SEVEN STRATEGIES TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER WITH PROJECT MANAGEMENT / “THE CHEETAH KNOW HOW” SERIES

Guest Writers:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning,

and Kristen Medina, CAPM®, Co-Author

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI,  CRACKS, LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, CRACKS, LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT

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IMAGES & SCIENCE / THE PROCESSING OF VISUAL SIGNALS IN THE BRAIN: A RESEARCH BY KU LEUVEN AND HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS 2012 - GRAPHIC LAY OUT FROM THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF "COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE" SHOW

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS 2012 – GRAPHIC LAY OUT FROM THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW

I work with images and colors for my “Lacer/actions” project (pics of torn and decomposed publicity posters on billboard spaces). And I read some interesting news at KU Leuven Focus Monthly (see link below for the complete article)…  

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Once rhesus monkeys learn to associate a picture with a reward, the reward by itself becomes enough to alter the activity in the monkeys’ visual cortex. This finding was made by neurophysiologists Wim Vanduffel and John Arsenault (KU Leuven and Harvard Medical School) and American colleagues using functional brain scans and was published recently in the leading journal Neuron.

Our visual perception is not determined solely by retinal activity. Other factors also influence the processing of visual signals in the brain. “Selective attention is one such factor,” says Professor Wim Vanduffel. “The more attention you pay to a stimulus, the better your visual perception is and the more effective your visual cortex is at processing that stimulus. Another factor is the reward value of a stimulus: when a visual signal becomes associated with a reward, it affects our processing of that visual signal. In this study, we wanted to investigate how a reward influences activity in the visual cortex.”

Link to complete article:

http://www.kuleuven.be/english/news/reward-linked-to-image-is-enough-to-activate-brains-visual-cortex

SRINI PILLAY’S NBG NOMINATED TO TRAINING INDUSTRY’S WATCHLIST OF THE TOP 20 MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD

Dr. Srini Pillay –  Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, Psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, author, friend and fellow artist – sent me exciting news about his NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) which has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. I send my congratulations to Srini Pillay and his team. I’m pleased to honour this great achievement with one of my recent artworks ( I know that Srini likes this picture I took from a waste-container in Amsterdam City center ). 

 Roberto Alborghetti Laceractions Amsterdam II (7)

Srini Pillay and his team wrote me: “We are delighted to share some fantastic news with you. After only 48 weeks as a start-up, NeuroBusiness Group (NBG) has been nominated to Training Industry’s WatchList of the Top 20 Movers and Shakers in Leadership Development in the world. We are very excited about this recognition – based on new and innovative service offerings, unique approach to leadership development solutions, commitment to thought leadership and quality of initial clients – as well as the quality of our company in this category which includes such notable firms as Miller Heiman, Inc. and Raytheon Professional Services, LLC.”

Srini Pillay and his NBG team say: “In the past year, we have developed more than 300 learning modules (of 1-6 hours in length each), filed three technology patents, developed four divisions of NBG and attracted a wide variety of diverse clientele worldwide. We are grateful to our clients for recognizing our commitment to excellence and cutting-edge approaches that integrate brain science, organizational psychology, and results-driven business research. We are also grateful to our partners who are such a vital part of our ongoing commitment to improving the quality of lives of all people within and outside of corporations. Our technology partners have been instrumental in allowing us to tie all of our learning to business impact – watch out for our new enterprise system coming to beta in April 2013. We look forward to keeping you in the loop with some very exciting new developments ahead… ”

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Related article:

The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction/Srini Pillay interviewed by Roberto Alborghetti

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SRINIVASAN PILLAY, M.D. CEO: NeuroBusiness Group; Assistant Clinical Professor: Harvard Medical School; Author: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010), Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011); The Science Behind The Law of Attraction (NBG, 2011)

 www.neurobusinessgroup.com

FIND THE FUN IN YOUR FIELD

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM®, Co-Author

Roberto ALBORGHETTI – “No Clouds”, Canvas/Mixed Media, 70×47 – Lacer/actions Project/Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters

Passionate Pauline is driving down the boulevard in the early morning, whistling to the tune “Oh Happy Day” with a big smile on her face, ready to take on the day with a vengeance and excited to tackle any challenges that may come her way. In the next lane over, Sullen Sue is sulking, and somehow stuck in the slow lane … again! Things don’t typically go her way, she dislikes her job, and she’s dreading the mounting paperwork that is piling up on her desk.

Which driver’s seat would you rather be in every workday morning, 52 weeks a year, for the odd 40 working years of your life? Your career is an endeavor that requires a great deal of your time, energy, and focus. If you’re sitting in Sullen Sue’s driver’s seat, only you can change directions to find a career that ignites the passion in you and makes you find the fun in your field.

Don’t let society define your role.  Why did you choose the career you are currently in? Did it seem like the “thing to do” after you graduated college? Or did you have some time to introspectively analyze your innate strengths and interests, and decide on a career path based on that?

As a single mom, I have heard all types of stories of how hard my life must be. This role as a struggling victim didn’t quite suit me, however, and instead of focusing on what others expected of me in my “role,” I focused on how I could best create a life for my children and myself in the best way I knew how. We are all unique individuals with strengths and assets that direct us to a special purpose in life.  Fuel your career growth by doing your thing, regardless of what society says you can or can’t do.

Change Your Job Description. Who knows you better – the HR director who hired you while they were interviewing 40 other candidates, or YOU? We all have parts of our job that we love, and other parts that we hate. Chances are, the person sitting in the next office space is in the same boat. What you see as boring and tedious, another might regard as satisfying and even fun. In order to create a job description that fits like a glove, make sure to keep an open and honest dialogue with your peers, subordinates, and mangers about what work keeps you energized vs. which work sucks your life force.

Be Proactive.  The happiest workers are those who have a strong sense of control over what they’re doing and why their efforts are important to a company’s mission. If you don’t like the projects you’ve been assigned, be more proactive in seeking your roles in projects – it never hurts to ask.

If there is a certain process that you find to be cumbersome, tedious, and (in your opinion) useless, take the initiative to change it to improve it. Your work is your world, and the more waves you make that are of your own initiative, the more fun you will have. So don’t sit idly by hoping things will get better – jump to it!

Smell the Roses. At the end of the day, we all want to feel that we’ve accomplished something of importance – that we’ve been an asset to our employers, made the world a better place, come a step closer to solving poverty, and all that before lunch if we can. But the truth is we are all human, and sometimes our best intentions can lead to us neglecting what keeps us going.

Every day, make sure to take some time for just yourself to re-energize and refocus so that you can go back to work ready to take on the world’s problems. Try taking a quick walk at lunch and smell the roses. On the busier days simply allow yourself to get up from you computer, and take five minutes to focus on your breathing and to stretch. You owe it to yourself, not to mention your organization, to be at your best. So put it in your Google calendar if you have to, and take your breaks!

We all have the decision every day – which driver’s seat do we want to be in – Sullen Sue’s or Passionate Pauline’s? Whatever your decision, make sure you are making it consciously and with intention. And remember, the Passionate Paulines have more fun!

About the Author:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.  

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people. 

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton. 

“I’LL HEAL BY MYSELF”: ON LAKE COMO THE PRESENTATION OF THE NEW EDITED BOOK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – THE EXTRAORDINARY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CESARE FUMAGALLI

LENNO, ON LAKE COMO, WILL HOST THE NATIONAL PRESENTATION OF “I’LL HEAL BY MYSELF – THE CESARE FUMAGALLI AUTOBIOGRAPHY” EDITED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

The first national presentation of the book “Io mi guarirò”“I’ll heal by myself / Cesare Fumagalli Autobiography“- edited by Roberto Alborghetti and published by Marna-Velar, will take place in Lenno (Lake Como, Italy) in the evocative and wonderful Piazza February 11. The meeting will be held on Wednesday August 22, 2012 (starting at 9 pm), in the presence of the protagonist of the book and the editor of the work, as part of summer events promoted by the City of Lenno and the Tremezzina Municipalities Union.

LENNO, ON LAKE COMO, WILL HOST THE NATIONAL PRESENTATION OF “I’LL HEAL BY MYSELF – THE CESARE FUMAGALLI AUTOBIOGRAPHY” EDITED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

It’s not by accident that “I’ll heal by myself” – a title that can not fail to attract attention from the title – will be premiered in Lenno. Indeed, the volume has been prepared, in his first draft, exactly in Lenno one year ago. The landscape and climate of the beautiful resort on the Lake Como were the background for the preparation of a work that chronicles the life, in some ways extraordinary, of Cesare Fumagalli.

A book, indeed, to tell a human story with often painful and dramatic implications. In his autobiography, Cesare Fumagalli traces the key moments of his seventy years, childhood, the terrible years of war time, the hard work, physical disability, marriage, children, the painful experience, an encounter with his master Pino, recovery, rebirth, trips to the beautiful island of Tonga, the discovery of its ability to massage, the treatment of many people with acupressure, his passion for art and painting, the deepening of Hamer’s German New Medicine, the power and effects of fasting on physical well-being, until the day of those implacable report and diagnosis… A cancer to be surgered ​as soon as possible. Cesare reacted using the knowledge acquired in his experiences, convinced – like Marie Curie said – that in life there is nothing to fear, but only to understand.

IO MI GUARIRO’ (I’LL HEAL BY MYSELF”) – THE BOOK COVER

Fumagalli’s autobiography was titled “I’ll heal by myself”. But there’s nothing to be equivocated. Among the pages you will find nothing miraculous and wondrous, or anything likely to be misled by a painful personal history, weighted and metabolized by that positive energy coming from people who love life. “I’ll heal by myself” – Roberto Alborghetti writes in the opening pages – is a beautiful and intense expression that refers to all that potential that is inherent in every human being, a force that sometimes we forget to hold and put in motion and in play .

” I’ll heal by myself” tells us about an objective reality: we do not need a “miracle”, but a healthy, wholesome personal awareness about our ability to react and re-build. Cesare Fumagalli autobiography reminds us that “going forward” in life, means practicing skills, knowledge and perseverance which – together with faith, the power to dream and hope –  are the key to our evolution.       

Therefore, it’s not to be missed this event in Lenno, on Lake Como, in the beautiful and recently renovated square where the Romanesque Baptistery stands as an ideal setting for a book that is a story of hope and confidence in life.  

 The book is only in Italian language, but Marna-Velar is planning an English version for E-book market.

www.iomiguariro.wordpress.com/

ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS CREATED BY CESARE FUMAGALLI

KASPAROV CHESS FOUNDATION EUROPE INTRODUCES SOFTWARE FOR TEACHING CHESS IN SCHOOLS

 

The Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe today in Brussels announced the release of the Chess Teaching Platform, a software that will enable teachers to teach chess in the classroom and enable pupils to further learn and practice at home with the aid of remote assistance.

The Chess Teaching Platform is a web-based training program for children from 7 – 9 years. It includes a full chess curriculum, web-based training lessons, workbooks and an instruction manual for the teacher and the pupils. The software also automatically provides detailed statistics on the progress of each pupil, group or class. The Chess Teaching Platform is expected to be available in the Autumn 2012 and will be compatible with all popular computing platforms including laptops and tablets. All teaching materials have been prepared by leading training specialists and chess experts.

The Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe, launched mid 2011, is also celebrating its first anniversary. The mission of the non-profit organization is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children and young people in Europe by providing a chess curriculum and enrichment programs. In its first year the Foundation has developed a working model, built an organization to fulfill its ambition and taken the case for Chess in Schools to European politicians and policy makers.

In March 2012 the European Parliament voted to introduce the Foundation’s program ‘Chess in School’ Europe-wide with a focus on chess as a powerful educational tool.

 Jan Callewaert, President of the Foundation: “This has been an extraordinary start-up year. We built the Foundation from scratch to an organization that has been recognized by the European Parliament, is talked about in the world of chess and has a first product, the Chess Teaching Platform, coming to market.”

 Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Foundation: “In this first year we have made important steps forward with the Foundation. The support we got from the European Parliament was a clear indication of the educational values chess brings to children. With the announcement of our software Chess Teaching Platform we make another important step forward in turning our mission into reality. I’m looking forward to very exciting times.”

TALKIN’ TO MY BRAIN IN POSITIVE – LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS # 3

LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS – BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Images of Torn (publi)City

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TALKIN’ TO MY BRAIN IN POSITIVE

Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped posters and urban signs.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations, as you may see in this “postcard”, inspired by Srini Pillay’s words from his book “The Science Behind The Law Of Attraction”.