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MBCC Windows 7 Lunch & Learn

MBCC Windows 7 Lunch & Learn Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the latest productivity enhancements, as well as safety and security improvements that Windows® 7 provides. 



Come find out how Windows 7 helps your business work the way you want on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, Noon – 1:00 pm at University of Minnesota Urban Research Center, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 107, Minneapolis.


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The mentoring manager: Career success improves by bringing others up

The mentoring manager:  Career success improves by bringing others upForget everything you know about job security. There isn’t any such thing. Today, you’re only as good as your next success. Some managers worry that someone younger-newer-brighter will come on board and take over, pushing them out of the way, and possibly off the payroll. It happens. Their response to this anxiety is to control everything. They hoard more work than they delegate, and leave resentful and empty handed when the job “doesn’t work out.”

Excellent managers, on the other hand, know that success is not about doing the job better than anyone else. Rather, it is about finding other people who can do the job better than you can, and overseeing them effectively, making yourself look good in the process. By interacting effectively, delegating wisely and helping others achieve their goals, your role as a leader solidifies and your work and life balance remains intact.
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SBA names Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion

SBA names Minnesota Minority Small Business ChampionSharon B. Banks, Senior Project Manager at the University of Minnesota, has been named the Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

The Minority Small Business Champion award is presented annually in each state to individuals who assist small businesses through outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of minority-owned small businesses. Yvonne Cheung Ho, President and CEO of MEDA, nominated Banks for this award.

Banks, a native of Pittsburgh, has lived in the Twin Cities since moving from Atlanta in 1979.  She describes herself as a "problem solver” and considers her organizational and interpersonal skills her greatest assets.  As Senior Project Manager in the University of Minnesota’s Office for Business and Community Economic Development, she is responsible for the inclusion of women, minorities and person with disabilities on University construction projects. Prior to joining the University, she was Manager of Career Development and Diversity at Northwest Airlines.
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Giving feedback? Give encouragement too

Giving feedback? Give encouragement tooAbri wrote to Insight News because she can’t stand her boss.  Usually it takes two to tangle.  Next to every bad manager is an employee complaining about their bad manager, and usually, they are both part of the problem.  When it comes to giving feedback, though, the manager’s style is often a big part of the problem. 

Abri is a Quality Editor.  Her job is to edit surveys before they go back to a client.  She checks for typos and grammar issues and verifies that the scores make sense.  Every time Abri completes a project, her manager reviews her work and sends feedback in an email.  The manager calls it feedback; Abri calls it torture.  Opening those email critiques is painful.  She knows they list, in a thick block paragraph, single spaced, the microscopic details of her errors.  “It’s all negative,” says Abri.  “Am I really that bad?”
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2010 "Power and Possibilities" leadership conference

2010 Burnsville Mayor and St. Kate’s alumna Elizabeth Kautz will headline the 2010 "Power and Possibilities" leadership conference at St. Catherine University Wednesday, April 21, 3–5:30 pm in Rauenhorst Ballroom in Coeur de Catherine on the University's St. Paul campus, 2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, 55105.

Kautz is currently serving her sixth term as mayor of Burnsville, MN and is president of the United States Conference of Mayors and chairperson of the Suburban Transit Association, as well as co-chair and co-founder of the Minnesota Regional Council of Mayors. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago and bachelor’s in theology with a focus on psychology from St. Kate’s.
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Secure Waiting Space: Men in transition

Secure Waiting Space:  Men in transition This morning, people all over America woke up in a bed, hit the snooze on the alarm, and eventually dragged themselves through a shower routine and out the door.  They might have thought, “this is going to be a great day,” or they might have thought, “I hope I don’t get fired today.”  The challenges of getting a job and keeping it are daunting enough.  For the homeless, reporting to work or school every day is a challenge that must seem insurmountable. Add, I hope I can find a place to shower, to the morning thoughts list, and having a great day takes on a completely different meaning.  Fortunately, for homeless men in the Twin Cities, a place called Secure Waiting Space makes the morning routine possible.
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Put on those shoes and dance

Put on those shoes and dance Seasoned workers, you know who you are. You are the people who remember video cassettes, and life without them. You are the people who still polish your own shoes and iron your own jeans. You are the people who did things in the 70s that you are no longer proud of. You are experienced, knowledgeable, reliable and hire-able, and the reality is, you are unlikely to retire any time soon.
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