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Using Deep Practice to Develop Essential Skills as a New Manager

Think back to being a young child, and learning to ride a bike for the first time. From the second you hopped on the seat, were you good at it? Or did you swerve or maybe even fall before you could successfully ride down the street? Is the old saying “practice makes perfect” really true?

Recent research has shown that practice plays a huge role in developing skills. But not all practice is created equal. A special type of skill building called “Deep Practice” has been proven to develop talent far more effectively than other methods. Deep Practice consists of stretching yourself just outside your comfort zone, stopping and reflecting when errors occur, making adjustments, and continuing this process over time. 

Deep Practice can apply to a wide variety of skills – from hitting a baseball, to playing guitar, to delegating a task to an employee. We’ll first explore how Deep Practice works and the principles behind this technique. Then we’ll discuss how this applies to developing fundamental skills as a manager in the workplace.

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Delegation Training Key Concept: The 4 Steps of Effectively Delegating Tasks

Being in a leadership role involves a variety of tasks that, simply put, cannot all be completed by one person. Sometimes leaders feel they must do all of these tasks themselves to ensure they are done properly. On the contrary, it’s beneficial for the organization as a whole, when a manager delegates some of these tasks to employees. Delegating empowers others in the organization, and helps optimize the performance of the group. When more members are included in the ownership of projects, the more efficient your organization will become.

Don’t know where to begin? Delegating can be difficult to do for many people, but luckily this delegating template helps you simplify the process. We’ll walk you through the 4 steps of delegating tasks so you can begin reaping the benefits of effective delegation!

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Leadership vs. Management: Why It Matters in the Training Industry

When companies are looking to improve, many focus on training employees to become better leaders. What is often ignored, however, is also training employees to become better managers, which is just as critical to the success of an organization. Although some management and leadership skills are closely related, there are many distinct differences between the two. Let’s explore the distinction between leadership and management, why both are important, and how many development initiatives fall short by failing to address both of these skill sets.

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Expert Interview with Todd Macey, President of Vital Learning

The Central Connecticut State Office of Continuing Education recently published an “Expert Interview” with Todd Macey, the President of Vital Learning. The “Expert Interview” series gathers insights and opinions from various leaders in the education and training industries.

In the interview, Todd shares his thoughts on getting managers fully committed to their own self-improvement, teaching “soft skills” in virtual environments, and developing the skills leaders will need to be successful in the future.  

Want to get a peek at where leadership development is headed and learn more about why many manager training programs are ineffective? Check out Todd’s expert interview here.

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What Your Boss Wants to Know About Management Training

Why is investing in management training important for an organization? There’s more to it than a simple answer of professional development, talent management or knowledge acquisition. Having effective leaders and managers is one of the most critical components to long-term organizational success. Good or bad managers can affect employee retention, engagement, quality of service and, ultimately, revenue.

Most people agree that developing employees is important, but proving the value of these initiatives to executives can be challenging. One of the most common objections to leadership development is “aren’t all of these skills just inherent and intuitive?” Or “can’t people just learn these skills on the job?” While many effective management skills are intuitive and simple, the execution of these skills can be quite difficult. And learning leadership skills without structure and guidance is often a recipe for bad habits. Management training takes time, resources and money, so why should your boss invest in it? Stated another way, what are the benefits of developing practical skills among your company’s managers?

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5 Signs Your Managers Need Leadership Training

A good manager manages. A great manager leads. Bridging the gap between a good manager and a great manager begins with identifying what needs to change.

Leadership training is essential to any organization who aims to give their managers the tools they need to deal with difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable workplace situations. Since the quality of managers account for up to 70% in variance of employee engagement, it is crucial to make sure yours are of the highest quality. If managers at your organization exhibit any of the following traits, you should consider developing their skills so they are better equipped to execute. Below are 5 common issues and signs that your managers need leadership training.

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5 Steps to Enhancing Workplace Conflict Resolution

Resolving workplace conflicts can be one of the trickiest jobs for a manager. A 2008 study found that the average employee spends 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict in the office. The very existence of a conflict can often blur the line between personal and professional affairs, making it uncomfortable for many people. When you’re the one with the authority to resolve the situation, navigating that line can seem like a gargantuan task.

Fortunately, most workplace conflicts stem from a handful of common sources and can be effectively addressed with a generally applicable playbook. Here is our five-step process for workplace conflict resolution.

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Commitment-Based Training: Why It’s Essential For Your Team

How does your company view management training? Are you using it as a compelling professional development tool, or are you just checking off training boxes to remain compliant?

Many companies are just scraping by, completing the bare minimum when it comes to training – and nothing more. But, the most successful management programs are ones that companies are dedicated to over the long term. It’s about more than compliance. It’s about commitment.

The right investment in management training goes beyond purchasing a course and providing it to your employees. You need to integrate training and self-improvement into your company culture.

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