Friday, December 30, 2011

Should Young People of School Age Bother Thinking About a Career


I had a visitor to MeaningfulWork.Com today who asked:

"Have you done anything with students at school or can you recommend any resources?"

Here's what I said:

The average age of my meaningful work clients is 43 with a range of 18 to 64.

However, with most individuals under 30, more life experience is a requisite for choosing their future career. It is a great challenge for young people without life experience to truly know what might suit them for a long-term career, but by the time they reach 30, most have tried enough different things to make a better choice.

Does this mean that young people of school age should not even bother? Of course not, but whateve work is done with them should probably be done in the context of "imagine several different careers you might pursue and learn everything you can about those." Also, they should be alerted to the fact that in today's workforce, most people have several different careers during the span of an average career.

See also my review of the book "Success Without College."

Hope this helps,

claude

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bargain Hunter's Guide to Building Your Course Web Site

In this posting, I'm still on hiatus from the Running a Good Business series. This ebook, though, is likely to be integrated into that series when I get to the Book 17: Using Technology. This ebook is available on Smashwords for $5.00 and, for a limited time, a coupon for 100% discount is available at http://www.meaningfulwork.com/running-a-good-business/. Check it out.

Bargain Hunter's Guide to Building Your Course Web Site


Ebook By Gail Terry Grimes and Claude Whitmyer
Published: May. 31, 2011
Category: Non-Fiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
Category: Non-Fiction » Computers and Internet » Training and certification
Words: 22515 (approximate)
Language: English

Everything you need for building a terrific course Web site is available free or for a few dollars on the Internet. This ebook provides product reviews, links to software and tools and more. The Bargain Hunter's Guide will get your course off the ground right away. It will expand your horizons. It will lead you to options you might never have known existed.

We created The Bargain Hunter's Guide to Building Your Course Web Site as an alternative (maybe short term, maybe longer) -- or as a supplement -- to the uptown learning management software packages so popular today.

- Do you have an independent streak, an eye for a bargain, and a yen to add an online component to your current courses?
- Do you want your course Web site up and running right away?
- Are you tired of waiting for your organization to settle on a plan?
- Are you less than satisfied with your organization's software choices?
- Do you like some features of the chosen software but not others?
- Would you rather spend your training time on solid, transferable skills than on the peculiarities of some software that may disappear next year?
- Do you perhaps represent an organization that's ready to "test the waters" before committing to a full-scale software investment?

The Bargain Hunter's Guide will get your course off the ground right away. It will expand your horizons. It will lead you to options you might never have known existed.

Features
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Hot links to the best:
- Free tutorials about computers and the Internet for novices
- Free and low-cost Web hosts
- Free lesson plans and course content
- Free and low-cost HTML editors
- Free and low-cost calendar templates
- Free and low-cost quiz generators
- Solutions to the online grade book dilemma
- Free trial sites for some leading course management software
- The Tenderfoot's Guide to HTML (the language of Web pages):
- 3 basic rules that will save you from headaches
* 8 essential HTML tags and the clearest instructions you'll find anywhere
* the one big no-no you want to avoid
* ways to build a page without knowing any HTML at all
- All about "intranet software"
- A free online discussion forum where you can ask questions, find answers, and exchange ideas

Benefits
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- Dramatically broaden your career options.
- Find out what all the fuss is about—without making a huge commitment.
- Save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on software.
- Avoid institutional delays. Get your course Web site up now!
- Work at your own speed, at your own convenience.
- Pick and choose from the tools you prefer. (Don't - settle for packaged software that frustrates and limits you.)
- Replace one or more parts of a course management - software package with something much better but still compatible.
- Gain confidence at your own pace!
- Have it all at little or no cost!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Herding Cats Through the Gate to Cyberspace

In this posting, I take time off from the Running a Good Business series to let you know about a fun summary of our experience with helping organizations roll out new communications and learning technology initiatives. You can tell by the title, that our viewpoint has a different slant. This ebook is available on Smashwords too, and it's free. You don't even need a coupon. Check it out.


Herding Cats Through the Gate to Cyberspace


Ebook By Gail Terry Grimes and Claude Whitmyer
Published: Jun. 01, 2011
Category: Non-Fiction » Business & Economics » Management and human resources
Words: 7835 (approximate)
Language: English

The Process of Introducing Virtual Collaboration and Learning Technology as a Tool For Large-Group Interventions.

Virtual collaboration and learning (VCL) technology seems tailor made for large-group interventions. An expanding array of tools appears to hold great potential for organizational change and learning.

To name a few, example tools include:
- Web-based meetings
- Asynchronous discussions
- Data sharing
- Group document editing
- Just-in-time training
- Online surveys
- Keyword searchable document repositories

However, change consultants or organizational development professionals who anticipate a swift, easy introduction of technology may be in for a rude awakening. Without appropriate facilitation, any VCL initiative may flounder along with the intervention it was intended to support.

Table of Contents
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Executive Summary

Four Types of Cats
- Non-Adopters
- Early Adopters
- Late Adopters
- Middle Adopters

Principles, Applications, Challenges and Proven Solutions

- Principle 1. A successful VCL initiative must have interest and meaning for the group.

- Principle 2. Once a tool is in place, leaders must actively and repeatedly draw attention to its availability, modeling its use and best practices.

- Principle 3. Virtual communications and learning technology must be useful and usable.

- Principle 4. The quality of the VCL experience may be positively influenced when participants are trained in best practices and provided with easy access to answers for frequently asked questions.

- Principle 5. The same design cycle applies to the introduction of virtual learning and communications technology as to any other planning process.

- Principle 6. The introduction of virtual communications and learning technology is a continuing, rather than a one-time, process.

Conclusions and Implications

Resources and Links

About the Authors

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Running a Good Business, Book 4a: Self-Assessment for Tradeskill

This is a stand-alone ebook that also serves as a supplement to Book 4 on startup. This ebook contains an instrument that helps you evaluate whether you have the necessary tradeskills to start your own business. The instrument also contains blanks for you to justify your assessment and come up with a plan for strengthening any of the tradeskills you find yourself weak in.

This ebook is available on Smashwords and, for a limited time, a coupon for 100% discount is available at http://www.meaningfulwork.com/running-a-good-business/. Check it out.

Running a Good Business: Self-Assessment for Tradeskill


Ebook By Claude Whitmyer
Published: May. 08, 2011
Category: Non-Fiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
Words: 4801 (approximate)
Language: English

"Tradeskill" defined and self-assessment instrument provided. This ebook can be used stand-alone or in conjunction with Running a Good Business, Book 4: Start-Up and Legal Matters.

A stand-alone self-assessment instrument for would be entrepreneurs or existing business owners who would like to determine if they have tradeskill and make a plan to strengthen the tradeskills that are weaker than you'd like them to be.

Table of Contents
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-What is Tradeskill?
-Do You Have Tradeskill?
-What If You Don’t Have Tradeskill?
-Tradeskills Self-Assessment Form
-Resources

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Running a Good Business, Book 4: Start-Up and Legal Matters

Now it's time to get down to some of the practical considerations about Running a Good Business. This book is about basic considerations for getting started, including self-assessment regarding your own entrepreneurial strengths and weakness, whether your business idea is a good one, obligations you have to government and regulators, obligations you have to people within and outside your business and several start-up legal matters such as choosing the right business type. 

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Running a Good Business, Book 4: Start-Up and Legal Matters


Ebook By Claude Whitmyer
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Published: May. 06, 2011
Category: Non-Fiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
Words: 12631 (approximate)
Language: English


Step-by-step guidance for launching your own small, micro or one-person business. For those who want to do what they love and still pay the bills. This volume focuses on self-assessment for entrepreneurship, legal form of your business and other issues that arise during the launch of a new business.


Book 4 in the series of stand-alone, hands-on guides to managing the ins and outs and ups and downs of starting and growing a small, micro or one-person business driven by personal values and offering the unique lifestyle of self-employment. This volume focuses on start-up and legal issues such as:

Table of Contents
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Chapter 1 Setting The Stage
-Do I have what it takes to start and run my own business?
-Do I have the necessary “tradeskills?"
-Will My Business Idea Work?
-Are there customers?
Chapter 2 Getting It Going
-The Legal Form Of Your Business And Its Tax Implications.
*Choose a Legal Form for Your Business
**Sole Proprietorship
**Partnership
**Corporation (C-Corp and Subchapter S Corp)
**Limited Liability Corporation
**Relative Merits
-Legal Obligations to “The Government.”
*Comply with zoning restrictions.
*Register any name by which you will do business, that isn’t your own legal name.
*Obtain all necessary city and county licenses and permits.
*Register to pay local, state, and federal taxes.
-Obligations To The People You Work With.
*Open A Business Bank Account.
*Set Up A Basic Bookkeeping System (And Plan It For Making Tax Time Efficient).
*Choose The Right Location For Your Business.
*Buy Appropriate Insurance.
*Create A Business Plan.
*Hire Good People.
Chapter 3 Keeping It Going
-Market Widely.
-Set the right price.
Resources

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Running a Good Business, Book 3: Becoming Values-Focused

This ebook is number 3 in the series of ebooks I'm publishing at Smashwords.Com all about "Running a Good Business." This ebook contains more than 20 exercises to help you clarify your values and assess your own management style to see if you are ready to run a business that integrates your personal values into every aspect of the enterprise.

This ebook is available on Smashwords and, for a limited time, a coupon for 100% discount is available at http://www.meaningfulwork.com/running-a-good-business/. Check it out.

Running a Good Business, Book 3: Becoming Values-Focused


Ebook By Claude Whitmyer
Published: May. 28, 2011
Category: Non-Fiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
Words: 21318 (approximate)
Language: English

Step-by-step guidance for launching your own small, micro or one-person business. For those who want to do what they love and still pay the bills. Third in a series of in-depth guides; this one on the importance of clarifying your values to make the most of your business success.

Book 3 in a collection of stand-alone, hands-on guides to managing the ins and outs and ups and downs of starting and growing a small, micro or one-person business driven by personal values and offering the unique lifestyle of self-employment. This volume focuses on values: clarifying personal values and exploring a values-focused approach to business management. Includes 23 different exercises.

Table of Contents
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Becoming Values-Focused
Opening Up to Possibility
Overcoming Initial Challenges
- Cultivating Relaxation
- Setting the Intent
- Disidentifying from Obstacles to Awareness
Self Assessment
- Looking at Life Right Now
- Assessing Your Current Attitude
- Looking at Your Own Rules of Life
Overcoming Inner Obstacles
- Fear and Anxiety
- Looking Resistance in the Eye
- Overcoming Negative Self-Talk
- Overcoming Low Self Esteem
- Strengthening Your Feelings of Confidence
- Reprogramming the Human Biocomputer
Clarifying Personal Values
- Clarifying Your Vision of Life
- The Five Steps to Becoming More Values-Focused
1. Open Up To Limitless Visioning
2. Practice Active Imagination
- Three Questions: Active Imagination in Practice
3. Write Your Own Creative Eulogy
4. Create Your Personal Statement of Purpose
5. Determine Your Personal Goals
- The Twelve Steps To Accomplishing Personal Goals
Making Your Management Style True To Your Values
Food For Thought
- Twentieth Century Management
- Twenty-First Century, Values-Focused Management
- Leadership Skills Of Values-Focused Managers
- Tradeskills That Characterize Values-Focused Managers
- Working With Power
Resources

Exercises (23 in all)
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Creating a Container for the Work
Setting the Intent
Disidentifying from Obstacles of Awareness
Opening Up to Possibility
Creating a General Guide for Future Work
Assessing Your Current Attitude
Making a Deeper Assessment of Your Attitude
Looking a Life's Rules
Overcoming Negative Self-Talk
The Acknowledgements List
Building Confidence Through Physical and Emotional Action
Building Confidence Through Rational Action
Positive Affirmations
5 Questions to Clarify Your Personal Vision of Life
The Three Questions
Write Your Own Creative Eulogy
Write a Statement of Personal Purpose
What are the three most important goals in your life right now?
20th Versus 21st Century Management
Leadership Skills and Tradeskills
Kinds of Power
Basic Good Business Values
Right Livelihood: Do You Have It?
About the Author

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Running a Good Business, Book 2: Becoming a Learning Organization.

This is the second book in my Running a Good Business series of ebooks published at Smashwords.Com. This one is all about the importance of life-long learning and 5 of the 6 primary learning disciplines, including:
  • Personal Mastery
  • Mental Models
  • Shared Visioning
  • Team Learning
  • Systems Thinking.
This ebook is available on Smashwords and, for a limited time, a coupon for 100% discount is available at http://www.meaningfulwork.com/running-a-good-business/. Check it out.
    Running a Good Business, Book 2: Becoming a Learning Organization.


    Ebook By Claude Whitmyer
    Published: May. 26, 2011
    Category: Non-Fiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
    Words: 14771 (approximate)
    Language: English

    Step-by-step guidance for launching your own small, micro or one-person business. For those who want to do what they love and still pay the bills. What a learning organization is and why a good business should become one.

    Book 2 in the series of stand-alone, hands-on guides to managing the ins and outs and ups and downs of starting and growing a small, micro or one-person business driven by personal values and offering the unique lifestyle of self-employment. This volume focuses on organizational learning and why a Good Business needs to be a "learning organization."

    Table of Contents
    --
    The Good Business: Becoming a Learning Organization
    * I Have Seen The Future And The Future Is You
    * The Paradigm Shift: A Changing World View
    * The Need for Transformational Leadership
    * Democracy, Stewardship, and Followership
    * Organizational Learning - The Key Disciplines
    - Personal Mastery
    - Mental Models
    - Shared Visioning
    - Team Learning
    - Systems Thinking
    * The Heart Of Good Business
    Resources
    - Learning Organizations and Organizational Learning
    - Other Thought Leaders Responding to the Zeitgeist
    - Open Books Management
    - Classics - Early Writings on the Shifting Paradigm
    About the Author

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