“Got time for a story?” My friend and former boss, Barb… Wait, no one ever really stops working for Barb. She loves to use that line and she tells a great story. Once, when I did work for her, We were struggling with a Powerpoint deck for a big presentation she was giving. Finally, she said, “ditch the Powerpoint.” Smart girl. She presented with no slides and no props. She stood in front of the audience and told them a story. She captured them and held their attention. It was a great lesson for me.
Yesterday I wrote about our 1 in one hundred million storytelling campaign, and earlier this month User Experience (UX) design was the topic. Today they come together in an article in UX Magazine by Marc Cajolet (of Kronos), Sarah Bloomer, and Alexandra Stevens about how Kronos is using “User Narratives” in “a major new initiative to accelerate into the cloud-based market.” I love this part:
“…the UX team was tasked with evaluating and evolving many of Kronos’s previously held assumptions about their products and users. Rather than using existing products and well-documented solutions as the starting point, the team wanted to start from scratch and encourage new thinking.”
Check out the article, but first take a minute to listen to Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, explain the user narrative.
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And now you know. Happy Friday all.
It’s well documented that I’m no fan of the unauthorized refill. That’s when a server in a diner or other breakfast establishment refills your still-partially-full cup without inquiry. Don’t mess with my Java. It’s just the way I like it, and now you’re making me screw around with it.
It seems IT professionals go through this same aggravation with desktop Java, since the constant security updates force IT to re-stir everything Java touches so that it’s just right… i.e. working.
Yesterday our support team updated a technical advisory on the Kronos customer portal titled, “Microsoft Internet Explorer Update and Impact on Oracle JRE and Workforce Central.” You can read more about the issue on Ars Technica (including some illuminating and humorous reader comments) and on Microsoft’s security blog.
So while overanxious breakfast servers and responsible security experts will be messing with your Java maybe forever, Kronos is working hard to kick the habit so that Workforce Central is 100% desktop Java-free. Hey, with version 7, we’re almost there with Workforce Central 7 desktop Java-free for around 78% of end users. Do the math. Upgrading means you’ll have a lot happier users that won’t need endless Java “top-offs.”
Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that an upgrade is a perfect time to consider clouds in your Workforce Central coffee. I’m so vain.
It’s August, and many of us are enjoying the dwindling days of summer. It’s still a little too early to be thinking about hockey, but it’s never far from my mind, and that’s why I’m thrilled to be able to include some ice and blade in today’s guest post! Today’s feature is from Jesse Bilafer, an intern with the Customer Experience, Collaboration & Transformation team in our product and technology group. She’s a recent graduate of Endicott College where she majored in psychology. And, she’s a hockey player. How cool is that?
By Jesse Bilafer
In today’s corporate world, competition has reached a noteworthy high: between organizations, within organizations, and between individuals. When kept at a healthy level, this competitive spirit can drive the individual, focus his or her eyes on the prize, and encourage collaboration to achieve collective goals.
My own competitive and collaborative nature has developed over the years as a collegiate athlete on the softball field and in the hockey rink, and I wondered how these characteristics would transition to the corporate environment.
On the softball field, I was an infielder. I played my position to the best of my ability and represented one part of the team. Our pitching staff, catchers, and outfielders had different responsibilities than me, but we all shared the collective goal of achieving victory. My teammates knew that combining individual successes with a confidence in each other’s ability was our winning recipe. The last few weeks of my final season included a big W as my team won our conference championship. This feat was only possible because of our ability to build off of one another, and collaborate in a way that ultimately led to a triumphant finish.
I’ve experienced that exact mindset here at Kronos. Having a group of competitive employees united and focused on a common goal is when the workforce will perform exceptionally well. And, just like on my softball team, I always feel like a trusted and reliable member of the Kronos team.
Stepping off the ball field at the end of my career was a tough thing for me to do, but my time at Kronos has proven that the skills, teamwork, and lessons I learned on the infield dirt will be applicable throughout my professional career.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist makes that the key of his passionate plea for funding NASA for more ambitious space exploration in the video below, but he nailed it for me with one statement:
“The 2008 bank bailout of $750 billion was greater than all the money NASA had received in its half-century history.”
Fifty years? For its budget, NASA put men on the moon, rovers on Venus and Mars, Voyagers out of our solar system, the Hubble telescope in orbit, plus invented a bunch of cool stuff. Yeah, they could run a project. The bank bailout? I’m sure it produced some dreams, too.
As Mr. deGrasse Tyson points out, pretty much the whole nation got behind President Kennedy’s challenge to the country when he declared to Congress, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
I got behind it. I had dreams of the moon, and the stars, and aliens. That dreaming impacted who I am today, and who I want to be, but what do my grandchildren have to dream of today? Getting an iPhone? We need a more worthy dream for our younger generations. We need them excited about the STEM subjects that make space exploration and medical advances and water purification and fuel cells and many other beneficial technologies possible. We need to broaden their minds and engage their imaginations. We need them to dream that there’s more “out there” for them than the emptiness of today’s MySpace.
We can’t afford it? As Mr. deGrasse Tyson clearly states. we can’t afford not to.