Edgewood Elementary students in Muskegon Heights will find a post-holiday surprise arriving at their door soon when donated school supplies from Media 1 and other local business are delivered later this month.
For the second time, Media 1 CEO, Chris Willis has been named as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She will be honored, along with other nominees, at the awards luncheon hosted at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
“Today, companies want web applications and services to be available to users in any situation and on any device. User interaction, rich media, and social concepts are no longer options, and mobility is no longer an afterthought. These trends are driving … user experience platforms (UXP).”
– Gartner Analyst, Jim Murphy
Since first posting The Integrated Learning Manifesto last fall, the conversation at Media 1 has continued to evolve as we ask: What do today’s workers really want and need in order to be successful?
In Human Resources, our responsibilities include integrating new employees into our organization to keep things running efficiently and to ensure future corporate sustainability. That process entails many tasks: getting to know new employees, learning their strengths, positioning them within departments to improve performance levels, and maximizing their contribution.
In my last post, Appreciative Inquiry in Practical Terms, I provided an overview of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a positive approach to major organizational change. Appreciative Inquiry practitioners follow a four step exploration process they call the “4-D Cycle:”
In an unforgettable conversation that took place years ago, an overworked department manager told me he views his team like a box of light bulbs. If they burn out or don’t fit, he just got HR to replace them with in a new one. Once my horrified look subsided, I had a “few” thoughts to share with him. Let’s just say that neither one of us will ever forget my lengthy lecture that immediately followed this comment.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars. – Les Brown
Having spent over two decades in a Human Resources role or developing solutions for Human Resources, I have always struggled when making budget comparisons for HR to any other department within the organization. I often wondered why the HR budget is so pale in comparison to my peers. When I asked, I was always provided with scripted excuses in response to my inquiries: “HR is overhead,” “we are not a revenue generator,” etc. All of those answers left me either scratching or shaking my head.
An increasing desire to incorporate social media in corporate learning has garnered lot of attention at recent conferences and in trade publications. Many early efforts have borrowed from consumer social media models such as Facebook and YouTube. Early adopters rushed to co-opt various social media look-alikes in closed networks behind the corporate firewall. Media 1 has even helped with a few of these implementations using SharePoint™-based solutions.