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August 20th, 2009    Subscribe to comments on this post

Women Entrepreneurs Build Peace Through Business

Peace through Business is linking American women entrepreneurs with prospective women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

See this YouTube video and read about the grassroots approach to economic development in troubled areas of the world.

Have you mentored someone or volunteered for a project of this kind?  Share your story. Post a comment.





June 16th, 2009    Subscribe to comments on this post

Untangling Intellectual Property Law for the Digital Age

68160_coverWhen it comes to issues related to intellectual property, nothing has changed, but everything has changed. The Copyright Act was last updated with the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). Aside from a few revisions, the circa 1790 principles protecting the rights of those who create content are largely unchanged. But everything has changed in the digital culture, where individuals can create, distribute, download, adapt, and/or use information and creative work.

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June 9th, 2009    Subscribe to comments on this post

More on ROI & Other Training Topics

Dr. Patti Phillips will present a webinar through the Training Magazine Network on July 21, 10-11 am Pacific. Free, with registration to the site. Read the Organizational Perspectives interview and book reviews.

See other webinar topics such as The Seven Essential Roles of the 21st Century Global Leader: Building A Global Mindset Throughout the Enterprise and Beating Budget Cuts: Delivering Hands-On Virtual Learning.


May 26th, 2009    Subscribe to comments on this post

Appreciative Coaching: Web Events

Dr. Sara Orem, a member of the Capella School of Business and Technology faculty, is co-author of two books: Appreciative Coaching and a new a new manual and workbook combining Asset-Based Thinking with Appreciative Coaching, The Coach’s Guide To Asset-Based Thinking and Appreciative Coaching.

Dr. Orem is now offering webinars for coaches and managers wanting to use Appreciative Coaching at work and in their coaching practices.

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October 20th, 2008    Subscribe to comments on this post

Can recruiters see your “Digital Scarlet Letter”?

Wondering about what happens when you reveal aspects of your self online? See the Future of Reputation…then think before you post! You can read the e-book by Daniel J. Solove, professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and digital privacy expert.

Have you ever regretted posted something when you realized potential employers might find it? Have you ever found out something about a potential employee that changed your mind about making a job offer? Share your thoughts…and stories!


October 1st, 2008    Subscribe to comments on this post

HR Challenge 2008: Elections and the Workplace

Today the political climate is somewhat scary to say the least. The complex issues to be decided in the current US election can be unsettling to our workforce as they wonder about the outcomes and directions for the economy and the country. In a general sense it may not seem that there is much we as HR professionals can do to regarding these turns of events. But we do have the chance to make a difference and a leader in our own right to the groups people we work with on a daily basis.

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September 30th, 2008    Subscribe to comments on this post

Finances, Markets and the Workplace

With the fall of the Dow Jones yesterday there is a lot of financial uncertainty out there. Many consumers may have originally thought that the economic crisis was strictly surrounding the mortgage industry and are now feeling nervous that there may be much bigger issues on the horizon that will, in some way, impact everyone. As HR professionals, our people often look to us for answers to questions on job security, retirement plans, and other benefits and how the current economic turmoil could negatively impact them. What further can we do to assist people in this tough time?


June 13th, 2008    Subscribe to comments on this post

Meet April Wall

April Boyington Wall is a management consultant specializing in customized training, facilitation, mediation, and coaching for private sector, government, and nonprofit organizations across Canada and the United States. She teaches and mentors doctoral learners in Organization and Management in the School of Business and Technology.

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June 12th, 2008    Subscribe to comments on this post

Meet Theresa Rich

Theresa Rich receives her doctorate from Capella University in 2008. Her dissertation is titled Becoming the Boss Whisperer: An Examination of the Relationship between Employee Follower Behaviors and Supervisor Satisfaction with Employee Performance.

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