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Volume: III     Number: 02 Productive Learning Systems, Altanta, GA February, 2005
What's Inside?

Newsletter Special:

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DISC Classic (Personal Profile System)

The foundation of personal and professional success lies in understanding yourself, understanding others, and realizing the impact of personal behavior on others. For nearly thirty years, the DiSCģ Classic has unlocked the door to productive communication and relationships for over 30 million people through its DiSCģ Dimensions of Behavior learning approach.

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Brain Teaser
Brain Teaser of the Month

Verbal Ability Teaser


Challenge yourself on this brain teaser of verbal abilities. Youíll need a timer showing seconds. Weíll show how to compare your results with others.

Try this one!!

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Live Events

Productive Learning Systems announces weekend classes now forming for college students, graduate students, and professionals working on certification programs - "Dynamically Mastering Your Studies" - a specially designed program for academic success. Please call our office at 1-800-852-9703 for more information. Classes will be very small to give personalized attention. If you are taking coursework or know someone in the Atlanta area who is, this program is a must! Pass the word around!


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Continuing Ed

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We hope this issue of Continuing-ed warms you out of you're winter doldrums. As with every issue, our goal is to give you a little respite, as well as mental challenge for you to continue your lifelong learning and growth. We've included some longer articles on Critical Thinking and Workplace Communication that will cause you to pause and reflect a little, as well as benefit you in your day-to-day operations.

No doubt, Continuing-ed readers are an unusual group. Our Poll on Creativity yeilded unexexpected results: 37% rated themselves as "highly" or "above average. 0% reported below average. Obviously this ws not a scientific poll, but reflects the quality of our readership. In a recent study only 18% of high school graduates considered themselves as "creative."

The Brain Teaser: Congratulations to Lee Poulson last month's "The Two Sisters" winner.  Lee's was the only correct answer! This month's: Verbal Ability Exercise - check your results and compare with others' response scores!!

Take The Poll: Social Security Reform. Click on the link. The poll takes about 5 seconds. We're really interested in your response. Our intention is not political, we're merely curious to see how our readers think about this confusing and divisive issue.

Check out our Web specials this month. Besides the products already being discounted, you can get an extra 10% off using our readers coupon code # News205 at checkout. The coupon will expire February 28, 2005.
Warmest regards,

Best Regards,
caldwell
President & CEO
Productive Learning Systems, Inc.

  Hotline: Workplace Communication

Do You Have Difficulty Connecting to Certain Types of People?

Are there certain people you have a difficult time connecting with? You know the ones, the people who either avoid you, or yes you death, or who donít seem to respond genuinely when you ask them something. Alternatively, it might be the person who merely barks at you when you speak to them. You know, the ones who debate you when you merely raise a question? Very likely there is a "Style disconnect" happening in the communication process. Here are a few tips.

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  Socratic Corner: Innovation and Critical Thinking:

Why Bother To Use Critical Thinking in the Workplace?

For most people in todayís workplace, the mantra,"faster, better, cheaper" has equated to an interpretation of, "Iím overloaded, stressed out, and running on autopilot. I get paid to produce. Spending time contemplating my navel sounds nice, but itís not going to get the piles off my desk." If this complaint sounds familiar, then read on.

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  Brain Health & Learning

Music Stimulation = Brain Boosting

Sound stimulation has a major impact on our brain. It can have either a positive or negative effect upon our brain functioning. One complaint I often hear about in the workplace is noise. Besides adding interference to your listening abilities, the sound around you can add to your already overloaded senses. Too much overstimulation can increase confusion, anxiety, and stress. To cool your brain down, you may want to read on.

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  Frontline: Best Practices in Leadership & Management

Help Keep Staff Focused and Motivated

In your daily activities as a manager, there are probably many days that you are not available because of meetings or things that take you away from your desk. What happens on a daily basis when youíre gone? Does your staff voice mail you, or e-mail frequently taking your focus away from the business at hand? Also, quite often one of the biggest complaints employees register about their work is that they donít understand how a particular task fits into the larger picture of the organizationís work. If this isnít true for you, are there times when you have difficulty helping an employee understand the overall scope of a task or project, because the employee wants to take a direction that you donít agree with? Hereís a simple idea that can help keep your staff focused as well as keeping them motivated.

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  Information Overload

Web Reading vs Print: What's the Difference?


One of the most frequent questions we are asked is, "Will the enhanced reading skills I learn from Dynamic Reading enable me to read from the web, or normal printed material better?" Here we address the differences of reading print versus online electronic infomation. 

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