By Nigel French | Monday, July 20, 2015
With the ever-expanding number of contact addresses that we all seem to have these days, how do you manage to fit all of this information onto a business card—and have it still be readable and attractive?
I show you how to wisely choose paper, colors, imagery, and more in my Designing a Business Card course on lynda.com. But here are some tips on layout that everyone should know.
By Gini Courter | Monday, May 11, 2015
With SharePoint 2013, you can quickly create websites full of features—from lists and libraries to custom forms and workflow automations.
Adding some colors, fonts, and images that reflect your company’s style is just as easy. Using your browser and SharePoint’s built-in design tools, you can choose a new theme, add your organization’s logo, and apply a background image to give your site a fresh visual identity.
I’ll show you how:
By Britt Andreatta | Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Whether you know it or not, your organization already has a learning culture. If you employ humans, then learning happens in your workplace every day because we’re biologically wired to learn; we can’t stop ourselves from doing it.
The real question is whether you have a transformative learning culture that makes your organization more successful—or one that breeds conformity and stagnation.
I could go on and on about the perils of the latter: how organizations with poor learning cultures experience high turnover of their top talent, struggle to keep their customers, and ultimately fall behind their competitors on a number of fronts. They may seem profitable on paper for a bit, but ultimately the costs of the human factor catch up and they fail.
Organizations that create transformative learning cultures not only succeed but thrive. They know that learning is as natural and biologically driven as breathing—and they cultivate people’s potential through learning opportunities.
Here are the six steps to create a learning culture at your organization—and how it will help.
By Todd Dewett | Monday, April 20, 2015
Employee engagement matters. It improves morale, productivity, and retention. Stronger engagement means stronger performance.
Many factors influence engagement, including the quality of the leader-follower relationship, trust in management, and the use of recognition and rewards.
Career-development activities—especially training—are another strong and sometimes overlooked contributor to engagement. This is particularly true in the managerial ranks. While we know that management-related training produces better managers, companies still don’t always provide it.
One reason has always been cost, but that simply isn’t an excuse with today’s online learning options. In fact, it’s now possible to add more value than we did back in the classroom—at a fraction of the cost.
By Jane Barratt | Thursday, April 16, 2015
Doing your taxes can be stressful, complicated, and time consuming—as most of us have just been reminded.
Alas, tax time isn’t going anywhere.
So here are three tips for making tax season a little less painful next year.
By Judy Steiner-Williams | Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Most of us consider knowledge to be a wonderful thing—a thing worth having. And it is. But it also comes with a curse.
The “curse of knowledge” is this: When we know something, it’s hard to remember what it’s like not to know it. So we often assume that everyone else knows it, too.
That faulty assumption plagues us in writing, especially: If I know what I mean, then everyone else should, too.
For clear and effective business writing, we must consider the backgrounds and knowledge of audience when deciding not only what to communicate, but how.
Follow these three tips for clear, effective business writing — that does what you want it to do.
By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, April 13, 2015
I love productivity, and I love apps that help me be more productive. Among my top 10 productivity apps is one called IF.
Formerly called IFTTT (for “If This, Then That”), IF sets up triggers for a number of your common tasks. For example, you can tell it: If I change my Facebook profile picture, then update my Twitter profile picture with the same photo.
It works with over 65 of the apps and programs you already use, from Evernote and Dropbox to Instagram and Gmail.
By Pat Salvador | Friday, April 10, 2015
The new line of Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile devices provides a number of fun and time-saving features.
You’ll find a Multi Window for split screen multi-tasking, edge screen configurations to help track your favorite contacts and move the features of the edge screen to either the left or right sides, and themes to express yourself within every aspect of the user interface. You can also go cordless now, thanks to an optional Wireless Charging Pad accessory.
I’ll walk you through the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:
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