In Pursuit of Interesting

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There are many different approaches to self-development. Some of them are physical, some emotional, some spiritual. Most include a series of milestones or goals that allow you to track your progress and look forward to the next accomplishment. But today, we want to call your attention to a different approach. Rather than a future-centric pursuit toward goal achievement, we want you to consider a baseline goal to pursue whatever you find interesting.

Sounds obvious enough. Of course you aren’t going to go out of your way to pursue topics or ideas that you find uninteresting. But what if we told you to go a little further? Zat Rana writes in his Quartz article, All Goals Are Self-Defeating Except One, “The pursuit of interestingness, I think, solves the predicament that is inherent in g...

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Bridging Generational Differences in the Workplace

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Did you know that for the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace? Five! In a time where diversity and inclusion are (thankfully!) a top priority for organizations, generational diversity can be easy to overlook. Yet, each generation brings diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and behavioral norms to work that, when effectively connected, can improve organizational culture and performance.

The notion of so many generations now working together hadn’t really occurred to us until we watched Chip Conley’s TED Talk, “What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work – and vice versa”. Conley, Airbnb exec—and, coincidentally, Wiley-published author—found himself as the company elder when he brought his hospitality industry expertise to the (at the time) up-and-c...

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Making Stress Work For You

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Every day, we are inundated with ideas on how to reframe our perspectives around different issues. A new diet to help reframe our relationship with food, a digital course on how to change the way we manage finances, a self-help book on how to better understand where your spouse is coming from during an argument. All of these are great solutions for certain people in certain situations. But what about an actionable way to reframe something that affects all of us?

We’re talking about stress.

No matter how much or little, we all experience stress on a daily basis. For some of us, it can
be debilitating. For others, only a mild annoyance. Whichever camp you fall into, stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. We all experience it in different ways, shapes, and forms...

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Build Trust. Transform Culture. Rise Together.

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Teamwork starts at the individual level. But in a modern workplace that is high-speed and high-stakes, how can you equip people to quickly build cohesiveness and deliver results? Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. has the solution.

This new assessment and the related training/facilitation resources was created to harness the power of The Five Behaviors™ across the entire organization. The Five Behaviors is based upon the NY Times best-selling book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. The Five Behaviors™: Personal Development solution teaches individuals to become better teammates by integrating Patrick Lencioni’s model at the organizational level. The goal is to completely redefine teamwork and collaboration.

Personal Development was designed specifically to w...

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Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. Achieves Highest Sales Honor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 1, 2019
Atlanta Business Achieves Highest Sales Honor

Minneapolis, MN—Wiley announced today that Atlanta business Laura A. Davis & Associates is a 2018 Diamond Award-Winning Partner. The Diamond designation recognizes Laura A. Davis & Associates’ commitment to building better workplaces with the help of Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, proven workplace assessment-driven solutions from Wiley.

“We are excited to partner with professionals like those at Laura A. Davis & Associates who want to make a difference in the world of work,” says Susie Kukkonen, Vice President of Partner Channels at Wiley...

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You can become a certified Everything DiSC® Facilitator and/or Coach

Are you interested in becoming certified as an Everything DiSC® Facilitator and/or Coach?

Was this on your New Year’s resolution list for 2018? It’s not too late to sign up now.

It’s easier than you think! Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. is an Authorized Partner for three brands of Wiley products, including the Everything DiSC Workplace Facilitator Certification program. We can help get you on your way to becoming a DiSC® facilitator for your organization.

Here is a link to the upcoming certification schedule. Act now as these classes fill up quickly!

Certification puts the power of training into your own hands, allowing you to share the benefits of the Everything DiSC suite of products with your team. Everything DiSC offers immediate, applicable solutions to build better relationshi...

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Productive Conflict Masterclass July 19 from 10 to 11:30 AM ET

LAD-LI-Photo-7-17Workplace conflict is inevitable. Yet most people in organizations either try to avoid it or attempt to deal with it in equally destructive but more aggressive ways.

Entrepreneur Magazine estimates that unproductive conflict in the workplace costs US businesses $358 billion per year. In addition, the typical manager spends 25-40% of their time dealing with unproductive conflict situations.

How you respond to conflict is a CHOICE. AND Productive Conflict between individuals as well as on a team is actually necessary to promote innovation, creativity, engagement, and profit.

Making conflict productive is not all about following steps in a conflict resolution model. It is about understanding why we do what we do and learning how to manage our behavior as well as our thoughts and feelings that...

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Why Competence Is NOT the Most Effective Way to Lead

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“Warmth is the conduit of influence.” 
~ Cuddy, Kohut, and Nefinger, HBR July/August 2103 issue

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
~  Carl Jung

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” 
~ Daniel Goleman

“Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” 
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“I like to combine the dra...

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The Secret That Exceptional Influencers Know – Dialogue Skills & DiSC

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“One must not be afraid of a little silence. Some find silence awkward or oppressive. But a relaxed approach to dialogue will include the welcoming of some silence. It is often a devastating question to ask oneself, but it is sometimes important to ask it – “In saying what I have in mind will I really improve the silence?”
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Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant as Leader

“The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel, and misrepresentation.”
~ C. Northcote Parkinson

“A basic tenet of a healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency.”
~ Peter Fenn

“A conversation is a dialogue not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.”

~Truman Capote

“The secret to...

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Dispelling the Myths About Employee Engagement: Focusing on What Matters

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“Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.”  ~ Kahlil Gibran

“The truth, of course, is that a billion falsehoods told a billion times by a billion people are still false.”  ~ Travis Walton

“Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi


Dispelling the Myths about Employee Engagement: Focusing on What Matters

I recently read a provocative article about employment engagement in ATD’s March 2015 issue entitled “Employee Engagement: An Epic Failure?” I’m afraid the article underscored for me the confusion that exists in the marketplace about what employe...

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