Alice’s Blog

Five basic competencies needed to succeed

79Advice for Entrepreneurs

What are the five competencies you need to succeed?

By Dr. Alice Waagen, President & Founder

I love to talk about being an entrepreneur, for when I made the leap from the corporate world to founding Workforce Learning in 1997 it was one of the most exhilarating, yet traumatic decisions of my life.


Three Scenarios for Economic Recovery

65Insight into what’s come and why, so you can be prepared to manage your preferred future

By Dr. Alice Waagen, President & Founder

The scope and magnitude of the economic downturn of 2008-2009 exceeds anything most of us have experienced, with the exception of a few seniors who lived through the Great Depression.


The Future of Compensation Packages: A Q&A with John White, JD White & Associates


Dr. Alice Waagen interviews compensation package expert John White, an HR consultant and owner of JD White & Associates

John D. White, Ph.D. is the president of JD White & Associates, Inc., and has over 25 years experience in human resource management. Before starting his own consulting firm in 1995, John was vice president of human resources for BDM Federal, a government contractor and information technology company. In his consulting practice, John works with organizations to develop competitive and comprehensive Human Resource programs. His focus is to help his clients attract and retain the talented staff they need for future success.


How to Make Collaboration Work

64By Alice Waagen, president
Workforce Learning

Just as the London Symphony Orchestra works in harmony to play a beautiful concerto, any successful collaboration can be one of the most satisfying experiences we have as professionals. That’s because when collaborative efforts click, everyone understands and values each other’s role on the project and the unique contribution each person is making. In fact, successful collaborative efforts can often be the height of a person’s professional career.


Polish Your Network: Top 10 Networking Tips

58The power and importance of networking is growing. Whereas networking events used to be optional, in today’s competitive environment they are critical — and could mean the difference between keeping or landing a new job and the unemployment line.

But networking is as much of an art as it is a science. So before you step up to the table and pin your nametag on your lapel, consider these 10 Networking Tips that will help you maximize your time spent sipping water at these all-important events. (Tip number 5: Avoid Food.)


Dress for Interview Success

51By Dr. Alice Waagen
Workforce Learning

Ladies: You must convey that you are a competent professional at a job interview, so you need to look the part. Whether you are hip or tend to be a tad more conservative, opt for conservative when preparing for that all-important meeting.


Holiday Cheer: Eight Things You Should NOT DO in a Failing Economy

49by Alice Waagen, Ph.D.
Owner, Workforce Learning

As the owner of a small consulting business that has weathered more than 11 years of good and bad economies, I know one thing to be certain: this recession / depression shall pass.

But since cash flow can get a little rocky, history has also shown me to be mindful of expenses. I’m willing to admit that my business has dropped off about 30% since September and, like almost everyone I know, I am feeling the pinch. Sure it seems logical — instinctive even — to cut back on every nonessential expense, but I know from personal experience this isn’t always the case.


The Workforce of the Future: A Q&A with Futurist Andy Hines

47Interview by Alice Waagen
Workforce Learning
Photo by Tom Kochel

I recently interviewed futurist Andy Hines, who since 2006 has been director of custom projects at the DC-based research and consulting firm Social Technologies. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston MS Program in Future Studies, a program from which he graduated in 1990. Previously, he established the Global Trends Program for Kellogg Company, and served as futurist and senior ideation leader at Dow Chemical.


Aging in the Workplace

46By Alice Waagen, PhD
President, Workforce Learning
Photo of MerceRodoreda by art_es_anna,

Perhaps the most glaring result of the economic downturn that began in 2008 is that predictions about looming labor shortages may not come to fruition. Why? Boomers who once planned to retire in their early 60s are changing their plans because their invested savings have lost up to 30% of their value in the stockmarket. Consequently, I believe we will need to extend the upper range of the age of the workforce by about a decade.