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The Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your Email Before It Manages Youby Mike Song and Vicki alsey and Tim Burress
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Written in parable form, The Hamster Revolution tells the story of Harold, an HR Director, who has fallen victim to the dreaded info-glut and finds himself paralyzed by the deluge of electronic data and email he must fight daily. In a Kafkaesque twist, after much repetitive but fruitless exertion, he actually turns into a hamster running on a wheel (though he’s too busy to even notice). Happily, Harold meets an info coach who recognizes his ailment and teaches him a few powerful lessons about managing email, starting with developing higher quality messages that get rid of unnecessary details. The info coach introduces Harold to the COTA system, which shows him an innovative way of storing all email and electronic media into four main categories: Clients, Output, Teams, Administrative. Based on feedback and input from 2,000 Capital One employees who attended the authors’ seminar, The Hamster Revolution offers an appealing approach to an increasingly common and difficult problem.
Book News Annotation:
The authors run seminars on the subject, and no doubt many individuals and companies need help with e-mail management; but this book interweaves a handful of valuable ideas into a narrative involving a talking hamster and, in so doing, seems to demonstrate the opposite of efficient communication. Nevertheless, the book taps a need for discussion of how to reduce email volume, improve communication quality, sustain results, and use an efficient file and find system. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Is email taking over your life? Meet Harold, an HR director so overwhelmed by email he feels like a hamster on a wheel. Just in time, Harold meets a coach who shifts his focus from time management to a simple yet surprising new way to manage email.
The coach helps Harold conquer email overload, write incredibly effective messages, and get organized forever. Suddenly, Harold can find every file in a flash! Harold saves 15 days a year, reclaims his life, and propels his career to new heights.
The Hamster Revolution is packed with surprising strategies and powerful tech tips. It includes a landmark case study that shows how 2,000 Capital One associates each saved over two weeks a year. Now in its tenth printing, this best-seller is a must read for every busy professional.
“Learning,” Vicki Halsey writes, “is the gateway to optimal life experiences. Learning transforms people’s lives, and teaching, in any forum, is the art and science of bringing out the brilliance that drives those transformations.”
Or it should be. But what often happens is that people who teach—in classrooms, meetings, workshops, coaching sessions, or any other setting where learning happens—don’t know how to transfer their great content to others effectively. They spend 70 percent of their time on what they are teaching and only 30 percent on how to teach it, when it should be the other way around.
Halsey is here to reverse that equation, laying out a comprehensive instructional design model that deeply engages and energizes learners because it focuses not on how smart they are but on how they are smart. She shows how to create content that is clear, relevant, easily absorbed, and readily retained because it is tailored to each participant’s specific needs, abilities, and inclinations.
Halsey’s six-step ENGAGE Model replaces the old “sit ’n’ get” model with “woo ’n’ do”—learners are actively drawn in and perform activities that reinforce the learning. She presents hundreds of proven ideas, strategies, and practices that will enable you to Energize learners at the beginning of any learning session; help them Navigate the new content and Generate personal meaning and relevance from it; Apply their learning to the real world; Gauge and celebrate their progress; and Extend their learning to action.
Brilliance by Design offers a systematic way to reach joyfully into the soul of learners and facilitate their brilliance so they can make a positive difference in the world.
Many subject matter experts are just that, subject matter experts--not experts in the art of teaching, facilitating, or designing. Thousands of authors, trainers, and speakers have great content, but they lack the skills required to convey their content in a way that inspires learners to unleash their brilliance and move the learning to practice.. They often spend 70% of their time on WHAT they are going to teach, and 30% of their time on HOW, when they should be spending 30% on WHAT, and 70% on HOW. Their instructional techniques often are at odds with their message of inclusivity, eagerness for people to learn, and hopes that their content will change lives and organizations.
“Brilliance by Design” outlines how to design learning interactions (such as meetings and workshops) that enable people to do their best thinking. Using the tested, signature ENGAGE model, it helps anyone who brings people together for the purpose of learning, problem-solving, or innovating to develop a clear, high-impact training design that unleashes brilliance. It presents a model that enables teachers to analyze learner and teacher needs, create objectives that meet those needs, and incorporate interactive tools that “fire ‘em up,” ensuring all key outcomes are met.
To help readers unleash the brilliance in others, this book provides the structure, tools, language, and models needed to create optimal learning experiences from their ideas, practices, models and books. In learning these techniques, readers will achieve powerful outcomes, building communities of learners who share best practices and communicate at a deep and profound level while doing real work.
About the Author
Dr. Victoria Halsey is a spirited, inspirational speaker, author and trainer who energizes audiences worldwide by engaging their hearts well as their minds. As Vice President of Applied Learning for the Ken Blanchard Companies, Vicki specializes in partnering with Fortune 100 companies that include Nike, Toyota, Gap, to design, deliver and coach their people through interactive workshops, keynotes, webinars, podcasts and numerous other classroom and elearning experiences. She is the co-author of Blanchard’s Legendary Customer Service Training as well their award winning blended elearning Situational Leadership® II program. In addition, Vicki also crafted the highly acclaimed MBA and MSEL university degree programs.
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