Aspire Journeys

Virtual Work in the New Normal

  • 16 Courses | 5h 5m 35s
  • 8 Books | 1h 21m
  • 7 Audiobooks | 2h 12m 58s
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It's new, it's different, but it's going to be OK!  As you learn to work from home, possibly in pajamas and while watching pets wander onto the screen during video meetings - you will find that upgrading your skillset can help you adjust to your new environment.  This journey will help you get ready, set, and go during these unfamiliar times.

Getting Set-up at Home

It's time to get organized to work from home.  To help you get set up at home, learn some tips and tricks for time management, productivity, and reducing stress to enhance your performance.

  • 3 Courses | 55m 18s
  • 2 Books | 21m
  • 2 Audiobooks | 36m 43s

Efficiency & Productivity in the New Normal

Now that you're set up to work from home, it's time to build on your existing skills to increase your productivity as a virtual team member.

  • 4 Courses | 1h 13m 6s
  • 2 Books | 20m
  • 2 Audiobooks | 34m 33s

Your New Work (and Home) Environment

Environment can play a big part in your performance at work.  It's time to breathe in, buckle down, and improve your well being through optimizing your new work environment.

  • 4 Courses | 1h 16m 45s
  • 2 Books | 20m
  • 2 Audiobooks | 40m 39s

Managing & Leading through Unexpected Disruption

Team members are settling in, but it's no time to back down.  Learn about managing and leading through disruption, as well as strategies to help your team through these challenging times.

  • 5 Courses | 1h 40m 26s
  • 2 Books | 20m
  • 1 Audiobook | 21m 3s

COURSES INCLUDED

Achieve Productivity in Your Personal Life
A busy personal life has a direct correlation to your productivity level at your job. By getting control of your productivity at home, you can improve your productivity work too, making you better able to stick to schedules and meet deadlines by reducing the stress and distractions that come from trying to juggle home and work at the same time. In this course, you’ll learn how to prepare for trips, plan personal and household tasks, and become more organized as a parent. You’ll also explore tips for achieving an effective work/life balance and taking care of your personal health and well-being.
6 videos | 14m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Make The Time You Need: Get Organized
If you want to manage your schedule and make your time count, you have to be organized. But to stay organized, you need to check your progress. This mean developing schedule management skills. The stress and potential for mistakes grows when you don't spend time organizing your time. In this course, you'll discover how schedule management can help you regain control of your time. You'll learn how to leverage your personality to boost your productivity and explore techniques for dealing with time stealers. And you'll learn how to create practical to-do lists and keep them relevant and realistic.
7 videos | 18m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Managing Pressure and Stress to Optimize Your Performance
People react to high pressure differently. Learning to cope with pressure and handling stress are very important, because you don’t want pressure to have a negative impact on your performance. In this course, you'll learn about managing stress and pressure, situations that trigger pressure, and how pressure can become stress. You'll also look at how stress affects you emotionally and physically, and how to respond to it. And you'll also learn strategies for managing stress by ensuring you have the right attitude, taking control under pressure, and using performance management to cultivate a "success mentality." You can then optimize your own performance, and prepare to cope with stressed colleagues.
9 videos | 22m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Contributing as a Virtual Team Member
Companies often opt to create virtual teams in place of on-site teams. This allows employees to work from home or remote locations. However, if not managed appropriately, remote working may cause breakdowns in communication, collaboration, and teamwork. In this course, you'll learn how to develop the skills you need to show team leadership and be an effective member of a virtual team. You’ll explore personal traits that are useful when working on a team remotely. You’ll also learn strategies to stay connected with other team members, and ways to manage your time and overcome the challenges associated with managing teams remotely.
5 videos | 23m has Assessment available Badge
Maximize Your Productivity by Managing Time and Tasks
The amount of time available to you is constant – you can't buy more and you can't save it for later. However, by managing your time, you can increase your productivity. And the better you understand your own personal productivity, the easier it will be to manage your time effectively. In this course, you'll learn about how you can use task management to maximize your productivity. You'll discover the benefits of using time management and assessing the value of your tasks. You'll learn about benefits of setting goals and how productivity is tied to your ability to assess time and set priorities. And you'll also learn about the process of "chunking" your time and how to use different types of to-do lists effectively.
7 videos | 19m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Trust Building through Effective Communication
Building relationships with the people you want to communicate with is key to making communication effective. And building trust is essential to forging meaningful working relationships. In this course, you'll explore the necessity of clearly presenting your information and intentions as the basis of effective communication. You'll see how understanding your audience ensures that your message is delivered in such a way so to maximize its impact and how managing your emotions allows you to adapt to the emotional needs of others to build trust. Finally, you'll learn how verbal communication combines with body language and vocal tone to better convey your message effectively.
7 videos | 18m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Cultivating Relationships with Your Peers
Developing and maintaining relationships with your peers at work can lead to success for both you as an individual, and within your organization. Networking skills and building supportive peer relationships can provide you with a wide variety of experiences, expertise, and institutional knowledge. Whether you're exploring executive networking, professional networking, or just general business networking, this course explains how to identify the people in your organization who are important in helping you reach your goals. You'll learn the skills that maintain solid, mutually beneficial relationships so you can advance your career.
7 videos | 18m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Take a Deep Breath and Manage Your Stress
When you're constantly adding items to your never-ending to-do list, feeling overwhelmed at work and at home, and finding your health and relationships negatively impacted, you are likely experiencing stress. Stress is produced by your own feelings and reactions to certain external events, rather than by the events themselves. But while you may not always be able to control the external events causing your stress, by applying mindfulness techniques, you can control your reactions to them. This course explains the physiological, behavioral, and psychological signs and symptoms of stress and where it can come from. It outlines strategies for maintaining work/life balance and managing stress. It also covers ways to change your responses to stress and make them more positive and how to use relaxation techniques and adopting mindfulness to help you focus.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Taking Stock of Your Work/Life Balance
People with a healthy work-life balance are satisfied with both their work and home lives. They can fulfill their multiple family responsibilities at home, as well as work and community commitments without guilt or regret. They're healthy physically, emotionally, and socially. They’re not over-worked. In fact, they have a sense of control over their life, and feel that the decisions they make are informed choices. In this course, you'll learn about how to detect imbalance between home and work and how to achieve a healthy compromise between work balance and life balance. And you’ll assess your current work/life balance so you can overcome internal and external obstacles to achieving harmony.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Organizations Change So Get Ready
Change can be disruptive, but adapting to change can also open new possibilities. A changing work situation can create a period of uncertainty while you adapt. A clear understanding of what organizational change is can help build your resilience and flexibility. In this course, you'll find out what can trigger organizational change. You'll explore common responses to change and the stages of reacting to change that people go through when dealing with organizational change. You’ll learn why it’s important to be resilient when adapting to change, and how to prepare yourself to get the most out of change.
8 videos | 28m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Forging Ahead with Perseverance and Resilience
Business today is a complex undertaking. Accomplishing tasks an staying focused on achieving your goals requires grit and persistence. An adaptive mindset helps you focus through the distractions, information overload, demanding pace, and the accompanying stresses that can often pull you off task. In this course, you'll learn to develop personal resiliency, adaptability, and perseverance. You'll explore the resources and people it takes to sustain perseverance, and you'll discover actions to help you build a work-life balance, sharpen your focus, and foster the resilience perseverance to  face and overcome setbacks.
9 videos | 24m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Establishing Effective Virtual Teams
Building and managing teams is enough of a challenge when everyone is in the same location. Collaboration when working on a team that's virtual requires even more commitment. In this course, you'll learn about teamwork and team leadership when working on a virtual team. You'll cover remote management and tactics for communication, assessment, and meetings for virtual teams.
8 videos | 30m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Encouraging Team Communication and Collaboration
Managing teams successfully involves ensuring that team members can communicate with you and with one another and that they will collaborate effectively as a team. To achieve this, clear channels of communication are required for both on-site and virtual teams. In this course, you'll learn how to demonstrate team leadership by encouraging effective communication and overcoming communication problems. You'll explore strategies for encouraging team collaboration. Finally, you'll learn about tools and technologies that are commonly used for virtual teamwork and key considerations for establishing virtual communication guidelines.
8 videos | 21m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Facilitating Sustainable Change
All organizations must go through some type of change in order to adapt to new market forces. Adapting to change, whether it involves new processes, strategies, or personnel, is never easy, but is a vital aspect of a company’s long-term success and resilience. In this course, you’ll learn about key outputs of a change initiative, such as success factors that improve an organization’s flexibility and make it more resilient. You’ll explore how to identify stakeholder groups needed when adapting to new processes, and the roles they play in changing operations. You’ll also learn how to evaluate the three keys to sustainable change: discomfort, vision and proper skill level.
7 videos | 26m has Assessment available Badge
Managing in a Crisis
Effective business leadership is never more needed than during the difficult times of a company crisis. The way you handle tough conversations or deliver a difficult message can make or break the situation. It's essential to have crisis management strategies to improve outcomes. In this course, you'll discover ways of managing in a crisis, including how to manage difficult conversations and crisis communications.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Expert Insights on Managing a Crisis
The best crisis leaders understand not only what a true crisis is, but also how to prepare for it.  Discover how you and your organization can be more resilient in times of crisis.
6 videos | 17m available Badge
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BOOKS INCLUDED

Book Summary

101 Tips for Telecommuters: Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family
101 Tips for Telecommuters is an easy-to-use guide for successful telecommuting. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 11m Book Authors By Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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Make Your Brain Work: How to Maximize Your Efficiency, Productivity and Effectiveness
Make Your Brain Work shows how neuroscience is helping us better understand how our brain functions so that we can become more productive in our professional and personal lives. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By Amy Brann

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Great Work, Great Career: How to Create Your Ultimate Job and Make an Extraordinary Contribution
Great Work, Great Career shows job seekers and professionals how to build on their strengths and passions to identify and actualize a career path that provides true satisfaction and fulfillment. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 9m Book Authors By Jennifer Colosimo, Stephen R. Covey

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The Profit of Kindness: How to Influence Others, Establish Trust, and Build Lasting Business Relationships
The Profit of Kindness shows leaders how acting with kindness toward everyone will create stronger work environments and more productive staff. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 11m Book Authors By Jill Lublin

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Mindfulness at Work: How to Avoid Stress, Achieve More, and Enjoy Life!
Mindfulness at Work explains how you can employ some simple mindfulness techniques to make your work life much more relaxed, enjoyable, and meaningful. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By Stephen McKenzie

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Work without Stress: Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success
In Work Without Stress, authors Derek Roger and Nick Petrie teach you how to build resilience, cope with challenges, and thrive under adversity. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By Derek Roger, Nick Petrie

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Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams
Virtual Leadership explores the challenges associated with working remotely, and guides you on how to lead virtual teams. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By Penny Pullan

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Creating Healthy Workplaces: Stress Reduction, Improved Well-being, and Organizational Effectiveness
Creating Healthy Workplaces offers recommendations to guide you in making your workplace friendlier for all company members. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By Caroline Biron, Cary L. Cooper, Ronald J. Burke

AUDIOBOOKS INCLUDED

Audio Summary

The Productivity Habits: A Simple Approach to Become More Productive
The Productivity Habits shows you how to correctly categorize information, ideas, and tasks, and provides tools that help to guide productivity and ensure that your time is fully optimized. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 17m 18s Audiobook Authors By Ben Elijah

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One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness
One Second Ahead offers a practical, actionable, how-to guide to attaining and maintaining mental acuity in your professional and personal life. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 19m 25s Audiobook Authors By Gillian Coutts, Jacqueline Carter, Rasmus Hougaard

AUDIOBOOKS INCLUDED

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The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line
The Trust Edge explains how trust has the power to improve your bottom line and businesses relationships, and how adhering to the Eight Pillars of Trust gives you a lasting edge over your competition. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 12m 47s Audiobook Authors By David Horsager

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Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond
With the premise that any interaction can be improved by better communication, Simply Said helps you learn the skills to communicate successfully, in the workplace and beyond. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 21m 46s Audiobook Authors By Jay Sullivan

AUDIOBOOKS INCLUDED

Audio Summary

Work without Stress: Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success
In Work Without Stress, authors Derek Roger and Nick Petrie teach you how to build resilience, cope with challenges, and thrive under adversity. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 21m 34s Audiobook Authors By Derek Roger, Nick Petrie

Audio Summary

Creating Healthy Workplaces: Stress Reduction, Improved Well-being, and Organizational Effectiveness
Creating Healthy Workplaces offers recommendations to guide you in making your workplace friendlier for all company members. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 19m 5s Audiobook Authors By Caroline Biron, Cary L. Cooper, Ronald J. Burke

AUDIOBOOKS INCLUDED

Audio Summary

Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams
Virtual Leadership explores the challenges associated with working remotely, and guides you on how to lead virtual teams. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 21m 3s Audiobook Authors By Penny Pullan