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Oct 31st

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Project management for non-project managers

Project management for non-project managersA kid stopped by my neighbor Tom’s house the other day lugging a box of popcorn.  Tom wasn’t interested in buying popcorn, thanked the kid, and shut the door.  An hour later, Tom went out for a bike ride.  Outside, the bike was gone, but there was a box of popcorn in its place.  The kid got Tom to buy the popcorn, but it came at a pretty high price.  While I don’t condone stealing bikes, I do think there are ways to motivate people to do what you want them to do without hitting them over the head with the fact that they have been motivated. 
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Kids can work… Adults can help

Kids can work… Adults can helpA while back, Insight News shared a story about some extraordinary Minneapolis kids. These young people spent their summer revitalizing tornado-ravaged neighborhoods in North Minneapolis. They made a difference, and they made some money. What they did was awesome; the fact that they did it is awesome, too.
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A grown folks tale

A grown folks taleI’d like to share a love story with you. It’s probably not the kind you’d expect.  The characters in this story are not sultry women and manly men. They are tablets, like iPads, eReaders (electronic devices that allow you to digitally read books, magazines, etc.), and other mobile connected devices.  But, I promise I’ll make it interesting.
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U.S. Justice Department attacked for fighting discriminatory lending

Usually when government is criticized, it’s because someone is dissatisfied with a lack of effective performance. But for the U.S. Department of Justice, recent high-profile criticism is due to a series of effective actions.
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Cope with or capitalize on change in the workplace

Cope with or capitalize on change in the workplaceA few years ago, on an ordinary Tuesday, a few planes flew off course and suddenly life in America changed forever.  Change happens.  Not every change is cataclysmic, but it is often unexpected and it always requires people to respond.  When change happens at work, your response can make or break your career.  What are your options?

Option #1:  Sit there and take it.  Most people wouldn’t let a mosquito buzz in their ear for an extended length of time.  Yet, in work situations, minor irritations can fester into major bugbites.  Say your company initiates a new policy that creates more work for you for no obvious reason.  You can choose to go along with it… buzz… buzz…
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Practical advice for conference callers

Practical advice for conference callersThe great thing about a conference call over an in-person meeting is that it provides the opportunity to do other things, right? 

You can log into a conference call a minute or two late and still be present because those first few minutes are just small talk, anyway, right?  Wrong.  Small talk before any meeting, live or online, is critical warm-up time.  This is your chance to measure the mood of your co-workers and to nurture your professional network.  Use small-talk-time to learn something new about one person on the call.  For example, I learned on my call today that one of my co-workers is relocating.  You just never know what might come up.
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Considering a career move? It might be time

Considering a career move? It might be time Either the economy is picking up or people are just giving up on waiting for a recovery; there is rumbling in the city streets and it isn’t an East Coast earthquake.  During a recession that was marked by layoffs, mergers, business closures and reorganizations, it used to be that a person who had a job held onto it with his teeth, grateful to be working.  But change is happening.  In January, it was predicted that 63% of Americans who had a job on January 1st would have a different job by December 31st.  Based on the attitudes of job seekers lately, the prediction might be accurate. 
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