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TheAwesomer dot com said this would consume only seven seconds of my day to watch. They were wrong: I had to watch it a couple times, right off the bat, then click over to YouTube to watch again and share, and have the ability to comment. It's consumed lots more than just seven seconds.
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Very simple concept; why didn't I think of this??

Finding that this is a pretty darn good website for increasing productivity and motivating for action.
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So, this happened...
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Nice way to end the week. I forget sometimes to say thanks. I need to get better at acknowledging the contributions of others.
Feeling thankful is a lot easier than showing it, but we can and we should! Here are some simple tips.
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Job opening in MN. Interested? Contact:
Siddharth Sharma
Corporate Recruitments/Human Resources
Interglobe Technologies | T: + 1 212-999-6686 Extn 52135
www.interglobetechnologies.com 



Business Readiness Lead/IT Change Management Consultant
Location – Minneapolis , MN 55450
We are open either for Long term Contract/Fulltime
 
Position description:
The Business Readiness Lead will play a key role in helping projects (change initiatives) meet business, schedule and budget objectives. This person will focus on the people side of change – including changes to business processes, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures. The primary focus will be creating and implementing change management plans that minimize employee resistance and maximize employee engagement through effectively planned and delivered communication, training, and change enablement activities. The Business Readiness Lead will work to drive faster adoption, greater ultimate utilization and higher proficiency on the changes impacting employees in the organization such that business results are achieved.
 
Supervision:
While the Business Readiness Lead does not have supervisory responsibility, this person will have to work though many others in the organization to succeed. The Business Readiness Lead will act as a coach for leaders in helping them fulfill the role of change sponsors. The Business Readiness Lead will also support project teams in integrating change management activities into their project plans. Finally, the Business Readiness Lead may provide direct support and coaching for a Business Readiness communication and Business Readiness training leads or he/she may assume some of these responsibilities as well.
 
Roles and responsibilities:
• Apply a structured change management approach and methodology for the people side of change caused by projects and change efforts.
• Develop a change management strategy based on change impact assessments and a situational awareness of the details of the change and the groups being impacted by the change.
• Identify potential people-side risks and anticipated points of resistance, and develop specific plans to mitigate or address the concerns.
• Conduct readiness assessments, evaluate results and present findings in a logical and easy-to-understand manner.
• Develop a set of actionable and targeted change management plans – including communication plan, training plan and change enablement plans (sponsor roadmap, coaching plan, resistance management plan.)
• Support the execution of plans by employee-facing managers and business leaders.
• Be an active and visible coach to leaders who are change sponsors (situational) 
• Create and manage measurement systems to track adoption, utilization and proficiency of individual changes.
• Identify resistance and performance gaps, and work to develop and implement corrective actions
• Create and enable reinforcement mechanisms and celebrations of success.
• Work with project teams to integrate change management activities into the overall project plan.
• Work with communication, training, HR and OD specialists in the formulation of particular plans and activities to support project implementation.
 
Skills and qualifications:
• A solid understanding of how people go through a change and the change process
• Experience and knowledge of change management principles and methodologies (example: Prosci certification)  and  willing and able to work within the IT PMO SDLC methodology and established Business Readiness practice protocols
• Familiarity with project management approaches, tools and phases of the project lifecycle.
• Exceptional communication skills – both written and verbal.
• Able to work effectively at all levels in an organization.
• Excellent active listening skills.
• Problem solving and root cause identification skills.
• Strong analytic and decision making abilities.
• Must be a team player and able to work with and through others.
• Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
• Experience with large-scale organizational change efforts.
• Previous change management experience in an operational environment.
• Previous experience in the airline industry a plus.
• Proficient with Microsoft tools.
• Education:  BS/BA required; MBA/MEd or other advanced degree preferred.
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Fulfilling your potential - check out this offering from Deb Ingino. This series will be based on a book by John C. Maxwell.
Valuable Content. It may be complimentary, but it offers a wealth of content. Just take a look at the sessions we'll cover in the list below. This series is based on tried and proven leadership principles from John C. Maxwell's book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
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Gonna try this. I do a lot of writing for my eyes only (it's quite cathartic), but much of it has nothing whatsoever to do with the things I need to do. 

This is quite similar to David Allen's GTD concept of "collecting" - carrying a small notebook (or whatever capture tool works for you) and writing down any tasks, ideas, projects, or other info that pops into your head. (For a very clear explanation of this, go to zenhabits.net/ztd-habit-1-collect/)

GTD doesn't limit you to "first thing in the morning;" I suppose "Morning Pages" could continue throughout the day, as long as it's done primarily first thing each morning.
Try Morning Pages to become more inspired, less anxious, and generally a better professional.
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G+P+V=C -- a principled formula to fulfillment. 
Wondering what you should do with your life? This simple formula breaks it down.
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Check out my blog entry from this past weekend. Two-factor authentication is important! I've posted here in the past with a link to twofactorauth.org; passage of time hasn't reduced the positive impact this simple step can have on your online security.
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Head on over to lifehacker.com right now to check out this invaluable tip on two-factor authentication. Unfortunately, many sites that should be using 2fa don't support it -- but you should use it at every opportunity. Twitter uses it, Google uses it, Apple uses it, even PayPal uses it. You should too.

As a result of reading this article, I was motivated to enable 2fa on outlook.com, evernote.com, box.com, dropbox.com, and send notes to American Express and LinkedIn asking why they don't offer it or how to enable it.
Two-factor authentication is critical for protecting your online accounts, but sadly, not every site supports it (even, shockingly, many banks). TwoFactorAuth.org highlights all the sites that do or do not support two-factor authentication.
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Here's some additional info about the Target security breach. It's important, so you should read it, but here's the bottom line: BE CAREFUL. DON'T give out info if you get a call from someone saying they're from Target; DON'T log into websites you reach by clicking on a link someone emailed to you. 

Instead, YOU should type in the address for the retailer or financial institution you're trying to reach, and YOU should provide info only when YOU initiate the call you placed to a verified phone number. 

Read the attached article for more info. BE CAREFUL!
Update January 10th, 2014 – Today Target released new information about the breach. We expected new information to be released from Target as the investigation continues, but we didn’t expect the new information to be so important as to warrant an update. The new information: There may be an additional 70 million customers affected.  These 70 million may be in addition to the original 40 million customers in the original announcement; however, t...
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Wait, you said not to log into websites you reach by clicking on a link someone emailed to you. Then you provided a link to a website for more information. I'm so confused!
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Good crew of folks here - they've come to know my name, because I drop by every couple weeks to fill up my 5-gal water bottles for the cooler. I also buy salt there and they help me load (if I need help). Good pricing on salt and water: salt is 6 bags for price of 5 if you buy on Saturday; and I bought a water cooler and they gave a a bunch of water free (bought it over a year ago and I'm still not all they way through the free water). My daughter will ONLY drink Commers bottled water because she doesn't like the filtered water dispensed at the fridge. I haven't purchased a softener here, but would if I weren't renting. Wish access were more convenient: If approaching from the west I have to cross over 35W and make a U-turn to get to the parking entrance. Approach from north off the freeway (turn right onto hwy 42 at the top of the exit ramp) or from the south off Buck Hill Rd (next to Burnsville Center - turn left onto hwy 42) if possible. When exiting you have to turn right whether you want to or not. But I think the inconvenience of getting there is worth it for the quality of service and product.
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Here's the email I sent to ProService after I found out what it would cost me: "Thanks Adam. This is why I bring the vehicles to you. You could have said the tranny was shot, or that there was a cable that needed replacing, or some other high-cost issue, and I'd have believed you. Instead it was, "we tightened one bolt and re-installed another one that fell out and you're good to go." "I appreciate your honesty and have already told a couple folks here at the office about why I bring my vehicles to you."
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Inside storage for $30/month: good price. First month plus fees plus lock plus pro-rated remainder of existing month = $83! Quite a bit different than the "$1 for first month" special. Explained to me as "long-term renters benefit from $30/month fee rather than one-time $1 fee then $60/month thereafter." Maybe so, but give me a choice before I'm asked to sign. All that said: inside storage, inside entry, climate controlled for $30 is a good price.
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