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When Is It Really Time to Expand Your Workforce? Q&A with Staffing Advisors President Bob Corlett

40An interview with leadership development expert Alice Waagen, Workforce Learning, and Bob Corlett, president of Staffing Advisors

Photo courtesy of Bob Corlett,

Bob Corlett has been in the staffing business for years, but in 2006 the president of Staffing Advisors ( took a good look at his small, successful firm and realized he was struggling with some of the same symptoms his clients were: He knew he could help his clients better if he had a larger staff that could handle more of their needs.


Create Powerful Conversations That Get Results: Q&A with Suzi Pomerantz

23An interview with leadership development expert Alice Waagen, Workforce Learning, and executive coach Suzi Pomerantz

Photo courtesy of Suzi Pomerantz,

I recently interviewed master executive coach Suzi Pomerantz, CEO of Innovative Leadership International, LLC, and author of 20 publications including her most recent book, Seal the Deal: The Essential Mindsets for Growing Your Professional Services Business (HRD Press, 2006). I recently saw an article she wrote entitled, “Powerful Conversations Generate Powerful Results,” and wanted to talk to her more about this topic. Following is our discussion.


A History of the Training & Development Profession

224Compiled from Training & Development Magazine, May 1994 and other ASTD publications

1906: The National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education is formed
1911: Frederick W. Taylor publishes The Principles of Scientific Management
1913: The first cars roll off the Ford Motor Company assembly line
1914-1918: World War I
1916: Henri Fayol declares that the work of mangers is to plan, organize,
coordinate, and control


How to Budget Training

21ASTD interviews Alice Waagen, PhD

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Transcript of interview with ASTD, July 2000

ASTD: Your PhD was in art education. Was it a long step from there to gas and electric and transportation?

Alice Waagen: In a way, yes, and in a way no. Art education has a lot to do with skill-based training. You’re trying to teach people how to create art, and for me it wasn’t as big a jump conceptually as it might sound.


Oh No! I Woke Up a Manager

20By Alice Waagen, PhD
Workforce Learning
Photo by Sebastian Bergmann,

This article was published in the Loundounclear, January 2003, a publication of the Loundoun County Chamber of Commerce

One minute you are confidently and competently managing projects, tasks and assignments, and the next minute your are rewarded with a promotion into management. Congratulations are in order. Right?


Leadership Development: Is It as Hard as It Looks?

19by Alice Waagen, PhD
Workforce Learning
Photo by akeg,

This article was published in the September 2000 issue of InPractice, an ASTD publication.

Some of the most damning words a harried executive can level at a leadership development program are: “It wasn’t relevant. It didn’t teach me what I need to know to make my business succeed.” Those of us who develop and deliver leadership programs have struggled for years to try to make this connection between theoretical concepts and real-world applications.


How to Work Well with Interns

18by Alice Waagen, PhD
Workforce Learning
Photo by Mark Warner,

This article was published in the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, August 2000

Interns are individuals who come to work eager and willing to produce. They are like sponges — picking up new skills and knowledge easily, without the “We’ve always done it this way” baggage that established workers can have. They are bright, capable contributors who, if we are lucky, sign on as full-time employees after their education is completed.