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Mary Bradbury Jones

Mary Bradbury Jones is a Training and Organizational Development expert who has spent over 25 years helping individuals and organizations learn, grow and develop. Mary has a Masters in Human Resources Development and a graduate certificate in Organizational Development. She has worked in a variety of industries - Retail, Hospitality, Financial, and Academia -working one on one with organizations to help them implement learning and development initiatives, develop leaders, execute change, and build learning organizations. Prior to coming to PCC, Mary was the Dean of the School of Business at Marylhurst University where she remains a faculty member. She teaches classes in management, leadership, and organizational behavior.

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How to Be a Stronger Leader by Mastering the Art of Delegation

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on December 29, 2016

Do you want to be a stronger leader? In today’s world, too many of us think leading means doing it all on our own — everything from making the “To Do” lists to checking each task off on those lists. But that’s a recipe for burnout! Most strong leaders don’t do everything on their own; they delegate. The power of accepting help can help you become a strong leader by enabling you to work less and do more.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications, Leadership, Management

How Strengthening Your Problem Solving Skills Can Make You a Better Decision Maker

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on December 28, 2016

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be really good at problem-solving, while others struggle to make decisions? Did you know that when you strengthen your problem-solving skills, it can actually help you learn how to make better decisions? That’s because you’ll gain the confidence, acquire the analytical skills, and develop the creativity you need to be able to make predictions about the results of different solutions. We’ve put together some of the best ways to strengthen your problem-solving skills and become a more confident decision-maker.

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Topics: Professional Development, Leadership, Management

The Cost of Turnover: Are You Planning for Large and Small Personnel Changes with Succession Planning?

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on December 22, 2016

When a key employee is promoted or leaves their position for any reason, a business needs to have a dependable, knowledgeable employee that can take their place. Even so, many businesses do not have a procedure in place to formally handle these types of large personnel changes. However, succession planning can be key to smooth transitions while capturing certain benefits and avoiding pitfalls such as the cost of turnover that results from any large or small personnel changes.

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Topics: Professional Development, HR & Organizational Effectiveness

The 4 Skills You Need to be an Effective and Memorable Networker

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on November 29, 2016

While it can seem daunting, building a strong network is pivotal to success in your professional life. You need reliable connections that can help you or your business grow. Even if you are not the most outgoing person, you can develop the skills you need to be an effective and memorable networker.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications

Stepping Up: Dos and Don'ts for Transitioning Into a New Manager Role

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on November 21, 2016

After an exciting promotion to a management role, the transition from co-worker to manager needs to be as smooth as possible. Follow these do’s and don’ts to ensure you earn the respect of your team as well as your organization’s leaders.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

Are You Wasting Valuable Time in Meetings? Learn How to Conduct Effective Meetings

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on November 17, 2016

Do you look around and think your employees or colleagues are bored in your meetings? Are you, perhaps, bored yourself? If this sounds familiar, your meetings are unproductive, and you and your employees would be better off getting work done, rather than meeting. Though meetings ranked as the number one office productivity killer, according to a survey of U.S. professionals by Salary.com, meetings are important in every business and necessary to get tasks accomplished. Learning how to conduct effective meetings will change the way work gets done in your business. Your employees will look forward to their meetings and leave feeling excited about the progress. With a little planning, leadership, and monitoring, meetings can be both effective and enjoyable.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications

How to use Scripts When Providing Difficult Performance Reviews

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on October 24, 2016

When one of your employees is delivering a sub-par performance, you need to have a difficult discussion. Talking to employees about bad performance can be uncomfortable, but having a script for bad performance reviews can make your job easier and give your employee the best chance at improving.

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Topics: Professional Development, Management

How to be Persuasive, and Why Every Type of Professional Needs This Skill

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on October 12, 2016

Persuasion is perhaps one of the most misunderstood word in today’s culture. People think of “Persuaders” as phoney people in suits, trying to convince people to do or buy something that only benefits the persuader themselves.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications

Why Do People Hate Change?

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on October 06, 2016

Why do people hate change? Because most people feel comfortable doing what they have always been doing. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” they say. Psychologically speaking, it’s not just that people fear change, (although they absolutely do) It’s also that they genuinely believe what they’ve been doing, and how they’ve been doing it, is the best possible way to do it. And the longer they’ve been doing it this way, the better, more efficient, more economical, etc., it is (or so they believe).

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications, Leadership, Management

Who Really Needs a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification?

Posted by Mary Bradbury Jones on September 29, 2016

Many employers use project managers to keep teams on target, get work done on time and under budget and deliver high quality work. Some people learn project management skills while on the job by observing other project managers and through their own successes and failures. You can also gain project management skills through formal education.

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Topics: Professional Development, Project Management

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