A Software Lending Library in Kansas City?

Tech Soup Blog

The Kansas City Public Library. They have developed a way for anyone with a Kansas City public library card to use expensive professional applications like those from Adobe and Microsoft without owning them. and was initially developed by the Kansas City Library in cooperation with a Mozilla Ignite Challenge. Image: Courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library and Mozilla Foundation. has devised something new in the world of digital inclusion.

Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

Tech Soup Blog

I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the new Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund. It addresses the thorny problem of bringing the 25 percent or so of people in the city who are still not participating in the information age to inclusion. So why is Kansas City investing more money on digital inclusion? The fund is being administrated by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. The City Of Reinvention.

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How To Select A Good Executive Coach

Eric Jacobson

When a leader or manager is considering using an executive coach, Marilyn O''Hearne , Master Certified Coach in the Kansas City metro area, said that person should at a minimum: Make sure the coach is certified and subscribes to a code of ethics. Coaching Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Executive Coaching Kansas City

6 No-Cost Ways To Create A Best-Place-To-Work Company

Eric Jacobson

cities, that there are six things these effective leaders do that don''t cost money. Employee Retention Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Kansas City I had the pleasure of interviewing Leigh Branham over the past few years. He''s the author of the popular book called, The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave , and he''s the owner of the Overland Park, KS-based business called Keeping The People.

How Your Customers Can Help You Write Your Strategic Plan

Eric Jacobson

Mike Brown, the founder of the Kansas City, MO company called, The Brainzooming Group , encourages business leaders to solicit feedback from their customers when creating a strategic plan. Kansas City Leadership Brainzooming Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Strategies Strategic Planning Overland Park General Management Skills

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Ask Your Customers To Help You Write Your Strategic Plan

Eric Jacobson

What youll read is primarily based on what Ive learned from a variety of mentors, co-workers and supervisors over the past 30 years. -- Eric Jacobson -- formerly a Senior Vice President at Penton Media in Overland Park, Kansas (Kansas City, MO). skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome! This blogs tips and ideas are perfect for managers and leaders of all types of small to large businesses and nonprofit organizations.

How To Write A Business Plan In About One Hour

Eric Jacobson

What youll read is primarily based on what Ive learned from a variety of mentors, co-workers and supervisors over the past 30 years. -- Eric Jacobson -- formerly a Senior Vice President at Penton Media in Overland Park, Kansas (Kansas City, MO). skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome! This blogs tips and ideas are perfect for managers and leaders of all types of small to large businesses and nonprofit organizations.

High school students build electric car powered by social media - Chicago Tribune

AFP Blog

Turning tweets into watts will take the at-risk students from Kansas City to Washington, D.C. High school students build electric car powered by social media - Chicago Tribune : High school students have turned a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia into an all-electric car that is powered by tweets, shares, posts and likes. to “drive change in education.” “We

Today's Leadership Thought

Eric Jacobson

A good reminder from a former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas: " If you haven''t done anything for someone else today, you haven''t done anything for yourself" - Joe Steineger, Farmer and Former Mayor, Kansas City, Kansas. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management

From KC To DC In A Car Powered By Tweets - Forbes

AFP Blog

Their goal is to get enough social media interactions to give them the watts they need to travel from Kansas City to Washington, D.C. From KC To DC In A Car Powered By Tweets - Forbes : Okay, so it’s not literally powered by social media. But what they’ve done to the car is added a “social fuel” program to it, where different social media interactions open enough watts for the car to use. For example, following them on Twitter? That’s 5 watts. Like them on Facebook? That’s 1 watt.

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Weekly Videos Provide Tips For Leaders

Eric Jacobson

Be sure to take a few minutes each week to view the HEMP Mentorship Minute videos, created by the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and the Kansas City Business Journal. In the videos, Kansas City-area entrepreneurs offer their advice about a wide range of topics of interest to business owners, managers and leaders.

Observations About Leadership

Eric Jacobson

A relatively small Kansas City-area newspaper for readers over 50 years in age published an article by C.W. Source: Kansas City 50 & Better. Hanson a couple years ago where he offered these keen observations about leadership: The longer the contact with those you offer leadership to, the more scrutiny you will receive and the more self-disciplined you must be. People will pay attention to what you do as well as what you say. Your contingent may be one or many.

How To Say I'm Sorry

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for this sound advice. One of the most difficult words for anyone, leaders included, to say is, " sorry." Yet, the time will likely come when that's the word you need to say. Research shows that apologizing in a heartfelt way can help you reduce stress and alleviate guilt. In the position of needing to apologize? Do this: Apologize immediately. Say you are sorry. Take responsibility for the situation. Acknowledge the offense.

Today's Thoughts About Leadership

Eric Jacobson

A relatively small Kansas City-area newspaper for readers over 50 years in age published an article by C.W. Source: Kansas City 50 and Better. Hanson a few years ago where he offered these keen observations about leadership: The longer the contact with those you offer leadership to, the more scrutiny you will receive and the more self-disciplined you must be. People will pay attention to what you do as well as what you say. Your contingent may be one or many.

20 Tips for Nonprofits Using Twitter

NetWits

Director of Development, American Red Cross Kansas City Region | Follow @patricksallee. This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s “ 10 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Twitter ,&# in which we talked about some of the many ways nonprofit can use social media networks, such as Twitter , as a communications vehicle to support their organization’s larger goals.

How To Say I'm Sorry

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for this sound advice. One of the most difficult words for anyone, leaders included, to say is, " sorry." Yet, the time will likely come when that's the word you need to say. Research shows that apologizing in a heartfelt way can help you reduce stress and alleviate guilt. In the position of needing to apologize? Do this: Apologize immediately. Say you are sorry. Take responsibility for the situation. Acknowledge the offense.

Never Say These Four Words To A Customer

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Author Harvey MacKay wrote the following spot-on advice years ago in a column in the Kansas City Business Journal. He wisely points out that all employees at every level should never use these four words in front of a client/customer for both obvious and perhaps not so obvious reasons: Can't -- As in, "We can't do that." "We We can't meet that deadline." Unless you honestly cannot produce and then be honest and help them find another vendor.

Foundation Revenue Grows 4.7 Percent

Connection Cafe

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation: Serving donors. While the financial markets gradually have recovered since they crashed in 2008, a focus on providing good customer services to donors has helped generate annual giving of roughly $300 million a year over the past five years to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Overall giving to 96 foundations representing over $414.6 million in annual revenue grew 4.7

How to Turn Your Volunteers into Fundraisers

NonProfit Hub

At WonderWe , we had a volunteer approach us with an idea to use our technology and his networks to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. This volunteer was a Big Brother who was also well-connected in the startup/tech scene here in Kansas City. To encourage other young, tech savvy professionals to donate and volunteer to help Kansas City’s at-risk youth. To do this, we got creative and hosted a friendly competition of Kansas City startups.

How To Say "I'm Sorry"

Eric Jacobson

Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for this sound advice. One of the most difficult words for anyone, leaders included, to say is, " sorry." Yet, the time will likely come when that''s the word you need to say. Research shows that apologizing in a heartfelt way can help you reduce stress and alleviate guilt. In the position of needing to apologize? Do this: Apologize immediately. Say you are sorry. Take responsibility for the situation. Acknowledge the offense.

How To Say I'm Sorry

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for this sound advice. One of the most difficult words for anyone, leaders included, to say is, " sorry." Yet, the time will likely come when that's the word you need to say. Research shows that apologizing in a heartfelt way can help you reduce stress and alleviate guilt. In the position of needing to apologize? Do this: Apologize immediately. Say you are sorry. Take responsibility for the situation. Acknowledge the offense.

KC Ronald McDonald House Goes Online to Manage Volunteers

NonProfit Hub

For Tara Alder, the Volunteer Manager of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, this challenge is her everyday existence. Alder manages the volunteers for the four Ronald McDonald Houses in Kansas City, and all of the organization’s volunteers. Volunteers are essential to achieving the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

The American Heart Association Harnesses the Power of Social Media Through Innovative Display

NTEN

This is a story of how the little ol’ Kansas City AHA branch thought out of the box to create an impactful social media display hub to complement their website that led to not only reaching their fundraising goal but caused their Heart & Stroke Walk to trend on Twitter for hours during an event. Tim Sae Koo. No one puts The American Heart Association's website in a corner. Learn how a chapter of AHA took their online content on the road and to fundraising success.

Never Say These Words To A Customer

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Author Harvey MacKay wrote the following spot-on advice years ago in a column in the Kansas City Business Journal. He wisely points out that all employees at every level should never use these four words in front of a client/customer for both obvious and perhaps not so obvious reasons: Can't -- As in, "We can't do that." "We We can't meet that deadline." Unless you honestly cannot produce and then be honest and help them find another vendor.

Thanks For Two Years: From Eric Jacobson

Eric Jacobson

Eric Jacobson www.ericjacobsonblog.com Overland Park, KS (Kansas City, MO). Two years ago tomorrow, I started this blog to share tips and ideas for how to be a more effective leader and manager. Thank you for your loyal readership, your suggestions for topics to cover, and for tweeting the posts you find more useful. Management Leadership Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management General Management Skills

Wellness Perks And Programs Popular Among Best Places To Work Companies

Eric Jacobson

Last month, the Kansas City Business Journal published its list of 2013 Best Places To Work Companies in the Kansas City metro. Kansas City Employee Benefits S tand-up workstations spread throughout the office - Netsmart Technologies Inc. As you review the winning companies profiles (the publication''s October 4, 2013 issue), you''ll notice that wellness and fitness programs and perks are common among this year''s winners.

New Mobile Giving Facts You Must Know

TechImpact

What you probably did not hear about is the Kansas City based nonprofit River of Refuge who partnered up with a local rugby team to to raise money for the nonprofit. Image courtesy of iThemes.com. The mobile revolution is a well covered phenomenon that has captured the imagination of an entire generation of technologists from around the world. 58% of Americans now own smart phones, and this number is only expected to continue to grow with the advent of cheap alternatives.

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Do you recognize these awards?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday, I was looking through my 10 year hard drive archive and found the Rider Video from Kansas City On the left, we have the Dirk Award. That's what I thought of when I saw the DemocracyInAction NpTech Oscar Pool. Whatever happened to the Swimming UpStream Award ? I love taking trips down memory lane.

Leadership Lessons From Women Who Mean Business

Eric Jacobson

Every year, the Kansas City Business Journal honors 25 women business leaders in the Kansas City metro in its " Women Who Mean Business " awards competition.

How To Write Your Business Plan In One Hour

Eric Jacobson

Kansas City’s Joe Calhoon , published a couple years ago, The 1 Hour Plan for Growth , where he provides a system for creating a clear and compelling business plan for growth. Calhoon’s system has been used by Kansas City-based companies, such as: Cruise Holidays of KC Jack Stack Barbecue Redemption Plus United Heating & Cooling “Joe Calhoon is an expert at making the growth planning process simple.

Five Things Every Leader Should Remember

Eric Jacobson

A relatively small Kansas City-area newspaper for readers over 50 years in age published an article by C.W. Source: Kansas City 50 & BetterHanson recently where he offered these keen observations about leadership: The longer the contact with those you offer leadership to, the more scrutiny you will receive and the more self-disciplined you must be. People will pay attention to what you do as well as what you say. Your contingent may be one or many.

Sports as a Platform for Social Good

Connection Cafe

” Jamaal Charles , running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, on helping individuals find what makes them special. Sports have always been a huge part of my life. Desperate for a way to channel my energy, my parents enrolled me in gymnastics when I was young. Fearless, I literally threw myself into the sport, dazzled by Olga Korbut , Nellie Kim and the perfection of Nadia Comaneci , and trying to replicate what I saw many Saturday afternoons on the Wild World of Sports.

Safe & Well in Troubled Times

VisionLink

Disaster Sheltering, Basement of the Hyatt And in a surreal connection to the storms around us, while at the annual conference of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, we found ourselves in the disaster shelter of the hotel as a tornado warning activated for Kansas City. National Public Radio broadcast one of those riveting stories they do so well, in part from a disaster shelter where the Safe and Well system was being used to reconnect friends and family.

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NpTech History Archive

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

An early video from the Riders Conference in Kansas City in 2000 was discovered on Blip.TV. from Gavin's Flickr Photo Stream. Gavin has posted some early photos of the founding meetings for Aspiration, NTEN, and the NSNT on flickr. He notes they were all taken with a Sony Picturebook mini-laptop with built-in camera. Hence, they're pretty lousy photos. Maybe we need an NPtech History Archive

How To Say "I'm Sorry"

Eric Jacobson

Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for this sound advice. One of the most difficult words for anyone, leaders included, to say is, " sorry." Yet, the time will likely come when that's the word you need to say. Research shows that apologizing in a heartfelt way can help you reduce stress and alleviate guilt. In the position of needing to apologize? Do this: Apologize immediately. Say you are sorry. Take responsibility for the situation. Acknowledge the offense.

Social Media/Web Intern Opportunity

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kansas city , mo 64105. The American Cancer Society is looking for a Web Development/Social Media Intern for a paid Internship in Austin, TX. Do you know someone who meets this qualifications? Or do YOU? requirements/skills needed: basic html skill, proficent with microsoft office, experienced with online social networks such as facebook.

Announcing the Digital Inclusion Fellowship

NTEN

The Digital Inclusion Fellowship will pair 16 individuals with local community organizations in the eight Google Fiber metro areas - Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh-Durham, and Salt Lake City - where they’ll spend a year expanding, designing, or building digital inclusion programs. “We’re

How To Say "I'm Sorry"

Eric Jacobson

Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for this sound advice. One of the most difficult words for anyone, leaders included, to say is, " sorry." Yet, the time will likely come when that''s the word you need to say. Research shows that apologizing in a heartfelt way can help you reduce stress and alleviate guilt. In the position of needing to apologize? Do this: Apologize immediately. Say you are sorry. Take responsibility for the situation. Acknowledge the offense.

RIP: Rob Stuart, Godfather of the NpTech Movement

Beth Kanter

I had wanted to travel to Kansas City in 2000 to participate in the conference, but didn’t make it. Rob Stuart shared my birthday, Jan. But we also shared more than that – the nonprofit technology field. Rob was the godfather. The last time I saw him was in 2009 in San Francisco at the NTC. I just learned that Rob passed away , leaving behind a wife and two daughters.

What Will Your Leadership Legacy Be?

Eric Jacobson

The Kansas City Star newspaper a couple years ago wrote a story about Marion Laboratories and its 60th anniversary. Mr. Ewing Kauffman, fondly known as Mr. K, led Marion during its peak, and is remembered as one of the most effective, influential leaders ever in the Kansas City area. As a leader, you likely have asked yourself, " How do I want to be remembered as a leader ?" But, perhaps the more important question is, " How will I be remembered as a leader ?"

How To Apologize

Eric Jacobson

Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for this sound advice. One of the most difficult words for anyone, leaders included, to say is, " sorry." Yet, the time will likely come when that''s the word you need to say. Research shows that apologizing in a heartfelt way can help you reduce stress and alleviate guilt. In the position of needing to apologize? Do this: Apologize immediately. Say you are sorry. Take responsibility for the situation. Acknowledge the offense.

Leader Profile: Clayton Daniels

Eric Jacobson

Clayton (Clay) Daniels is VP of Operations , Midwest Service & Solutions at Kansas City-based U.S. He''s also one of the Kansas City area''s most inspiring leaders. Daniels was a Major in the US Army , has an MBA from the Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City ( UMKC) , and moved into his VP role at U.S. Question: What are some of the best ways to network with other business leaders in the Kansas City area?

The Most Generous Online Giving Cities in the U.S.

Connection Cafe

For many years now Blackbaud has published data on the most generous online giving cities in the United States. In 2013, donors in the 265 cities raised more than $822 million online—a whopping 61% increase from 2012. Most Generous Cities by Region: From a regional perspective, the West has the most cities in the top 25 with 8. Census map) with the most cities in the top 25 are: West – 8. Most Generous Cities of 2013 Ranked: City. Salt Lake City.

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