Aging Gracefully

AgingGracefully_292px“Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.” — Arthur E. Morgan

A successful career, marriage and family, financial stability, and dream home are just some of the many goals that most of us strive to achieve in our lifetime.  While you plan extensively and prepare yourself whole-heartedly for your careers, family, etc., do you also plan for what your life will be like as you get older?

When we think about aging gracefully, we focus on our physical health and financial security.  However, there is so much more to aging gracefully including our mental and emotional well-being.  We often hear that after retirement, many seniors feel a sense of loss and that life has nothing left for them.

Start now to invest in your future by building friendships, developing hobbies, and staying connected with the community through volunteering.  This can go long way toward building a support system or a reserve from which you can withdraw in time of need.  Research shows that people who are truly committed to new and fulfilling experiences – whether social, intellectual, emotional, physical, or spiritual – live longer, healthier lives.

It is wise to build habits and skills during your youth in order to reap the benefits later in life.  Join our community of learners and take personal and professional development courses for free at www.mycourseroom.com.  Aging Gracefully is a 5-clock-hour course where you have the opportunity to gain knowledge, share ideas and experiences, and develop skills.

“The excess of our youth are checks written against our age, and they are payable with interest thirty years later.” — Charles Caleb Colton

Learn strategies to manage anger

“An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.” — Publilius Syrius

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At one time or another we have all experienced anger in varying intensities, from irritation or annoyance to full-blown fury.  Although we may all experience similar physiological symptoms of anger, its expression and the way we deal with it is distinctive in nature.

Surprisingly, according to psychologists, anger as an emotion is not in and of itself negative. Rather it is the way we deal with anger, and not the emotion itself, that can have negative consequences on our mental, physical, and social well-being.

Anger is often regarded as negative; we’re taught that it’s alright to express anxiety, depression, or other emotions but not to express anger. As a result, we don’t learn how to handle our anger or channel it constructively.

Learn how to successfully regulate your angry feelings by taking an interactive, online course on Anger Management offered free from MyCourseRoom by registering at www.mycourseroom.com.

MyCourseRoom’s courses offer CPE and CEU credentials.  The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) accepts CEUs from MyCourseRoom.

Quality Management

Tip of the week: “Quality begins on the inside… then works its way out.” — Bob Moawad

What sets an organization or a business apart? Whether your organization provides products or services, quality is what matters most. Quality refers to the distinctive characteristic of a deliverable that satisfies a customer’s needs. The key underlying cause of why numerous global projects turn into unsuccessful ventures can be attributed to poor and unsatisfactory quality standards that did not meet the customer’s expectations.

Project quality management is not just a philosophy but also a set of guiding principles. It enables an organization to adopt methods of continuous improvement by identifying its strengths and weaknesses and making appropriate adjustments to improve the overall value of its services or products.

The commitment to quality rests with the culture of an organization and the adoption of a disciplined approach. “Quality is everyone’s responsibility.” — W. Edwards Deming

Improved quality is a choice that you and your organization can make. It begins with an intention. Take the first step towards excellence by enrolling in MyCourseRoom’s Quality Management course at www.mycourseroom.com. This course can guide you in how to plan, perform, and control the quality of a project. It can also help you apply key concepts, tools, and techniques in the quality management processes.

MyCourseRoom’s PDUs are accepted by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and CEUs by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Team Building (0.5 CEU, 5.0 CPE, 5.0 PDU)

TeamBuilding_200x200Tip of the week: “When I talk to managers I get the feeling that they are important. When I talk to leaders I get the feeling that I am important.” — Alexander Den Heijer

The word ‘team’ is often used to describe any group effort and is assumed by many to be a key to success. In reality, building an effective team is challenging, and when not done correctly, may result in having to dissolve the team and start over, wasting valuable resources.

The term ‘team building’ can sometimes seem rather ambiguous: people sense that they might benefit from it, but they may not be quite sure of what it involves. People who manage teams may have difficulty managing their own ego or may be unable to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and, above all, build the commitment toward one another and toward a common goal.

MyCourseRoom’s zero-cost courses are designed to add value to your management skills. Our Team Building course can help you learn how to form, develop and manage a team. By implementing the skills in this course, you will maximize the chances that your team will succeed!

MyCourseRoom’s CEUs are accepted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and PDUs by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Enroll at www.mycourseroom.com or email support@mycourseroom.com for more information.

Importance of Sharing Knowledge

“Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes.” — Peter Senge

Knowledge sharing is different from sharing an office space where sharing implies that either it belongs to you or me.  Knowledge multiplies if shared; thus, it is synergistic in nature.  Knowledge sharing is beyond exchanging information.  It is a genuine commitment to make a difference on this planet.

In this era of rapid connectivity, the demand to communicate and interact with people around the globe is rising.  Nowadays, all organizations benefit when their people share, innovate, collaborate, and learn.

MyCourseRoom’s goal is to influence, enable, support, and sustain businesses and professionals around the world by making knowledge accessible to all.  It also creates communities of learners in multiple industries such as healthcare, childcare, education, retail, and government.  We invite you to sign up at www.mycourseroom.com and take any of our credentialed courses at zero-cost to you.

Help us spread the word.  You can access your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts directly from MyCourseRoom.com.  Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and increase your professional network through LinkedIn.

Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and hopefully, in value.”Louis L’Amour

Stepping into the Present Moment in 2016

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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” — Buddha

If asked how many times a day you are fully aware of the present moment, what would your answer be? Many of us might respond, “I don’t know what you mean!”

MyCourseRoom’s course, Stepping into the Present Moment, is exactly what we need. It provides simple exercises and practical tips that we can use and teach to others.

As you practice stepping into the present moment, the process becomes easy and natural. It is the time when you rejuvenate and re-energize yourself. Stepping into the present moment enables a state of consciousness that is alert and vibrant. Stress and anxiety are significantly reduced.

Stepping into the Present Moment is a 1.5 clock hour personal development course. Register today at www.mycourseroom.com and learn how to savor the moment.

Project Management Competency Assessment

Tip of thPMAssessment_orige week: “If we always do what we’ve always done, we will get what we’ve always got.” — Adam Urbanski

Does your organization hire the right people with the right skill set and knowledge to move you in the right direction? Are your project team members and project managers tailored to fit their current role?

Competencies are important dimensions to be assessed by organizations to ensure that their people have the right abilities and expertise for the role in which they are assigned. A well-defined standard of expectations and performance supports the development of human resources within the organization.

Just as navigation guides you to smoothly arrive at your destination by suggesting the best route based on the traffic, project management competency assessments can help you achieve successful project outcomes by providing valuable feedback on your team members’ strengths and gaps.

MyCourseRoom’s Project Management Competency Assessment aims to increase the performance of individual project managers by helping them identify and put together the most qualified team. This assessment covers the nine knowledge areas as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Based on the evaluation of competency in each of the knowledge areas, recommendations are provided for specific training to close the gaps if needed.

Join our community of learners at www.mycourseroom.com and develop your skills as managers, leaders, recruiters, and employers.

MyCourseRoom’s CEUs are accepted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Sign up now at www.mycourseroom.com or email us at support@mycourseroom.com for more information.

 

PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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