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Developing Managers? Start With Their Thinking.

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“Agility” has become one of the hot buzzwords of the workplace today. As we settle in to a reality of rapid changes, continual uncertainty and new circumstances that have very little precedent and no clear-cut answers, everyone is feeling the pressure to adapt, to flex, to shift on a dime.

In many organizations, it’s the managers and emerging leaders who are on the front lines of this pressure. As Tom Davenport of Towers Watson put it, "Creating a resilient workplace that can deal with trauma and come out engaged on the other end is not a senior executive's role. It's a line manager's job."

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Engage the Brains of Your High Potentials & Managers As If Your Business Depends On It (Because it Does)

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High-potential leaders are critical to ensuring businesses can meet their goals now and in years to come, and that’s why one of the most pressing human resource challenges today is a lack of up-and-coming managerial talent to quickly and effectively execute on critical strategies and initiatives.

A recent PWC survey found that 50% of business leaders say their biggest challenge is recruiting and retaining high-potential middle managers. The impact, they report, is being felt across the business, from cancelled or delayed strategic initiatives to missed market opportunities and an inability to innovative effectively.

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In Preparing for the Olympics, Coca-Cola Exercises its Brainpower

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Seventy days, 8,000-plus miles, 1,000 towns, and one momentous flame.

Preparing for what was dubbed the “logistical minefield” of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay wasn’t so much a physical test as a mental one for the organizers and sponsors of the London Games.

As a Worldwide Partner, Coca-Cola knew it would need to unleash its full brainpower to execute with flawless communication, stay agile in the face of enormous complexity, and generate world-class teamwork from a diverse group of people who, for the most part, had never worked together before.

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Thinking Agility® Webcast Available for On-Demand Viewing

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Ann Herrmann-Nehdi’s July 13th HR.com webcast, Getting More Done With Less: 4 Steps to Building Your Thinking Agility, is now available for on-demand viewing for HR.com members.

Ann reveals how you can apply what we know about thinking and the brain to better “see around corners” and harness the full brainpower available—your own as well as others’—to meet today’s mental demands while maintaining a more strategic mindset.

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Leaders Need to Develop Their Thinking Agility

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In a recent video interview, Tapping into the Brain for Powerful Results, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO of Herrmann International, shared why thinking agility is so important for leaders today, and why the ability to adapt to situations as they arise and focus energy on optimizing thinking processes is critical to the development of the next generation of leadership.

The interview, which was conducted at the 2012 ASTD International Conference and Expo, is part of a Training & Development Insights documentary project sponsored by Cooper Services. In it, Ann explains how leaders can become more balanced in thinking both strategically and tactically.

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ASTD 2012: 5 Reasons to Stop By Booth 711

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The ASTD 2012 International Conference and Expo is around the corner, and we’re gearing up for a great show in Denver.

Here are just a few of the things you’ll be able to do when you stop by the Herrmann International booth, #711, in the Expo Hall this year:

  1. Pick up a free USB drive pre-stocked with Whole Brain® resources.
  2. Spend focused time with Herrmann International representatives to discuss your business priorities and goals.
  3. Experience sample modules from the award-winning simulation, The Thinking Accelerator®.
  4. View quick learning videos on various management topics.
  5. Play “Kinect Adventures” and get the opportunity to win a free Kinect peripheral for XBOX 360!

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Teaching Culture: The Onboarding Connection

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Most of us have stories of being a new hire or new to the team and having to figure out what the norms are, what the lingo means, and in general, what the culture is really all about. It’s often a process of discovery, and sometimes it can be an eye-opening one at that.

While it’s not unusual for the organizational culture to be revealed in this gradual, informal way, a recent blog post from Talent Management Magazine makes the case for taking the time upfront to teach new hires about the culture.

Citing the book, Successful Onboarding: A Strategy to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization, by Mark A. Stein and Lilith Christiansen, the post explains that teaching culture during onboarding reduces the learning curve and helps people acclimate faster.

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How to Get Leadership Buy-In For Your Initiatives

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How do you win senior management’s confidence and commitment when your initiatives are competing for time, attention and budget?

Learn how you can better harness your own thinking preferences and the brainpower of those around you to make your case. Ann Herrmann-Nehdi shows you how in the free HR.com webinar, Getting Buy-in for Your HR Initiatives: Applying C-Level Thinking for Faster and Better Results.

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Engaging Employees: Pay Attention to What Really Matters

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Engaging Employees: Pay Attention to What Really Matters

From business magazines to HR publications to health and wellness websites, employee engagement is one of the hot topics of the moment.

The Googles and Zappos.com's of the world are often name-dropped as examples of companies that are doing it right, keeping their employees happy and, well, keeping their employees.

But what makes them happy? Is it the perks like free food and dry cleaning? The financial incentives? The social activities?

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Leadership in an Age of Information Overload

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What does it take to be an effective leader in an age of information overload?

In an HR.com webinar last month, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi showed participants how to develop their leaders’ “mind management skills” so they can successfully navigate in an increasingly noisy and demanding environment. If you missed the session, or if you want to view it again and download the slides, the recording is now available on the HR.com website.

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