Are you an Effective Leader?

Leaders are Made Not Born

Effective leadership can be thought of as a set of qualities and skills. Different leaders may have different makeups, different strengths, and challenges. But there are certain traits that lie at the core of leadership–the qualities that all great leaders share.” -Lolly Daskal

Effective leadership is a skill that can be developed over time. Lolly Daskal shares the 16 traits that are essential to great leaders. I suggest that you use this list to help inform you of your current level of leadership ability, and take a second to pat yourself on the back for the areas that you are excelling at, and also look at your weakest areas and let iMar help you to put together a plan to help you become the effective leader that you were born to be.

Read Daskals article here: Everything You Need to Know About Great Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

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We are in the First Wave of Automation…Did You Know?

The 3 Waves of Automation

But we should not be complacent about the coming waves of automation: there will be challenges to many workers to adapt to these changes through enhancing their skills and retraining for new careers in some cases. Governments, businesses, trade unions and educational providers will all have a role to play in helping people through this transition.” –Tilly Parke (PWC)

Automation has slowly crept into our lives under the disguise of convenience. I enjoy placing a mobile order and skipping the line, and it is great to just deposit money in the atm without having to talk about how my day is going but is the convenience worth the loss of human contact and jobs? The latest research reveals that automation will hit us in 3 waves, and we are currently in the first wave that will end in 2020. Also, the second wave will affect women more than men, but men will REALLY feel it in the 3rd wave!

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Automation is going to hit workers in three waves, and the first one is already here

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PwC economists assess how and when workers will be affected by coming waves of automation

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What Job Skill is the Most Lacking in the US?

Do You Know the Answer?

Not surprisingly, there continues to be an imbalance with regards to software engineering. But somewhat surprisingly, interpersonal skills is where we’re seeing the biggest imbalance. Communications is the No. 1 skill gap.” –LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner

The ability to communicate with your team at work will carry you very far in your career. Many Gen-Xer’s complain that millennials struggle in this area. In Scott Mauz’s article, “What Job Skill is Most Lacking in the US?” he shares Jeff Weiner’s advice on how to improve your communication skills. Make sure to reach out us at iMar Learning if you feel like you or your team can improve in this area, we are ready to listen!

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Can Business and Education Close the Skills Gap Together?

Closing the Gap Together

Despite U.S. high school graduation rates reaching all-time highs, many employers are finding that recent graduates are unprepared to succeed in the workforce because they lack foundational “soft skills.” While technical skills are often industry-specific, soft skills such as professional communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and time management are valued by employers across sectors.” -U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently published a report on why the business and education sector must work together to close the soft skills gap. These two sectors working together seems like one of those solutions that is almost so obvious we could have almost missed it. iMar is working daily to seek out partners so that we can bring our soft skills training to the people that need it most. We focus on the “Big 6” of critical thinking: Leadership, Creative Problem Solving, Analytical Thinking, Collaboration, Social & Emotional Intelligence, and Communication, because as the report mentions these are the skills that employers want that are rare to find.

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Does Your Work Follow You Wherever You Go?

The Future is Here

People are using technology like voice-activated apps and smartphone calendars to enhance their everyday lives and that is also translating to their work,” Cotton says. “As employers, we have to embrace that — how do we give people the opportunity to work from anywhere while still being productive?” writes Pooneh Ghana for WIRED magazine.

Our jobs are no longer constrained to just the brick and mortar office of yesterday. Our office is now online, we meet in chat rooms for meetings, we share project duties through resources like ASANA, and the ability to manage all of this can become a nightmare. Preparation and updating your skills will be the key to success for the future of the workplace, and iMar is here with you every step of the way.

Click to read Pooneh Ghana’s full article for WIRED magazine.

Alanna Cotton (right), senior vice president and general manager at Samsung Electronics America, speaks about the future of work with Jason Tanz(left), Wired magazine site director, at the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX. (Credit: Pooneh Ghana)

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Traditional College or Career Training…or Combine the Two?

How Do We Reskill America?

Katherine Newman, author of Reskilling America: How Technical Education Can Transform Our Society, said, “Students from working-class and poor communities need options that traditional forms of higher education may not provide, and they need them now, not thirty or forty years hence, when their working lives are in the rearview mirror.

I completely agree with Katherine, and something has to be done to help those students gain the skills they need to be successful in and after high school. Yes, the jobs that your father and grandfather had in the manufacturing warehouse may not be available anymore, but new opportunities are becoming available every day.

The Impact of Technology

Technology and automation are changing the skills that are needed to do certain jobs. Adult workers today have to make sure they are monitoring how their job might change due to updated technology and adapt their skills so they are not left behind. iMar Learning Solutions provides the soft-skills that will help you grow and be successful on the job, but you still need the hard skills that schools like Essex Technical Skills High School provide to its students.

Click Below to read Emily Richmond’s article for PBS News Hour

Start With Why, Then Find Your How

Simon Sinek, is the author of the 2009 bestseller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (View Simon’s TedTalk Here).  Sinek’s lessons have been more than inspiring for me, they have been life changing. Sinek does an excellent job of explaining the importance of starting with “why.” I have learned that finding your reasons for doing something is just as important as what you do. Many of us have big dreams to accomplish certain goals. Some of us are motivated because we want to make life better for our children, to help others that are in need, or to help make our planet healthy again. We all have different whys or motivators, but a vast amount of us stop there. I am going to share 3 tips on how you can start with why then find your how, so you can turn your vision into action.

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Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?

The Future is Now

Attention teachers, parents, professors, and anyone that cares about helping our society achieve its maximum potential. If you fit any of these categories then continue reading because this message is for you. If not, you need to keep reading anyway because this is a message that ALL citizens of planet earth should hear because our future success depends on what you do after reading it. I am an educator; I did not know when I graduated college that the journey we call “life” would lead me to a classroom. I did not know that I would find my passion in writing, blogging, training, and helping others achieve their goals by creating IMar Learning Solutions. But, I am here and I am happy that at the end of the day I am able to bring awareness to the need for soft skill training and critical thinking. These are the skills that will help you advance in your career. Continue reading Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?

3 Reasons to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills Today

Critical Thinking and Your Future

Here at IMar Learning Solutions, we are always focused on the future and how we can help you improve in your career and self-development. Many writers and bloggers talk about the upcoming changes due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a time of doom and gloom. There are numerous articles about the IOT (Internet of Things), 3D printing, automation, and robotics and how all of these technologies will disrupt organizations and cause economic failure. Where others see doom and gloom, IMar Learning sees opportunity. Yes, many will lose their job, but many will grab hold to the famous Latin saying of “carpe diem” and “seize the day!” IMar Learning Solutions’, Critical Thinking Academy‘s purpose is to provide you with the skills and tools needed to improve your soft skills because these are the skills that employers desperately need. Continue reading 3 Reasons to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills Today

Forget Your Weakness, Focus on Your Strength

Your Passion Does Not Have to Be Mine

I remember sitting in my college geology lab and thinking to myself, “I will never need this” and “why am I here?” I’m sure you have felt the same way as you struggled through classes that have absolutely nothing to do with your life or career. I enjoyed my geology class that was required for me to graduate. My professor was amazing and I could really feel his passion and love for rocks in every lecture. Unfortunately for me, I did not share his love and passion. Instead of taking that class, I could have been focusing on my strengths and what was important to me. Continue reading Forget Your Weakness, Focus on Your Strength

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