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Managing Stress
If Dogs Could Teach
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Tick, Tick, Tick – Thinking Successfully
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Some of this material is adapted from the New York Times

Change Management
One of the greatest dangers faced by company leaders is a lack of understanding re the multiple dynamics of change.

Peter de Jager, a well-known consultant in the area of change identified three types of organizational change:

• Type I – that which is done to us
• Type II – that which we do to ourselves
• Type III – that which we do to others

Although these labels do not break new ground; thoughtful application can lead to better change management.

Consider the situation with a manufacturing facility that relocates to another state. For the management team involved in the decision making process this is clearly a Type II and a Type III change. Specifically, management is in control and has already had an opportunity to answer the critical questions associated with change.*

1. Concern for Self – “Am I up to the challenge?”
2. Concern for Task – “What am I required to do?”
3. Concern for Impact – “What difference will it make?”

Our team of skilled facilitators is capable of helping you think and work through the significance of these questions to your key constituencies so your change efforts can achieve the results you determined they would.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power of emotions as a source of energy, information, and influence. The cornerstone of EQ is a high level of self-awareness in the current moment. By developing their EQ, people strengthen awareness of their own emotions, the impact those emotions are having on others, and then adjust to produce more productive outcomes.

In recent years behavioral experts have made a strong case for the value and impact of emotional intelligence (EQ) at all levels of business. EQ is more potent than IQ (intelligence quotient) in determining success and it is possible to improve one’s EQ through various means. For example:

  • The US Air Force reduced recruiter turnover from 35% to 5% annually by selecting candidates high in emotional intelligence. The total cost savings was $3 million per year on a one time investment of less than one-percent of the savings.
  • Across cultures executives selected for their emotional intelligence are more likely to succeed than those chosen for their IQ or job experience. In Latin America, Germany and Japan, 74% of top performers were high in EQ while only 24% of the low performers were high in EQ.
  • L’Oreal realized a $91,370 sales increase for each salespeople selected for EQ skills. This group also had 63% less turnover than sales staff not part of the EQ program.

Workforce Management
To be perfectly blunt about it, Pittsburgh is getting old. Half the line workers who repair, maintain and upgrade the grid at Duquesne Light, its electric utility, will be eligible to retire by the end of the decade. Likewise, half the 6,500 nurses working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals will hit the typical retirement age of 55 in the next seven years. And just outside of town, at Westinghouse Electric, which designs and maintains nuclear power generators, the average age of engineers is in the late 40's.
The trend has some people worried. "A silent crisis threatens the prosperity of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania," warned a 2002 report by the Center for Competitive Workforce Development at Duquesne University.
And what is happening in Pittsburgh appears to be an early installment of a demographic drama unfolding across the nation. As workers age, fewer new bodies are coming into the workforce to replace them. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the working-age population - adults 16 to 54 - will grow by six million people from 2002 to 2012. By contrast, the 55-and-over age bracket will expand by 18 million.
This shift will only intensify. By 2030, people 55 and older will make up 37 percent of the adult population, up from 15 percent today. "This is a sleeper issue," said Charles E. M. Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development, a group of business and education leaders that conducts policy research in Washington. "We do have a demographic time bomb."
How will it all play out? Some companies - though obviously not a majority - are taking the longer view, by scrambling to secure tomorrow's workforce today.

Completed Adverse Impact Study
Conclusion—There is no evidence to suggest any of the TTI assessments (DISC, Values, HVP) could cause adverse impact with regard to gender, race, disability or veteran status. Even though the means of the subgroups are statistically different from the means of the general population, they are all well within the EEOC guideline of 80 percent and well within the first standard deviation from the population mean.

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Adverse Impact
What is "adverse impact"? Under the U.S. Disparate Impact doctrine, an employer may not use an employment practice (e.g. pre-employment aptitude test) that, even though neutral on its face and applied to all applicants or employees, disproportionately excludes members of a protected category.

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