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President's Message

Our theme for 2015 is “New Year, New Name, and New Vision.” This is an exciting time to be a part of our organization as we transition from the Greater Chattanooga Area chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) to the Greater Chattanooga chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).  Our vision is to bring engagement among our members in all areas of the Chapter, making this the year for our members.  

So, how can you help?

Making a Career Change

by AIM

Career changes can be pretty daunting. More often than not we’d like to think that once we’ve found that perfect career, especially after spending so much time looking for it, we’d be able to settle in and work our way up to the top.

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In spite of our hardest efforts, sometimes we end up feeling at odds with the career we’ve chosen for various reasons.

That’s why we are going to concentrate the various aspects of what it takes to make a career change--one that will get you in the right direction, and hopefully onto bigger and better things.

5 things you need to know about managing people around the globe

by Ines Nascimento

You have probably heard some jokes on globalization - like someone protesting against globalization but wearing a pair of shoes made in Indonesia, a watch made in Switzerland, a t-shirt made in China, etc. You get the idea.

The same happens in the organizations. You may say that using a global approach when managing people is not for you. However, like the protester above, like it or not, we all need to develop competencies to effectively manage people around the globe.

Here’s what you need to know. 

Tips for Giving Constructive Feedback to Employees 

by Lisa A. Burke-Smalley Ph.D., SPHR

Most managers don’t need tips for providing positive feedback as giving specific words of recognition come much easier than engaging in the “tough workplace conversations.” However, we owe it to our organization, work unit, customers, and employees themselves to provide constructive feedback in a timely manner. When we avoid these situations, they often get worse and escalate; so it is typically best to clarify performance expectations as problematic workplace behaviors emerge. 

Research shows that giving feedback helps guide and focus employee behavior over things they control, all in the spirit of continuous improvement. At the same time, when constructive feedback is relayed poorly, employee performance can actually decrease.


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