Reskilling for 2021: Cultivating Agility, Restoring Resilience, and Building Trust

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“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  Albert Einstein

February 2021

As a leadership and team development expert, I follow many publications and podcasts for information about trends. My team and I are always on the lookout for ways to anticipate the needs of our clients in order to better serve them. So, I am borrowing from a recent McKinsey newsletter on the trends that will define 2021.

My favorite point from this article is the admonition to leaders to do more than just “get through” the pandemic and restore their companies for the world we enjoyed before the virus disrupted everything (hence the Einstein quote).

Leaders must instead take on job #1: “recharging their fatigued organizations by actively managing the energy of their workforces, cu...

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The Latest Stories from GWBC Radio

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Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC),  the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses.

Click here for Laura’s latest interview on GWBC Radio where she highlights the importance of working on your strengths to be an effective leader and team worker, and working toward an Agile culture.

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New Podcast Episode on Emotional Intelligence & Leadership and Team Agility: HOW AGILE ARE YOU?

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It’s clear that the CoVid 19 challenge the world is still facing has required new levels of leadership and teaming skills. People and organizations have been called to step up their game in order to lead through this crisis and beyond.

Listen to Dean interview Laura on the importance of emotional intelligence, agility, and intuition to lead through change and disruption. As they discuss, we all have a natural inclination for how we handle new situations and the conflicts that may arise. How easily do you adapt to new situations, not just at work, but in your community and society? Your level of agility impacts your relationships with coworkers and colleagues, friends and family members, and the world at large.

We have two resources to help you and your coworkers and teams to become...

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Master Effective Communication and Collaboration by Becoming a Certified DiSC Facilitator

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If these past six months have taught us anything, it is the need for effective communication skills especially in a virtual/remote team environment.

Many companies found that people could be productive while working from home, but the challenges of maintaining connection and building trust are becoming more apparent over time.

Some of the challenges we are hearing from clients now include:

  • Trying to recreate the “water cooler” impromptu conversations that tend to happen in a physical work environment or conference
  • Maintaining a culture of teamwork and cohesiveness
  • Onboarding new employees so they feel connected to their team, their leaders, and the culture
  • Getting to know new team members, customers and clients, and building trust with new people in this virtual working world
  • Getting p...
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Our New Capabilities to Help You Navigate the New World of Work

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It goes without saying that the world has changed dramatically for all of us in these last 5 to 6 months.  Many of the well-laid plans we had in place for 2020 were disrupted if not downright demolished.

We have all had to become more resilient, more agile and flexible, and certainly more digital than ever before.  Now that we have been into this crisis for more than a few months, it is apparent that this situation will be a marathon and not a sprint.

In the short-term, many organizations had to put aside their plans to grow and develop their people to deal with the urgent needs of the moment due to the global pandemic. However, not preparing your people to deal effectively with the new world of work is not sustainable. This email outlines just a few of the new, enhanced capabilities we...

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Celebrating Success! A WPDN Panel Discussion | Wednesday July 29 | 11:00 am

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Success is meant to be shared and celebrated. Small successes that lead to bigger successes are something that most women entrepreneurs hope and plan for. This month we are bringing together three, talented long-time WPDN Members, to dive deep into a frank and juicy conversation about “success”. We will explore the different faces and phases of success, staying the “long game” in business, from how they all began to what life looks like now. This conversation is designed to engage and inspire you and lead you to your “next steps.” Bring your journal, a tasty bite, and be ready to participate as we “Celebrate Success”.

Join Laura and the rest of the Women’s Professional Development Network Panel for a Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (EDT...

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Change Starts from the Top: Improving Employee Engagement in Uncertain Times

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Coronavirus changed how we work and do business in ways we don’t even know yet. But for all the change going on, one thing hasn’t changed—the need for engaged employees. If anything, organizations require engaged employees now more than ever. Before the virus, employee disengagement levels among American workers reached as high as 70 percent—costing the US economy between $450 and $550 billion per year.

In an environment of economic volatility, today’s organizations cannot afford to ignore employee engagement. Besides saving money, high employee engagement gives organizations the edge they need to not only survive but to thrive in today’s market of uncertainty.

But to create a culture of engagement, leadership needs to play a direct role in developing and implementing an engag...

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Why the Pre-Hire Process is Really About Planning

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Think about the last time you ventured out to find a new job. Did you come across postings that seemed as though they were written a decade ago?

You know what we’re talking about, right? It’s not that the job descriptions are entirely out of date, though sometimes they are. It’s more that what was once an emerging skillset is now an accepted norm in the workplace. Yes, we do know how to use the Internet! Does that mean we get the job?!

Perhaps the company that posted the job descriptions from 10 years ago hasn’t given much recent thought into what they are now and who they want in the new role. And they really haven’t considered how the needs of the position have changed with time. For a prospective candidate, that would be a turn off...

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What Your Personality Tells You About Working Remotely

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Whether we’re fans of it or not, working from home has become a reality that’s here to stay—with or without a crisis. While some personalities lend themselves well to working from home, others have a more difficult time adjusting to remote conditions. Regardless of all the questions surrounding the work from home trend, such as, “Will this become the new norm,” one fact remains clear—remote work requires increased communication, connection, clarity, and understanding.

Working from home also means flexing outside of our comfort zones. It might, at times, require more empathy towards our colleagues, different ways of interacting, more frequent check-ins, and finding new ways to meet our daily needs.

For some personality types, working from home is probably like winning the jackp...

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Shining a Light on the Unknown

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Thousands of years ago, our ancestors discovered an innovation that changed the course of history—fire. Not only did fire allow people to cook their food (rendering asparagus slightly more palatable), it enabled humans to dispel the darkness and identify threats lurking in the shadows. Fire led to security. And from a place of security, humanity thrived.

Although humans no longer rely solely on open flame to light the night, we still deeply rely on our ability to illuminate the unknown. This ability allows us to collect the information we need to make informed decisions that lead to success, especially in the business world. Now more than ever, we need the illuminating power of talent management assessments to guide the way towards informed decisions.

Why?

Of course, resumes, interviews...

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