IC EdTech Day - March 19th

The Computing Center will be participating in the 25th Annual Education Technology Day at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 19th. We will be working with our friends from Hewlett Packard showing their latest tablets, notebooks and computer systems. 

Ed Tech Day is a regional technology event that attracts over 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. National manufacturers will be in attendance  including Adobe Systems, Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft.

While one of the primary audiences for the event is the higher education community, the event is open to everyone.  There is plenty of information that is of interest to K-12 education, the business and not-for-profit communities. At the event you'll be able to talk directly with representatives from major computer and technology manufactuerers and suppliers, explore educational applications, learn how technology is being used today in and outside of higher education and see what can be expected in the coming years. 

The 2015 show will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Emerson Suites and adjoining areas of the Campus Center at Ithaca College. The show features a Vendor Technology Showcase, a College Showcase, and a series of seminars. 

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Some great rules for effective leaders

Effective leaders are at the center of many successful businesses, frequently rivaling the impact of a compelling product, a marketplace niche, or a unique value proposition. In fact, a DDI global survey found that organizations with the highest quality leaders were 13 times more likely to outperform their competition in key bottom-line metrics such as financial performance [1].


As 2015 unfolds, make sure you’re leading your business in a way that drives results by focusing on these seven key leadership ingredients.

1. Be crystal clear
Being transparent about the state of the business and its objectives helps employees understand their roles in pushing the organization forward. But author William Schiemann found when polling businesses that only 14 percent of employees have a solid understanding of their company’s strategy and direction [2]. From monthly newsletters to daily team huddles, employ a regular communication plan that spotlights priorities and defines the path to results.

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Shakespeare, Ethics & Common Sense

Editors's note:  With all the recent goings on in Albany regarding the Speaker of the Assembly being indicted, and all the machinations from other elected officials on his resignation; some of us are left wondering out loud whether basic ethics in politics and business have been completely lost. We found this short article referencing ethics and what William Shakespeare might have thought:

Expert Author Patricia J Moser

If Shakespeare was alive today, he would already have penned a tragedy reflecting the lack of ethics as continuously reflected in procurement activities world-wide.

"To take or not to take -- that is the question. If I get discovered, I might suffer slings and arrows, however I might have amassed an outrageous fortune. There may be a sea of troubles it may cause, yet I can always (with lawyers) oppose and thereby end them!"

I have often had people come to me and ask how to proceed when a decision "path" is somewhat grey. I always ask them "How do you think this would play as a headline in a newspaper?" I always see a shocked look and they say, "Well, that would be taken out of context!"

The reality is no one asks for guidance on a potential ethical issue, unless their gut is already saying this shouldn't be done.

Yes, there are always two sides to every story, and the one that results in the best headlines usually wins; and this doesn't always mean it's the absolute truth, but perception is the reality.

To paraphrase Dr. Phil -- "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!"

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You've got (great) email!

(Editor's note: These days, much of our communication takes place via email. At The Computing Center, our staff sees well over 1,000 emails each working day that are NOT deleted or quarantined by our spam filtration system.  This is an excellent article regarding making your emails more compelling and read by those receiving them.)

Do your business emails get ignored, cause confusion, or get deleted before they’re ever opened? If your emails aren’t getting results, first be sure you aren’t falling prey to these bad email habits. Then ask yourself honestly if you’re making any of the following common email mistakes:

Instead of doing this:
Sending emails from unprofessional email addresses or unfamiliar usernames—If you’re using a free email domain and/or a made-up email “handle,” your emails risk being deleted. An email from cutekitty@hotmail.com is likely to be perceived as spam.
Do this:
Be professional
—Save the free email domain for personal emails. For business, obtain your own company email domain and create email addresses incorporating your name and that domain (i.e., Sue.Smith@Smithandjones.com).

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What your business can learn from Selfies

Editor's Note:  OK, I'll admit it.  I've always thought selfies were a slightly annoying vain personal expression. Now we learn it can be important for our business or organization and it's a "big deal"!

Selfies have become a dominant force worldwide. The word was named the Word of the Year 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries after there was a 17,000% increase in the use of "selfie" over the course of the year. In August “selfie” was accepted into the ultimate word bible: the Scrabble dictionary. On Twitter, #selfie yields thousands of results each hour. And whether or not your business has any reason to post a selfie or use the hashtag, selfies prove the power in following trending topics and finding opportunities to enter popular conversations.

But whether or not it's a fleeting trend or here to stay, the selfie is much more than a vain expression of ourselves. Its virility, its ability to engage wide audiences, and the way it humanizes even the most polished personas offer three lessons for your business.

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