Coaching New Hires

Welcoming a new team member can involve excitement and nerves—on both sides. This course helps managers find ways to help new team members acclimate to their new responsibilities, workplace, culture, technology, and more. Learn how to align their new role with existing strengths and vision for success. Explore how to map their first 90 days and the next year of growth and impact. Discover how to guide your employee in finding the right new skills, people, and projects to aid their learning. Learn about small, calculated risks and stretch projects that your new hire can take on. Find out how to start your new team member on safe-to-try projects where they can build confidence while making an immediate impact. Get tips on how to establish a cadence for quarterly check-ins and informal conversations with your team members. In conclusion, find out how to adopt three new strategies for empowering and connecting with your team members. (Author: Jenny Blake)

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Planning a Microsoft Cloud Solution

If you’re planning on moving your organization to the cloud, Azure—the popular cloud services platform from Microsoft—is worth a look. In this course, Sharon Bennett provides a thorough introduction to cloud computing, focusing on the various Azure technologies designed to help support and protect your company as it scales. Sharon explains how to build a base of operations with Azure resource groups, virtual networking, and storage—the foundations of your infrastructure—and ensure business continuity using out-of-the-box Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery services. She covers how to set up virtual machines and manage users and access with Azure Active Directory. This introduction is a perfect primer for IT pros who want to move clients to the cloud, and business owners who are looking for more efficient alternatives to a traditional IT infrastructure.

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CISSP Cert Prep (2021): 6 Security Assessment and Testing

Are you getting ready for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, or are you perhaps an experienced information security professional who wants to learn more about security assessment and testing? In this course, instructor Mike Chapple provides you with the detailed information you need to prepare for the Security Assessment and Testing domain of the 2021 CISSP exam. Mike explains information security and risk management practices, especially the practices you need to complete the CISSP exam. He covers security governance, compliance, and policy issues. Mike discusses business continuity, personnel security, threat modeling, vendor management, and security training and awareness topics.

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Create an Animated Character in Blender 2.9

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own 3D animated character, this course is for you. Using open-source software—Blender and the paint program Krita—instructor Darrin Lile goes through every step of the process. He starts with creating the look of the character, showing how to bring in reference images, create textures for clothes, rig the bones of the character, and create, cut, and style your character’s hair. Darrin then gets into the animation process, demonstrating how to set up a reference video in the Blender interface, animate character movements, and create lip sync animation for a dialogue track. He finishes the course by adding music and sound effects, then rendering the final animation to a video file, so you can share your new creation.

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.NET Essentials: LINQ for XML

The first explanation you typically hear about Microsoft LINQ is that it provides an in-language query tool to manipulate the contents of arrays and lists. Explore LINQ further and you’ll find it works with other popular data sources like XML files. In this course, instructor Walt Ritscher shows you how LINQ to XML uses LINQ extension methods to read, create, search, and manipulate XML in a simplified way. Walt walks you through LINQPad, the lightweight, powerful code editor and code runner that is used in this course, then explains how to load XML into different LINQ classes. He covers how you can get different elements and attributes from XML and some of the ways you can work with elements and attributes, after getting them. Walt describes a variety of query operators that you can use. He concludes with a discussion on how you can create and edit XML structure with LINQ.

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Powerful Prioritization with the 80/20 Rule

In this audio-only course adapted from the How to Be Awesome at Your Job podcast, Pete Mockaitis talks with business consultant Perry Marshall about the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle, and how you can use it to achieve massive results in your work and life. As Perry explains, while most people know the basics of the 80/20 rule—that 80% of an outcome comes from 20% of causes—few know that within that initial 20% lies another 80/20 breakdown, and another within that, and on and on. By applying the 80/20 rule exponentially, you can, according to Perry, prioritize your time more effectively by identifying the most impactful tasks. Perry also details how you can even use your procrastination tendencies to find your priorities and achieve more significant results in the long run.

This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.

(Author: Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job)

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#LearnActImpact with courses in social justice, climate change, and more

By Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera Each of us has the ability to create positive change in the world. Even seemingly small gestures can make a big difference. Nevertheless, as new challenges continue to emerge across the globe, we can sometimes feel helpless—unsure of how to make an impact, fix a problem, or […]

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Project Management Foundations: Quality

While quality may be a subjective measure when it comes to products like cars, clothes, or food, you can still loosely think of quality as a measure of expectations versus reality. When it comes to the realm of project management, defining quality is a little more cut and dry: To what degree did the project meet its requirements? In this course, Daniel Stanton provides project managers with an introduction to key quality management concepts. As Daniel points out, quality could be the main factor in making a sale and earning repeat business, and understanding the basics of quality management can help you deliver better results. He covers topics like metrics, Six Sigma techniques, quality function deployment, and Pareto analysis, and explains the difference between qualitative and quantitative quality metrics. After this course, you’ll have a better idea of the role quality management plays within project management.

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Connecting Engagement and Inclusion to a Culture of Performance

In this audio-only course, host Zach Nunn discusses engagement and inclusion with Pamela Fuller of Franklin Covey. Pamela states that the best way to promote inclusivity is to reframe diversity around performance, not moral obligation. She and Zack explore ways that corporations can make sure all groups of people are welcomed and represented. Pamela describes the best ways to cultivate a corporate culture of retention and make employees feel valued, welcomed, and supported. Pamela concludes by describing the critical role that having honest conversations about bias plays in bringing unconscious bias to the surface, where it can be addressed.

Zach Nunn is part of Living Corporate, a multimedia diversity, equity, and inclusion platform that centers and amplifies black and brown professionals in the workplace.

Note: This course was created by Living Corporate. We are pleased to host this training in our library.

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Creating a Great Place to Work for All

In this audio-only course, host Zach Nunn speaks with Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work, about how he transformed the company into a Fortune 100 best place to work. Michael shares what he believes executives should consider when it comes to building better trust within organizations. He recounts his first one hundred days as CEO and how he used analytics to help make the workplace more inclusive. Michael talks about becoming a CEO as a black man and where he sees Great Place to Work expanding to capture more marginalized voices and experiences.

Zach Nunn is part of Living Corporate, a multimedia diversity, equity, and inclusion platform that centers and amplifies black and brown professionals in the workplace through narrative storytelling.

Note: This course was created by Living Corporate. We are pleased to host this training in our library.

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