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  • The Days of the Mad Men Office Are Over: Create a Digital Workspace

    Cisco Blog » Collaboration
    Aleisha Render
    19 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    We’re accelerating the speed at which we generate, test, and bring ideas to market. New digital work styles with social platforms, mobility, cloud, and video conferencing allow us to move faster. To stay competitive and agile, companies are knocking down boardroom walls — physically and virtually. They’re turning toward a digital workspace where employees can collaborate across the table or around the globe. No matter the size of your organization, you have many options as you build a digital workplace [...]
  • The enterprise conference circus is in town

    ZDNet | Collaboration 2.0 RSS
    6 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A very busy week for tech conferences sees much repositioning of ERP providers as customer transaction experts. But do prospects want their IT vendors giving them marketing advice?
  • How Project Managers Can Efficiently Scale Up Projects

    The Fast Track
    Glenn Kaufmann
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s a good problem to have: Your team has been asked to expand a small project into a much bigger one. But flattery won’t get your project anywhere. As a project manager, how can you develop... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
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  • 3 Ways a Leader Can Increase Cooperation Between Departments

    Collaborative Journeys
    Ben Ziegler
    4 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    When it comes to fostering innovation, a survey of 3,600 executives globally put “increase cooperation between departments” at the top of their list. That was one of the research findings, by info tech mega corp, EMC, on the Information Generation. The following chart, summarizes the respondents take on “How to Increase Innovation”, and was part of the EMC study/report: Source: EMC Information Generation Given the report didn’t offer too much in the way of solutions, relating to improving cooperation, here are some suggestions… 3 Ways leaders can increase…
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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration

  • The Days of the Mad Men Office Are Over: Create a Digital Workspace

    Aleisha Render
    19 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    We’re accelerating the speed at which we generate, test, and bring ideas to market. New digital work styles with social platforms, mobility, cloud, and video conferencing allow us to move faster. To stay competitive and agile, companies are knocking down boardroom walls — physically and virtually. They’re turning toward a digital workspace where employees can collaborate across the table or around the globe. No matter the size of your organization, you have many options as you build a digital workplace [...]
  • The Collaboration Zone (or Communication Manager Grows Up)

    Mark Royle
    18 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Imagine if you will, a company hosting its first-ever global sales meeting – online. Virtually connecting 140 salespeople in 12 countries and as many time zones. It could have been a nightmare, but the meeting went off without a hitch. How? Well, let’s start with Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Unified CM). Yes, the Cisco IP telephony system has grown up. It’s now the very core of Cisco’s collaboration infrastructure, helping you bring people together—anytime, anywhere, on any device–with a single architecture for all your voice, video, and data. [...]
  • Key Components of the Cisco Collaboration Core Infrastructure

    Michael Murphy
    13 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    So, you’ve decided to introduce a collaboration solution to your organization. You’ve thought about the benefits you want it deliver: flexibility, expandability, and interoperability. And you want the user experience to be easy enough for everyone to use — not just the engineers or executives. Great. You are on the right path. But what next? Now it’s time to become familiar with the components that make it all work. Cisco has created a collaboration core infrastructure that provides the intelligence behind [...]
  • Making Teamwork Simpler

    Jens Meggers
    12 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    I thought I’d spend a few moments to share a little about what we’re working on in the Cloud Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco. Simplifying collaboration has been top of mind. But it’s been evident that we needed to think about it differently this time. There is a new type of worker that has emerged that requires collaboration at any place and at any time. They stay constantly in touch with their colleagues and rapidly create and share new ideas, concepts [...]
  • For Better Collaboration Try Breaking The Rules

    John Gaudin
    6 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    I recently read an article Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design . It speaks to how innovative design changes often come from doing things that would be considered completely wrong. The article focuses on art, graphics, architecture, theater, movies, tableware, and even video games. Then I read this line “I was following the rules, then selectively breaking one or two for maximum impact.” and it got me thinking. What are the rules to collaboration and can we break a couple that result in better collaboration? I’ve always [...]
 
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    The Fast Track

  • How Project Managers Can Efficiently Scale Up Projects

    Glenn Kaufmann
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s a good problem to have: Your team has been asked to expand a small project into a much bigger one. But flattery won’t get your project anywhere. As a project manager, how can you develop... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • How to Rebuild a Soured Relationship With a Team Member

    Alison Green
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When a manager’s relationship with a team member becomes rocky, it can make working together effectively feel nearly impossible. As the manager, you might stop trusting the employee, avoid giving... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • The State of IT in 2015

    Alexandra Levit
    21 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Professional tech network Spiceworks’ looks at IT spending and staffing habits and the trends pros are eager to adopt. In order to get to the bottom of where IT is now and where the industry is... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Can You Be A Success Managing Remotely?

    Denise O'Berry
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We talk a lot about remote teams or remote workers, but there’s not a lot of discussion about remote managers. There are a lot of moving parts to being a manager and most advice assumes... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Low-code App Development and Cloud Integration Challenges

    Mark Field
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    In the age of digital transformation, successful organizations stand out with their ability to move at the pace of innovation. This means continuously adding and integrating new applications to take... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
 
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    Collaborative Journeys

  • 3 Ways a Leader Can Increase Cooperation Between Departments

    Ben Ziegler
    4 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    When it comes to fostering innovation, a survey of 3,600 executives globally put “increase cooperation between departments” at the top of their list. That was one of the research findings, by info tech mega corp, EMC, on the Information Generation. The following chart, summarizes the respondents take on “How to Increase Innovation”, and was part of the EMC study/report: Source: EMC Information Generation Given the report didn’t offer too much in the way of solutions, relating to improving cooperation, here are some suggestions… 3 Ways leaders can increase…
  • Inviting Participation In Your Virtual Meetings

    Ben Ziegler
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    As a facilitator of virtual meetings, are you the hub of all communications or do you empower participants to interact among themselves? Virtual participation, interactivity, isn’t just a ‘nice to have’.  As with in-person meetings, two-way conversations, facilitator-participants, and participants-participants, are a key determinant of group success. Knowing how to keep meetings participatory in the virtual world is both: challenging, and a necessary skill for virtual facilitators. As a virtual facilitator, you choose: monologue or dialogue more or less (meeting) control timing of…
  • A Basic 3-Step Model to Help You Resolve a Business Dispute

    Ben Ziegler
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    “This is taking up way more time than its worth”. Those are words I often hear from people weighed down by a business dispute. As a mediator of business disputes (and other non-criminal civil disputes), here is a basic 3-step framework model that I commonly use to help people move from dispute to resolution. You can use this model, too. 1. Seek to Understand   Almost everyone finding themselves in a dispute initially see themselves as “right” and the other as “wrong”. I’ve found the most valuable way to get people to move beyond their win/lose mentality is help them expand…
  • How I Flip a Training Workshop

    Ben Ziegler
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Flipped” learning is based on the premise that group time should focus on group interactions, and that content that you can learn on your own should be kept there; i.e., on your time. Most people are familiar with the flipped classroom model. Workshops, and certainly meetings, can be well served by taking a ‘flipped’ approach. Approach training from a different perspective. As a facilitator, here’s how I apply a flip mindset  to training workshops: Well in advance of the workshop I send out a questionnaire/survey to the registered workshop participants. My…
  • Respectful Workplace and Construction Companies

    Ben Ziegler
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Employee: “What do you mean I can’t tell him to fuck off?” Boss: “No, you can’t. Our new Respectful Workplace Policy requires that people treat each other civilly and politely. Telling him to f-off won’t cut it anymore.” Established construction companies are in transition. Historically, the construction industry, especially worksite tradespeople and workers, more-or-less accepted coarse language, harassment, even bullying… as part of the work environment. Male dominated… Early in my working life, I spent a handful of years managing engineering construction…
 
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  • Change Management – The soft side of projects? Not so fast!

    David Chapman
    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    How often do you hear Change Management referred to as “the soft side of the project?” Maybe you’ve even done it yourself.  Just last week, I was at a client site, describing what I do to a client employee, and the response from the client was, “Oh, you deal with people – the soft stuff.” I’d like to take a moment and challenge that assumption. All projects should have a target return on investment (ROI), which is the benefit we hope to achieve by performing the project.  As Tim Creasey (Prosci) points out, that benefit can be broken down into two categories – benefits from…
  • How Not to Lose a Job Before Starting

    David Price
    21 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    At Perficient, generally and specifically here on the digital transformation blog, we spend a lot of time discussing change: how companies want to change, how they need to change. How eCommerce and marketing are changing the relationship between consumers and company. We provide examples on what executives need to do to change their relationships with customers. The changing relationship of customers with other customers are themes. Today, I thought we would discuss another aspect of the change: the change between employee and employers. In interest of full disclosure, David Strom once came…
  • What is Service Virtualization and Why Do We Need It?

    Susheel Kumar
    12 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Service Virtualization emulates the behavior and data of dependent systems such a way that represents the dependent system without any constraints, thus allowing software to be developed and delivered faster, with lower costs and higher reliability. Before Virtualization:   After Virtualization: Constraints which affect development and testing at various SDLC phases: Dependent component/services still not completed Dependent component/services not available due to maintenance or system issue Data set-up not completed Limited access Data refresh caused cleared out existing data…
  • Private APIs Vs Public APIs

    Susheel Kumar
    12 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Private APIs : APIs which are used within organization to build apps. Apps built on private APIs can be used inside organization or released to public using various channels like company site, app store. Partners can use private APIs to build apps. Private APIs enable faster business integration with partners. Avoid dependency on external APIs and apps, For e.g. public API is discontinued. Public APIs: Expanding reach across various platform and devices. Increased brand value. Creativity has no limits. Your competitor can use content for various purpose if your API overexposed your business…
  • Cramming vs. Learning – It Still Matters

    David Chapman
    11 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Did you ever cram when you were in college?  If you’re like me, you did, and probably on more than one occasion.  There was that big test looming, and well frankly, you just waited a little too late to get started preparing for it.  The night before the exam, you’d spend most of the light stuffing concept after concept, and fact after fact, into your brain, grab a few hours of sleep, maybe a cup of coffee, and then head to your class where you’d regurgitate all that you could remember for the exam.  And, you might have even aced it, at least that day anyway. Take that test again in…
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  • Why Building Social Capital Matters In Business

    Vanessa DiMauro
    9 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately because I have been busy with clients and giving talks – lecturing on social selling at Cisco’s Partner Summit to teaching about knowledge management at Columbia’s IKNS program (see photo above) and a few other stops along the way. While each venue had a different focus, the common theme across them all is that to succeed using social channels, one needs to be intentionally focused on relationship building. The strength of your relationships – the trust you build on and offline – translates into your strategic value. Your…
  • “Just Keep Doing What You’re Doing?” Stop, Then Find Your Way

    Vanessa DiMauro
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    I sometimes hear managers say to their reports “Just keep on doing what you’re doing.” As soon as I hear this, I begin to wonder: “Do they know where they’re going with what they’re doing?” When it comes to social business, “keep on doing” often means the firm’s online activities may be taking them far, far away from the goals they set out to reach. A clearly-articulated strategy and well-defined goals are key elements of business success. To be worth the time and effort, every business activity should contribute to moving the organization in the right direction and…
  • Joining the Customer Journey Using Online Communities

    Vanessa DiMauro
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Every marketer from Boston to Bejing seems to be focused on something called the “customer journey.” A Google search on this two-word phrase returns over 627,000 results. It’s one of those “Eureka!” moments – organizations realize buyers start researching a firm’s products and services long before they reach the point of purchase. These firms are now scrambling to find and engage with those customers while they are still on the move and before they arrive at a sales destination decision. But I gotta tell you, this is not news to those of us in the online community world. In…
  • An Interview With Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction

    Vanessa DiMauro
    7 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    As part of our ongoing interview series,  I had a chance to speak with Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction, about his role, and vision of the future of online communities. He also shared some examples of exciting communities and what they can accomplish when customers and companies work together to solve problems and innovate. Here’s what he had to say… Vanessa:  Can you tell me about your background? Rahul:  I joined Get Satisfaction as CEO in February 2014 but I took an interesting path to get here. At heart, I am a technology guy who loves entrepreneurial environments and…
  • Community Manager Appreciation Day 2015: Looking Ahead and Back

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s that #CMAD time of year again: Hooray for community managers! Let’s celebrate those digital leaders for their tireless, selfless, thoughtful work which creates, sustains and expands online communities around the world. As anyone who has ever taken on the role can tell you, the online community manager’s job is one of the most demanding and most misunderstood in the knowledge work world. You can see for yourself by doing a job search on “online community manager.” The variety of tasks, responsibilities, requirements, skill sets and educational attainments…
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    The Social Workplace

  • Ten Company Culture Killers [#infographic]

    Elizabeth
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Great infographic by OfficeVibe, an employee engagement company. It’s a list of the ten things that will destroy a company’s culture and cause low employee engagement. Here are the company culture killers: This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe. Learn employee engagement facts that will stop company culture killers from growing in your company.
  • What contributes to decreased employee morale?

    Elizabeth
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    ​Employee morale is perhaps one of the most important but most difficult things to manage. It’s critical to maintain high morale in order to increase retention, but it’s often difficult to get an accurate read on how employees feel and what is causing them to be dissatisfied.​ [HR Daily Advisor] At my previous company, we worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an audit of employee exit surveys and found there were some interesting comments and points as to why employees were leaving. While most managers believe that employees leave for more money, the results of the survey…
  • Is Your Social Brand the Authentic You?

    Elizabeth
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    Branding is no longer just for companies. People are increasingly ‘packaging and marketing’ themselves to find employment, whether that’s as a freelancer or for a company contract. The social branding trend is booming; there are how-to guides, blogs, articles and advice columns popping up everywhere with tips on how to perfect that brand and how to use it to connect with others. Social branding: Building a brand on social media. Social media offers an affordable way to build your brand online, engage more people and easily interact with potential and existing customers and/or employers.
  • “Learn, Plan and Do” your way to a Social Intranet

    Elizabeth
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The corporate intranet is (or should be) the hub of all employee activity and transactions; where employees go to manage money, career, life events, and health. Taking your intranet to the next level means to not only stop pushing static content, but to also use social technologies to enhance the every day activities and transactions necessary for employees to learn, plan and do their jobs; thereby making them more efficient, engaged and productive: a social intranet. Social Intranet (sō’shəl) • (ĭn’trə-nĕt’)An intranet that utilizes social technologies to enhance the every day…
 
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    Collective Self

  • needed to breathe deeply right now: choose 1

    lori
    20 May 2015 | 12:44 pm
    blank page empty space a face turning into wind solitude bare feet a fuck-it attitude a friend’s voice removing my head from my ass felt freedom to mess up keep learning felt connection to the universe herself nature before me shifting from particle to wave well-filled lungs music closed eyes open eyes receiving help sitting on the earth walking swimming a good belly scream true community watching a cat video aka, leaving an offering to the Internet gods sobriety levity repeating yes and no repeatedly expanding into frivolity
  • Within the Unknowing

    lori
    4 May 2015 | 4:05 pm
    within the unknowing we offer unwavering presence tell your stories, our stories so many inside giggles within the unknowing at times we keep busy searching, sharing, worrying gardening, cooking, praying, offering sometimes we grow weary, angry within the unknowing falter, weep, recover all responses are ok here, just fine we’re learning what rest is how to shelter in place within life herself drop what doesn’t matter to be held by what does within the unknowing love is everything, distance nothing we touch the same earth comforted look at the same sky smiling aware of being loved by…
  • On Marrying a Poet

    lori
    1 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Chris Toll said The job of poets is not to explain the Mystery. The job of poets is to make the Mystery greater. Terrific, said Daniel, but my question was: where do you want to eat dinner tonight?
  • Becoming Magic With Her

    lori
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    I love Alzheimer’s when mom looks into my eyes says “My baby girl. I love you.” twinkles hugs me close she lifts the world to my lips pours gratitude through me inconsequential then that names are dead past is gone old us drowned we float happy here no longer up to us to judge or fix others worry needlessly fret about what we don’t have who we aren’t carry world weight harbor regret we are free together entirely every moment I let us be so I let us be becoming magic with her
  • Sentience (first draft)

    lori
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    It’s day 10 of #NationalPoetryMonth. Today I’m publishing a poem in progress. This is a first draft and is not finished. First an experience happened: four deer stepped out onto the road and walked directly toward my car down the middle of the road, causing me to stop and look them in the eyes before they moved on. A feeling arrived: awe at our connection to each other and to everything. Then a question: what will happen when we humans begin thinking about ourselves as one generation instead of 5 different generations? And as one with everything? Then some words began to show up…
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  • The Change Journey

    Maya Townsend
    20 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Change Journey Organizations still struggle with change. After all our collective years of experience and learning about change, it’s still hard. Part of the challenge is that we still insist on using techniques that assume organizations are like machines. Get the right tool, technician, and process, and the results will follow. The problem is that organizations are comprised of people. People are often unpredictable. We have opinions. We don’t like feeling as if we’re being controlled or treated unfairly. And we really don’t like being treated like machines.
  • 4 Steps to Getting to Yes

    Maya Townsend
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Entrepreneurs are always asking. We ask for resources, ideas, funding, partnerships, and so many other things. Our success depends on our ability to ask successfully. This post, recently published on Inc.com, reviews four steps to acing your next ask and getting to yes. 1. Relationship First Imagine going to a singles event at a bar. A person of your preferred gender approaches you and asks, “Want to get married?” You might laugh, but you’re certainly not going to get hitched (at least not yet). In business, many people seem to think that they can go directly from first…
  • The Employees’ Wishlist: Three Things Employees Wish Managers Would Do

    Maya Townsend
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Image by Aitor Aguirregabiria on flickr Your employees need you. But not in the way you think. Leadership is no longer about being the center of decision-making, expertise, and problem solving. Instead, today’s leaders work in such complex, variable environments that they simply can’t be as central as they have in the past. If they take on this role, they risk becoming bottlenecks and getting in the way of progress. Today’s leaders need to do things differently. In the last post, I reviewed the leadership behaviors of clarify and connect. This post focuses on another important behavior…
  • Can You Trust HR?

    Maya Townsend
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    When trouble is brewing, it is important to have a safe place to turn for support, advice, and counsel. The trouble might be your own, or you might have trouble with one of your direct reports. Sometimes, it’s not possible to turn to your own manager for such support, or you might just want to talk your thoughts and ideas through with someone before involving your manager. Your first stop is often HR—but can you trust HR? In this new post, recently published on the American Management Association’s Playbook, Keli Trejo and I give you the 101 on working with HR. To read the post,…
  • Two Leadership Rules for the Networked World

    Maya Townsend
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    Image from mediawiki.org We have a problem. Most of us are using old leadership techniques that no longer work. Here’s a case in point. I met Cyrus a few years back. He was a manager who insisted on being involved in every decision that concerned his department. He was still living in the old world, where one person could keep up with all the decisions concerning their department. Not surprisingly, he received horrible performance ratings and burnt out quickly. Leadership Rules for our Networked World Today, in our flattened, hyper-paced world, leadership is no longer about commanding staff…
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  • Presentation Styles to Spice Up Your Event

    Brittany Valente
    13 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Do you want to be like every other conference or meeting out there? NO! You want to stand out from the crowd and make people line up to attend your event. There are a few ways that you can do this, but one way is getting creative with presentation formats. Step outside of the box and give your attendees something to talk about and say engaged with. With better engagement techniques from the start you will not only keep your attendees attention, but you will help to increase attendance. We have a few tips to spice up your presentation styles and seating arrangements to keep attendees happy,…
  • Join us May 14 for “Hacked Buildings: Re-imagining Service and Design to Power the Experiential Workplace”

    Brittany Valente
    6 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Date: Thursday May 14, 2015 Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM Location: Convene @ 101 Park Ave (corner of 41st St.), New York, NY 10178 Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM Space is limited, Please click HERE to reserve your seat today.  The Architectural firm Gensler, coined the term “Hackable Building” as part of their award-winning entry into NAIOP’s “The Future of the Office Building” competition in 2012. They define a Hacked Building as, “an existing structure that has been updated from its original use to incorporate a diverse mix of uses”. Very simply it’s a way to describe buildings that were…
  • Assumptions About Participant-Led Meetings

    Brittany Valente
    4 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Meeting formats such as open spaces, unconferences and world cafes have blown up the traditional classroom model of learning. Even though some may have heard of these terms, planners don’t always know exactly what they mean. Therefore, meeting and event planners often assume the right way to go about introducing new formats to the meetings or corporate events they host. A thought leader in this field is Adrian Segar, author of Conferences that Work. The following are 3 assumptions that Segar says conference organizers regularly make—and why they’re simply not true: Assumption #1:…
  • The Evolution of Audience Response Tools

    Brittany Valente
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Remember when audience polling meant those cumbersome, black devices that looked like TV remotes? Today’s audience response tools have taken on many different forms. There are standalone polling apps such as Conferencies.io and Polleverywhere, which are simple, cheap, reliable and easy to use. Microsoft’s Bing Pulse allows audience members to tap a screen as often as every five seconds to share their positive or negative reactions and has been used by news organizations to garner audience reactions to speeches (including President Obama’s State of the Union address). “Newer on…
  • 10 Things to Ask When Planning a Meeting

    Brittany Valente
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    Whether you have planned 100 meetings or none at all, there is no doubt that the list of questions to ask seems endless. Next time you are tasked with being the “planner”, impress your boss with new perspectives and show them your thought process. Everyone will feel kept in the loop and prepared for the coming meeting. Use the questions below to organize your thinking and reasoning while using them to make decisions for the perfect meeting or corporate event. 1. What are my goals and my organization’s goals for this program? Choose the desired accomplishments: To…
 
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