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The XYZ Factor

I've been reading the book The XYZ Factor: The DoSomething.org Guide to Creating a Culture of Impact.

The book has impressed me with a couple of ideas that will really help anyone that is thinking about the changing workforce, approaching intergenerational staffing, and changing how nonprofits implement their programs and initiatives.

The book could work as an orientation guide for anyone hiring in at dosomething.org, the place where the folks that wrote the book work.

The book spends some time talking about the organization, its processes, and its staff. Since the org serves a young clientele, they also staff young. This creates its own set of opportunities and challenges.

The book covers a lot of ground from things like working with millennials, working with partners, working with interns, and working like a start up.

The organization impressed me with its energy, commitment, thoughtfulness, vitality, and commitment to working from the data, not just the gut.

I'd recommend the book and I'd recommend you check out what dosomething.org is doing, if you are a nonprofit, a start up, working with interns, or just trying to figure out those millenials on your staff.

You can buy the book here, on amazon.

The XYZ Factor: The DoSomething.org Guide to Creating a Culture of Impact.

Microsoft's "Foot Shooting" Windows 7 Non-Upgrade Path

Well, looks like Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot again, this time with the Windows 7 non-upgrade path for Windows XP.

The only way this could be beneficial to users of XP is if MS has decided to extend support, based on the ongoing success of netbooks running XP Home or the success of the "dual license" approach of companies like Dell that are making an extra $100, forcing users to buy XP Pro if they want to avoid Vista.

While Microsoft has traditionally only provided an upgrade path from the most recent version of Windows, ignoring the huge install base of XP (especially if you add in the Vista installs that have been replaced with XP), is crazy.

When you add in problems with driver support, the need for a complete re-install, and the promise that "your existing programs may not work", users might as well starting looking a Apples and Ubuntu!

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