How To Bring Meditation to the Workplace

first_imgEva Del RioLast week I discussed the benefits of meditation in the workplace, pointing out it promises to increase productivity, focus, employee cohesion and resistance to stress. So what’s the best way to bring meditation into the workplace?Let’s pick up where we left off.Make meditation acceptable in your workplace culture. Even though practicing meditation at home has gone mainstream, it’s still not widely accepted -and seen as we strange- if practiced at work. One way to telegraph that it’s acceptable is to invite a speaker to a lunch-and-learn so employees can hear about the topic. “Mindfulness” meditation is the most generally accepted form, the one featured on the cover of business magazines, so it’s safe to start there.Find a champion. This might be an employee, or a manager. Someone who is already committed to the practice and is familiar with the logistics and basics; this will make others feel at ease. What if there’s no such person? Don’t worry, someone who is new to meditation but interested in its potential, will work just as well. Just make sure there is a person who takes the lead and believes in the effort.Provide a place to practice. You don’t need a meditation hall with cushions and incense. All you need is a conference room, break room, or some other quiet space.   This might mean opening your doors a little earlier for employees who want to practice 15 min before work. Or provide access during lunch or after work to an area that may normally be locked or inaccessible. It may sound counterintuitive that employees will stay late before going home, but it happens.Take advantage of technology. Recommend free meditation apps that everyone can use. This way the practice and the benefits can go home with employees. Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Be less anxious? Feel 10% happier? All this will soon be obvious to any employees who take interest in the practice. Note: the workplace practice itself can be based one of these free apps.Recommended free apps:Calm – 7 Daily 10-minute guided meditations. Not just for meditation, keep it open in the background for soothing sounds throughout the day.10% Happier Named after the book by Dan Harris  a news anchor who famously had a panic attack on live TV, an experience that led him to meditation. If other apps don’t speak your language, or sound too flaky, this “meditation for fidgety skeptics” might be for you. Insight TimerIt’s simple, intuitive and user friendly. The free version let’s you set a time, sounds, periodic bells.Hope these tips encourage you to bring mindfulness meditation to the workplace. There’s no downside, it’s a perk, it’s cheap and it may make your workplace 10% happier. Originally published on HR Boxlast_img read more

ECM: Vendors Add Social Features

first_imgECM vendors are following the trend of the successful commercial web-based applications by adding social features to their software products. Part of the move towards greater social networking and collaboration is because email has become overwhelming for many people and people are looking for alternatives. Pressure is also coming from many younger employees who have become used to being able to easily share their personal content and photos using applications like FaceBook and MySpace, and they are looking for something similar in the work place. Later this month Open Text will be adding blogs and forums to their Open Text Enterprise 2.0 solutions offered in their ECM Suite.Version 2.0 of IBM’s Lotus Connections added features like profiles, communities, bookmarking and activities. After that release last year, coincidence or not, the product doubled the client base. Now an up-coming 2.5 release of Lotus Connections will include wikis and a personal “wall” space. IBM is also planning to include some social networking capabilities from their social software research project called Beehive.EMC’s Documentum added social networking capability with their 6.5 release.Alfresco 3.x and the new Alfresco Share application brings together a wide variety of social networking capabilities. Share lets you create Project Sites from which you can invite users. There are features for Calendaring, Document Management, Blogging, Wiki, and Discussions.last_img read more

Check Out This Coding Toy—For Grownups

first_imgmarley kaplan Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The line between toy and tech tool barely exists anymore, as companies increasingly turn hardware hacking and programming into a fun kids’ play. London-based Kano, one of the hottest (and newest) of the technological child whisperers, wants to bring that youthful exuberance to everyone—young and old alike.Kickstarted into existence in 2013, with a campaign that blasted through its $100,000 goal with $1.5 million in pledges, Kano now makes Raspberry Pi–based computer kits commercially available to children ages 6 to 14. Inspired by those young users, who founder Alex Klein says have created and shared as many as 5 million lines of code, he wants to spread that enthusiasm to a larger audience. See also: Raspberry Pi 2 Brings Six Times The Power, Same $35 Price Tag“Most of the innovation—the magic—is sealed away in a tiny one percent of one percent in the valley and accelerators,” said Klein, at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City this week. “We want to democratize the ability to make technology, not just consume it.” He might just get his wish. Having raised another $15 million from investors, the founder has the fuel to reach for the company’s next, more grown-up stage of evolution. Here’s how Klein plans to bring the spirit of play to budding adult programmers. Why Kano Wants To Grow UpEngineering kits have been popular among kids and a natural fit in the educational space. Likewise, Kano set out following in the footsteps of companies like LittleBits, Adafruit, and Goldie Blox. But Klein now wants to extend Kano’s reach, taking it into grown-up territory. Simply put, he wants to appeal to everyone’s inner “inventor and tinkerer,” he said. See also: LittleBits’ Ayah Bdeir: Making Hardware As Hackable As CodeKlein looks to tech giants like Facebook and Apple for inspiration: The social network started as a youth movement, “but [it’s] now an indispensible platform for all of our expression,” he said at TechCrunch Disrupt. “Apple democratized tech usage; we hope to democratize tech creativity.” This shift stems from the company’s usage findings—it noted that some adults were using the kits—and analysis of the global technology ecosystem. Klein pointed out that with 8.2 billion connected devices, most interactions with technology come from the consumer standpoint, rather than the creator’s. Klein wants to push into the adult maker market by putting out products that are both gender- and age-neutral. The core design, he hopes, speaks to fundamental human impulses: “Everyone has shared urges to look inside,” he said. “Everyone wants to take control. Everyone wants to make and play.”Sometimes, “play” has nothing to with it. People can learn coding for a variety of reasons, he discovered. When I contacted Klein, he laid out a range of possible scenarios: “We’ve seen 45-year-old Operation Desert Storm veterans use Kano to gain new professional skills,” he said. “Eighty-one-year-old grandmas use it to build websites, teens in Sierra Leone to build radio stations, entrepreneurs in Cape Town to make solar cinemas.” To serve them and others like them, Kano’s strategy can’t involve merely slapping a new coat of paint on plastic toys. It won’t. Klein told me he has deeper changes in store for Kano, which will open it up from the inside out. Going From Toy To Developer Platform Kano’s next stage of evolution will involve some fundamental shifts. The company is expanding its line-up with new add-on kits, and plans to open up Kano Blocks—its game-making arena—and online platform Kano World to community development.The latest kit, called “Power-Up,” teaches connectivity principles and IoT concepts through light-up components. Kano Blocks, a desktop-enabled web program for educational programming, lets users drag and drop pieces of code to invent new things—such as their own variations of game classics like Pong and Minecraft. “Make Art,” another new entry, puts a digital easel in front of users, so they can learn to code through painting characters, fractals and planets. Playable online as well as through the kit, the experience emphasizes the game aspect by incorporating achievements and unlocks for different levels. All Kano products run on Kano OS, the open source operating system that sits on top of Raspberry Pi. It boasts high computational powers that let it run fast, boot quickly and offer clear graphical rendering. For developers, this means that they will have ample resources to jump on board and quickly create their own projects. Kano World allows for the Kano community to share their creations and add on to existing projects. The company is in the early stages of developer relations, but their open source software and in-office Raspberry Pi Meetups lay the groundwork for more to come.In other words, Kano’s bid for the grown-up market may have its roots in toys, but that doesn’t mean it’s not serious business. “As we grow, we’re going to start opening up more of the aspects of Kano Blocks for community development as well,” said Klein. “The idea is to make a developer platform that is both really simple, but also as powerful as a Raspberry Pi engineer would expect.” Photos courtesy of Kano How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Related Posts Tags:#democratization of technology#Kano#learn how to code#programming#toys Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Funny Video on Fishing & vPro

first_imgI was out 2 weeks ago @ ManageFusion in Orlando and this video was played. I realize this is more in the humor & fun category, however thought you may enjoy this one. (also note none of these folks are me in the video – you couldn’t get me to jump out of a boat in Seattle). Enjoy..last_img

Elton John To Bring Charity Tennis To Las Vegas

first_imgOn Monday, October 12, 2015, tennis stars Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King.“It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John. “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with Aid for AIDS of Nevada to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”“It is great to have Mylan WTT Smash Hits back in the U.S. and even better that we are making our first trip to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world,” said Billie Jean King. “Smash Hits is one of my favorite and most meaningful events of the year and we are looking forward to a successful and entertaining night this October at Caesars Palace.”Tennis action is set for 7 p.m. PT. The pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on July 23rd. For information on tickets – including group sales and VIP ticket packages – click here or call (212) 586-3444 x111.Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a Mylan WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The overall series is tied 11-11 between Team Elton and Team Billie Jean. Team Billie Jean won the 2014 event in London with a 22-16 victory.This will be the 13th Smash Hits appearance for Agassi. The 8-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 is well-known for his philanthropy, which includes starting the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. Agassi was inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.This is the third Smash Hits appearance for Graf, a fellow Hall of Famer. Graf has long been considered one of the greatest players in tennis history, winning 107 singles titles, 22 Grand Slam singles championships, and an Olympic gold medal before retiring in 1999. Graf and her husband Andre Agassi have two children, daughter Jaz and son Jaden. Graf is very active with her charity Children for Tomorrow, a non-profit foundation with the aim of supporting children and families who have become victims of war, persecution and organized violence.Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, was one of the participants in the first Smash Hits event in 1993 and will be making her 11th appearance. During her storied career, the Hall of Famer won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female and 177 doubles titles.Roddick returns to Smash Hits for an 11th time. The popular American standout won 30 singles titles on the ATP World Tour, including the 2003 US Open, and was ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years. Along with Venus Williams, Roddick is part of the WTT Ownership Group. He also founded the Andy Roddick Foundation which works to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.last_img read more

Distribution360 inks development deal with Partners in Motion

first_imgAdvertisement “Development is a real priority for us going forward, as it is for D360 who thinks similarly,” says Ron Goetz, principal of Partners in Motion.  “Their creative and financial involvement at an early stage really does make it easier for us as producers to get on with the business of making great shows.”About Distribution360Distribution360, a marblemedia company, is a rapidly growing leader in international distribution and global rights management, representing a robust catalogue of kids and factual programming and digital media content from award-winning production companies around the world.  Learn more Partners in MotionSince its creation in 1993, Partners In Motion has grown and matured into a multi-dimensional, multi-purpose entertainment entity engaged in the development, production and distribution of comprehensive, award-winning media programming and is a favored supplier for networks including Discovery International, History Television, A&E Biography, The Travel Channel, HBO and TLC.  Learn more at Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, CANADA (July 26, 2016) – Distribution360, a marblemedia company, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Emmy Award-winning Vancouver production company Partners in Motion. The deal will see the two companies co-develop a slate of new factual content and Distribution360 take on the  international distribution of the full Partners in Motion catalogue in all territories.  “Strong, collaborative partnerships with producers are part of our DNA at D360,” says Diane Rankin, SVP, International. “We were immediately excited by the Partners in Motion development slate and look forward to working with them to bring their new productions to market, alongside their strong catalogue of factual series like Crime Stories and Edge of War.”Earlier this year, Partners in Motion principal Ron Goetz took sole leadership at the company’s helm with new direction and priorities including a focus on new and original titles.last_img read more