Adobe’s newest version of Dreamweaver is CS4 (Creative Suite), which is sometimes unofficially identified as the 10th version of Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver MX 2004 would be the 7th version, so it clearly is a little behind the times. If you don’t have a version of Dreamweaver by all means spend the $399 to get the new one. But if you are on a budget and happen to still be running your old Dreamweaver MX 2004, you may be happier with a $34.95 price to help you make the best use of the software you are already using.
For a tax preparer, it is an audit. For an athlete it’s the big game. For a chef, it’s a food critic. Many jobs have an ultimate test of strength and skill. A test to prove you have what it takes to continue doing what you do. For the IT department it is a server upgrade. What does it take for an IT department to change and move services to ensure that customers have adequent and reliable services when they need them? To the IT department it means they’ve got work ahead of them to do. Work that cannot fail, that has to be implemented in the best timeline, with a perfect failover in case it doesn’t work and the time set aside to make sure that the mission critical server upgrades are seemly transparent to implementation. This is when the super heroes really shine, where all the IT skills and learning pays off.
Many times over the course of my life I have heard the phrase, “That man is a born leader”, but never have I heard “that person is a born manager”, nor a “born supervisor”, nor even a “born boss”.
Ordinarily such a thing would be of little to no interest to me, but my wife was out of town for a couple of weeks, and as I struggled with the complexities of getting my children to school on time, and cleaning the house, and making food, and generally not destroy anything, I found my leadership skills called into question. I watched a training video from our Management and Leadership series titled Quality Focused Supervision. It trains on “influence-style leadership”, which focuses on influencing your employees with praise and good listening skills. This I had to try. After watching the video a couple of times I went home and called a family council with my 3 sons. I set them down and calmly explained that the house was a filthy disgusting rat hole of doom and decay, and that a change was needed. They didn’t much care, but seemed ok with the idea. Then I suggested that they would each be responsible for part of the process. This didn’t go over well. I tried to address their concerns, but it turned out their concerns were that they did not want to do anything, but hang around in their underwear all day and play guitar hero. We were at a bit of an impasse. Had I followed the advice of the training module, I would have had no choice left but to fire them.
This is when a stroke of brilliance struck me. I turned to my oldest son (who is 18) and pointed out that if he was not on board with the family cleaning, cooking, and caretaking schedule he was certainly old enough to find lodging elsewhere. It was heartwarming how quickly he remembered his familial obligations and volunteered to pitch in; truly heartwarming. Unfortunately my other sons are 10 and 8. Legally I cannot make the same offer to them. I bought them a couple of pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and taped them to the ceiling and told them they could have them as soon as the chores were done. (The training does not specifically suggest offering your employees Yu-Gi-Oh cards.)
Anyway, the news is the children pitched in and a semblance of order was restored, and when my wife came home….well I guess my cleaning standards don’t really match up to hers, but that’s not the point. The point is that I found a way to influence my children to do what was needed without having to threaten them.
(except for the part about kicking out my 18 year old.)… Ok maybe I need to watch the training again. I’ll let you know if I learn anything new.
There is no direct correlation between being appointed to a position of authority and having leadership skills. In fact, as you think over your previous job assignments you may recall a number of people who you would have followed even though they were not appointed over you. You may also recall a number of supervisors that you had no desire to support. Leadership is a skill. Do you have it?
The Saga Continues : Consider this question as you watch. Did Ammon shoot this entire scene just to justify getting a replacement phone?
First we had an introduction, then Ammon showed what he goes through to get things rolling. Now it’s Mike’s turn.
The second episode is here!
We felt it would be a nice change of pace to give you a taste of what goes into producing one of our training courses. It begins here :
Does Learnkey provide Marriage Counseling? Not intentionally, but some of the skills you learn can be helpful at home.
A bath in Cheerio’s can relieve itching from chicken pox, poison ivy, or even sunburns. Rubbing French’s Mustard into your hands can relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Rub a dollop of Jif Peanut Butter into bubblegum, to remove bubblegum that gets stuck in your hair. And here’s one more product that does more than it was originally intended. LearnKey’s Managing Disagreements course saved my marriage.
Here’s the thing. I was asked to write a blog about one of our training programs, and given cart blanche to choose whatever interested me. I approached the assignment thinking I would pick A+ Certification, or Microsoft Office, you know something technically enriching. As my eyes scanned the list of courses I happened upon one titled “Managing Disagreements.”
Perhaps I was a little biased because of the disagreement I had with my wife the day before, but this looked interesting. After all, if I can learn to “manage” disagreements, I can learn to “win” them right?
Disclaimer : This training does not guarantee that you will win future arguments. It does not even teach you how to avoid them. Nor will it necessarily save your marriage, as it did mine.
Somehow by taking a scientific approach to the causes behind disagreements, and identifying the 9 management styles, this course helps you understand yourself better. Once you understand what is going on with you, it helps you to stay in control of yourself, and recognize the subconscious management styles of others, so that you can come to an accord more easily. I doubt I would ever be allowed to claim this course can even provide marriage counseling, so I won’t say that. I will say that my style of Maintaining did not mesh well with her style of Collaborating, and we were unable to get past it until I was able to find issues upon which I could Yield.
Look it over, it’s called Managing Disagreement (and it was probably originally meant for business manager to improve their interpersonal skills with their employees.)