NorQuest Weekly Round-up July 5

bigstock Success 4936474 195x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up July 5Here are the top leadership and talent management articles of the past week:

Business Insider:  Successful Hiring Isn’t Just About Skills: It’s About Attitude
Although skill sets are the main reason why most talent is hired, attitude is what really counts, says Mark Murphy, author of Hiring For Attitude. This article reviews why, and some of the ways companies can benefit from hiring not just for talent, but how they’ll fit in the company.

New York Times: In France, M.B.A. Candidates Learn Leadership, in the Mud
An absolutely fascinating article on the methods and results of leadership courses held at France’s officer training school, Saint-Cyr.

Business Insider: MBA Mondays: Retaining Your Employees
Fred Wilson, VC and principal of Union Square Ventures and writer of the influential A VC, outlines a plan to retain employees – communicate, hire well, culture matters, career paths, assessment, and compensation.
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DiSC® PPSS (Personal Profile Systems Software)

figure with gold key DiSC® PPSS (Personal Profile Systems Software) One of my favorites of all the DiSC® reports is the DiSC® PPSS Online Report, because it provides individuals with detailed personalized information to help them apply DiSC® learning in a variety of personal and business situations. It offers a wide range of practical interpretive reports that can help individuals improve their effectiveness, and assist in their success.

But why do we need such a system at all?

Well, people are different – with their own way of looking at the world, and with their own set of needs, wants and fears. And these differences can cause conflict, unless we have a system for understanding differences, and some well thought out strategies for managing these differences. DiSC® is a simple 4 factor system for understanding human behavior that is based on over 2,000 years of human history. It provides a model of understanding yourself, understanding others, and understanding the expectations of the environment in which we are situated. The value of the DiSC® PPSS is that it focuses on the individual, and provides guidance in increasing his/her effectiveness in the world that surrounds them.DiSCProfile DiSC® PPSS (Personal Profile Systems Software)
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Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys

Last week we talked about Hiring Winning Talent. This week I would like to focus on the object of that exercise – the applicant!

Find a Job Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys Any organization wants to hire the person with the best skills, knowledge and personality, that will mesh with their goals and objectives. The applicant, on the other hand, wants an organization in which he/she can develop their skills and knowledge and reach his/her peak potential. They want to succeed, and they are looking for a position that will help them realize their potential.

In planning your approach to any job search, there are three key areas, to consider:

  • The research: This is yourpreparation. What do you have to offer the organization, and what can the organization offer you in terms of your life’s goals.
  • The interview: presenting yourself in the most favorable light.
  • The post interview: following up on the interview.

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5 Keys to Building Strong Relationships: Leaders Connecting with People

Human beings, of necessity, depend on one another. As John Donne said some 400 years ago, “No man is an island.”

But we all know that when groups of people gather together, there is often dissension. Even in couples or small groups, simply getting along is often a problem. And that is the problem that we must address if we wish to be effective in relating positively to one another. Because we also know that cooperation leads to greater productivity, while dissension often gives the opposite result!

people sm 5 Keys to Building Strong Relationships: Leaders Connecting with PeopleBut people are different!  And that’s what it is all about: trying to understand and respond to the needs of the people we are trying to build a relationship with.

Most of us grew up with the Golden Rule; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” A great message, but taken literally, it simply does not work! How I would like to be treated is not necessarily the way you would like to be treated! We are all different – with different patterns of behavior and different perceptions of what appeals to us, and how we want to be treated. [Read more…]

Articles by Norquest

Everything DiSC Sales Map Articles by NorquestEverything DiSC Series of Articles

Below are links to a series of articles here on the blog about the Everything DiSC products

5 Steps for Hiring Winning Talent

In these ever changing and competitive times, the need to hire the right talent the first time must be a high organizational priority. Organizations who can hire right the first time to fill the available positions have a competitive edge.
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Team Leadership: Developing and Coaching Others

BusinessTeam Articles by NorquestIt is generally agreed that one of the key roles of a team leader is to improve the effectiveness of each member of his team through development and coaching.

Coaching on the Job – For Peak Productivity

On-the-job training is now such a common way of training workers that the practice may seem straightforward and almost simple. But doing it effectively requires more thought and preparation than simply having someone follow an experienced worker around and watch what they are doing.

Motivating Team Members

The goal is set, the tasks defined, everyone knows what to do – now what? How do you get the team members to start, and to keep working enthusiastically, until the goal is attained?
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Do You Have an Elevator Speech?

When asked that question, you have about 30 seconds to establish a connection with the person asking. That is why it is often called “Your Elevator Speech” or “Your Meeting Statement”.
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DiSC® PPSS (Personal Profile Systems Software)

One of my favorites of all the DiSC® reports is the DiSC® PPSS Online Report, because it provides individuals with detailed personalized information to help them apply DiSC® learning in a variety of personal and business situations.
Click here to read more…

Time Mastery Or Time Management? It’s Your Choice!

by William C Blake

bigstockphoto Business Team 4077379 300x225 Articles by NorquestTime is a limited commodity – just 24 hours each day, and we can’t put any aside for future use! So, daily we have pressing issues to deal with and a multitude of demands on our time. These demands are important, and so we have to pay attention to them, and we try to accommodate them all. Often it seems like we are trying to juggle a bunch of time balls in the air.

This is the problem – to satisfy all these often conflicting demands while continuing to focus on our dreams and aspirations.

With Time Management we try to use a multitude of different devices to resolve our daily dilemma of too much to do, and not enough time to do it in.

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5 Key Roles in Successful Team Development

by William C Blake

bigstock Team Pulling Up An Arrow 4248588 300x300 Articles by NorquestIn today’s team based approach to the work environment, organizational success depends, more than ever before, on people working together effectively. This requires a clear understanding, by the individual, of his/her personal strengths, a real appreciation of the difference in others, and how their strengths interact with those of others. This knowledge is the foundation for successful team development.

Each member of a team has his/her individual characteristics and behaviorial preferences. The success of the team will depend to a large extent on how well they interrelate and capitalize on the strengths of each individual.

All of us have heard of the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you”. Today, Dr. Tony Alessandra, in his Platinum rule, disputes that.

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