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Explore Sample IT and Leadership Videos from the Skillsoft Course Library

By Lorien Green

Samples are one of life’s greatest guilty pleasures. Whether it’s a free trial of a movie streaming service, those micro-sized perfume bottles from the department store, or the sample booths at Costco – a little taste of something for free really gets peoples’ endorphins pumping.Read more

Leadership Skills Training Lesson: Invite Someone Unexpected to Your Next Meeting

By Shawn Hunter

Years ago, Matt May was consulting to a Detroit car company. After interviewing people in the organization, he discovered theirs was a culture that stifled ideas in a command-and-control hierarchical fashion. The leaders of the company rejected his suggestion, didn’t believe him, and insisted they had an open environment where all ideas were welcome to the table.Read more

The 2020 Leader: Attributes for Success in the 2020 Workplace

We are pleased to bring you a guest blog post today from Jeanne Meister, upcoming keynote speaker at Perspectives 2011 and co-author of The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.Read more

Leadership Skills Training Lesson: The Human Factor Turnaround

By Shawn Hunter

I was honored to interview Paul Hiltz recently in Cincinnati. Several years ago as the new CEO of Mercy Hospital, after a string of leaders before him had come and gone, one of the often side questions he would get was, “So how long do you intend to stay?” Paul never had any intention of leaving the hospital, even as it was losing almost 10% annually as a business.Read more

How prepared are you for leadership loss?

By Shawn Hunter

AMA Corporate Learning recently surveyed over 1,100 senior managers and executives on the topic of leadership succession planning and discovered only 14% described their organization as properly prepared to confront key leadership loss, and over 80% said they were either “somewhat prepared” or “not at all prepared.” In the case of Apple and Steve Jobs, confidence appears reasonably high that Tim Cook is prepared to lead the company through Jobs’ health break.Read more

Leadership Skills Training Lesson: Asking the Right Questions

By Shawn Hunter

We grow in the direction of the questions we ask. Our line of inquiry reinforces our interests, fuels our curiosity, and amplifies our identity and understanding in that direction.  In a world today that is increasingly volatile, ambiguous and complex, the ideas and opinions that vie for our attention have compounded vastly beyond our abilities to digest intellectually, and thus the inquisitive choices we make become increasingly important in directing the shape of our ideas, our identities and our collaborative communities.Read more