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Visit Our Store August 1, 2012

In This Issue:
The Cost of Sacrificing Excellence: A Tragedy of Olympic Proportions
Are there Negative Affects to Focusing on Goals?
What Drives Employee Retention in Difficult Times?
EDSI Receives 2012 Best of Englewood Award
The Value of Workplace Assessments

The Cost of Sacrificing Excellence: A Tragedy of Olympic Proportions

Today eight badminton players were disqualified from the London Olympics. They are accused of trying to lose games in order to gain overall tournament standings. There are rumors and speculation that members of the Chinese team have followed this practice in the past -Lowering their own performance expectations in hopes of making long-term gains.

It’s easy to imagine how this scenerio translates to a business setting. When excellence is not required at every level, the entire workplace culture is compromised. In the words of Suzanne Updegraff, our own CEO, “The day-to-day behaviors that you show the world are the choices that you make, which determine the results you get, both from yourself and others.”

Visit the Employee Development Systems, Inc. website to access a variety of resources for effectiveness and excellence at every level in your own organization.

Regards,
The EDSI Team


Is there Negative Impact from Focusing on Your Goals?

The conventional wisdom in leadership development is that setting goals to pursue in your professional life is important. It helps you focus on what you want to achieve and outline concrete action steps to point you in the right direction.

Are there ever negative effects to focusing on goals? Surprisingly, according to a recent study from researchers at the University of Chicago and the Korea University Business School, the answer is yes.

Read all about it.



What Drives Employee Retention in Difficult Times?

Employees who feel supported in their jobs and are invested in their work tend to be not only more productive but also more profitable for their companies, according to a recent study from Canadian consulting firm Towers Watson.

A recent survey of 32,000 employees around the world in 29 different markets was carried out, with the goal of determining how employee engagement has fared during an economic downturn, political turmoil, financial pressures and increased global competition and how it influences job performance. Here are the surprising results.



EDSI Receives 2012 Best of Englewood Award

Employee Development Systems has been selected for the 2012 Best of Englewood Award in the Management Training category by the Englewood Award Program.

Each year, the Englewood Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Get the full story.


The Value of Workplace Assessments

Behavioral style assessments and profiles are useful tools for leadership, management, and professional development.

With increasing frequency, these assessments are administered as self-assessments online and are used not only for personal introspection into different competencies, but also to address employee engagement and generational differences in the workplace. Why not give it a try in your workplace?