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How to Manage Tech Teams: Four Unique Rules for Success

In 2015, The New York Times published a damaging exposé on the culture of tech-giant Amazon. The Times reported that among many abuses, employees were encouraged to “Tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late, …and [hold] standards that the company boasts are ‘unreasonably high.’” This unsavory report left many grateful they [...]

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How to Raise Sensitive Issues During a Virtual Meeting

Hassan jammed a pencil eraser into his palm over and over to deal with his frustration. He was 80 minutes into a virtual meeting with counterparts from five other countries. A financial downturn had cut their revenue outlook dramatically. Those on the call had been tasked with taking 15% out of their cost structure, to [...]


Training Magazine Announces 2016 TTV Winners

Chicago, IL (September 21, 2016)—During an exciting evening that featured a surprise appearance and impromptu performance by blues icon Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago, 2016 Online Learning Conference participants voted video clips featuring a savvy school janitor and not-so savvy crime scene investigators No. 1 in their respective categories in Training magazine’s Top [...]

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How to Save a Sinking Ship

Dear David, I am one of several department chairs at a proprietary college. Since I have been here, we have had four people rotate in and out of the dean’s position; the most recent having been marched from the building yesterday. We have had every leadership style from overbearing micromanagement to completely oblivious apathy. When [...]


How a Culture of Silence Eats Away at Your Company

Most people think they will speak up when something negative happens at work, but few actually do. Take these examples from a recent survey we did with managers and employees: “We had an assistant who created a very adversarial atmosphere. We walked on eggshells around her. People would rather do her work themselves than engage [...]

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