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Jan. 6, 2009
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How to Attain Your Career Resolutions
from CNN
If I had to guess, I would bet that at least once in years past, come January 1, you've resolved to lose weight, be more organized, spend less and save more, find a better job, or simply be a better person.Yes, people love to make New Year resolutions. Perhaps more than that, people love to break them. "People often give up on their resolutions after the first setback. They get frustrated that they messed up," says Karyn Beach, success coach and founder of "What most people don't realize is that messing up is part of the process. Things happen. The key is to stop beating yourself up about it and get back on track as soon as possible." More

Staying Positive in the New Year
from ABC 7 – Chicago
Each New Year offers the promise of a fresh start. We often set new goals and feel optimistic that we can change our lives for the better. This New Year, instead of feeling optimistic, many of us are feeling fearful and uncertain about the future. Perhaps the economy has hit you hard, maybe you have lost a job or you are fearful of a future layoff, maybe there are health issues or relationship issues that you are dealing with. How do you stay positive in the New Year in spite of the challenges you may be facing? More

Best Jobs for 2009
from Examiner
Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball to predict the best jobs for the next decade? Uncertainty eliminated, everyone could retrain for a new job knowing that the future job market would be rosy and bright. Short of a crystal ball, we have information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reports from news organizations such as U.S. News & World Report to help guide and inform our plans. The good news? The Associated Press reports that “It’s a big economy; 350 million people — there’s always going to be people hiring,” said Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. More

Obama Eyes $300 Billion Tax Cut
from The Wall Street Journal
President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are crafting a plan to offer about $300 billion of tax cuts to individuals and businesses, a move aimed at attracting Republican support for an economic-stimulus package and prodding companies to create jobs. The size of the proposed tax cuts -- which would account for about 40 percent of a stimulus package that could reach $775 billion over two years -- is greater than many on both sides of the aisle in Congress had anticipated. It may make it easier to win over Republicans who have stressed that any initiative should rely more heavily on tax cuts rather than spending. More

Performance Management
from Economist
One defining characteristic of the Net Generation is that it thrives on feedback. Just as they are used to checking their progress on leader boards when playing video games, so Net Geners want to keep close tabs on their performance at work, too. This can be a problem for managers who may be badgered weekly—even daily—for appraisal by eager young members of staff. The creators of a new, web-based service called Rypple claim that it can satisfy Net Geners’ desire for frequent assessments while easing the burden on their supervisors. More

How To Make Teleworking Work
from CIO Today
Teleworking, broadly defined, is the ability to work from a home or remote location for all or part of the work week. Companies have been implementing large-scale teleworking programs for close to a decade, following a trend that had its root in contact centers. Use of home-based agents became a popular business strategy because of the clear, measurable results proven out by rigorous performance metrics, and the reduction in employee churn typical of many contact center operations. In recent years, improvements in technologies have led to a wider adoption of teleworking as an accepted work situation. More

Cause and Effect Part Two
from Iranian
Unquestionably, economic development is not possible without adequate endowment of productive resources such as capital, natural resources. There are many countries, however, that are rich in terms of these resources and still economically undeveloped simply because these resources alone are not sufficient for economic growth if they are not utilized efficiently, exploited by human beings and are properly combined with other productive inputs. More importantly, economic growth is not going to be robust without the support of intangible resources such as institutional factors; social, cultural, and political settings that are conducive to long term progress. More

e-Learning Profiled by Manufacturing Journalist
from PR-USA
The cost of training, the logistics of bringing trainers in house, learner travel costs and down time; site planning and costs, all have a fairly high cost component. The demand for e-Learning is increasing rapidly because compared to onsite training; the costs is often less and the ability to provide a customizable solution that suits the company culture and approach is achieved more readily and drives better bottom-line impact. Most importantly, the company owns the training, allowing a more successful knowledge transfer. In the current issue of The Insider, by AS411 leading manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler profiles the importance and changing role of e-Learning. e-Learning has taken on increasing importance as most companies have global operations. More

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