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Free Cyber Security Short Course

Lately, I have found myself very interested in cyber security. Looking for resources, I discovered Heimdal Security’s Cyber Security Course for Beginners.

Every couple of days they send a new lesson (more like a highly informative email) on a cyber security topic. The topics range from basic vocabulary to selecting a AV software.

Although not the most technical or advanced introduction to the topic, seems to provide a nice introduction for non-techs interested in the topic. It would be just about perfect for your grandma.

Normally when I agree (reluctantly) to have things sent to my email, I am disappointed. Usually it is “spammy crapola” of little value. The experience ends with me unsubscribing. This has been different, I have enjoyed getting the email lessons every two days.

Disclosures: Heimdal Security does sell products. The email lessons have not pitched their products, but have offered a variety of security solutions and tools — many of them free and available online. In 7 lessons there has been only 1 or 2 links to their products. So, nothing to spammy and sleazy! Just good information.

 

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Stalled Career? The pit.

December 22, 2015 Leave a comment

We have all been there at some point. The feeling that your sweet gig has become just another career dead end. Lifehacker offers four tips to tell when this is happening.

All good pieces of advice. However, I can’t help but to think they forgot a key one. That is the “pit.” The “pit of doom” (PoD) that lives in your stomach day everyday you go in and sometimes the day before. the PoD makes you say things, “like I would rather stick my hand in a bag of poisonous snakes than go into work today” or “I hope I get hit by bus, so I can get out of it.” Extreme, yes, but we have all been there.

The PoD kind of looks like Sarlaac from the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Sarlacc-Pit

From time-to-time, we have the PoD, but it matters how often and how intense. Sure it could be the burrito from the food cart or the dread that you will spend the next few decades toiling on this unfulfilled venture.

Its sometimes difficult to tell if it is the PoD or just a little bit of anxiety. A few questions can help.

  1. How intense is the PoD?
  2. How frequent do I feel this way?
  3. Is there a particular thing (performance reviews, missed project deadline) that is making me feel this way?  Will it go away?

Remember to answer honestly. You know yourself…..kinda. It is sort of like being the “One” you just know.

 

A brief thought on Writing

December 20, 2015 Leave a comment

….Sometimes “done” now is better than “perfect” but never completed.

MS Project: A Formative Reflection on Writing

January 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Currently, I am working on my MS project so I can finish degree (finally). The project consists of a course paper and a grant. The focus is a student non-profit consulting project. It is as it sounds, Training and Development students work with Marquette Co. non-profits to implement performance improvement technology. The goal for the students is to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a real organizational setting with real resource limitations. The goal for the non-profit will be to use the performance intervention for capacity building and to better fulfill their mission.

In any event, I have enjoyed the writing. Surprisingly, I have not always enjoyed writing. “Formatively” reflecting on the project:

  • Writing is easier (much easier) when you know what you are trying to communicate. Preparing to write and communicate your ideas, etc is important. Prep work might almost equal the time it takes to write.
  • Leave good notation from where you left off. Nothing worse than wasting 5 or 10 minutes trying to get back to where you were.
  • Pick it up, touch it, read it, interact with the writing in someway everyday. Even if only for a few minutes.
  • Screw perfection, write to communicate a point.
  • Writing everyday helps. Even if it is just a quick blog post, commenting or LinkedIn group.
  • Be in the moment. When writing don’t think about work, bills, checking Facebook, etc.
  • Writing and communicating are skills, if we don’t use them, they begin to diminish.
  • Think about your ideas, points, etc, when you are away from the keyboard to find clarity.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread…

I am excited about completing the project, so I can focus on other things….writing.

Favorite Article of the Week

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

In order to facilitate my writing, I am incorporating a weekly post with my favorite or most interesting article of the week. Articles might be related to:

  • Human Resource Development
  • Performance Improvement
  • Science fiction/futurism
  • Organizational Management
  • Housing

Of course, I might include other topics, but these are the ones I find myself most drawn to online.

So, the first Favorite Article of the Week is:

Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind by Mathew May, found in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog section.

Three quick ways are listed to “Quiet Your Mind:”

  1. Quick Meditation
  2. Pulsing
  3. Daydream Walks

Each day I try to use the Daydream Walk to just relax my mind. During my lunch, I put my headphones and walk around the building where I work.

Usually, I don’t focus my mind on anyone area such as work, home, etc. I just allow it to “go where it may.” Sometimes, it is a work problem, other times I think about big questions, and other times it is a storyline for a science fiction novel.

Regardless the walk allows me the chance to tune in, by tuning out.

Expert Status?

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Looking to gain expertise status in an industry, field, or discipline? Tried blogging?

If the answer is “no” you may want to start.

See: If you’re Serious About Ideas, Get Serious About Blogging and Want to Grow Your Business With Blogging? Here’s Your Quick-Start Guide

Both explain the importance and how to use a blog to become an expert. Of course there is always the issue of driving traffic to your blog, which can always be a challenge!

Master Yoda MBA

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

With the acquisition of knowledge, responsibility comes, it does. And when to use this knowledge, wisdom comes it does.