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Do You Have Personal Presence? By John Herr

Have you ever taken notice of how some people can simply walk into a room and everyone takes notice? They seem to ignite the energy in the room by their very presence. Many of us look at them with admiration. Some look upon them with envy. In either case most everyone says, “I wish I could do that!” They appear natural in their leadership and in their ability to influence and communicate. One way to view these individuals is through the lens of personal presence. Read on »

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June 1st, 2011    Subscribe to comments on this post

Capella University at National SHRM Conference, June 26-29

Visit Capella University at the National SHRM Conference in Las Vegas June 26-29.   In our booth, we will be offering two free classes, each worth 3 recertification credits.

Sign up and participation are quick and easy.

Space is limited so sign up today by commenting on the blog with your desired day/time.

At SHRM, attend one of our 15-minute kick off presentations.  Complete the rest of the course in our online classroom (at your own pace) by Dec. 31, 2011.

The two classes Capella will be offer this year.

Two and a half men: Employee Behavioral Issues

This e-course will explore how to effectively address employee performance issues in a manner that will improve the situation, working relationship, and working environment as well as improve the employee skill set. (3 credits)

Course times:

  • June 26 – offered 5 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
  • June 27 – offered 10:15 a.m. and again at 12:45 p.m.
  • June 28 – offered at 12:15 p.m.

Tank your career in 140 characters or less: Your employer does look at twitter

This e-course will explore how the evolution of social media has created many hard to control outlets for disgruntled employees to complain and fuel the fire of negativity. It explores best practices on how to maintain control on what could be explosive content and distribution. (3 credits)

Course times:

  • June 26 – offered 5:45 p.m.
  • June 27 – offered 12:15 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.
  • June 28 – offered at 10:15 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m.

When you attend one of our 15-minute kick off presentation, you will receive a complimentary copy of No More Regrets! 30 Ways to Greater Happiness and Meaning in Your Life written by Capella instructor Marc Muchnick.

May 25th, 2011    Subscribe to comments on this post

Managing Without Regrets: An HR Perspective by Marc Muchnick, Ph.D.

By Marc Muchnick, Ph.D.

When it comes to regrets, the managerial ranks are a breeding ground.  Managers in every organization at one time or another will do things they wish they hadn’t done or fail to do things they wish they had done.  READ ON

May 23rd, 2011    Subscribe to comments on this post

HR Professionals the Swiss Army Knife of the Organization by Al Gorriaran

By Al Gorriaran

Human resources professionals work hard to serve their internal clients, but we don’t often discuss the difference that varying organizational roles create for us. In the typical organization we have front line employees, first line supervisors, managers and executives.  Each of these groups has a very unique set of needs.  Employees have individual professional goals, benefits concerns, and expectations of service that are narrowly defined but often come with some really big expectations from their HR office. READ ON