A Software Lending Library in Kansas City?

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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. Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion TechSoup for Libraries Kansas City Library

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. So why is Kansas City investing more money on digital inclusion? One concern about the rollout of ultra-fast Internet in Kansas City is that the poorer parts of city have had trouble qualifying for installation due to low demand in those areas - hence the new Digital Inclusion Fund. The fund is being administrated by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

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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

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. He told me that in research that he has done about the leaders of companies that have won " Best-Place-To-Work " competitions in 45 U.S.

We’re Ready to Power Up! the 2011 Interhab Conference

Vertex Systems

We’re not in Kansas anymore. Conference coming in October in Topeka, Kansas. InterHab is the Kansas’ largest and oldest association of community-based organizations that … Continue reading → But we will be soon. We’ve just signed up as exhibitors at the Interhab Power Up!

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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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

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.

How To Create A "Best Places To Work" Company

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.

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Never Say These Words To A Customer

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). Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Never Say These Words To A Customer Author Harvey MacKay wrote the following spot-on advice in his recent column in the Kansas City Business Journal.

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

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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

David Perlmutter Talks Blogs, Interactors, and Jon Stewart - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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60) Search « Five Minutes with Fundraising Guru Ted Hart (Video) | Main | Replay: Using Email to Engage Activists, Cultivate Donors » Friday Aug 29 2008 David Perlmutter Talks Blogs, Interactors, and Jon Stewart Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11:10AM | by Clinton OBrien David Perlmutter , author of the new book Blog Wars , is a professor at the University of Kansas School of Journalism & Mass Communications.

The Machine is… | Beaconfire Wire

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Yahoo Introduces “Pipes&# » The Machine is… Posted Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 at 3:51 pm by usha (14 posts) Kansas State University Digital Ethnography department has posted “ Web 2.0 : The Machine is Us/ing Us &# piece on YouTube. Skip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder”

Vertex Systems

Louis, Springfield and Kansas City. The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Meet the People We Work With The Times They are a-Changin’ → Disability Vocational Training – “Start Earlier, Push Harder&# Posted on February 24, 2011 by vertex | 1 Comment Reach those with disabilities at a younger age. Educate parents about services. Work on improving transportation issues.

Three Things Coaches Must Do To Drive Success

Eric Jacobson

Former University of Kansas head basketball coach Roy Williams once told U.S. Williams was the head coach at the University of Kansas from 1988 to 2003 and is now the head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels. News and World Report magazine that there are three things that coaches as leaders must do to drive success : "Have everyone on the team focus on the same goal." And, the leader must effectively communicate that goal to the team. Emphasize those goals every day."

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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What Coaches As Leaders Do To Drive Success

Eric Jacobson

Former University of Kansas head basketball coach Roy Williams once told U.S. Williams was the head coach at the University of Kansas from 1988 to 2003 and is now the head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels. News and World Report magazine that there are three things that coaches as leaders must do to drive success : "Have everyone on the team focus on the same goal." And, the leader must effectively communicate that goal to the team. Emphasize those goals every day."

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.

Coaches As Leaders Do This To Drive Success

Eric Jacobson

Former University of Kansas head basketball coach Roy Williams once told U.S. Williams was the head coach at the University of Kansas from 1988 to 2003 and is now the head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels. News and World Report magazine that there are three things that coaches as leaders must do to drive success : "Have everyone on the team focus on the same goal." And, the leader must effectively communicate that goal to the team. Emphasize those goals every day."

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.

The Six Drivers That Maximize Employee Engagement

Eric Jacobson

Overland Park, Kansas-based author Leigh Branham, along with Mark Hirschfeld, awhile back completed a survey of 10,000 employees in 43 states to better understand what separates a "best places to work" company from other companies.

What Coaches Do To Drive Success

Eric Jacobson

Former University of Kansas head basketball coach Roy Williams once told U.S. Williams was the head coach at the University of Kansas from 1988 to 2003 and is now the head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels. News and World Report magazine that there are three things that coaches as leaders must do to drive success : "Have everyone on the team focus on the same goal." And, the leader must effectively communicate that goal to the team. Emphasize those goals every day."

The Cost of Starting a Nonprofit in Every State

NonProfit Hub

Kansas. Kansas business tax registration: varies based on tax accounts and licenses. Kansas charitable registration: $35. The process of starting a nonprofit requires a fair amount of savvy and know-how. Building from the ground up, it’s often difficult knowing where to start. Questions arise like “What do I need” and “Why do I need it?” ” One of the biggest question marks comes up when it’s time to calculate the cost of your nonprofit.

Three Things Coaches Must Do To Drive Success

Eric Jacobson

Former University of Kansas head basketball coach Roy Williams once told U.S. Williams was the head coach at the University of Kansas from 1988 to 2003 and is now the head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels. News and World Report magazine that there are three things that coaches as leaders must do to drive success : "Have everyone on the team focus on the same goal." And, the leader must effectively communicate that goal to the team. Emphasize those goals every day."

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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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.

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

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.

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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.

Six Universal Drivers That Maximize Employee Engagement

Eric Jacobson

Overland Park, Kansas-based author Leigh Branham, along with Mark Hirschfeld, awhile back completed a survey of 10,000 employees in 43 states to better understand what separates a "best places to work" company from other companies.