I am personally very thankful for feeling healthy and mobile after the struggles of a year ago. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers.
For us living in Minnesota, April is an exciting time. The sun is warmer and the snow is gone. Nature’s cycle brings leaves to the trees and green grass. I know some people think Minnesota has snow ten months out of the year … it’s really only six months. We are encouraged by articles listing Minneapolis as the healthiest city in the US recently. One reason is that we stay more active than most all year round … yes, even with the snow and cold of winter. (Some of us do that by going to Florida for half the winter, but we won’t go there). April is a time of budding trees and budding business.
It’s a good time to be Change Masters. We see the job market improving for individuals and the demand for talent by companies increasing significantly. Retaining high talent by leaders being increasingly effective, and communicating and motivating teams has a high value. Demand from our many loyal customers, plus an amazing number of new companies looking for help in this critical area is very exciting. Response to our plans for addressing remote communications has been great. It looks like another good year!
We have clients moving to new positions. One blog below addresses The First 90 Days in a new job. Another blog is a bit of a “soapbox” for the education and training of the future. A couple of related tips are also noted below … yes, there is hope for better remote communication.
Get the First 90 Days Right
There are several common-sense things you need to do when moving into a new situation. Unfortunately, we often see people make significant mistakes in one or more of the areas below. Often the adrenalin from excitement or fear causes people to come on too strong; or conversely, be too laid back. The 90 days go quickly. If you are too focused on task … the opportunity is lost forever. Use the grace period you normally receive in the first 90 days to lay the groundwork for a successful first year. Key points:
1. Focus on Listening and Learning
It is easy to see what you would do differently based on your experience. Wait. Make sure [more …]
Is There Hope for Education?
- 99% engagement from 600 students in three undergraduate biology classes.
- Exams scores increased by 10%.
- Course failures were cut by 80% from the previous results.
Historically, these same courses had engagement scores of 49%. (That’s more like the numbers I remember from those classes). The educational classroom has not changed much over the last 100 years. Now online learning tools that are used in the classroom (and outside the classroom) have increased results dramatically. An added benefit is that shy students who may have held back in a classroom situation were enabled to participate. Material that was missed or not understood could be reviewed later. The results were reported in Pandodaily based on [continued …]
Are You Providing Free Advertising for Apple?
When I see emails with a signature line that says “Sent from my iPad” or “Sent from my iPhone” it reminds me of the label that car dealers put on the back of the cars they sell. When buying a car, I ask the car dealer to not put their label on my car or give me an “advertising discount”. It stops them from drilling holes in my trunk (or boot) to attach their advertising. They still attach a very hard to remove sticky label.
Fortunately, changing the Apple signature line on IOS devices for an email is much easier [continued …]
There is Hope for Email Clutter
What if your computer watched what you read immediately and/or responded to often? If your computer knew what you seldom read or read days later….. or never? These emails might be notices of concerts or plays that you only open if there is an event that you are interested in seeing. They may be information you might want to search for in the future … but not today.
Lets call those emails Clutter.
A little known feature in Microsoft Office 365 Outlook Web App application has such a feature. [More …]
“90% of the external consultants aren’t worth what we pay them – but Change Masters is certainly worth the investment! You give rapid, tangible results in a very effective, efficient process.” Senior leader in a Fortune Top 100 company
Some One-Liners in the Tradition of Henny Youngman
- I changed my iPod name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.
- Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
- A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
Happy spring to you and your loved ones! Thanks for your comments and questions any time.