Project Management Competency Assessment

MyCourseRoom, a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) for the Project Management Institute (PMI) now provides a simple and cost effective way for the Director of a Project Management Office (PMO) to ensure that their project managers conduct a quick, annual review of their knowledge and brush up on the areas identified as knowledge gaps.  This simple process further reduces the risk of a project failure.

What is really powerful about MyCourseRoom’s online Project Management Competency Evaluation is that it identifies the individual’s knowledge gaps and provides a direct link to the specific knowledge area to fill the gaps.  This training carries Professional Development Units (PDU) recognized by PMI and can be used to meet continuing education requirements required by project managers credentialed by PMI.

The assessment evaluates the following core competencies:

  1. Communications Management
  2. Cost Management
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Integration Management
  5. Procurement Management
  6. Quality Management
  7. Risk Management
  8. Scope Management
  9. Stakeholder Management
  10. Time Management

As Directors of PMOs know, keeping knowledge of core competencies fresh will make it more likely that a project will complete on time, with an acceptable level of quality, and within budget.

Have your project managers subscribe now for our annual $65 All Services Preferred Plan and get all credentialed certificates, transcript, and free access to our competency assessments (a $25 savings if purchased separately).

Go to http://www.mycourseroom.com/catalog.htm?type=A to begin now or add to your Course Queue and start at your convenience.

Surviving a Loss Positively

Each one of us knows how a loss feels, whether through death, divorce, job loss, etc.; yet each of us experiences grief in our own unique way. We may go through similar experiences with similar circumstances, but our responses will vary widely. There is no right or wrong way of responding to a loss. However, there are some common indicators and ways of coping that help bridge the chasm between despair and hope.

The common emotions that surface during the process of loss and healing include: shock, disbelief, realization, emotional vacuum, trepidation, progress, and closure. It is important to understand and accept our emotions in order to maintain a level of peace and knowledge that these feelings are normal stages of grief.

“Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction… Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don’t fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don’t fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed… Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it ‘the first law of personal growth.’” — Peter McWilliams

It is important to acknowledge and recognize that loss can affect our daily routine to the extent it can change our direction in life. Our response to unexpected circumstances determines the kind of life we will have in the future.

MyCourseRoom offers a unique course, Coping with Loss, that provides a guide in your process of grieving and healing. It also offers you the opportunity to interact with others who are dealing with loss. Help to maintain peace and harmony in your life by signing up today for this free course at www.mycourseroom.com.

How Important is HIPAA?

At one time or another, most of us have signed HIPAA forms either at a doctor’s office or hospital. We have become very protective of our privacy, and sharing personal information makes us feel vulnerable. Thus HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) of 1996 and revised in 2013 is supposed to protect the privacy of our health related information.  How many of us have taken the time to read these forms before signing?

Anyone who works with or has access to Personal Health Information (PHI) including medical professionals and staff, employers, insurers, school personnel, government workers, researchers, etc. must abide by HIPAA Privacy and Security requirements.

“It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.” — Rene Descartes

Healthcare is a complex and ever evolving industry. With electronic health records required by government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and more and more doctors using telemedicine and information technology in diagnosis and treatment, HIPAA is a crucial part affecting each of us.

However, mistakes are made, rather by accident or intentional. It is important to know your rights and legal protections. Register today to take the updated HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security courses for free at www.mycourseroom.com.

These courses have been approved for 15 continuing education hours for CPHQ recertification by the HQCB.  They are also approved for CPE and CEU.

Make it a Meeting that Matters

“Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” — A.C. Benson

Most of us have attended meetings that are poorly organized and unproductive.  We often feel that our time has been wasted.  Usually it is the failure of the facilitator.  However, as participants we can enhance the effectiveness of almost every meeting that we attend.

Whether you consider yourself an insignificant attendee or a powerful participant can make a significant difference. Everyone who participates in meetings has a responsibility to help make it a success. The role of the attendees overlaps with the facilitator in that everyone should be aware of the tone of the meeting.

The following are some Do’s and Don’ts for participating in meetings:

Do

  • Arrive on time and come prepared
  • Come with a positive attitude
  • Actively listen to others and show meeting participants the same respect you want from them
  • Listen with an open mind; if you disagree with an idea, state your reasons and try to offer a different solution
  • Keep comments brief and to the point
  • Volunteer to help set up and clean up the room

Don’t

  • Dominate the discussion
  • Interrupt or have side conversations
  • Go off on irrelevant or self-serving tangents
  • Dwell on past problems
  • Act bored or work on non-meeting business

Whether you are a meeting facilitator or participant, MyCourseRoom offers a free course, Effective Facilitation of Meetings, that will not only enable you to be an efficient facilitator but will also assist you in becoming a proactive participant by making meetings more productive for everyone. Sign up now at www.mycourseroom.com.

Earn the following credentials:  CEU, CPE, and PDU

Autism Acceptance

“On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences.”UN Secretary-General’s Message, April 2, 2017

Millions of people worldwide live with autism – a lifelong condition that is often misinterpreted or misjudged in most cultures to the extent of shirking away from someone with autism. While those on the autism spectrum display a continuum of abilities, interests, and behaviors, they all share the capacity to make this world a better place.

April is the month when autism awareness campaigns around the world are put into action. This year organizations and campaigns have stepped forward to call it Autism Acceptance Month. Autism acceptance must not end on April 30th. Acceptance demands an active shift in thinking and action from societies at large.  We need to become communities where those with autism spectrum disorders are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.

“Autism isn’t something a person has, or a ‘shell’ that a person is trapped inside. There’s no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person – and if it were possible, the person you’d have left would not be the same person you started with.” –- Jim Sinclair

Let’s replace our dialogue about autism from pessimism to optimism. Educate yourself and others in supporting people and families that live everyday with autism by enrolling in MyCourseRoom’s free online course, Understanding Autism.  Register today at www.mycourseroom.com to acquaint, acknowledge, and understand what lies beyond Autism.

Turning Conflict into a Win-Win Resolution

“We don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people.” — Steve Goodier

Most of us don’t consider conflict as producing positive outcomes, but effective management of conflict can benefit everyone involved.  Given the potentially productive outcome of differing opinions and perspectives, conflict is not the problem; poor management of conflict is the problem.

One of the greatest personal benefits is self-awareness.  Conflict management requires a high degree of emotional intelligence.  At the foundation of emotional intelligence lies our ability to recognize and understand our thoughts and feelings, and why we react in certain ways in different situations.

Through the constant awareness of what we are feeling, and the analysis of the way in which our emotions, words and actions affect both ourselves, and others, we can control our emotional responses (self-regulation), manage their impact on others, and develop a greater understanding of the emotions of others (empathy).

“Every conflict we face in life is rich with positive and negative potential. It can be a source of inspiration, enlightenment, learning, transformation, and growth – or rage, fear, shame, entrapment, and resistance. The choice is not up to our opponents, but to us, and our willingness to face and work through them.” — Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith

Conflict Management is a free, 5 clock-hour, online course from www.MyCourseRoom.com.  In addition, it offers the following credentials: CEU, CPE (Provider #501007), and PDU (PMI R.E.P. #3669). The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) accepts MyCourseRoom’s CEUs.

The following is a testimonial from one of our MyCourseRoom learners:  “The best thing I learned in this was to look at the facts rather than going with the emotions and listening to the other person and putting yourself  in his/her shoes and then making an informed decision which comes down to one principle, Respect.”

Calling All Business/Organization Administrators

 

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”  — Benjamin Franklin

 

Want to provide consistent, immediate (on-demand), sustainable, and credentialed staff development without the time commitment and financial outlay for on-site or off-site training?  MyCourseRoom has the answer.  Your employees can take online, skill-based, professional development courses 24/7 from any computer with Internet access.

We invite you to visit http://www.mycourseroom.com/businessPremium.htm and see how MyCourseRoom can help your business succeed through a consistently trained workforce.  For an annual subscription fee of $150, our Basic Plan allows you to enroll 10 employees from 1 location and add 25 clock hours in your privately branded catalog.  Our Basic Plan can be customized to meet your needs.

Consider the following benefits of using MyCourseRoom’s Business Premium services:

  1. Your employees receive consistent and sustainable training by taking the same course, presented the same way, and, if needed for remediation, an employee can take a course a second time.
  2. New employees can be onboarded immediately, even before their first day on the job.
  3. The cost of the trainer, transportation, room, presentation equipment, physical materials, etc. is eliminated.
  4. You select the courses from the MyCourseRoom inventory that you want in your privately branded catalog.  The courses can be rotated in and out of your catalog as needed as long as you don’t exceed the total number of clock hours in your subscription plan at any given time. We offer global learners over 40 skill-based courses that meet professional development requirements across industries.
  5. You can assign subject matter experts (SME) to write business-specific courses that they can deploy through MyCourseRoom’s online Course Builder without the cost of downloading or implementing any new software.
  6. You have access to a sample staff handbook/onboarding course already developed and can customize it for your business needs.
  7. You can create private discussion boards (Club Forums) where you and your employees can share your ideas and experiences.
  8. You have access to employee-specific reports where you can track their progress.  If you have more than one location, you can track the employee progress by location as well as the entire business.

Your employees:

  1. Can take self-paced training 24/7 from any computer with Internet access.
  2. Are not pulled away from projects, the sales floor, the classroom, etc. to attend on-site or off-site training sessions.
  3. Can concentrate without the distractions of what is going on around them.
  4. Will receive certificates and transcripts that can be printed for their personnel files.
  5. Earn CPE and CEU credentials to be submitted for continuing education or professional development to meet licensing or certification requirements.
  6. Can take one or more competency assessment(s) to discover knowledge gaps and take targeted training to fill those gaps.
  7. Can take a learning style assessment to discover how they learn best.

Go to www.mycourseroom.com/businessPremium.htm to register.  If you have questions, please contact support@mycourseroom.com.