This Week in PCM: Knowledge is Power

This week most children will return to school. Here at PositivityChange, knowledge is power! Below is a quote from Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela about the power of education. Wishing all students regardless of age, a happy and productive back to school!

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This Week in PCM: People Not PCs Drive Change

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We are in the middle over a Big Data movement. Everything numeric is being converted into data and then mined for profits. Everything from your gym member to your cell phone is part of a Big Data campaign. Some of these simulations are great helping companies create specific products for our needs. However, sometimes companies can become over reliant on data. This change management article highlights the importance of putting people over personal computers. In it, the authors decipher why humans not computer drive change management.  Read it here: http://data-informed.com/analytics-success-depends-on-people-organizational-change/

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Positive Change Radio : Mindfulness Mobile Apps

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Tomorrow at 6pm EST on this all-new episode of Positive Change Radio, hostess Carla Jenkins will discuss mindfulness mobile apps. Practicing mindfulness is essential towards manifesting positive change. Click the link to listen to live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/07/14/mindfulness-mobile-apps

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PositivityChange.com Newsletter – Issue 3

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In this issue:

  1. I am an Amazon bestseller
  2. Expand Your Personal Brand workbook is available on Amazon for pre-order
  3. Facebook Live Q & A event July 15, 2016 at 8pm EST
  4. Personal Branding Strategy Teachable webinar course now includes the Expand Your Personal Brand Workbook in PDF. It is still $97 for now.

Upcoming:

  1. July 17th: Survival Network
  2. July 18th: Janet Taylor’s Got Cluttered, Get Organized interview at 8pm EST.
  3. July 22nd: Facebook Live Expand Your Personal Brand Amazon Release Day Event July 22, 2016 8pm EST
  4. July 23rd: Goddess Fish Facebook Party for Expand Your Personal Brand Workbook Amazon Release

Carla’s Corner:

July is mindfulness month. This blog’s editorial board will provide our community with all of the latest mindfulness applications and articles. Here is an article highlighting the free mindfulness mobile apps. Check them out and continue to be mindful when evoking positive change!

http://www.mindful.org/free-mindfulness-apps-worthy-of-your-attention/

Welcome everyone!

I am very grateful that you are my subscriber. I am appreciative. There has been a lot been of positive changes since last week.

Expand Your Personal Brand Book is an Amazon bestseller in Two Categories

Last Friday, my book, Expand Your Personal Brand, became an Amazon bestseller in two categories. It was #47 in women in business and #80 in job hunting. Below is the photo collage!

Expand Your Personal Brand Workbook is Now Available on Amazon for Pre-Order

I am very happy to announce that KDP Amazon has approved my workbook. It contains 40 exercises and costs $5.99. Furthermore, it is available for pre-order and will be released Friday, July 22, 2016. Here is the pre-order link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I46RCWK

Expand Your Personal Brand Workbook Facebook Live Q & A Session this Friday, July 15, 2016 8pm EST

This Friday, I will be holding a Facebook Live event where I will discuss my workbook and answer your personal branding questions. This is free. Click here to join:

https://www.facebook.com/events/658854077607071/

Personal Branding Strategy Teachable Course Now Has the Expand Your Personal Brand Workbook!

My Teachable webinar, Personal Branding Strategy, now includes the Expand Your Personal Brand workbook in PDF. It still costs $97 (for now). Adding my workbook gives the student extra personal branding help. Here is the link: http://carlarjenkins.teachable.com/courses/personal-branding-strategy

Upcoming

Sunday, July 17, 2016: I will be on the Survival Network. The link has not been made available but once it has, I will provide it to my community.

Monday, July 18, 2016: I will be Janet Taylor’s Got Clutter, Get Organized show at 8pm EST. I will be discussing how to apply project management towards home organization. Click here to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/janettaylor/2016/07/19/project-management-made-easy

Friday, July 22, 2016: My Expand Your Personal Brand workbook will go live on Amazon. Also I will be hosting a Facebook Live event celebrating its release. The Facebook Live event is free. Click here to join: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082591635122200/

Saturday, July 23, 2016: Goddess Fish will host my Expand Your Personal Brand workbook Facebook Party celebrating my Amazon release. Although the contract has been finalized and deposit made, I don’t have the link yet; however, I will provide my community with the link once it is made available.

 

PositivityChange.com Newsletter – Issue 2

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Thank you for subscribing to PositivityChange.com newsletter. Our goal is to help you manifest and manage positive change in your personal and professional lives.

In this Issue

  1. July is mindfulness month
  2. This Week in PCM: 5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness at Work
  3. Expand Your Personal Brand Received Its Fourth 5-Star Rating

Catching Up

  1. Positive Change Radio : Mindfulness at work

Upcoming

  1. Facebook Live broadcasts
  2. Expand Your Personal Brand workbook
  3. Expand Your Personal Brand audiobook
  4. Carla R Jenkins will be on Janet Taylor’s Got Clutter? Get Organized broadcast July 18th

July is Mindfulness Month

PositivityChange.com will devote the entire month of July towards mindfulness. Mindfulness is the latest buzzwords but we will break it down for our readership to help you manifest positive change.

http://positivitychange.com/2016/07/month-pcm-mindfulness/

This Week in Positive Change Management – 5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness at Work

Here we write about the five ways to practice mindfulness at work. Read here:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/06/week-pcm-5-ways-practice-mindfulness-work/

Expand Your Personal Brand Receives Its Fourth 5-Start Rating

This past week, Expand Your Personal Brand, received its fourth 5-star Amazon rating. Once again, this reinforced that my book solves personal branding problems at a cheap rate. You can buy my book here:

http://carlarjenkins.com/shop/

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Catching Up

Positive Change Radio: Mindfulness at work

http://tobtr.com/s/9050151 .

Upcoming

Facebook Live Broadcasts

I have been active on the Facebook page lately. I use Facebook Live to inform the community and update them on my latest movement. Watch them here: https://www.facebook.com/positivitychangenow

Expand Your Personal Brand Workbook

The workbook has been updated and will go to the printer this week. This new version of the workbook will contain 40 exercises instead of 20 exercises. My goal is to solve personal branding problems at an affordable rate.

Expand Your Personal Brand Audiobook

Phenomena is in the process of creating an audiobook. There are a whole lot of business people whom listen to podcasts during their commutes or train and plane layovers. There is a lot of market share out there for Expand Your Personal Brand audiobook.  It should be available around the end of July/early August.

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This Month in PCM: Mindfulness

This July, the editorial board will dedicate an entire month towards mindfulness. I have decided to expand my This Week in PCM: 5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness article into July (You can read it here: http://positivitychange.com/2016/06/week-pcm-5-ways-practice-mindfulness-work/ ). I think that this will be very beneficial to my readers. We will publish articles on how mindfulness can impact your personal and professional lives. Like this website’s mantra is ‘helping people manifest and manage positive change in your personal and professional lives.’

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Positive Change Radio : Mindfulness at Work

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Read the original Carlarjenkins.com article here: http://carlarjenkins.com/positive-change-radio-mindfulness-work/

On Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6pm EST, hostess Carla R Jenkins will discuss 5 ways to practice mindfulness at work. They are:

  1. Take time to be conscious
  2. Be mindful of eating breakfast
  3. Use mindfulness to respond versus react
  4. Apply mindfulness during your breaks
  5. Practice mindfulness at the end of the work day

Click here to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/06/30/mindfulness-at-work

Read the PositivityChange article here: http://positivitychange.com/2016/06/week-pcm-5-ways-practice-mindfulness-work/

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This Week in PCM: Creating a Retrospective

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Read the original PM.Expert article here: http://www.pm.expert/index.php/2016/06/26/week-pm-creating-retrospective/

As companies approach the end of a month or quarterly, it is high time to review their progress for the past time period to see what has worked and what hasn’t. A retrospective is a great way to accomplish this. A retrospective is part of the scrum framework. Scrum is a framework that does incremental improvement in product development. Within scrum, there are sprints which is a timed iteration where the team (scrum) works on a specific process. At the end of each sprint, there is a retrospective. A retrospective is ‘ a meeting at which the team discusses the just-concluded sprint and determines what could be changed that might make the next sprint more productive.’  Usually a retrospectives happen at least once a month because that’s the longest duration of a sprint.

Using the retrospective framework will help you identify what has and hasn’t worked and where you can improve for the next month or quarter. Below are the 5-step structure of a retrospective. They are:

  • Setting the stage
  • Gathering the data
  • Generating insights
  • Deciding what to do
  • Closing the retrospective

Setting the stage

The goal for this step is to set the tone and direction for the retrospective. This is the blueprint/roadmap section where you write out the retrospective’s destination and the metrics. What is your definition of success? What is your definition of failure? Where can you improve? These three metrics are essential guideposts that build your retrospective.

Gathering the data

Now that you have established your guideposts, the next step is to highlight important information and events. This stage is where you summarize the important metrics that fit into these three categories: what you’ve done right; what you’ve done wrong and where you can improve.

Generating insights

Here you use your summarized data to produce results. These can be trend analyses showing data performance. If there are any outliers, these should be reported and investigated. Sometimes outliers can be one-off events or the start of a new trend that should be monitored during the next month or quarter.

Deciding what to do

Once you obtain the results, deciding a course of action is next. Regarding what you are good at, how can you improve upon these results? These current results create your baseline or performance standard. You need to use this quarter’s current result as a springboard to better things. Conversely, you want to know what you are not good to be dropped. These underperforming activities are sunk costs. No matter how much effort and money you have put into them, they haven’t generated the desired return on investment (ROI) so the team drops them. Dropping them allows the team to use all of their energies and resources towards becoming better and improving upon other activities in the next category.

Return on investment is indispensable when deciding where to allocate resources towards areas of improvement. The team should create a monthly or quarterly forecast projecting the anticipated ROI for each area. The team should monitor their performances revisiting these areas during the next retrospective. During the next retrospective, the team can decide whether or not to add them to the what you are good at category or ditch it completely.

Closing the retrospective

Once a decision has been rendered, the team has the decisions and will use them as inputs into creating a better sprint. Closing is part of the continuous feedback loop. View closing as the output for the current sprint and the input for the future sprint.

Continuous improvement of teams, outputs and business processes is the ultimate goal of this 5-step retrospective structure. These five steps and their explanations will help you plan, execute, review and close your retrospective.

Source: https://www.red-gate.com/blog/building/five-steps-effective-sprint-retrospective

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