Saturday, 27 September 2014

Candidate Profile 2014 Separate School Board Trustee By-election

GREATER SASKATOON CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
2014 Separate School Board Trustee By-election
Candidate Profile
Name: Darren Cannell
Contact: Phone: (306) 361-5206
Other Phone: (306) 249-0309
Email: dcannell5@gmail.com
Website: http://darrencannell.com
Candidate’s Statement:
• GSCS retired elementary and high school teacher,
and administrator
• Education degrees, Masters in Distance Education
and PHD Candidate in Online Learning
• Proposed, Developed and Administered the
Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School from its
inception for 14 years.
• Arbus Award Winner – highest honour that
Saskatchewan teaching profession can confer.
• Native Survival School Teacher – (now Oskayak)
• President of Saskatchewan
Volleyball Association and Director of Volleyball
Canada for four years, head coach Largest
Saskatchewan volleyball club head coach for 10
years
• Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award
• Google Certified Educator
• Global Hero in Education (Microsoft Award)
• Professional award winning digital and wildlife artist
• Past Brock University Volleyball and Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Player and
currently a soccer player
• Raised in Germany, United States and Canada - Military family.
• Travel around the world to learn, and has travelled to over 80 countries
• Darren is a father and husband.
• His views on education embrace the future


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I want to be a trustee.


I  am running for election as a Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Trustee.   The election goes on October 29th 2014...If you are in Saskatoon...Please help and vote for me...tell your friends.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The new website design...tell me what you think...

Spent a lot of my vacation time putting together a new website for the business...I would like to hear your opinion of the design...come on by and check it out.



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Landing pages: A must for optimizing your online ads | BDC.ca

Landing pages: A must for optimizing your online ads | BDC.ca:

 "One of my first clients at BDC was an entrepreneur who sought help after spending more than $50,000 a year on Internet ads that produced little to no sales.
This client was angry and frustrated that his investment hadn’t produced better results. But when I studied his ad campaigns, it quickly became clear he hadn’t followed some basic techniques for finding prospects online and converting them into paying customers.
One of the key errors he had made was sending people who clicked on his ads to the homepage of his website. Instead, he should have sent them to a campaign landing page—a webpage specifically designed to communicate a specific message related to an ad or series of ads."




Disasters Come with Tax Breaks—Know the Rules | AccountingWEB

Disasters Come with Tax Breaks—Know the Rules | AccountingWEB:

"Did you know that the tax code allows you to claim tax deductions for household damage caused by thefts, vandalism, fires, floods, hurricanes, and others kinds of casualties? But the law imposes several restrictions.
Relief is available only for uninsured losses. They must be reduced by any settlements you receive, or expect to receive, from your homeowner's or renter's insurance. Nor do you get any write-off for the first $100 of each theft or casualty loss.
The major limitation is that total losses generally are allowable only to the extent they exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income, the amount listed on the last line of the first page of the 1040 form.
There are other problems for people with hefty deductions that surpass the 10-percent threshold. IRS sleuths learned long ago that most of them are unable to substantiate their losses because they neglect to keep adequate records. They have to rely on what, at best, are estimates. This is assuming they are even able to recall, for instance, all those valuable and not-so-valuable belongings stored in their closets. So the ritual response of the feds is to throw out or trim unsupported estimates, a strict approach that has been sustained by the courts in countless decisions. Take, for example, a case in which an unsympathetic U.S. Tax Court emphasized that it "bears heavily" against taxpayers who base their estimates mostly on recollections, not records."




What should project management cost? | ITWeb

What should project management cost? | ITWeb:

 "We've been looking for the right benchmark for the cost benefit of project management for decades. No-one doubts the value of project management. But we all want confidence when assessing its cost.
All our clients wonder what a project manager's contribution should represent as a percentage of the project budget. If they've invested in a PMO, they want a reasonable market comparison against which to gauge the value it offers.
But finding a measure that's simple enough to remember, and which accounts for the multiple, conflicting considerations involved, isn't easy. Separating the cost of all project management (the PMO, the administrator, the reporting and decision process, the programme and portfolio integration costs etc.) from the simple salary line item for the project manager's role, is the start."




Thursday, 24 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

Jason Tratch: PMTip - Top 7 Stakeholder Influencers -

Jason Tratch: PMTip - Top 7 Stakeholder Influencers -:


Jason Tratch: PMTips

Jason Tratch: PMTips:

"We create many types of reports & communication mediums. Break it down to: SENDER - MESSAGE - RECEIVER.

Then go from there.  Make sure the communication tool is directly related to the type of information, audience and influencers present.  Don't over complicate and over administer it, humans have a short attention span and love to complicate things ;-) If creating reports, then simplify them where possible, differentiate between technical detailed reports and status/update reports (much more common).

Some tips are to identify the audience and the influencers that could impact how the information is received and interpreted. Ensure the communication tool aligns with the risks at hand.  Example influencers include:
related work experience;
knowledge/education;
expectation;
vested interest;
past experiences;
agenda (both personal and business related);
culture;
method (written, faxed, telephone, in person, multimedia);
understanding between needs and wants;
personality;
language;
technology comfort;
workload capacity;
conflicting prioritizations;
type of information (reports, updates, memos, meetings, change, issues, formal documents, emails, etc)."




Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -:

"Social Media tools are actively becoming part of PM Systems.  PM softwares must be able to chat, post, timeline, monitor, track, interact, exchange documents, dashboard goals/objectives & deliverables and do all of this in "real time".  And of course, the PM methodology must establish all processes that the software follows.

Often we think Microsoft Project is a PM Plan type of tool, this is not the case.  Yes, it is a powerful Schedule Management tool, but a true PM tool must have the functions mentioned above, similar to the Social Media World software packages.

Key functions of Social Media softwares are: communicate, communicate, communicate!

Essentially, with this function, you will have your finger on the pulse of the project, you will know how it "feels" vs getting a weekly report that stays within the tunnel vision of the template.  The more you communicate the faster you are able to transition from green, to yellow, to red and back and forth.  You understand so many complexities of the project that you are actually able to not panic and address issues as they pop up, and then get back to the baseline plan (or incorporate a change that gets you back on the path of the baseline plan).

Too often, a risk or issue occurs, and the first thing that has to happen is the team has to get up to speed on what is going on.  Not good.

NOW, on the other hand........Social media does also have some detriments, it does not often have clear objectives and ability to track and stick to them. Lots of time can be spent but is all over the place, so is difficult to justify business value. So if incorporating tools into the PM system, ensure that risk is addressed head on (many easy ways to do so).

MORE Good Reading.....
Social Media concepts & discussions are plentiful in a website created by a pioneer in the Virtual World (check out how many posts he actually has - in the Thousands.... WOW).

His name is Darren Cannell.  He uses technology to enable knowledge transfer (education and training) and is all about online communication .

Check out:
increasing-your-social-presence


Also check out:
increasing-your-social-media-clout


Also check out a video talking about Social media & Sales:
why-big-social-media-push


OR, if want to spend the time, research his blog and you will find that he shares a 30 Day process on creating social media presence.  If can't find all the parts in his blog, then contact him direct, he loves to share his knowledge.
"




 "The Greatest Glory in Living lies not in Falling, but in Rising everytime you Fall"  Nelson Mandela





Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -

Jason Tratch: Thoughts - Social Media & PM -:

 "Social Media tools are actively becoming part of PM Systems.  PM softwares must be able to chat, post, timeline, monitor, track, interact, exchange documents, dashboard goals/objectives & deliverables and do all of this in "real time".  And of course, the PM methodology must establish all processes that the software follows.

Often we think Microsoft Project is a PM Plan type of tool, this is not the case.  Yes, it is a powerful Schedule Management tool, but a true PM tool must have the functions mentioned above, similar to the Social Media World software packages.

Key functions of Social Media softwares are: communicate, communicate, communicate!

Essentially, with this function, you will have your finger on the pulse of the project, you will know how it "feels" vs getting a weekly report that stays within the tunnel vision of the template.  The more you communicate the faster you are able to transition from green, to yellow, to red and back and forth.  You understand so many complexities of the project that you are actually able to not panic and address issues as they pop up, and then get back to the baseline plan (or incorporate a change that gets you back on the path of the baseline plan).

Too often, a risk or issue occurs, and the first thing that has to happen is the team has to get up to speed on what is going on.  Not good.

NOW, on the other hand........Social media does also have some detriments, it does not often have clear objectives and ability to track and stick to them. Lots of time can be spent but is all over the place, so is difficult to justify business value. So if incorporating tools into the PM system, ensure that risk is addressed head on (many easy ways to do so).

MORE Good Reading.....
Social Media concepts & discussions are plentiful in a website created by a pioneer in the Virtual World (check out how many posts he actually has - in the Thousands.... WOW).

His name is Darren Cannell.  He uses technology to enable knowledge transfer (education and training) and is all about online communication .


Check out increasing your clout:
increasing-your-social-media-clout


Also check out:
increasing-your-social-presence


Also check out a video talking about Social media & Sales:
why-big-social-media-push


OR, if want to spend the time, research his blog and you will find that he shares a 30 Day process on creating social media presence.  If can't find all the parts in his blog, then contact him direct, he loves to share his knowledge. "




Want to Succeed? Think Differently, Ignore the Herd | Fox Business

Want to Succeed? Think Differently, Ignore the Herd | Fox Business:

"Evolution occurs when a mutation benefits the organism, propagates to the next generation and ultimately alters the species. Likewise, civilization advances when unique individuals that think and act differently shatter the status quo and change how we do things.

The mechanism is the same. That’s how we evolve. That’s how our society evolves. It’s also how business evolves. Just as mutations alter our DNA and powerful leaders change our culture, exceptional individuals come up with breakthrough ideas that dramatically alter the competitive landscape.

Looking back, we can certainly identify true entrepreneurs and innovators that killed the competition, disrupted markets, and changed the way we live. But when their great work was still just work-in-progress, these remarkable individuals were more or less indistinguishable from you and me, except for two things."


Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps | Tweak Your Biz

Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps | Tweak Your Biz:

"Tweak Your Biz » Marketing » Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps

Create A Content Strategy For Your Business In 5 Simple Steps

You have a content strategy right? Or do you just create content, write blog posts and share articles whenever you feel inspired? If you’re doing the latter, you need a smarter and more efficient way of working.

A content strategy will help your business plan, develop and organise more relevant content. Don’t worry if you don’t have a content strategy yet. It’s easy to get started. All you need to do is follow these five simple steps:"




Friday, 4 July 2014

Branding Strategy Insider | Why Brand Management Will Replace Marketing

Branding Strategy Insider | Why Brand Management Will Replace Marketing:

 "P&G’s decision to formally end the era of “marketing” at the company and make the shift  to brand management may accelerate what amounts to much more than a title change for marketers generally. To me, it could point to a fundamental re-examination of the role of the people responsible for brands.
While “marketing” and “brand management” are often treated as synonyms, there is an important distinction between the two terms. Marketing focuses on the activities associated with the promotion and distribution of products and services. Brand management has, for many, been historically focused on identity management but is now much more concerned with the active management of the market value and competitive strength of a brand as an (intangible) company asset."




Thursday, 3 July 2014

Six Ways to Supercharge your Contests with Social Media | Social Media Examiner

Six Ways to Supercharge your Contests with Social Media | Social Media Examiner:




6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics - TalentCulture

6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics - TalentCulture:

"You know those company videos or blog posts aimed at showing the world just how great Company X is to work for? Everyone is having fun at work, and they’re smiling while talking about all the perks. We have come to think of this as what an engaged workforce might look like. This Pleasantville snapshot can be a bit misleading.

While it would be great to walk into an office of positive attitudes and buzzing energy, if real engagement isn’t present, that office will soon have an order to vacate on their door. Realizing that there is a difference between satisfied and engaged, is a vital distinction for leaders to establish. Smiles are one part of the engagement equation, and numbers are another.

Check out what employee engagement can do for productivity and revenue.

Increasing employee engagement investments by 10% can increase profits by $2,400 per employee, per year. (Source: Workplace Research Foundation)"




Confucius Quotes - BrainyQuote

Confucius Quotes - BrainyQuote:

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Confucius"