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“We often assume that a complicated problem must have a complicated solution.” – More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen

Last week, I woke up early to get on the phone with a client in Manhattan.
daily learning in new york

She told me her teams don’t read email, and she needs a new way to spread the word about what daily learning resources are available to them.

I asked her: “If they’re not communicating with email, what are they doing to encode and decode transmissions, (a.k.a. communicate)?”

“Hipchat,” she said.

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What is Chef Provisioning?

Chef Provisioning is a drop-in library for Chef that gives developers and infrastructure teams an added dimension of automated system configuration: the ability to bootstrap and install a series of OS and configuration deployments onto “bare metal”. There are a variety of drivers that can be used as bare metal abstractions, including Docker, LXC, Fog (EC2 / DigitalOcean / OpenStack), AWS, Azure, Vagrant, VSphere, DigitalOcean, Hanlon, OpenCrowbar, and SSH. Chef Provisioning, combined with your choice of these drivers, provides a number of new abilities:

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Posted by & filed under Business, careers, Content - Highlights and Reviews, leadership, leading teams, management, managing yourself, Personal Development.

By Theodore Kinni

Theodore Kinni has written, ghosted, or edited more than 20 business books. He was book review editor for strategy+business for 7 years.

It’s easy to see the top of the corporate ladder but successfully making the climb is an increasingly challenging undertaking. After years of rightsizing and delayering, steps leading to the top of ladder are fewer and farther apart than ever. And when you get a chance to stand on them, you better make the most of it—there are plenty of people climbing the ladder behind you.

How can you do that? Mark Miller, who since 1977 has climbed the corporate ladder from hourly team member to vice president of leadership development at Chick-fil-A, the $5 billion fast serve restaurant chain, says you have to raise your game. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Business, Content - Highlights and Reviews, leadership, leading teams, management, managing people.

By Theodore Kinni

Theodore Kinni has written, ghosted, or edited more than 20 business books. He was book review editor for strategy+business for 7 years.

Everybody recognizes the importance of leadership in the C-suite, but we don’t always give it the attention it deserves in the trenches—where execution is the name of the game. Nevertheless, there are lots of so-called “hidden leaders” on the front lines, and supervisors and middle managers who know how to find and nurture them can enhance performance in their teams and provide a great boon to their companies. Read more »

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For most college Computer Science students, an internship is a period of tremendous personal and professional growth. Friends are made, concepts are learned, meetings are had. Then you get the offer of a part-time position. Internships usually classify as full-time commitments so the first exposure to a professional environment is a primary focus, but what happens when the problem of balancing next semester’s courses and a 20 hour work schedule occurs? This post will go into some tips I have found that made working and going to school a smoother process. Read more »

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Searching Safari Queue (iOS)

We’ve just added search to the latest version of Safari Queue. You can now search Safari’s collection of over 30,000 books and videos right from the app.

Screenshot from Safari Queue with an arrow pointing out the new search button
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By Theodore Kinni

Theodore Kinni has written, ghosted, or edited more than 20 business books. He was book review editor for strategy+business for 7 years.

There are plenty of plausible excuses for managers who don’t want to be bothered helping employees enhance their careers. There’s no time. People should “own” their own careers. If I give an inch, they’ll want a mile. Career development is only for so-called high potentials.

The only problem with these excuses, according to employee development experts Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni: “Study after study confirms that best-in-class managers—the ones who consistently develop the most capable, flexible, and engaged teams able to drive exceptional business results—all share one quality: they make career development a priority.” In other words, if you are being called upon to meet ever-expanding expectations or to continuously improve quality or to deliver the next big thing (and who isn’t), you better be thinking about how to help your people help you achieve those goals. Read more »

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The news today that LinkedIn has agreed to buy video training company Lynda.com came to some as a surprise, but it’s really just the latest (if largest!) signal of the incredible interest in tools and content to help employees (and employers) with the kind of ongoing, lifelong learning and career development that will be critical to success in the 21st century workforce.

Safari started in 2001 as a collection of books offered via the nascent Web, and we’ve since also seen demand grow considerably for video content. Indeed, we have collected and curated more than 11,000 hours of video training (about the same as Lynda, and far more than any other video training site).

But while video gets a lot of media attention, we know firsthand from our millions of users that only a very small percentage (less than 5%) just watch video content. Just as most of us tend to be quite omnivorous in our overall media diet — flitting about among YouTube, Buzzfeed, Twitter, and Snapchat — when it comes to learning new skills, most people prefer a mix of content types. That’s why we’re proud to be able to complement those 11,000 hours of video with more than 29,000 ebooks and audiobooks on business, technology, leadership, and design — exactly the kinds of skills needed to succeed in our information economy.

6% of usage among trial users  is video. 9% of usage among paying customers is video.

The average Safari user spends nearly 2 hours per week reading books and watching video content, and they read about 9 times as much as they watch. A typical pattern we see is that people read books in small chunks on their phone during their morning and afternoon commute, and then watch video courses or conferences in longer sessions on the weekends (and usually on a tablet). That kind of daily habit and practice of learning and reading is like mental exercise, and is the perfect preparation for a knowledge-based economy in a state of constant change.

At Safari, our guiding principle is that we believe everyone deserves a remarkable career. That’s why we help companies around the world provide and track learning across the world’s largest library of training courses, ebooks, audio books, and conference recordings. (In fact, assuming it takes about 5 hours to read a 400-page book, we have well over 170,000 hours of training resources!)

Safari Lynda Video Content

So for us it isn’t that much of a surprise that LinkedIn is thinking about more ways to help people develop in their career — great workplaces invest in giving their people the opportunity to learn and improve the skills they need to do their best work, and promote a culture of sharing that knowledge. And that’s something we’ve been doing for more than a decade with thousands of the world’s best companies (including LinkedIn).

Everyone deserves a remarkable career. Start exploring the world’s largest library of training courses, ebooks, audio books, and conference recordings today for free.