Useless? Childish? Or Useful?
The arguments are prevalent but the definitive answer has been elusive
Mind mapping, a learning and retaining technique in which a diagram is drawn to create a visual image of information that the brain is processing, has been controversial since its introduction in the 1950s.
While many hail it as a technique that can be useful from a very early age throughout adulthood, its detractors write it off as useless, childish, or both.
There Are Many Business People That Have Down Well Without A Degree and Many That Haven’t
Education is a tool like any other tool — Open to learning is the key
There is simply no business education in the world more valuable than the one you already got starting and running your own business.
There is, however, always room to improve.
The nature of your business career means that your schedule is probably packed already.
However, finding time to pursue higher education is almost certain to improve your business and, more importantly, your quality of life.
The World Economic Forum Introduces The Human Capital Index
New index identifies countries’ ability to develop and nurture human capital
Thanks to the works of The World Economic Forum, a country can ascertain, via an index, where it stands globally right now and what it needs to do to become a better nation through its most valuable resource — their people.
Human Capital Report
A nation’s human capital endowment – the skills and capacities that reside in people and that are put to productive use – can be a more important determinant of long term economic success than virtually any other resource.
The Human Capital Report details the findings of a new Index which measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: Education, Health & Wellness, Workforce & Employment and Enabling Environment.
One of the many aspects I run into during implementation and/or post-implementation services my company provides is the learning curve everyone has not only for the new system to be implemented – or just implemented in the case of post-implementation service – but the learning curve to the technology in general.
During the 1980′s and 90′s this was normal as HRIS was evolving and going through a definition process.
Most companies did not know where to place the responsibility for the HRIS systems as it involved more than one department – for some companies’ payroll seemed logical while others it was HR and/or IT…
Having come across someone else with the same thoughts, well — click the read more button to find out what he said…
Attitude is Everything — and Our Has to Change Now
Millions of girls are not in school due to untested beliefs and embraced traditions
Intel has initiated a program to get girls into school…
Not only is their future, meaning Intel’s, at stake due to the coming resource and skills shortage, but so aren’t a LOT of businesses.
Early Education, On-the-Job Training Key to Filling IT Talent Pipeline
CompTIA Small Business Spotlight
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Early classroom exposure to information technology (IT) and expanded apprentice and internship programs for people entering the job market can go a long way in keeping any country supplied with a deep reservoir of technology workers, according to CompTIA, the non-profit association for the IT industry.
In conjunction with National Small Business Week June 17-21, CompTIA is spotlighting several of the issues affecting its small business members and offering solutions to address those challenges.
Company Expands Corporate Scholarship Program In Memory of ADP Founder’s Commitment to Education ROSELAND, N.J., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ADP® today announced the five members of the inaugural class of Henry Taub Scholars, a newly established college scholarship program, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and honoring the company’s late founder Henry Taub’s deeply held belief in the importance of higher education. An expansion of ADP’s current scholarship program, the Henry Taub Scholars is open to...read more
Eventually, it was bound to happen with the advances, demands, and changes that have been gained from the advancements and values of HRIS systems – but does that mean the HRIS system taillights are about to be seen by all in IT? HRIS has been evolving since the computer arrived to the office — and since 2000, new technologies as well as the realization of the value of a HRIS system have been increasing the awareness of the value of a HRIS department. Add to this the logarithmic rate of change in technology? Then implementations as...read more
Every now and then, even with all the powerful videos and stories that arrive almost daily, there is one that always stands out — and stays with you…
We noted this video last week by twitter — and shared it with family and friends, both in Brazil and in the USA… And the comments have been just as powerful as the video. So we are sharing it here as well, to provide aspiration, motivation, and the reminder that everything is ALWAYS possible, especially with the right tools.read more
originally posted 12-September-2009 As an example of our earlier posting of mindset and dataset front the TED video with Hans Rosling, let’s take social media… you may still think twitter, LinkedIn, facebook, and others are a fad? watch this 5 minute video and see if your mindset and your dataset are in synch…. Some colleges are already abandoning the email system for their incoming freshman in favor of social media… another fad? Well, let me ask you this… how fast can you stay up with change? how fast can you...read more
Hope everyone had a safe Thanksgiving and we hope everyone is taking advantage of the Black Friday sales — I know we are! There are 6 videos this week… Kenexa has provided a topic on senior women, as well as recognizing the value of the difference. The difference of what? Well, watch the video, it’s explained early on and you will know quickly enough if you want to watch the rest of the video. PeopleSoft has a global search in their panels now – basically allowing you to take action from your search results without...read more
IDC’s Perspective on Visions That Could Assist Brazil David Tapper, IDC Vice President of Outsourcing provides some excellent insight into the perspectives that both the Brazilian government and Brazilian businesses need to take into account as they expand their global presence… The Leveraging IT from Within and Outside Brazil Advisory, risk management, and outsourcing thoughts for Brazil and Latin America shared by Atul Vashistha, Founder and Chairman of Neogroup… Thoughts from an Economist, Entrepreneur, and...read more
Software as a Service and Cloud-based Integration: Assessing the business impact in multi-country payroll Join us for a Webinar on November 17! Much has been said about the merits of Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing – but what does it mean for companies developing a multi-country payroll strategy, and how could it impact your planning? Find out in this 50-minute web seminar, hosted by Webster Buchanan Research! Speakers: - David Longworth, Research Director, Webster Buchanan Research - Roger Black, Consulting...read more
BRASSCOM: Johnson & Johnson the Brazil Experience… Nigel Storey, IT Manager, Global Services, Johnson & Johnson at the BRASSCOM Global IT Form, talking about the fantastic results Johnson & Johnson has been having in Brazil… Related Posts: BRASSCOM: Outsourcing, Risk Management Thoughts for Brazil…BRASSCOM Global IT Forum : Why is it so important?Video Friday 4-November-2011Are the HRIS system taillights about to be seen by all in IT?Video Friday 25-November-2011Video Friday 18-November-2011Video Friday...read more
What is the BRASSCOM GLobal IT Form? Think of the BRASSCOM Global IT Form as the Southern Hemisphere version of the Garner Symposium ITxpo… and just because it is south of the equator doesn’t mean it doesn’t have clout. Brazil just surpassed the U.K. as far as a global economy with France next in its sights. This makes Brazil the 7th largest global economy — and the growth is continuing a very good clip, even with the slow down due to the economic situations almost everywhere else. Brazil is thanking its financial...read more
At first, I thought I was off the hook — no e-mails about videos this week. Then tonight, I looked at my subscriptions… hmmm… something needs to be fixed! Microsoft is providing a couple of Future Vision videos, one of them explains the Future Vision labs Microsoft maintains for their visitors… I’m just wishing I had a tenth of what I am seeing in this video! SAP has videos focusing on value management, creating and align between business and IT strategies, SAP Business One and iPad connectivity, and another on...read more
Originally posted 2-August-2011 There are stil 5 more opportunities to prepare in a strutured environment for your PMP ceritification. We are reporting this for that purpose…. Per the Project Management Institute, “The PMP certification involves a rigorous, examination-based process that represents the highest caliber in professional standards. To be eligible for the PMP certification, you must first meet specific education and experience requirements and agree to adhere to a code of professional conduct. The final step in...read more
We have added several SHORT videos to our Microsoft video library, thanks to Microsoft and Doug Thomas. Doug breaks things down to simple basics and makes everything easy — and quick — to learn… How to create a Watermark A shortcut to find your Office documents Why you want to know about Sample Templates Know this before installing an Office trial Office tips from a screensaver Using calendars with Office 365 Tools in the Cloud (What is Office 365?) How fast can I start using the Office Web Apps? Enjoy them! Be sure to visit...read more
The changes that are occurring with technology are out pacing the level of learning, and teachers are finding themselves needing to improvise as well as question their teaching methods… Much of this comes to light in an interview with Renata Santiago, conducted by Mark Hillary of IT Decisions. Both are from São Paulo — and the concerns and thoughts shared by Renata are more universal than many believe. In this video she talks to Mark about the use of social media by corporations with some very thoughtful and insightful comments....read more
If you want to gain the attention of anyone outside an English-speaking country, tell them they need to learn English or have English as a required skill before they can gain a good standing in their career. Much is said about this subject — just as there was when the language of trade and commerce was French (not even 50 years ago). In the age-old argument of this subject, the language really doesn’t matter — it is the requirement to know something beyond their native tongue that will set the debate circles spiraling...read more
Announcement from the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) in HUMAN RESOURCES INFORMATION SYSTEMS (HRIS) We have speaking opportunities available for our July 11th & 12th Virtual event! Deadline for submission is EOB Friday, June 17th. We are interested in what you have to share that is educational, engaging, a hot topic or trend!! This is an excellent opportunity to increase your exposure, build your network and showcase your expertise. If you are interested in participating, contact the Community Facilitator Grant Perry via email at...read more
originally published 11-Feb-2011 Education – there is a definite importance to this endeavor. Often, that importance is lost on those who need it the most – our youth. Whether you have children or not, eventually the quality of their education — or lack thereof — is going to affect your life personally. If not now, it will later. Some of today’s youth will be our leaders in our later years, some will be business owners, and some will be innovators. Life – without any deviations – is like a...read more
In our endeavors to expand into Brazil, we were prepared for many things but unprepared for their reality. But in MANY ways, the problems Brasil faces with technology are identical to that of the USA — both in recent history and currently. CGServices USA Inc is forming a study group that is going to be providing questions for the needs of Brasil when it comes to technology in education. They are not focusing on technology education, but technology in education. More announcements will be made through the Social Network (facebook,...read more
What you keep in front of you is the direction you will go… Many times the “research and analysis” for a new system will be heavily burdened with the obvious – with a flair for the bells and whistles that are believed to assist and help a company with a new system. Consistently, too many projects are started with looking for the right answers… Too many times the project is pursued without really looking for the right questions instead… A simple concept – but it requires thinking beyond the textbook and the normal viewpoint....read more
originally published 03-December-2010 In an article in Brazil’s O Globo, titled Bons gestores de TI são uma raridade no mercado, translated to English, Good Managers Are A Rarity On the Market, Fláviá Rodrigues notes the lack of good IT managers and points to the colleges beefing up their curriculum to accommodate the demand. The shortage is accounting for a loss of $45 billion to the Brazilian economy ($US 26.45 million). According to Case Technologies, the account for the shortage is… The IT market is still not widely known in Brazil...read more
This is the last of 3 articles looking at Project Management from a perspective outside the box. In the first article, Performing A Needs Assessment on Project Management, we asked questions that focused at the whole process of obtaining and implementing a HRIS system… Is it really necessary to… change what is working? improve upon what is working? change what is not working? change what is not working well? In the second article, Reassessing the Management in Project Management we discussed the improvements that can be made that will result...read more
In my last article Performing a Needs Assessment on Project Management, a discussion was presented to look at the effort and resources consumed throughout the project (including the budget). A comparison of these two variables to the project phases provided the following diagrams, using the same timelines… At the end of the previous article, we posed the following questions… Are the methodologies really working or is just providing the desired results for the moment? For what is working, what results are trickling through the project that are...read more
In our first 3 articles, we provided an introduction to what is a HRIS system? rethinking beyond the traditional project methodologies when selecting a HRIS system during the implementation of a HRIS system a systematic, efficient selection and planning process to your HRIS project As with any methodology, it is inevitable there would be a need to strengthen any weaknesses. Most methodologies and processes evolve in cycles, usually resulting from the needs that grow as the result of new technologies and from evidences that certain aspects of...read more