many employees are dissatisfied.

November 19, 2010 / Podcast # 10-47

Stan Slap

Stan Slap asked thousands of managers what were their most important personal values and the top answers were “family” and “integrity.” When he asked the same managers which values they were most pressured to compromise, the top answers were “family” and “integrity.” It’s not that work is simply keeping us away from home and forcing us to lie, it’s that the majority of the workforce feels that they cannot truly be comfortable as themselves in the workplace. In his new book, Bury My Heart at Conference Room B, Stan discusses ways to tap into these unmet needs and create true emotional engagement in employees. Read more…

 

Michelle Johnson on Creating a Culture of Acceptance in the Workplace

Workplace diversity is more than skin deep.

October 29, 2010 / Podcast # 10-44

Michelle T. Johnson

If you have to ask if a certain behavior is discriminatory, chances are, there’s already a problem. For every discrimination lawsuit, there were many more instances where discrimination occurred and was not reported. Workplace discrimination is about more than the standard list of minorities that are protected by law. Everyone who comes in to work has a different worldview and even if they just have a different way of working than the person the next cube over, that should be respected. In her new book, The Diversity Code, Michelle Johnson lets us know that it’s more than following a simple set of rules; each company needs to create a culture of acceptance. Read more…