TWO-PART HOLIDAY SPECIAL: *SELF-ASSESSMENT: HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY SAVVY *HR EXECS SAY, "DON'T EXPECT AN EXTRAVAGANT HOLIDAY PARTY"
ISRAELI CRISIS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
WANT TO WIN A FREE SEMINAR? TAKE THE AMA MEMBER CHALLENGE
ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEE WORK-LIFE BALANCE AND BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE
NEW TRAINING FOR PHARMA FIRMS
DEALING WITH THE "NOS" OF LIFE
INSIGHTS FROM AMA'S "APPRENTICE" FORUMS
HOLD YOUR NEXT MEETING AT AMA FOR 20% OFF
EVENTS CALENDAR
BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE NEW WORKFORCE
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   TWO PART HOLIDAY SPECIAL

  • SELF-ASSESSMENT: HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY SAVVY
    Take this fun quiz to eat, drink and be merry this holiday season--AND still have a job the morning after the party!

    1. "Should I attend the holiday office party?"
      __ Absolutely
      __ Only if you have nothing better to do
      __ Only if your boss will be there
    2. "What should I wear?"
      __ It's OK to pull out that revealing dress-it's a party!
      __ Check with party organizers to find out what's appropriate
      __ Don't worry about it-it's a social, not business, event

    Click here for correct answers & the complete self-assessment.

  • "HR EXECS SAY, "DON'T EXPECT AN EXTRAVAGANT HOLIDAY PARTY"
    With the economy on the upswing, employees might logically anticipate more elaborate holiday parties this year, right? According to a new survey of HR executives by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, don't count on it. Here are a few survey findings:
    • While a majority (70%) of employers are planning holiday celebrations this year, 22% plan to lower their budgets by an average of 13%.
    • 67% are budgeting the same amount as last year.
    • 63% will restrict their holiday celebrations to employees only.
    • One in four companies plan to hold a daytime lunch instead of an evening celebration.
    Click here for more.

      ISRAELI CRISIS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
    Learn how to succeed in a post-9/11 world with these 10 strategies from Dan Carrison's new book "Business Under Fire:"

    • Plan for flexibility. Factor in room to respond to a crisis so that customers or employees are less likely to view change as an uncontrollable response to outside forces.
    • Search for opportunity in the crisis. For example, a worst-case scenario may force a company to strengthen its ability to provide customer consistency.
    • Redefine the market. Success may depend on targeting an overlooked audience, such as local weekend or business travelers instead of global tourists.
    Click for more strategies.

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    Do you know the name of Microsoft's hot new product? Do you pride yourself on keeping up to date on the latest happenings in business and the world in general? Put your knowledge to work by taking the AMA Member Challenge. Each month we award a FREE AMA seminar to one winner chosen at random from all entrants who answer all five questions correctly. Congratulations to our November FREE seminar winner, Mika Sissonen, of Business Objects. Why not take the December Challenge? Simply answer the questions online and complete the entry form. It's easy and fun. You could be a winner! Click here.

       ENCOURAGE EMPLOYEE WORK-LIFE BALANCE AND BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE
    It's the ultimate win/win—by helping employees effectively manage their personal and professional priorities, organizations can increase productivity and creativity and cut costs. Here are some ways to begin:

    1. Train managers to work with employees to co-design arrangements that foster better work-life integration. The challenge is to identify actual requirements of the job, versus company traditions or the manager's personal preferences.
    2. Bring back lunch. Encourage everyone to regularly take at least 30-60 minutes for lunch away from the workplace.
    3. Encourage "productivity phases." The human brain needs a rest or shift in attention at least every 90 to 120 minutes. People who take productivity pauses return to the task at hand with renewed vigor and focus.

    Click here for more.

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     NEW TRAINING FOR PHARMA FIRMS
    AMA and The Bruckner Group have launched training programs that address major marketing, pharmacoeconomics and sales challenges faced by pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers. For more info, go to Pharmafocus.

      DEALING WITH THE "NOs" OF LIFE
    It turns out, not all "nos" are alike. There is the "Maybe No" (which is actually just a camouflaged "yes"), the "Interim No" (which is a crossroads where you rethink your situation) and the "Final No" (where the most important decisions of your life are made). Writer Tom Justin offers seven tips on dealing with any "no" effectively:

    1. Embrace it. The "no" has already happened; you can't undo it.
    2. Learn from it. Examine the trail of the "no" backwards, not out of regret, but to discover why the situation occurred and to prevent it from happening again.
    Click here for the other five tips.

      INSIGHTS FROM AMA'S "APPRENTICE" FORUMS
    Click here for summaries and photos of the AMA "Apprentice" forums held in September in New York with Donald Trump, in Chicago October 9 with Bill Rancic and December 3 in San Francisco with Carolyn Kepcher.

    To read AMA's weekly analysis of "The Lessons Learned" from each episode of "The Apprentice," click here.

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    AMA's COURSE FOR PRESIDENTS AND CEOS
    One-on-one coaching is just one of the valuable aspects of this week-long course. Attendance is limited to 20 current presidents or CEOs. Members save $500.
    - December 13-17 in New York City (Limited space still available)
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      BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE NEW WORKFORCE--FIVE SWEEPING TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE YOUR COMPANY'S FUTURE (AMACOM, 2005)
    Author Harriet Hankin identifies the five current trends that will affect every organization:

    1. An increasingly aging yet active population
    2. The decline of the nuclear family and the rise of alternative households
    3. Four generations working side by side--with a fifth on the way
    4. A workplace that is growing more diverse and more blended
    5. Employees' need for a "higher purpose" (beyond a paycheck)
    Click here to read a sample chapter from the book.


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