What’s on Your Agenda?

What’s on Your Agenda?

A thorough agenda is what separates an average meeting from a great meeting. An agenda sets the tone for the meeting. A meeting that is lacking an agenda is a on a one-way street to Unproductivity-ville. Below you will find an example of what should be on your meeting’s agenda. The information of the organization or company with accurate contact details and the date of the meeting. This acts as an official record, documenting the meeting. Welcome: The welcome includes the name…

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PM Essentials

PM Essentials

To be a good project manager (PM) one must possess a variety of traits and attributes. This post will look over what those exact traits are, and why they are so crucial for the job. Leadership: While this one may be a bit obvious, it is important to highlight because it encompasses the entire essence of the title project manager. If a PM lacks the ability to lead, then projects will not get done on time or even at all….

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Psychology in Leadership

Psychology in Leadership

In order to be a good leader, you have to understand people. You must understand what motivates people, what demotivates them, what makes them tick, and what have you. The difficulty in this is that people are vastly different from one another. What motivates one of your workers may make another worker want to leave the company. Luckily, there are tools you can use to make your life a bit easier when it comes to understanding your workers and coworkers….

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R&D: A Military Presence

R&D: A Military Presence

It has recently been reported that the United States Air Force has increased its R&D budget for the next fiscal year. The Air Force’s 2017 budget was $171 billion, and they are looking at obtaining $183 billion for 2018. Of that overall budget, just over $25 billion is bookmarked for R&D. While at a glance this might look like a drop in the bucket, it is over 13% of the overall budget of one the nation’s largest military branches. Many…

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It’s Nice to Meet You

It’s Nice to Meet You

Hello, My name is Matthias Tankersley and I am from Muncie, Indiana. I attended Ball State for my undergraduate degree, majoring in Sociology. I have accepted an offer from Kronos Inc. and will be starting training in mid-June. I will be working out of their Indianapolis office. Because of this, I will be moving to downtown Indy in a matter of weeks! I am very excited for the new adventure. I am looking forward to this class and utilizing my…

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Upholding Values for the Greater Good

Upholding Values for the Greater Good

Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences graduate program is one of the leading programs in its field. The program’s professors offer diverse backgrounds that span across numerous professions. The mission of the program is to provide leadership at the intersection of business and technology through Education, Research, and Experience.  The Center also holds their four core values to the highest degree – these values include; creativity, integrity, communication, and service. Looking at these core values from a sociological perspective…

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Internet of Things – The Future of Tomorrow Today

Internet of Things – The Future of Tomorrow Today

Defining the Internet of Things Mere months after the turn of the century Sharp Electronics produced the J-SH04 – the first camera phone (Hill, 2013). Consumers marveled at its ability to capture and send photos. Companies followed Sharp’s lead, and the evolution of the modern day cellphone began. This sense of connectivity gave consumers an experience they had only witnessed on television shows, such as The Jetsons. The consumers’ need to be connected grew, leading to the creation of the…

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These Are The Drones You’re Looking For

These Are The Drones You’re Looking For

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as drones, are often seen as exclusive military technology. While the military utilizes this technology, there are many other potential applications that can be made possible by drones in the future.  Below are seven emerging drone applications are discussed. Applications include; recreational use, parcel delivery, sports science, search and rescue, wildlife monitoring, law enforcement, and farming. An overview containing the promise of the application is provided, along with possible issues that may emerge with the…

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Gutenberg’s Footprint

Gutenberg’s Footprint

In Old French the word renaissance literally means “rebirth,” and was once referred to as the “revival of learning” (Online Etymology Dictionary, 2016). When the word renaissance is brought up it is inherent to think of the European Renaissance. This cultural movement took place from the 14th to the 17th century, and linked the Middle Ages to the early Modern Age. While this period had a magnificent impact on the history of humanity, it is important to realize that we…

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Plagiarism – Not Even Once

Plagiarism – Not Even Once

In the fifth grade my teacher took us on a field trip to the local library. The reasoning for the trip was to help us prepare for the papers to come in middle school and beyond. The librarian showed us how to do proper research using databases, how to create a bibliography, and ended the presentation discussing plagiarism. The presentation went from fun and informative to downright scary. The librarian discussed the ramifications of plagiarism in such a way that…

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