Shannon Williamson

3 ways to build team comaraderie

I read an article about employee turmoil being one of the greatest pitfalls in business. When an organization creates a culture of competition, instead of teamwork, the results are disastrous. When employees spend more time looking out for themselves than they do for their team’s and the company’s goals, productivity and the organization as a …

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Can training be fun and effective? Storyline can help

As an Instructional Designer for 12+ years, I have used a number of tools to build both classroom and online courseware. Some have been extremely difficult to learn and others haven’t had the functionality I needed to build an effective product. That all ended last year when I joined a team that required us to …

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4 leadership styles and why you need them all

Regardless of what you think or the position you hold, you are a leader in some way. There are people you are responsible for and who are directly impacted by your actions and decisions. Given this, have you ever thought of what your particular leadership style is? If not, it’s worth considering and also understanding …

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Working during your vacation: 5 tips to ensure you don’t!

You know how it goes. You spend all year looking forward to the big vacation you have planned but when it’s upon you, you spend half your vacation checking your phone, driving to the closest coffee shop to get in a couple hours, or perhaps taking an ‘urgent’ call right at the trailhead before embarking …

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Celebrating National Foster Care Month with Treehouse

One of the organizations that is working hard for youth in foster care, and which Kalles Group has had the privilege of partnering with for the past four years, is Treehouse. Treehouse is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington that provides “youth in foster care in the King County area access to the services …

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What motivates you? Four ways to empower your employees

Do you love your job, or do you get heartburn Sunday night, knowing that Monday is coming soon? Either way, why is this? Of course there are dozens of factors involved in why we are, or are not, satisfied in our jobs, and one of them is empowerment. According to Wikipedia, ’empowerment refers to measures …

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Three reasons a technical training program is critical (it’s not all about output)

As a technical trainer and instructional designer for the past 12 years, I have seen first-hand how having a solid technical training program can increase organization productivity, effectiveness, and morale. I have also seen the negative impact of de-prioritizing training and viewing it as a nice-to-have and not part of the critical path of a …

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