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Beyond basecamp…..

Getting to Infusionsoft (IF) base camp was a pretty easy walk but now we are into unsafe territory.  Data has been transferred BUT we still have leads coming into Salesforce due to web forms still being active on our website. There is a finite period for when we start the crossover process but we will start to do it in stages.  We have to look at how we process heavy traffic reports such as Surveyone or Social Workplace as we need to be very sure that we have IF set-up correctly.  So what we'll do, is move Surveyone over to Aweber as it is a tried and trusted system.  This gives us a known management task which we are comfortable with.  In the meantime, new reports which will be accessed directly from the new homepage will be set-up and fully tested in IF before we move everything over.  There is a safety element to this but experience tells me this is the best option.  New software systems never quite work as you think/hope and you have to be prepared for the unknown! The porters are not quite where we hoped.  SF have pretty much disappeared even though we have an open case from over 2 weeks ago which is pretty critical to us - but they maybe know we have left them anyway!  The IF porters are busy running around the mountain, available when we shout but not quite as readily available as we'd hoped.  They do a good job when we get them but the time difference is significant so we have to wait until the end of the day before we move forward which means late night conversations. And of course the day job still has to be done.  The data input service from IF is fantastic so at least we can send a lot of information over to them and it gets done quickly and well.  We are now at a critical stage where we have the theory but don't really know the detail.  Measure twice, cut once is about right.  Undoing mistakes is however very easy unless we fall off a cliff.....

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What a Little Blue Stone Can Teach You about Leadership

Recently on a visit to Toronto I stayed in charming boutique hotel, the Cosmopolitan. Guests who stay in this Zen-styled retreat receive a complimentary gift of polished blue quartz

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Who Should You Listen to for Resume Advice?

Once you embark upon a job search your resume, perhaps previously gathering dust in a file drawer, will become the most important document you own. Job seekers have a tendency to show everyone they know a copy of their resume; many of them seem to weigh each opinion equally and continuously edit the resume based on the most recent "great advice" they have been given. It seems like everyone has an opinion about what you need to do to create a good resume. In fact, if you do a quick Google search you will find that there is no shortage of resume writers in this country.

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Supreme Court Says “Strong Basis” Needed In Disparate Impact Cases

The U.S.

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Old Vs. New: What Do Organizations Really Want From Their Talent Acquisition Systems?

In the aftermath of ERE’s successful social recruiting summit two weeks ago, we might assume that talent acquisition professionals are on the cutting-edge of the latest and greatest in recruitment technology. Many best practice organizations are turning their backs on traditional sourcing tools in favor of mobile recruiting, social networking, and search engine optimization. One thing is certain: the talent acquisition system market is one of dramatic change and innovation. Both during strong and weak economies, investment in talent acquisition systems remains a priority for best practice companies looking to gain competitive advantage and secure a solid talent pipeline of both active and passive candidates . When it comes to technology, companies have a unique advantage in today’s economy.

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How to Collaborate with Your Contractors

The other day a good friend of mine called to express the frustration he was feeling about working with his current IT vendor. My friend is in the pre-launch phase of an e-commerce start up and he was discouraged with the lack of progress the vendor is making. He was tempted to pull the plug on the project and award it to someone else. Entrepreneurs feeling frustrated with subcontractor work is nothing new. I know of another start-up executive who is expressing similar feelings about a manufacturing vendor.

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How to Accept Rejection with Grace and Dignity (That You Don't Have)

(Note from Janice - Featuring the job seeker perspective enables us to realize that in the struggle, we are not alone.) If you're anything like me at this point, you've sent in your resume to seemingly hundreds of thousands of employers across the world. You've submitted them electronically, in mail, in person, and even called a couple of toll-free numbers to try and get your message across. You've done everything that is reasonably expected of one man to do. Finally, one of those resumes works for you - and you get a call for an interview. Now imagine you do everything right: your best suit is dry cleaned and ready to go, you are 10 minutes early with resumes in hand, and you are confident in what you can offer to the company

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High-Flying Women Shift Gears in the Recession

A voluntary migration is sweeping through the financial sector. On Sunday, April 12, a front-page story in the New York Times documented a Wall Street exodus that goes beyond layoffs to voluntary exits by top talent fleeing to boutique firms, start-ups and elsewhere. This trend is disturbingly true for women. At five top financial firms, twice as many women in top jobs (54%) as men (22%) are considering leaving their positions, according to recent data from the Center for Work-Life Policy.

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