One Sure Way to Maximize Training & Development Dollars

According to the Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) 2016 State of the IndustryReport, organizations spend on average $1,252 per employee on training and development efforts. This means billions upon billions of dollars globally every year; however, despite the size of these expenditures, many leaders struggle to determine if the investment expended achieves desired learning outcomes and improved organizational performance.

6 Money Questions Wise People Can Answer

Imagine the life you want to live.

Consider your goals and your aspirations.

Think about what you love to do.

Reflect on what truly matters to you.

When you think about these things, what comes to mind?

  • Do you want to retire early and travel the world?
  • Are you interested in opening your own business?

Leadership Can Be Tough

How have we come to think that someone can become a great leader without being controversial or upsetting at times?

Leadership is a tough, often isolated role.

The leader must make decisions, deliver messages, and convey information that can upset some. Not every leader is up to this task. As a result, some leaders water down their messages or avoid addressing a subject in a timely and direct manner.

Understanding Another’s Perspective

Imagine two people are sitting at opposite sides of the same table. Between them sits a beautiful bouquet – in a simple glass vase. The assortment of flowers and greenery is simply amazing.

Each person is asked to write a description of the flowers. Later the descriptions are compared. They appear to be very different – near opposites.

Create a Culture of Contributors: Start Now

Waitress serving coffee from machine

Some time ago, I walked into a small, one of a kind, coffee shop. The place was clean and the coffee good, but what stuck with me was my conversation with the woman behind the counter.

As I approached the register, I was met with a pleasant smile and a kind, “Good morning, how may I help you today?” The handprinted name tag on her smock read “Helpful Helen”. As I watched her perform her duties, it became apparent to me that she was living up to her name…

How to Achieve the Balance You Crave

Several years ago, my wife and I took a business / personal trip to California.On our way to the hotel, we passed a sign proclaiming, “SUP Rental & Instruction, 7-Days a Week.”

Not knowing what SUP stood for, we asked our taxi driver. He informed us that SUP was shorthand for Stand-Up Paddling and explained that it was popular up and down the coast.

Stop Fighting that Thing

Perhaps it is time for you (for me) to stop fighting against that thing.

Perhaps it is time to step back; revisit your approach, and to explore a new way. Allow the wisdom that you’ve gathered through proactive learning and experience to inform you of a new way forward.

This doesn’t mean you give up on your goals, it merely means that you might find a way to accomplish them that doesn’t require fighting.

Pouring Out Trust

Abundant leaders pour out trust upon others. This doesn’t mean that they are gullible or refuse to recognize the risks of failure, it simply means that they know that to achieve the best results today and tomorrow, they must trust others and create a trusting culture.

They also know that a culture of trust starts with them.

Want to Be a True Performer? Do This…

You’re excited about your new job. You want to make an impact. You hit the ground running.

Over time, you build new relationships, deliver good results, and make a name for yourself.

  • A few weeks pass.
  • Weeks become months.
  • Months become years.
  • You grow¬†comfortable.

If you see yourself or a colleague falling into the comfort zone, perhaps it’s time to do what all true achievers do: