The Secrets to Success at Work (UK)

Regardless of your profession or career stage, you can excel and be successful at work. In this course, Nigel Cumberland—a prolific author, leadership development expert, and executive coach—reveals the twelve essential skills professionals need to stand out from the crowd and accelerate their career. Nigel covers the importance of asking for and receiving feedback; strengthening your EQ to ensure that your emotions don’t negatively impact your performance; and nurturing relationships with mentors. He shares tips for communicating more effectively, including how to develop active listening skills and project authority and confidence when you speak. Plus, he covers how to create and maintain outstanding relationships with colleagues, remain resilient when grappling with ambiguity and rapid change, and apply simple time management techniques to help you focus your energy on what truly matters.

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Spring: Framework In Depth

Spring is an application framework and inversion-of-control (IOC) container for the Java platform. The framework’s core features can be used by any Java application and are ideal for enterprise and internet-based app development. Get a comprehensive overview of Spring in this intermediate-level course with software architect Frank Moley. Frank develops applications and web services with Spring, and shares what he knows about configuring the ApplicationContext (the interface for accessing components, loading files, publishing events, and more), as well as the beans (objects within the Spring IOC container). He demonstrates a modern Java configuration workflow and explores the Spring lifecycle in depth, so you can extend the framework and better troubleshoot any issues you have with your applications. Plus, learn how to use aspect-oriented programming to add behaviors to your apps in a reusable way. (Author: Frank P Moley III)

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Foundations of Performance Management (UK)

As a leader, you are deemed a success when your direct reports thrive and reach their goals and full potential. In this course, join instructor Nigel Cumberland as he dives into the subject of performance management, explaining how to manage and optimize your team’s performance in support of your company’s mission and overall objectives. Nigel—a prolific author, leadership development expert, and executive coach—explains how to set up your team up for success by ensuring that employees have clear, measurable, and achievable goals. He shares tips for delivering feedback to employees, as well as how to determine when 360° feedback is needed. In addition, he discusses how to define your team’s learning needs; craft an individual—and team—training and development plan; manage both poor- and high-performing individuals; and maintain a working environment that encourages, acknowledges, and rewards exceptional performance.

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Balancing Innovation and Risk

According to Harvard Business Review, organizations with a mix of high- and low-risk innovation activity significantly outperform the competition.* Author and CEO Lisa Bodell guides you through the importance of smart risk-taking in innovation. From evaluating ideas and managing your pipeline to setting metrics that connect to your innovation goals, you’ll find practical strategies for risk-taking in your own business. [*Source: https://hbr.org/2012/05/managing-your-innovation-portfolio]

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Increase Visibility to Advance Your Career

Stellar performance is only half of the equation when it comes to professional success. The other half is visibility—ensuring that decision-makers know about your accomplishments and career goals. Many decisions that impact your career will happen when you’re not even in the room. Company leaders are constantly setting strategy and direction, while determining who they want to play key roles in future projects. Even if you’re a stellar performer, if the decision-makers aren’t aware of your strengths and aspirations, you may get overlooked. In this course, Dr. Dawn Graham, career director for the Executive MBA Program at the Wharton School, explains how being strategic about visibility can be the key to opening the door to new opportunities. Learn how to incorporate practical strategies and tools that can help you get noticed by those who have the power to advance your career to the next level.

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Introducing the PMBOK® Guide—Seventh Edition

Every four to five years, the PMBOK® Guide is updated to reflect fresh perspectives and approaches. The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition contains some of the most significant changes since the guide’s inception in the 1990s. In this course, Cynthia Snyder Dionisio—who led the team that developed the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition—details the key changes introduced in this version, as well as what sparked these new approaches to project management. Cynthia goes over the components in the new Standard for Project Management, including the value delivery system. She then digs into the new Guide to the Body of Knowledge, the project performance domains, and how project practitioners can use models, methods, and artifacts section of the PMBOK® Guide. To wrap up, she goes over how the Seventh Edition of the PMBOK® Guide compares to the Sixth Edition. (Author: Cyndi Snyder Dionisio)

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Cloud Hadoop: Scaling Apache Spark

Apache Hadoop and Spark make it possible to generate genuine business insights from big data. The Amazon cloud is natural home for this powerful toolset, providing a variety of services for running large-scale data-processing workflows. Learn to implement your own Apache Hadoop and Spark workflows on AWS in this course with big data architect Lynn Langit. Explore deployment options for production-scaled jobs using virtual machines with EC2, managed Spark clusters with EMR, or containers with EKS. Learn how to configure and manage Hadoop clusters and Spark jobs with Databricks, and use Python or the programming language of your choice to import data and execute jobs. Plus, learn how to use Spark libraries for machine learning, genomics, and streaming. Each lesson helps you understand which deployment option is best for your workload.

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