Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Picks of the Week: June 30 - July 6, 2013

Website of the Week --  Financial Management Training Center
The Financial Management Training Center offers free web based courses on a broad range of financial management topics. Courses are downloaded to your computer by clicking on the hyperlinks on the opening webpage. Short Courses come in three formats: Microsoft Word documents, pdf files (requires Acrobat Reader) and exe files (self-extracting file). Finally, you can find Lecture Notes from other financial management courses. Go to http://www.exinfm.com/training

Publication of the Week -- Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration by Deborah Pruitt
From the publisher: You’re passionate about making an impact … and you know that high-level collaboration is the key. Now you can confidently and consistently create the relationships, partnerships, and groups that achieve outstanding success. Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration synthesizes Deborah Pruitt’s dual perspectives as anthropologist and accomplished organizational consultant into six elements proven to make groups more successful: consistently producing outstanding results and enjoying a rewarding and inspiring collaboration experience. As you work through Group Alchemy, you can take the leap to the next level and create a group culture that serves your vision. With the group alchemy formula you can consistently generate the communication and trust necessary for truly successful collaboration—the kind where people personally invest in the group’s goals and aspirations and are willing to do what it takes to reach them. This is the promise of group alchemy, a promise the author has seen fulfilled time and again in groups that engage this method. Let your group be next!

Clickto preview this book on Amazon.com

Trend of the Week -- Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment
The Corporation for National & Community Service has recently released a report, Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment, which shows just how valued volunteering can be in the workforce. The study discovered that volunteering is linked with a 27 percent increase in odds of employment, and provides “social capital and human capital,” which are directly related with better job prospects. Some of the benefits volunteering can provide are professional contacts, expanding networks, leadership opportunities, social relationships, knowledge, and work experience. Volunteering has the strongest impact on rural communities and individuals who lack a high school diploma. One interesting finding was that economic conditions and time don’t seem to impact the relationship between volunteering and employment. CNCS also provided an infographic for their collected data. For more information and to download the report, go to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/upload/employment_research_report.pdf

Resource of the Week – Retaining and Developing High Potential Talent: A Toolkit
Among the best strategies for developing diversity in human services is to retain and develop talent within your organization. The National Human Services Assembly's toolkit, Retaining and Developing High Potential Talent, focuses on onboarding, employee mentoring and succession planning as key levers for advancing diversity and inclusion through talent management. The guide offers a quick and accessible overview of key elements for building a successful Diversity & Inclusion approach to your organization’s talent management, followed by a closer look at how to build effective onboarding, mentoring and succession planning programs. To download the guide, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mk5qkmt

Tech Tip of the Week -- Broadcasting PowerPoint 2010 Presentations
An amazing new feature in PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to Broadcast your slideshows to anyone, anywhere.  Here's how:
  • Make sure you have signed up for a Windows Live ID
  • Open your slide show
  • Click the Slide Show tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Broadcast Slide Show button in the Start Slide Show group
  • PowerPoint prepares your slide show 
  • The Broadcast Slide Show screen is displayed with a link to your presentation
  • Email the link to anyone you want to attend your presentation
  • Now click the Start Slide Show button and remote viewers can view your presentation
The following articles can help you learn this powerful new tool:

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