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When we set goals, professionally or personally, we often overlook key components that may be the difference between success or failure. For organizations and individuals, the motivation for setting and achieving goals is essentially the same: advance further and push past pre-existing boundaries. In this issue, we show you the key compenents to establishing and reaching goals in a learning environment.

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In this Issue...

What’s New!

Our New Technical Instructor: Christian Miller

Essentials of Developing Learning Plans

Learning How to Pick Your Battles

Tips of the Month

Upcoming Application Courses

Upcoming Technical Courses

Our New Technical Instructor: Christian Millar

What's New!

New Era Instructor: Christian MillerChristian Millar joined New Era in September as our full-time Microsoft Infrastructure Technical Instructor. With 14 years experience in the IT industry, Christian has a broad range of industry and teaching experience to offer his students. He has expertise in designing, implementing and maintaining Enterprise, SMB level systems including Server and desktop systems, Small to Enterprise local area networks

 

Christian presently holds over 20 certifications from Microsoft and Comptia and continually strives to better himself through personal and professional development.

 

When not tinkering with computers and infrastrure systems, Christian enjoys travelling and experiencing other cultures around the world. Despite living a broad in numerous countries, Christian still calls Canada home.

 

Christian would love to hear from you! Email him at cmiller@neweratechnology.com to say hi or if you have any questions about our Microsoft Courses!

New Soft Skills Courses!

Emerging Leaders - Essential Skills

Oct. 27, Dec. 9, Jan. 26

Team Building - The Power of Many

Oct. 29, Dec. 7, Jan. 27

 

Upcoming Soft Skills Courses!

Managing Conflict Nov. 3, Dec. 2

PM Fundamentals Nov. 19, Dec. 10

Goal Setting Nov. 10, Dec. 3

Assertiveness Nov. 18, Dec. 16

Customer Service Nov. 26, Dec. 17

Time Management Nov. 10, Dec. 3

Emerging Leaders Oct. 27, Dec. 9

Team Building Oct. 29, Dec. 7

 

MS Office Skill Builder!

Whether you need training in Office 2003 or 2007, this program can offer you the courses to reach your professional goals!

 

You can choose a 4 or 6 course package!

Choose courses from:

Excel Level 1, 2 & 3

Word Level 1, 2 & 3

PowerPoint Level 1& 2

Visio Level 1

Project Level 1& 2

Office 2007 Transition

Outlook Level 1, 2 & 3

Learn more online!

 

VMWare Training

VM Training - VMware vSphere 4.0 Ultimate Bootcamp

Become a certfied professional virtualizaton expert with the Certfied Virtualizaton Expert 4.0 (CVE 4.0) certificaton.

Dates: Nov. 23-27 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Price: $4995.00

*Courseware, snacks and lunch included in price.

Essentials of Developing Learning Plans

By: Moe El-HusseiniPerformance Appraisals

 

When organizations invest in its people, it is truly investing in its own future. Ensuring that your people possess the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their jobs is critical to achieving the organization’s strategic goals. But how do you do that?

 

First, have a plan!

 

Today, most organizations adopt a “first come first serve” approach to training. Those employees who are eager to develop their interpersonal and technical skills are the first to ask for the required training. Those who are not as proactive just miss their chance and the training budget doesn’t last long!
However, there are better ways to plan, manage, and measure your corporate training function. Here are some best practices:

  • Ensure your HR department has a performance assessment and development program in place. The program would aim at measuring past performance, work on developing strengths as well as reducing weaknesses. By aligning goals of the individual, department, and corporation, you can better manage employee expectations and eventually unleashing their full potential.
  • Connect a learning plan for each individual into the performance assessment and development program. The learning plan would help set achievable and meaningful learning goals that motivate and encourage the individual on their tasks and skill development.
  • Establish a learning evaluation process. For both in-house or external training, make sure you evaluate the outcomes of the training on many levels. Use a full spectrum approach by including employees into the evaluation of training.

Second, build a learning development template for employees!

 

Aligning performance appraisal with goal setting and learning development will set the stage fo your employees to reach their full potential and grow your organization.

Check out our template to start your process.

Tips of the Month

Learning How to Pick Your Battles

By: Tyler Huggins


Conflict can be a catalyst for great improvements, but it can also cost a lot of time and stress.  When conflict is presented to you, there is usually a window wherein you get to decide whether to get involved or not.  The tendency can be to offer input because we have an opinion, or because the situation gets our emotions involved. Most experts suggest, however, that we assess the situation using specific criteria, before we choose to get involved.  Let’s say you have encountered a difficult person, and you are considering what action you should take.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this person important to me personally
  • Has this happened before, or is this a one-time event? 
  • Does this situation bother me personally, or does it bother other people, and they have asked me to get involved? 
  • Can I invest the time to deal with this? 
  • Do I have the ability, in my position, to affect a positive outcome? 
  • Is dealing with this situation pertinent to my role?

If you answer “no” to any of these questions, it is likely best that you just remove yourself from the situation.

  • Why spend emotions and time dealing with a situation, if the person is not important to you?
  • Why invest effort in solving a problem that may be a “one-of” situation, and not have long-lasting effects?
  • Why expose yourself to what could be a potentially unpleasant situation that could have a negative impact on you, if the situation most affects other people who should have a higher interest in trying to come up with a good outcome?
  • If you don’t have the time to properly deal with a difficult situation, it is likely best to postpone dealing with it. Rushed handling of a situation may result in an unsatisfactory resolution for one or both of you, and more “side-effects” that have to be dealt with down the road – thus costing you more time and effort in the long run.
  • If you lack either the skill or the authority to deal with the situation, a better resolution is likely to come from letting someone else handle it.
  • If the situation, or dealing with the situation is not relevant to your role, once again, your time may be better spent elsewhere, and someone else may be better equipped to come up with a solution.

It’s easy to let impulse guide our decision to get involved in a conflict, but taking a moment to reason on the situation, and put any emotions aside can have a great impact on the resolution of the conflict.

 

Microsoft Office

By: Alex Siedule

 

For Word 2007 or 2003:

If you are wanting to navigate quickly from one page to the next, try pressing Ctrl+Page Up or Page Down and you will find the cursor jumps one page at a time through your document.

Adobe Illustrator

By: Jane Pratico

 

Photoshop: Blending Options
If you right click on a layer in the layers toolbar, and then click blending options this will bring you to a whole vast array of effects that will keep you busy for hours. Use these options very sparingly.

 

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Adobe Creative Suite CS4 Integration Workshop

Jan. 25, Mar. 29, May 24

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Nov. 7, Jan. 8, May 3

Acrobat Level 2

Nov. 19, Mar. 26, Jun. 7

Captivate

Nov. 13, Feb. 12, Jun. 9

Dreamweaver Level 1

Oct. 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 18, Feb. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 19, May 10, Jun.14

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Photoshop Level 1

Oct. 5, Feb. 22, Apr. 29, Jun. 10

Photoshop Level 2

Oct. 21, Jan. 15, May 5

Microsoft Office 

Access 2003 Level 1

Nov. 12

Access 2007 Level 1

Nov. 12, Feb. 12, May 5

Computers 101

Nov. 20, Mar. 11, Jun. 10

Excel 2003 Level 1

Oct. 13 & 26, Nov. 16 & 30, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 16, Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May 17

Excel 2003 Level 2

Oct. 14 & 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 & 15, Feb. 17, Mar. 16 & 17, Apr. 13, May 18

Excel 2003 Level 3

Oct. 15 & 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 & 16, Jan. 13, Feb. 2, Apr. 14, May 19, Jun. 9

Excel 2007 Level 1

Oct. 19, Nov. 4, Dec. 7, Jan. 4 & 25, Feb. 8 & 22, Mar. 8 & 22, Apr. 5 & 26, May 10 & 24

Excel 2007 Level 2

Oct. 20, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Jan. 5 & 26, Feb. 9 & 23, Mar. 9 & 23, Apr. 6 & 27, May 5 & 25

Excel 2007 Level 3

Oct. 21, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Jan. 6 & 27, Feb. 10 & 24, , Mar. 10 & 24, Apr. 7 & 28, May 12

Office 2007 Transition

Oct. 9, Nov. 27, Dec. 23, Jan. 20, Feb. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 21, May 28, Jun. 18

Office 2007 Transition Webinar

Sep. 24, Oct. 23, Nov. 26, Dec. 22

Outlook 2003 Level 1

Nov. 4, Jan. 6, Mar. 3, May 5

Outlook 2003 Level 2

Nov. 9, Jan. 7, Mar. 4, May 6

Outlook 2007 Level 1

Nov. 30, Jan. 13, Mar. 10, May 12

Outlook 2007 Level 2

Dec. 1, Jan. 14, Mar. 11, May 13

Outlook 2007 Level 3

Mar. 31

Project Level 1

Oct. 1, Nov. 4, Dec. 9, Jan. 20, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 21, May 12, Jun. 8

Project Level 2

Nov. 23

Visio Level 1

Dec. 8, Jan. 6, Mar. 2, May 4

InfoPath 2007 Level 1

Dec. 17, Feb. 25, Apr. 23, Jun. 25

Word 2003 Level 1

Nov. 2, Dec. 3, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, May 3, Jun. 21

Word 2003 Level 2

Nov. 9, Dec. 18, Jan. 19, Feb. 11, Mar. 2, Apr. 15, May 4, Jun. 22

Word 2003 Level 3

Oct. 22, Dec. 21, Mar. 3, Apr. 19, Jun. 23

Word 2007 Level 1

Nov. 3, Dec. 4, Jan. 14, Feb. 10, Mar. 4, Apr. 7, May 13, Jun. 17

Word 2007 Level 2

Nov. 10, Dec. 11, Jan. 21, Feb. 17, Mar. 18, Apr. 14, May 20, Jun. 24

Word 2007 Level 3

Nov. 26, Feb. 4, Mar. 25, May 31

PowerPoint 2003 Level 1

Oct. 19, Nov. 23, Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, Jun. 6

PowerPoint 2003 Level 2

Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4, Jun. 8

PowerPoint 2007 Level 1

Oct. 20, Nov. 24, Dec. 15, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 10, Jun. 14

PowerPoint 2007 Level 2

Nov. 17, Dec. 22, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 14, May 11, Jun. 15

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MS SharePoint

MS SharePoint Designer and Branding

Nov. 30

MS SharePoint End User

Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 21

MS SharePoint Power User

Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 22

5060: Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Nov. 30

5061: Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Dec. 2

MS Windows Server 2008

6416B: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server

Oct. 26, Dec. 7

6417: Updating your Applications Infrastructure Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008

Nov. 9

6419: Configuring, Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers

Jan. 4

6421A: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

Oct. 19

6422: Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

Dec. 28

6425A: Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services

Nov. 2, Dec. 14

6426A: Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 AD

Nov. 9, Dec. 21

6431A: Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Servers

Nov. 9

6432A:Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Servers

Nov. 12

6435A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

Nov. 16, Jan. 4

6436A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Infrastructure and Services

Nov. 23, Jan. 18

6437A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure

Nov. 30, Jan 25

MS SQL Server 2008

6158C: Updating Your SQL Server 2005 Skills to SQL Server 2008

Jan. 18

6231: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database

Dec. 7

6232A: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database

Dec. 14

6234A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

Nov. 2

6236A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

Nov. 9

MS Office Communicator 2007

5177A: Implementing and Maintaining Instant Messaging Using Microsoft Office Communications Server

Nov. 23

5178A: Implementing and Maintaining Audio/Visual Conferencing Using Microsoft Office Communications

Nov. 24

5179A: Implementing and Maintaining Telephony Using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

Nov. 26

MS Exchange 2007

3938C: Updating Your Skills from Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003 to 2007 SP1

Oct. 26, Dec. 21

5047B: Introduction to Installing and Managing MS Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 2, Dec. 14

5049A: Managing Messaging Security using MS Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 5, Dec. 17

5050: Recovering Messaging Servers and Databases Using MS Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 6, Dec. 18

5051: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 16

5053A: Designing a Messaging Infrastructure Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 23

5054A: Designing a High Availability Messaging Solution Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Nov. 26

MS System Center 2007

50028B: Managing System Centre Operations 2007

Nov. 16

6451A: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft System Center

Oct. 19, Jan. 18

Visual Studio 2008 & ASP.NET 3.5

2310: Developing ASP .NET Web Applications using Visual Studio 2008

Jan. 4

6463A: Visual Studio 2008: ASP.NET 3.5

Jan. 11

6464A: Visual Studio 2008: ADO.NET 3.5

Jan. 13

Project Server 2007

5928A: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects

Jan. 11

Windows 7

6291A: (BETA) Updating Your Technology Knowledge of Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7

Dec. 21

Vista

5118A: Maintaining and Troubleshooting Windows Vista Computers

Nov. 30

5119A: Supporting the Windows Vista Operating System and Applications

Dec. 3

Windows Server 2003

2277C Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Dec. 14

MS SQL Server 2005

2778A: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL

Oct. 28

2779B: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server2005 Database

Nov. 16, Dec. 7

2780B: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database

Nov. 23

2791A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

Jan. 11

2792A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services

Jan. 18

2793: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Oct. 21, Jan. 25

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