Connections Online April 2010 Newsletter
Users Roundtable -
Our Users Roundtable will be held
Connections Online 4.0 Advanced Features Webinar
Wednesday, April 14th at 1:30 EST
Connections Online 4.0 Application Training Webinar
Wednesday, April 28th at 1:30 EST
Jim Cardwell’s Educational Webinar
Maximizing Internal Communications Thursday, April 29th at 1:30 EST
Click here to register.
Past Educational Webinar Recordings - Go to http://www.connectionsonline.net/news Then click on the Events tab for a listing of our past Educational webinars.
Click here to link to our Training Library.
If you know someone outside of your company who may be interested in learning more about
Connections Online Migration
If you have not already done so, and are ready to migrate to 4.0, please contact
Connections Online Partners with Birst,
Integrated with Birst™, Connections Online allows organizations to monitor, measure, and control performance by leveraging easy-to-use analytics, dash-boarding, and collaboration.
Connections Online 4.0 (COL), has partnered with Birst™, a leading provider of on-demand solutions for business intelligence and analytics, to enhance its Connections Online 4.0 strategy execution tool. This partnership provides Connections Online with business intelligence and advanced analytics for customers, enabling them to stay on track with their strategy with improved documentation, management, and tracking capabilities. As a result, Connections Online has released an enhanced version -- Connections Online Professional with its new Advanced Analytics Option.
This process allows customers to truly understand where they are performance-wise related to their strategy in ways they have never been able to accomplish before. Dave Freeman, Connections Online Vice President, Sales and Marketing, says, “This partnership brings unique value to the customer who wants to improve business performance – you are “marrying” advanced analytics that help determine where you have been and where you want to go with the operations side of the business to manage how you get there.” For more information, please contact Dave Freeman at David.Freeman@connectionsonline.net or 303-641-1839. For the press release article click here.
Jim Cardwell’s Educational Webinar – How Do You Build Contagious Organization Momentum?
Thursday, April 29th at 1:30 EST
There are a couple of important elements of Connections that you may be underutilizing.
The Connections Framework sets clear targets and assigns performance accountability at all levels. The various Connections Dialogs provide an important feedback loop that is focused on participant recognition, team insight and collaborative problem solving. This is ALL good!
But to engage and build the enthusiasm of the full organization, it is important to add two additional elements: consistent organization communication and meaningful employee recognition. Interestingly, these elements create the feeling we are making a difference…
At this month’s Connect with Leaders session, I have assembled a panel of people from organizations who have done some interesting things in this area. I will tee up the topic, then let each panelist share what they have done, and the impact it has had. My guests are: Kerry Parker, CEO of A+ FCU in Austin, TX; Nancy Richardson, AVP of Human Resources at Jeanne D’Arc CU in Lowell, MA; and Tim Draper, Vice President of Marketing at Navigant CU in Providence, RI. You will walk away with insight, and ideas you can apply immediately. Click here to register for the webinar.
Jim Cardwell’s March Educational Webinar –
“Linking Connections to Performance Evaluations and Compensation” – Guest Speaker Steven Stapp, San Francisco FCU
Is your performance evaluation system a carrot or a stick? In other words, are you motivated to get your performance evaluations done or do you get them done simply because you have to?
Also, how do your employees feel about their performance and how is it linked to the performance of your organization as a whole?
This was the opening line of questions San Francisco Federal Credit Union President and CEO, Steven Stapp, posed to attendees during the recent “Connect with Leaders” webinar that occurred March 30, 2010. The informative webinar focused on “Linking Connections to Performance Evaluations and Compensation,” using San Francisco FCU as a real-world example.
Stapp pointed out three problems many organizations experience with their Performance Appraisal System:
1. Reviews are not completed in a timely manner.
2. There is a disconnect between company results and individual performance.
3. Employees are not engaged with the evaluation because they feel they have no input.
To mitigate these issues, Stapp says you have to link the layers by building the three blocks of performance: organization, department, and individual. Implementing the strategy execution tool Connections Online last year has clarified performance targets at each level, which has allowed his credit union to align its resources and achieve positive performance outcomes on all three levels.
For individuals to perform at peak levels, Stapp explains that organizations must build performance blocks within Connections Online for each employee. The areas of individual performance include:
· Core value examples (Are they living the values of the organization’s performance culture?)
· Basic role (Are they effectively performing in their day-to-day jobs?)
· Year-end goals (Are they making progress in achieving their department and individual performance contributions?)
Click here for the remainder of the summary.
Click here for a recording of the webinar.
4.0 Tips of the Month
The update will contain the following changes:
Main page header icons re-organized: Username and sign out links have been moved to the bottom of the page. Site Admin icon and Search icons will be found to the right of the My Connection Tab.
New "Advanced Analytics" link can be found in the Organization/ Department reports module. This links to the advanced analytics announcement. If you want more information, please see the article above. For sites where analytics are turned on, the link will change to point to the analytics site and Partner - Birst.com.
Old reports were removed, and reports that were marked (new) are no longer marked with (new).
The Browse button for Related Links has been removed.
The Connections Online Logo can be customized per site with the customer’s logo. The company logo should be 280px wide by 80px tall or less and have a transparent background color for best results. Contact Linda Schmidt – firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Organization Connection report now correctly orders projects by status.
Default Security Settings We have been asked about the typical “default security settings” for Connections. This link will take you to a document showing screen shots of the “default” settings for the Default Security Settings module on the Site Administration page click here
Printing Reports with IE8: A quick fix, if you are getting extra blank pages when printing the Connection Reports with IE8 - When the report is open, next to the address line at the top of the page, there is an icon that looks like a ripped piece of paper that is called “compatibility mode” – click that and then print the report – it should print fine.
Client Care Notes
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Monthly Calendar of Webinar Events Link:
Go to this link and then choose Calendar of Web Events from the list: http://www.connectionsonline.net/News/Events.aspx
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