The Omnikron Genius Caffeine June 20 Issue #3


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June 20 ᐧ Issue #3

A biweekly newsletter that gives you 3 quick tips and tricks for learning and leadership. Check out our blog here.

 

The Social Enterprise

Deloitte’s Findings on Global Human Capital

This video is a great recap of Deloitte’s study on the 2018 Global Human Capital Trends and shares that people and corporations are changing to embrace the social enterprise model. The social enterprise is “a competitive advantage because a company that has built strong enduring relationships with all of its workers can find, recruit, and engage with needed talent.”

 

3 Steps to Problem Solving and Innovation

Inc September 2017

“Real innovation creates advancements that solve problems, eliminating what’s bad while keeping what’s good and moving something closer to its ideal state.”

Dave Conley teaches his simple three-step-method to innovation, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, which has worked for countless challenges in several industries.

 

Next Webinar – STARTING SOON:

Agile for Executives 

Have you taken steps to initiate Agile methods into your workplace … but the results aren’t what you’d hoped for?

Join Omnikron and Agile expert Dan Tousignant as he reveals the best ways to implement Agile, how to troubleshoot Agile initiatives, and takes a look at Agile best practices for today’s – and tomorrow’s – successful organizations.

About the Presenter: Dan Tousignant, PMP, PMI-ACP, is the president of Cape Project Management, Inc. and a lifelong project manager. He has embraced Agile as the most effective way to manage software development projects. He has been managing mission critical projects and developing training for over twenty years and is passionate about improving project team performance. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a Certified Project Management Professional, Professional Scrum Master, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Professional Scrum Developer.

Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM PT [11:00 AM CT, 12:00 PM ET] Registration is FREE but virtual seats are limited!

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The Omnikron Genius Caffeine ᐧ June 6 ᐧ Issue #2


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People Analytics

List of the Best Data on People

David Green’s list of The best HR & People Analytics articles of April 2018 includes fascinating stats about human capital trends such as Deloitte’s findings on the rise of the social enterprise. In short, “When HR data is used to improve decisions, make employees happier, and optimise processes, it adds value to the company,” as Bernard Marr notes in his book, Data-Driven HR. If you’re looking for statistics, data, and trends, we definitely recommend checking out Green’s list.

How to Make Sure Your People are Changing with the Times

HBR September 2017

“Digital transformation, the industrial internet, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and a plethora of other innovations are fundamentally changing the nature of work. Machine learning, for example, may not eliminate many jobs in their entirety. But it will impact the way many jobs are performed, requiring new skills and making many existing skills less valuable.”

In this HBR article, Michael Mankins suggests figuring out the skills gaps as soon as possible and working to fill those roles to ensure that companies are keeping up with the ever changing technological landscape. Learn more here.

Next Webinar:

Agile for Executives

Have you taken steps to initiate Agile methods into your workplace … but the results aren’t what you’d hoped for?

Join Omnikron and Agile expert Dan Tousignant as he reveals the best ways to implement Agile, how to troubleshoot Agile initiatives, and takes a look at Agile best practices for today’s – and tomorrow’s – successful organizations.

About the Presenter: Dan Tousignant, PMP, PMI-ACP, is the president of Cape Project Management, Inc. and a lifelong project manager. He has embraced Agile as the most effective way to manage software development projects. He has been managing mission critical projects and developing training for over twenty years and is passionate about improving project team performance. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a Certified Project Management Professional, Professional Scrum Master, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Professional Scrum Developer.

Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM PT [11:00 AM CT, 12:00 PM ET] Registration is FREE but virtual seats are limited!

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Don’t Miss Omnikron’s Latest FREE Webinar: Agile for Executives


Have you taken steps to initiate Agile methods into your workplace … but the results aren’t what you’d hoped for?  

 

Join Agile expert Dan Tousignant as he reveals the best ways to implement Agile, how to troubleshoot Agile initiatives, and takes a look at Agile best practices for today’s – and tomorrow’s – successful organizations.

When: June 20th, 2018

Time: 9 am PT [ 11 am CT, 12 pm ET]

Register Here!


In just one information-packed hour, Dan will cover topics including: why projects (Agile and others) fail; typical project risks; how Agile leads to project management success, waterfall vs. Agile requirements; Predictive vs. Adaptive Teams; Agile leadership and adaptive planning; the Agile Manifesto; how to change the paradigm and change your outcome; and more!

What are your organizational barriers to implementing Agile? What can you do tomorrow – next week – next month – to overcome them and drive your Agile initiatives forward? Find out for free in this exciting, fast-paced webinar, and get on board now with Agile!


About the Presenter:

Dan Tousignant, PMP, PMI-ACP, is the president of Cape Project Management, Inc. and a lifelong project manager. He has embraced Agile as the most effective way to manage software development projects. He has been managing mission critical projects and developing training for over twenty years and is passionate about improving project team performance. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a Certified Project Management Professional, Professional Scrum Master, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Professional Scrum Developer.

 

Registration is FREE but virtual seats are limited! REGISTER HERE!

100 seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

The Omnikron Genius Caffeine May 23 Issue #1


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Your Digital Reputation

A Video about Your Professional Online Presence

We really like Richard Sink’s approach to developing a digital reputation on social media. It’s true that finding a job and finding great candidates is entirely different than it was 10 and 20 years ago. Check out Richard’s video to learn how you can document your professional journey and use LinkedIn to broadcast your growth.

Agile at Scale

HBR May-June 2018 Issue

“Too many companies make the mistake of going for easy wins. They put teams into offsite incubators. They intervene to create easy workarounds to systemic obstacles. Such coddling increases the odds of a team’s success, but it doesn’t produce the learning environment or organizational changes necessary to scale dozens or hundreds of teams.”

At Omnikron, we couldn’t agree more! To scale an Agile operation, it takes great leadership and a strong culture. Every team throughout the company needs to follow Agile principles and the infrastructure of the organization needs to allow for innovation, failures, and growth that isn’t stifled by bureaucracy. The HBR article, “Agile at Scale” has lots of useful tips to use an Agile framework in every department of a corporation.

Next Webinar:

How to Future Proof Your Workforce

How future-proof is YOUR workplace? Yesterday’s “work-think” no longer applies in today’s world of lightning-paced change. Globalization is shrinking the world, demographics are constantly shifting, and technology unheard of just 10 years ago is changing how people work and interact. In fact, the future of work is not next year, next month or tomorrow … it’s happening right here, right now.

Join us for a fascinating (and FREE) hour as bestselling business author and leadership expert Dr. Linda Sharkey discusses the future-proof workplace, and provides a wealth of real-life examples, strategies and recommendations to future-proof your company—and your career.
About the Presenter:

Dr. Linda Sharkey is a transformational expert, acclaimed author, keynote speaker, and global leadership development coach. She has worked extensively with Fortune 50 companies, and held senior HR positions at Hewlett-Packard and at GE Capital. She is the co-author of The Future-Proof Workplace – Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape Your Culture, and Succeed with Purpose (Wiley, 2017). Her co- authored book Winning With Transglobal Leadership was named one of the top 30 best business books for 2013.

Date: THURSDAY MAY 24TH, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM PT [11:00 AM CT, 12:00 PM ET] Registration is FREE but virtual seats are limited!

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How to Future-Proof Your Workplace


New FREE Webinar From Omnikron: How to Future-Proof Your Workplace


Date: THURSDAY MAY 24TH, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM PT [11:00 AM CT, 12:00 PM ET] 

Registration is FREE but virtual seats are limited!

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How future-proof is YOUR workplace? Yesterday’s “work-think” no longer applies in today’s world of lightening-paced change. Globalization is shrinking the world, demographics are constantly shifting, and technology unheard of just 10 years ago is changing how people work and interact. In fact, the future of work is not next year, next month or tomorrow … it’s happening right here, right now.

Join us for a fascinating (and FREE) hour as bestselling business author and leadership expert Dr. Linda Sharkey discusses the future-proof workplace, and provides a wealth of real-life examples, strategies and recommendations to future-proof your company—and your career.

As a webinar participant, you will discover the factors that are most critical to success when future-proofing an organization. And you’ll learn how important it is to think about new approaches to everything from talent development and company culture to leadership, technology, changing workplace demographics, and more.


About the Presenter: 

Dr. Linda Sharkey is a transformational expert, acclaimed author, keynote speaker, and global leadership development coach. She has worked extensively with Fortune 50 companies, and held senior HR positions at Hewlett-Packard and at GE Capital. She is the co-author of The Future-Proof Workplace – Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape Your Culture, and Succeed with Purpose (Wiley, 2017). Her co- authored book Winning With Transglobal Leadership was named one of the top 30 best business books for 2013.

 

Interested parties REGISTER HERE!

Registration is FREE but virtual seats are limited! 100 seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Omnikron and Axelos partner for Management of Portfolios (MoP®), a certificate training program!


Omnikron recently announced a new addition to its suite of accredited business courses. For the first time, Omnikron offers the Management of Portfolios (MoP®) course to its professional audience, allowing them to add MoP® certification to their credentials. The MoP® certification scheme is accredited by Axelos.

Dates: May 17, 22, 24, and 31;

Times: 7am – 11am PT [9am – 1pm CT, 10am – 2pm ET]

  • The classes are delivered via live, virtual web presence
  •  Students can attend live and then take advantage of the recordings and course content via Omnikron’s eLearning Campus
  • Participants will also each earn 16 PDUs toward their on-going PMP professional development.

The MoP coursework provides a set of principles, techniques and practices to help organizations ensure that the programs and projects they invest in contribute to overall strategic objectives and achieve the best possible return on investment. Portfolio management is not concerned with drilling down into the detailed management of these projects and programs; rather, it approaches the management of change projects and programs from a overarching strategic viewpoint. Portfolio management is about identifying and investing in the right change initiatives for a particular organization and then implementing them correctly.

Learning objectives include:

  • Develop and understand the scope and objectives of portfolio management and how it differs from programme and project management
  • Discover the approaches to implementation, maintaining progress and how to assess the success of portfolio management
  • Selection and adaptation of MoP principles and techniques to suit different organizational environments

The MoP® course pathway was developed for those high-level individuals involved in both formal and informal portfolio management roles encompassing investment decision making, project and program delivery, and benefits realization.


Robin Borough, President of Omnikron commented, “The MoP® course gives senior-level professionals an accredited pathway toward analyzing their investments to ensure that they contribute to the overall health and growth of their organizations.” She added, “We always enjoy partnering with Axelos and look forward to giving professionals a new option in our advanced training certifications.”

Omnikron has been helping Fortune 100 and 500 organizations create Great Technical Leaders via IT Training and Staffing Services for over 35 years, and they’ve trained over 150,000 individuals globally. Omnikron training/leadership experts continually meet the needs of an evolving IT marketplace with the highest quality training and an exceptionally skilled workforce. Thousands of satisfied clients have earned professional certification, advanced their careers and developed as leaders and managers through Omnikron training and certification.

AXELOS is a joint venture company, created in 2013 by the Cabinet Office on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) in the United Kingdom and Capita plc, to manage, develop and grow the Global Best Practice portfolio. AXELOS boasts an already enviable track record and an unmatched portfolio of globally recognized best practice qualifications.

Learn more about this course by emailing GreatTraining@Omnikron.com. The certification is valuable both for professionals and the organizations they support.

You can always reach Omnikron Systems Inc. at www.Omnikron.com, or GreatTraining@Omnikron.com.

Best Practices in Corporate Learning


New FREE Webinar Presented by Omnikron in Partnership with The Lumina Foundation:

Best Practices in Corporate Learning

 

Date: April 19th, 2018

Time: 9:00 am PT [11:00 am CT, 12:00 pm ET] 

Registration is FREE but the VIRTUAL SEATS are Limited!

 

In just one info-packed hour, you’ll discover best practices, ideas and strategies for creating a more robust tuition benefit program, ways to ensure a wider demographic of your employees take advantage, and tips for streamlining the benefits program process across your organization. Some of what we’ll cover:

  • How to manage and grow your post-secondary “ecosystem”
  • Selecting your institutional partners: Questions, considerations, and concerns
  • Is your organization “secretly sabotaging” your education assistance benefit program?
  • Exclusive to this webinar, gain access to an Employee Education Benefit ROI Calculator
  • Conduct a simple, highly effective audit of your education/training program
  • Secondary partner checklist: ensure your partnerships are beneficial to all

 


Did you know … Employee education programs result in more promotions, higher salaries, increased career options/advancement potential and greater job satisfaction?And that organizations gain substantial cost savings (fewer new hires, more promotions from within, less employee turnover) in addition to other benefits (syncing of needs, skills and knowledge, growing a skilled workforce from the ground up)?

Investing in employee education carries an enormous benefit for both employees and their companies, but at many companies (yours, perhaps?), neither side is able to take full advantage.

  • 43% of working adults do not know if their employer offers a benefit program
  • Tuition assistance programs are only utilized, on average, by 5.2% of eligible staff.

 


About the Presenter: 

Presenter Haley Glover is the Strategy Director of the Lumina Foundation, which is devoted to promoting post-secondary education. The Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 strategic education plan seeks to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials to 60% by 2025. Omnikron shares the Foundation’s education goals, credentialing initiatives and belief in education/learning as a means to strengthen leaders, teams, individuals and the corporations they work for.

 

Interested parties may register here: https://budurl.me/BestTuitionAssist

Registration for this event is free with only 100 seats available on a first come, first serve basis.  

 

Where Are You in the Agile Adoption Curve?


Whether you’re just getting started with Agile or you’ve been running Agile for years, Omnikron in conjunction with Conteneo, is thrilled to present this free 1 hour webinar that will help you determine your Agile trajectory and improve your performance.

Find out how to help teams collaborate better and innovate faster than ever before, while streamlining delivery processes, improving decision-making and boosting performance. We’ve got an incredible hour lined up – featuring an Agile expert, live collaborative Agile Mapping Game (using Conteneo’s WEAVE™ tool) and much more! Don’t miss this Agile power hour!

Date: March 14th, 2018

Time: 9:00 am PT [11:00 am CT, 12:00 pm ET] 

Registration is FREE but the VIRTUAL SEATS are Limited! 

Register Here 

In One exciting Hour you’ll: 

  • Discover where you and your team members are in your Agile Journey
  • Find out how to leverage Agile practices and principles in your organization
  • Learn more effective ways to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Get the lowdown on the coolest, newest collaboration tool on the market – private real-time demo for webinar attendees!
  • Employ super effective benchmarking techniques gleaned from Agile experts

 

Exclusive to this seminar: Play our Agile Journey Mapping Game, (featuring Conteneo’s WEAVE™ tool) and experience first-hand the power of Collaboration and Gaming!

 

Discover what phase of the Agile process you’re in, learn how to identify elements that will support and enhance your Agile experience – all while playing a fast-paced interactive game with your Webinar colleagues!


About the Presenter: 

Presenter and Agile expert Laura Richardson shares her knowledge, expertise and real-world experience gleaned from years of collaborative, managerial and team-focused activities. At Conteneo Inc., as VP of Sales & Business Development, Laura leverages her sales, marketing and technology expertise to deliver identify needs and deliver Agile-based collaborative solutions for a variety of organizations. Before her tenure at Conteneo, Laura spent seven years at Uptime Resources where she ran the IT professional services division.

− Interested parties may register here: https://budurl.me/agileadoptioncurve

Registration for this event is free with only 100 seats available on a first come, first serve basis.

Bots NOT Coming for Your Job: How Chatbots Can Power Productivity!


New Webinar: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ChatBots … But Were Afraid to Ask!


On Valentine’s Day, get ready to feel the bot love! Omnikron, in conjunction with SoZango, Inc., is presenting a special FREE webinar designed to introduce you to the exciting world of ChatBots.

So… what’s a ChatBot? Great question! A chatbot is a computer program that simulates human conversation via textual or auditory input. Chatbots can be built to specification for businesses and used for customer service, data collection, research, virtual assistance, and much more. Powered by artificial intelligence, these systems can chat on multiple platforms simultaneously. Sozango’s chatbots supercharge your staff, reduce redundancies and enhance your earnings.


Date: February 14th, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. PST [11:00 a.m. CST, 12:00 p.m. EST]

Registration is Free but the VIRTUAL SEATS are LIMITED!

REGISTER HERE

 

In one high-energy, fascinating hour, webinar attendees will learn these truths about chatbots:

  • Find out what Chatbots are, how they work, and who’s using them
  • Discover practical bots you can deploy today and creative ways to put them into play
  • Interact live, in real time, with a special Valentine’s Day bot built just for this webinar
  • Engage in a Free consultation with SoZango – Can bots solve YOUR problems?
  • Attention Project Managers: earn 2 PDUs for participating in this webinar!

About the Presenters: 

Webinar presenters SoZango Principal Managing Director, Benji Rostoker and Creative Managing Director, Emily Mischel are the co-founders of SoZango Solutions, an organization that builds custom bots to engage and interact with users, streamline organizational processes, and provide user data. The SoZango team are bot experts, and looking forward to educating webinar attendees about the practical, timesaving and cost-effective use of ChatBots in today’s businesses.

With a focus on conversational user experience, SoZango bots augment engagement with customers, employees, and stakeholders, on channels such as Facebook Messenger, Slack, Web, and SMS. SoZango bots are constructed with agile, human centered, and adaptive survey design principles. Our most popular services include FAQ-Bot, Survey-Bot, and Training-Bot.


Interested parties may register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i1A5o7EZT_WC5pxjSPupJQ

Registration for this event is free with only 100 seats available on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Digital Badges Give Professionals a Visible, Portable Record of Their Accomplishments


Post originally seen on the Association for Talent Development website, by Omnikron President, Robin Borough. 

The concept of open or digital badges began in 2010 through a collaboration between Mozilla, the MacArthur foundation, and Peer 2 Peer University. These early proponents of the Open Badge system hoped to create a way for lifelong learners to display their credentials in a way that was visible, portable, and relatable, no matter the type of skill development or coursework completed. They strove to enable students at every level, from high school age to corporate professionals, to digitally display their skills, competencies and earned credentials from a variety of educational institutions, not just colleges and universities.

What Are Digital Badges, Anyway?

A digital badge is issued by a learning or credentialing institution after an individual completes a designated course of study. The badge is an image containing metadata that provides access to a variety of information: test scores, instructor affiliations, coursework required, dates of completion, and so forth. The badge is a digital emblem of accomplishment that allows anyone to click on the badge and discover exactly what it took the badge holder to earn it.

Chances are, as a professional reading this blog post, you’ve earned digital badges yourself, or checked out those earned by colleagues, co-workers, job applicants, and social connections. Today, digital badges are issued by thousands of educational institutions and professional training organizations worldwide. They provide a way for professionals to display their achievements, skills, earned certifications, and professional contributions. Digital badges can be shared across social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and also can be displayed on your personal website, your resume, or even embedded into your email signature.

Examples of Badge Opportunities

When Omnikron was developing its Leadership Elevation Framework, we knew we wanted to offer leaders a way to track their accomplishments, validate their coursework, and display their credentials. Enter open badges.

As participants move up through the levels, they have the opportunity to earn badges signifying their proficiency, knowledge, and new skills in each area and at every step along the way. Once earned, these badges are a real, verifiable representation of the intense hours of training and rigorous coursework that went into meeting the credentialing requirements.

To give you a better idea on how to add open badges to your programs, let’s take the framework’s badges and the coursework required to earn them:

  • Professional Problem Solver (PPS) Badge. Participants who complete at least two assessments and one KEPNERandFOURIE course (out of six course offerings) are eligible to earn the PPS Badge
  • Change Agent (CA) Badge. In addition to PPS badge requirements, participants must complete one negotiation course and two collaboration courses (out of seven course offerings, including change management, agile, DevOps, project management).
  • Innovation Architect (IA) Badge. In addition to the CA badge requirements, participants must complete four courses from the innovate section of the framework (out of 10 course offerings, including data analytics, advanced security practitioner, certified ethical hacker, cloud technology and ITIL service management).
  • Leadership Luminary (LL) Badge. In addition to the IA badge requirements, participants must complete courses in CGEIT, COBIT, and participate in an individualized Capstone project consisting of either an optimization project or production of an reusable learning object, as approved and overseen by the Omnikron training team.

While every earned badge is a major accomplishment along the Leadership Elevation Framework, leaders who earn their LL Badge are an exclusive group of professionals who have accomplished an enormous amount of personal and professional growth, in addition to gaining a wealth of new tools, techniques, and skills. Leaders at this level function as elite members of the organizational hierarchy, and they are recognized and respected as trusted, high-level professionals who achieve greatness while guiding others to do the same. What’s more, these badges offer a visual shortcut for leaders and teams who are looking for talent to work on specific organizational efforts.

At Omnikron, we are exceptionally proud of our leadership pathway and the badge system we’ve designed. We are excited to partner with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries as they learn, achieve and develop as leaders.