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By Britt Andreatta | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

6 Steps to Creating a Learning Culture — and Why You Should

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Whether you know it or not, your organization already has a learning culture. If you employ humans, then learning happens in your workplace every day because we’re biologically wired to learn; we can’t stop ourselves from doing it.

The real question is whether you have a transformative learning culture that makes your organization more successful—or one that breeds conformity and stagnation.

I could go on and on about the perils of the latter: how organizations with poor learning cultures experience high turnover of their top talent, struggle to keep their customers, and ultimately fall behind their competitors on a number of fronts. They may seem profitable on paper for a bit, but ultimately the costs of the human factor catch up and they fail.

Organizations that create transformative learning cultures not only succeed but thrive. They know that learning is as natural and biologically driven as breathing—and they cultivate people’s potential through learning opportunities.

Here are the six steps to create a learning culture at your organization—and how it will help.

By Todd Dewett | Monday, April 20, 2015

Online Learning Boosts Employee Engagement

Employee engagement lifts when training is available

Employee engagement matters. It improves morale, productivity, and retention. Stronger engagement means stronger performance.

Many factors influence engagement, including the quality of the leader-follower relationship, trust in management, and the use of recognition and rewards.

Career-development activities—especially training—are another strong and sometimes overlooked contributor to engagement. This is particularly true in the managerial ranks. While we know that management-related training produces better managers, companies still don’t always provide it.

One reason has always been cost, but that simply isn’t an excuse with today’s online learning options. In fact, it’s now possible to add more value than we did back in the classroom—at a fraction of the cost.

By Jane Barratt | Thursday, April 16, 2015

3 Ways to Make Tax Time Easier Next Year

Tax time doesn't have to be ghastly

Doing your taxes can be stressful, complicated, and time consuming—as most of us have just been reminded.

Alas, tax time isn’t going anywhere.

So here are three tips for making tax season a little less painful next year.

By Judy Steiner-Williams | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Consider Your Audience: 3 Tips for Clear, Effective Business Writing

effective business writing starts with considering your audience

Most of us consider knowledge to be a wonderful thing—a thing worth having. And it is. But it also comes with a curse.

The “curse of knowledge” is this: When we know something, it’s hard to remember what it’s like not to know it. So we often assume that everyone else knows it, too.

That faulty assumption plagues us in writing, especially: If I know what I mean, then everyone else should, too.

For clear and effective business writing, we must consider the backgrounds and knowledge of audience when deciding not only what to communicate, but how.

Follow these three tips for clear, effective business writing — that does what you want it to do.

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, April 13, 2015

Manage LinkedIn Connections with the 'IF' Productivity App

IF is a top productivity app

I love productivity, and I love apps that help me be more productive. Among my top 10 productivity apps is one called IF.

Formerly called IFTTT (for “If This, Then That”), IF sets up triggers for a number of your common tasks. For example, you can tell it: If I change my Facebook profile picture, then update my Twitter profile picture with the same photo.

It works with over 65 of the apps and programs you already use, from Evernote and Dropbox to Instagram and Gmail.

By Pat Salvador | Friday, April 10, 2015

Convenient New Features of the Samsung Galaxy S6

Check out the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S6

The new line of Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile devices provides a number of fun and time-saving features.

You’ll find a Multi Window for split screen multi-tasking, edge screen configurations to help track your favorite contacts and move the features of the edge screen to either the left or right sides, and themes to express yourself within every aspect of the user interface. You can also go cordless now, thanks to an optional Wireless Charging Pad accessory.

I’ll walk you through the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:

By Jeff Toister | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Onboarding: Create the Ultimate New Hire Checklist

create the ultimate new hire checklist

Onboarding new employees can be a time-consuming process: paperwork, workstation set-up, training…

And the whole process can come to a screeching halt if you forget something important—like ordering a new computer before an employee’s first day.

One way to streamline things is to create a new hire checklist. It’s a simple tool to help you track progress and make sure nothing’s missed. A checklist also makes it easy to repeat the process the next time you hire someone new.

Here’s how to create the ultimate new hire checklist.

By Mike Figliuolo | Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Pricing Strategies: Get Your Numbers Right

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Getting your pricing wrong is one of the biggest and costliest mistakes you can make in business.

Avoid it by following this smart pricing strategy:

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