One of the things that I have no regrets about doing over my career was taking the time to invest in my personal skills. Everyone focuses on developing their technical skills through research, study, experience or training – but also investing in personal skills is what sets you apart from the crowd.

My team is committed to You and Your Team’s success in your careers. We’re running the next edition of our “Ignite Your Career” webcast series starting in March, running every Tuesday until April 7th.  If you remember, we ran an “It Manager” specific version of the series in the fall with great success. This time, we’re making it broader and more inclusive to all Technical Professionals. We’re once again partnered with CIPS to help ensure we’re bringing together experts from across the country from all walks of the ICT industry – developers, IT professionals and managers – in order to answer questions and share their insights.

This is the third Ignite Your Career series I’ve worked on and I have to say I love putting it together. We’re using the “radio talk show” format once again – nice and easy to listen to, no “death by PowerPoint” and interactive with the audience asking questions using the question manager. In fact – this year we’re taking it up a notch or two:

  • You can E-Mail your questions in advance to iyc@microsoft.com.
  • During the webcast you can join the Backchannel conversation on Twitter by using the #IYC2009 hash tag.
  • Simply tweet your comments, chatter or questions and include to #IYC2009 hashtag to have them bubble up for all to see. 

Main landing page can be found at http://www.microsoft.ca/ignite. You can check out the full details, schedule and episode topics from there. As we get closer – I’ll post some interesting tidbits about each episode on the blog.  I’ve also extracted the titles, dates and registration links below if you want to register right now!

Please take the time to check out the details of each episode. Encourage your staff to join up and listen in. Just in case you can’t attend a session for one reason or another – don’t worry… we’ll be recording these valuable sessions and making them available on demand and in downloadable formats.

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Series Line-up

Date

Time

Industry Insights and Trends

Tuesday, March 3rd

12PM-1PM EST

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Discovering Your Trusted Resources

Tuesday, March 10th

12PM-1PM EST

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How to Establish and Maintain a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Tuesday, March 17th

12PM-1PM EST

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How to Become a Great Leader

Tuesday, March 24th

12PM-1PM EST

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Building, Managing and Strengthening Your Team

Tuesday, March 31st

12PM-1PM EST

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Women in IT Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 7th

12PM-1PM EST

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I can’t wait to get this started once again. I look forward to hearing from you on each episode.

Rick-sig 
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