Tech Shop, a collaborative open access firm, is funded by private sector in order to facilitate research and innovation. They provide, not only access to tools and equipment, but expertise for consultation, as well.
'How to Be a Dad' Toyota's presentation shows us one way we can save our children in today's culture war with extremists. Whoever can give the children elements they really need -- self-esteem and acceptance, with all the ramifications -- will save the world.
'Collaboration Will Change the World' 'How five of the world's best business brains approach collaboration: Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Arianna Huffington, Megan Smith discuss why collaboration is so important.'
The Corporate Shift: How Millennials are Changing the World "We are talking about the young people who are passionate about starting their careers. Some are made to feel like they don’t matter right from the start. Good leadership, who can inspire them (there are more and more amazing and very successful companies that do this) and cultivate their talents and creativity, would greatly reduce the turnover rate." -- Brooke Ozlem Erol for Switch and Shift
'Be An Engineer' Young people today are tomorrow's future. With limitless scope for creating a more equitable society, beginning with a gender-level playing field, they can choose from an unlimited scope of concentration to learn how to eliminate illnesses, hunger, homelessness and other societal ills while preserving our globe's resources. The excitingly inspiring website, Be An Engineer, sponsored by Exxon shows the possibilities.
'Underwater Dreams' In part, America's immigrants make us great, however unlikely they may at first seem. Undocumented teens attending Title I school Carl Hayden in Arizona, decided to build an underwater robot which they could enter in a university-level competition.
They built it in the desert, mostly from PVC pipe from Home Depot and other components, at a total cost of $800, without corporate sponsors or government funding. Ingenuity and determination got them through.
When the box holding its 'innards' began leaking, they looked to tampons to keep it dry! After the robot was complete and tested, they took it West to Santa Barbara for the competition. They said that they entered at the higher, university, level because they were sure their project would lose, and they wouldn't feel so bad losing at that level.
Those kids, not only won, they beat MIT! The rest of the story will amaze you -- especially, if you have pre-decided that undocumented immigrants are probably criminals or other unsavory individuals. This is a good lesson for us all to see the possibility of greatness in everyone, encouraging it, until we know differently.
Mary Mazzio has filmed Underwater Dreams, about the teens' project. She and Oscar Vazquez, a member of the group building the robot, appeared on the Stephen Colbert show recently to tell the story of their journey. And, what about the undocumented status? It's an interesting, also inspiring, footnote. Can Your Company Evolve into a Workplace Culture of the Future? Editor’s Note: This article is part of the Workplace Morale series for Switch and Shift, the Human Side of Business. Be sure to check out the rest of the series here. by Baron Christopher Hanson
Welcome to the modern world of over-the-top workplaces, designed to save employees time, money, and life-aches. The brightest companies have been paying close attention to employee wellness for years, to embrace new capacity, greater productivity, and a positive culture.
For advanced companies and executives in specialized human resource or innovation-driven industries, culture-focused workplaces designed to alleviate employee work-life pains have entered more CEO and CFO radar screens.
Management discussions are placing more emphasis on benefiting their company quotidian and HR brand, while fiercely protecting their bottom line. Make no mistake; top employees either wake up eager to engage a workplace culture they love, or are seeking to exit a workplace culture they hate. (See more)
Morale. Satisfaction. Engagement. Motivation. While these squishy terms represent attributes that are difficult to quantify with scientific precision, few would deny that organizations perform better if the people who deliver customer value and support the delivery of customer value are energized by their work. Smart leaders know that establishing the conditions that enable innovation and result in high levels of productivity paves the path to greater profit and market share. Even the most hardened command-and-control leaders sense that, to attract and retain a skilled and productive workforce, they have to create a workplace that people want to come to day after day after day. The notion makes intuitive sense and it’s backed up by plenty of research.
So why isn’t every organization filled with people who are highly engaged and seemingly satisfied? Ninety-nine percent of the people in an organization want to serve. They want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to succeed. They want the organization to succeed. All of this desire is lying bare on a platter for an organization to either leverage or destroy.
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