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The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it

"Every reason to justify it..." Is it still good for you if you load it down with lots of cream and Truvia?

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Are you familiar with The Portable MBA book series? Here's my attempt at one for MS MIT degree.
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The ABC's of Collaboration

The ABC's of Collaboration | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
(Editor's Note: scroll down for graphical versions) In my book, Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization (Wiley) I define collaboration as follows: The unfettered allowance and enco...
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Simplify Outdated Corporate Processes

Simplify Outdated Corporate Processes | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Three principles to help you bring order to chaos.
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They say that change is hard. You see it every time you ask a group or a department to give up or tweak a process they've been using for so long no one is exactly sure why they do it that way - only that "this is the way we've always done it".  When developing technology solutions, everyone wants the application to "mechanize" their existing process when the focus should be on answering these questions: Why do we do this? Why do we do it this way? What would happen if we didn't do it at all? 

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Can You Give Your Elevator Speech in 15 Seconds?

Can You Give Your Elevator Speech in 15 Seconds? | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
As brand strategists, we often put together complex systems for defining brands with all sorts of diagrams and process, but the truth is the most compelling brands are the ones that can articulate
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Consider the Goal Before Giving a Presentation - Management Tip of the Day - March 27, 2014

Consider the Goal Before Giving a Presentation - Management Tip of the Day - March 27, 2014 | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it

Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.

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I love this line from the summary: "Generally, if your idea would be best served by more interaction with your audience, you should probably encourage discussion rather than deliver a presentation." Business needs less meetings and more discussions.

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Christian Buckley: 11 Ways to Improve Your IT Team's Productivity - PC Advisor

Christian Buckley: 11 Ways to Improve Your IT Team's Productivity - PC Advisor | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
" Also, "reduce the amount of reporting they need to do, so that they can focus on getting work done," advises Christian Buckley, director of Product Evangelism at Metalogix, which provides content infrastructure software. "If more than 10 percent of their day is spent reporting on the ...
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CEO Says CIOs Need to Be a Source of Energy and Innovation

CEO Says CIOs Need to Be a Source of Energy and Innovation | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Allstate's CEO says the CIO's office is only 20 feet away, so he can easily get thoughts from "one of the architects of our business innovation."
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Agile Transitions That Work - Scrum Alliance

Agile Transitions That Work - Scrum Alliance | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
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"An Agile transition...is a state of mind that does not waver. This state of mind must be spread across all areas of the organization. It must become a new corporate culture." I say this everytime I speak to co-workers about Agile. The call for Agile needs to be supported at the highest levels. It must be understood by everyone in the company. Everyone must have the same concept of what Agile is at the company so everyone is on the same page.

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16 Traits of Great IT Leaders

16 Traits of Great IT Leaders | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
If you want to succeed as an IT leader you have to develop a set of traits that will serve you and those around you. Industry leaders and career experts share their thoughts on what behaviors make an IT leader great.
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Performance Management and the Pony Express

Performance Management and the Pony Express | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Our feeble process for evaluating employees is badly in need of disruption.
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An interesting post that talks about the ineffectiveness of numerical scaled performance management.

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Tacit Knowledge Not Included | Harold Jarche

Tacit Knowledge Not Included | Harold Jarche | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
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Creating Outlets for Cross-Functional Collaboration

Creating Outlets for Cross-Functional Collaboration | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Providing an outlet for not-for-profit teams to work together allows them to share strategies for how they engage stakeholders, ask for help on challenges, and spark new ideas.
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"Arguably, top-performing organizations are integrating knowledge sharing as a collaborative tool into their workflows, creating interaction cross-departmentally. This process breaks down silos, while creating a stream for the free flow of ideas and increasing the speed of knowledge transfer."

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Millennials Judge Employers by Their Tech Competence

Millennials Judge Employers by Their Tech Competence | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
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Very interesting!  "Last month, nonprofit IT trade association CompTIA released findings from its Generational Research on Technology & Its Impact in the Workplace study that revealed 67 percent of millennials judge their employers based on their technological savvy."

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The Three 5s

The Three 5s | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
These three sets of five rules will help you embrace innovation, take advantage of a paradigm shift, and improve quality. Keep in mind, in all these steps, that you have control of your emotions and you are capable to create your own anchors.
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Get Inside Your Project’s Head

Get Inside Your Project’s Head | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it

The OODA Loop is a concept used by military strategists and law enforcement to “get inside” an opponent’s decision-making cycle. Here’s how the technique can help to keep your projects in control — or to bring troubled initiatives back on track before it’s too late.

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Use a Task Map to Improve Your Team's Performance

Use a Task Map to Improve Your Team's Performance | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
A tool to help align employees' skills with their roles.
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A Little Agile Goes a Long Way

A Little Agile Goes a Long Way | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Agile principles and practices aren’t just for product development. They can also improve your effectiveness as a day-to-day manager and the performance of your teams and department. Here are seven great reasons why you should consider adding Agile to your management toolbox.
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Disrupting the Diploma

Disrupting the Diploma | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
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"..there are an expanding number of ways to acquire specific skills and knowledge faster and less expensively than one can manage through a traditional four-year degree program."

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The 7 Types of Social Media Users and How to Engage Them

The 7 Types of Social Media Users and How to Engage Them | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Using social media to market your company is an undoubtedly wise decision. But understanding the differences between each type of user who follows you can also lead to an increase in awareness and ...
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The Values Revolution | Switch and Shift

The Values Revolution | Switch and Shift | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
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Nice series on employee engagement and running a values oriented business.

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Change Your Daily Scrum Meeting - Scrum Alliance

Change Your Daily Scrum Meeting - Scrum Alliance | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
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Our Favorite Resources for Post-Program Evaluations with Substance

Our Favorite Resources for Post-Program Evaluations with Substance | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Review this collection of the Kirkpatricks' favorite resources for post-program evaluations with substance to learn how to achieve effective program evaluation with minimal resources and wasted effort.
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3 best quotes about print-outs of powerpoint presentation by Seth Godin

3 best quotes about print-outs of powerpoint presentation by Seth Godin | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Best Seth Godin quotes about print-outs of Powerpoint presentations, that apply to sales presentations.
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My favorite: “Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there."

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buckleyPLANET: Measuring Your Social Collaboration Progression

buckleyPLANET: Measuring Your Social Collaboration Progression | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
In a conversation with customer this week, they asked me how I thought their use of SharePoint, Yammer, and other social collaboration tools compared to other organizations I work with. Honestly, I don’t know how to answer that.
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Lead With A Story

Lead With A Story | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
Better than a slide presentation, a good story can inspire and instruct. For project leaders, the ancient art of storytelling is a neglected tool for explaining initiatives and motivating teams.
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Finding Strength in Your Competitor's Weakness

Finding Strength in Your Competitor's Weakness | Portable MS MIT Degree | Scoop.it
One reason organizational culture does not make many le…
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I love this statement from this post: "Culture is the collection of words, actions, thought, and “stuff” that clarifies and reinforces what a company truly values. And what your company values drives behavior and attention, so it is a huge lever for driving the success of the enterprise."

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