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ITALIA Project Launch | Buckinghamshire Business First

ITALIA Project Launch | Buckinghamshire Business First | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Your introduction to the ITALIA project and the opportunities for innovative ideas and solutions.
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For anyone working on a TeleHealth solution, and would like some Government funding to help them do it.

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IKEA Augmented-Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You See Furniture In Your Home - DesignTAXI.com

IKEA Augmented-Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You See Furniture In Your Home - DesignTAXI.com | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
IKEA Augmented-Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You See Furniture In Your Home - DesignTAXI.com
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Is this the future of retailing? Sounds (and looks) cool!

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Don't adapt old IT security policies for BYOD: IBM | ZDNet

Don't adapt old IT security policies for BYOD: IBM | ZDNet | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it

Many organisations are simply retrofitting existing IT security policies for mobile devices in the workplace, but they should really be formulating a BYOD policy from scratch


Via Karl Wabst
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And if you decide to go BYOD, how NOT to do it.

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Karl Wabst's curator insight, July 30, 2013 7:49 PM

Old security policies are often ignored. Modeling BYOD policies on failed standards will likely result in new policies that will also be ignored.

 

Take the opportunity to educate leaders and staff on how mobile and employee-owned devices create new opportunity and risk.

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3 Steps to Reduce Absence & Improve Engagement At Work

3 Steps to Reduce Absence & Improve Engagement At Work | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
If you're an employer or a manager, then work place absence is costing you money, inconvenience, and upsetting your customers. And as we all know, not all days taken off work are due to genuine sic...
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Great advice. All managers should read this.

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This Little Word Will Make You a Better Manager

This Little Word Will Make You a Better Manager | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Add this magic word to negative feedback to make it radically more effective.
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If you want to get good at feedback, join Toastmasters International! Although most people join to improve their speaking skills, giving written and spoken constructive feedback is an integral part of the process. Everyone gives feedback to speakers, and this gives you a lot of practice in how to do it in a helpful and beneficial way.

It also teaches you how to take a complement gracefully too. Something that we Brits really struggle with.

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Different Job Types Demand Different Engagement Strategies

Different Job Types Demand Different Engagement Strategies | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Whether you're managing professional staff, production workers, or a diversity of occupations, employees require engagement strategies targeted to their specific role and needs.

Via Ron McIntyre
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The key to engagement is understanding individual motivation and having a variety of options. There is a tendency to assume that everyone is motivated by money (not true) and that one option fits everyone. This is lazy thinking, and reflects uncaring management. Thanks for sharing Ron.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 23, 2013 6:41 PM

As I have mentioned many times there is no single silver bullet for employee engagement. Changing the culture is never easy.

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Enterprise mobile management's evolution

Learn how MAM and MIM will join BYOD and MDM as part of an overall enterprise mobile management strategy in this Essential Guide about enterprise mobility.
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Some good tips on how best to manage your mobile devices (MDM) in the brave new world of BYOD.

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What People Living In 1900 Thought The World Would Look Like In A Century - DesignTAXI.com

What People Living In 1900 Thought The World Would Look Like In A Century - DesignTAXI.com | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
What People Living In 1900 Thought The World Would Look Like In A Century - DesignTAXI.com
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Amazing for what it got right (TV, Surveilance, flying for everyone etc.) and what it missed (computers, internet, neater clothing). It got me thinking - what would I predict for 100 years time:

- computers embedded in your body with personal wifi and no laptops or mobile phones. Pioneered by Google.

- moon colonies (just scientists though)

- sugar being banned or with health warnings (like cigarettes today)

- much less commuting and many more e-companies

- most children taught in e-schools

- world power shifting to the east (China etc.)

- no more cars (as we know them), but personal power travel pads that can be joined together and programmed for a destination (linked to your body computer). So no more SatNavs either! Pioneered by Apple.

 

What would you predict?

 

 

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Can a toxic boss be managed? | TechRepublic

Can a toxic boss be managed? | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
If you have a toxic boss, the last thing you want to do is spend your valuable time trying to bring out the best in him or her. But that’s just
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Not just for Toxic Bosses.There is a tendency to assume that only the boss or your manager has responsibility for improving the working environment; a 'them v. us' attitude. If everyone in the team did this, it would make for a much better working environment all round.

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Looking to Grow Your Business? Focus on team building, leadership from within

Looking to Grow Your Business? Focus on team building, leadership from within | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
By Paul Fitzgerald
As many companies consider new strategies and employ pro-active and forward thinking responses to the demands of today’s recessionary times
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We sometimes get so hung up on the latest, new-fangled, super-duper, latest cool academic thinking stuff, that we forget the basics - lead well and build your team.

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How Can We Solve The Employee Disengagement Problem?

How Can We Solve The Employee Disengagement Problem? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
It's time to look at the causes not the symptoms. Here's why 1890s business culture is a good place to start.

Via Celine Schillinger
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“… imagine a crew team out on the River where three people are rowing their hearts out, five are taking in the scenery, and two are trying to sink the boat.” Is your team like that?

 

This article says that the fault is culture. But I still think that most managers don't even get the basics right. It's all very well to blame the 'culture', but if every manager at every level focussed on the basics, then the culture would improve too.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:36 AM

Interesting article but trying to blame business culture in general is not really my focus.  The last paragraph covers a very valid suggestion; "an organization completely populated with three-dimensional human beings and not avatars and role players." Authenticity!

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Horror stories of women in tech: The worst advice I’ve ever received

Horror stories of women in tech: The worst advice I’ve ever received | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Women share experiences of being told to think like a male, keep your head down, and to not even bother with a career in tech.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I guess I've been lucky, in not having experienced a lot of this nonsense in my career. Although I did get a lot of opposition when I promoted my secretary to an IT techie job after she studied for an IT qualification in her own time. There were comments like 'but she's a secretary, secretaries don't go into IT?' 

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Should women act like men to get ahead? | TechRepublic

Should women act like men to get ahead? | TechRepublic | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Author Vickie Milazzo says women need to extol their accomplishments more in order to succeed in the business world.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

I don't think women should act like men, any more than men should act like women. But, it helps to aware that men and women can have differing ways of communicating and confidence. Be careful not to over generalise however!

 

Be confident, be natural and be aware. 

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Hiring An Apprentice Can Bring Cash Bonuses To Your Business | Buckinghamshire Business First

Hiring An Apprentice Can Bring Cash Bonuses To Your Business | Buckinghamshire Business First | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Thousands of pounds in funding awaits businesses that hire an apprentice.
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Apprenticeships for business admin and IT staff too. What a brilliant idea!

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Why men in IT see women in IT as a valuable asset

Why men in IT see women in IT as a valuable asset | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Men share their views on the importance of a mixed gender teams and their experiences of what women in IT bring to the table
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It mystifies me why more women don't find IT attractive as a career? Sure, there's a lot of 'techie' talk, but it's interesting and well paid!

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Are Businesses Rushing to BYOD Too Quickly?

Are Businesses Rushing to BYOD Too Quickly? | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
A survey of IT executives and IT pros paints a disturbing picture of BYOD.
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What a good question. Especially concerning is that some policies may be illegal.

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4 Surprisingly Effective Things to Say

4 Surprisingly Effective Things to Say | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
As the boss, you have to know it all and always be in the right. Wrong. Try these simple, yet powerful words to build trust and lead with integrity.
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Seems so simple, but how often do we say these things! I know I don't say them nearly often enough. I'm sorry for that.

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London: Move over, royal baby: City readies for opening of park

London: Move over, royal baby: City readies for opening of park | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
All eyes may be focused on Kate Middleton and the royal baby, but come the weekend, at least some will turn to events at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

As an Olympic volunteer, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a concert there last week. Although there are still building works going on, it looks really good and I think the new park will become a major venue not just for East Londoners but for people everywhere in London, Greater London and here on holidays. Even the transportation is excellent. 

 

I just wish the shopping centre was more inviting.

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8 Skills You Need to Be a Successful IT Executive

8 Skills You Need to Be a Successful IT Executive | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The skills that helped you become an IT pro and climb the ladder aren't the same skills you need to succeed in the c-suite. Learn the skills necessary to break through to the top.
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Although these skills are applicable to anyone wanting to reach executive levels, it can be particularly difficult for IT people as they typically work in IT because they enjoy working with the technology.

 

One way for them to develop is to have a Mentor who has already made that change and can guide you through the development process.

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Smart mobile strategies curb wasteful IT spending

To avoid overspending on mobile initiatives, organizations must have mobile strategies in place. If not, IT risks falling behind the strengths of mobility in the enterprise.
Jacqui Hogan's insight:

You ignore mobile develop at your peril! Unless of course, you think tablets will replace them. I personally don't think so; my tablet doesn't fit in my handbag, and is a lot heavier than my iPhone is. Now that I have evernote, I take notes on my phone if the meeting is short (i can only use that titchy keyboard for so long). Even if I use my iPad, I take my phone to give me mobile wifi.

 

IT Software companies - you must have a mobile/tablet development strategy & programme.

 

Everyone - you must have a BYOD strategy. Staff will use them whether you like it or not. Best to agree when and how they can be used, than have people using them in secret.

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The Top 10 Reasons People Hate Their Job

The Top 10 Reasons People Hate Their Job | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Not everyone comes into work with the same level of engagement, motivation, and passion each day. But if more than a few of your employees are making a habit out of being tired, stressed, and
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What a great case for improving your management. Now!

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Tech City launches London apprenticeship scheme

Tech City launches London apprenticeship scheme | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Tech City Apprenticeship (TCA) programme which will provide young people the chance to work with digital companies in London
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And this isn't the only scheme for Tech Apprentices. At a presentation this week,  I discovered that the biggest group of apprecnticeships is for office workers! With Tech workers not far behind.  I think the idea of offering apprenticeships for current day jobs is brilliant. Many people learn better 'on-the-job' rather than in college or university.

 

Spread the word.

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6 Things IT Managers Need to Know About Hiring vs. Training

6 Things IT Managers Need to Know About Hiring vs. Training | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Deciding whether to train and promote your current staff or bring in new blood is a choice many IT leaders face on a regular basis. The best decision, of course, depends on many variables. The first step is answering these six questions.
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What about a third way? Why not hire a short term mentor who can pass on their experience, without you having to hire them fulltime or for a long time.

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The Pain Gradient

The Pain Gradient | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
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Worth reading just for the Lego pictures! As a former overweight 'runner', I can certainly attest to the fact that the first few minutes are the worst. Seeing everyone else surge ahead, leaving me puffing in thr rear is not only painful, but somewaht dispiriting too.

Starting a new business or project is very similar.

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Business fear skills shortage could hold back growth - Business Matters

Business fear skills shortage could hold back growth - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
There is a stubborn shortage in the skills the UK needs to remain competitive and fuel long-term growth, according to the annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey published today.
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There still seems to be a total disconnect between business and academia with regard to teaching relevant skills. Schools and 'universities' just don't understand what skills are needed and forget that, without the 'real' world, there would be no funding for the academic research they seem to think is the pinnacle of achievement.

 

Bombardment by the media doesn't help either, as many children and young adults see the apparently easy option of celebrity as a career option!

 

And I still don't understand how any school can be considered successful if it hasn't educated ALL of its children up to the basic standard of literacy, numeracy and general life knowledge necessary as a basic staple for any job. What use is a 'media studies' qualification if the person can't write basic meeting notes, manage their credit card payments or understand the importance of timekeeping?

 

It makes me so mad that we are STILL failing to get this right.

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