New Skills, Employee Morale and Extraordinary Bosses

Each Friday, RPS will highlight five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending most amongst your industry peers.

Forbes: 9 Things a Boss Should Never Say To an Employee – Boiled Down to 1 by Erika Andersen
In last week’s popular Forbes article, 9 Things A Boss Should Never Say To An Employee, Alan Hall notes that lots of attention is paid to communication mistakes for employees to avoid when dealing with their bosses, and goes on to “turn the tables” by offering a list of things bosses shouldn’t say to their employees. In her article, Andersen notes that every point on the list is a variation on a theme. Each one of the 9 “don’ts” Alan leads her to conclude that the heart of bad boss communication is: “I’m much more important than you, so what I say goes.”

Inc.: 7 Traits of Extraordinary Bosses by Geoffrey James
While Hall and Andersen wrote about bad boss behaviors, James explored the formula behind exceptional leadership. Why do some bosses attract the best and most loyal employees, while others constantly drive them away? The answer lies in the basic traits that each boss brings to the job. While average bosses are obsessed with their own goals, extraordinary bosses understand what employees need and then give those things to them. With that in mind, check out the traits employees want to see the most in the people for whom they work.

Business Insider: 7 Ways To Boost Employee Morale by Vivian Giang
As workplaces undergo dramatic transformations, leaders must learn to manage in an entirely different way. To lift morale, leadership must be flexible and innovative. This article shares some easy ways employers can increase happiness — which can eventually lead to an overall improvement in the business — for their workers.

Harvard Business Review: How to Master a New Skill by Amy Gallo
We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the skill and the person, but this article outlines some general rules you can follow.

Chief Learning Officer: How to Develop In-Demand Leaders By Sandra Davis
In a leadership environment rife with change and opportunity, learning leaders proactively seek better ways to augment the development experience. But how do good leaders become great? Today, the most highly valued leaders are those most adept at engaging with others. Ultimately, great leadership comes down to being intentional about learning from experience and finding ways to practice.

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