The Insurance Topic by TopicHero

The Insurance Topic

The Insurance Topic gathers together a large number of interesting links, RSS Feeds, Search Tools (into specific journals), open Chat groups, and personal descriptions and notes using TopicHero.com. With TopicHero users can access published Topics and share their own Topics. TopicHero.com has just published a Insurance Topic which can be found here: http://topichero.com/?h=page&p=Insurance by X Template&b=IT Maturity.

How to Use

  1. You can visit the Insurance Topic link and discover many new Insurance source information locations.
  2. You can register and get a free TopicHero account and make a copy of the Insurance Topic and add your own favorite Insurance sources to the mix.
  3. You can make a second copy of the Insurance Topic, and customize it to create your own shareable Topic/Webpage/Chat group.

Contact Information

info@topichero.com

info@itmaturity.com

http://ITMaturity.com

http://TopicHero.com

Future Leadership Meeting

We live in an era of massive change and growth. We are just at the beginning of this era and are privy to only the first small steps. What we have witnessed over the last few decades in science, technology, process, and culture will be dwarfed by what is very soon to follow. This group’s purpose is to discuss and foster this evolution from the perspective of Leadership and associated tools and processes.

We will be taking a hard look at what context Leadership exists in, what elements it works with, and what it means. We will also look at newly available processes, technology tools, and training.  Our focus will be on education, analysis, evolving activities within enterprises, and what the future will bring.

In this first meeting, we will talk about:

1) Leadership as the enablement of entities to act and interact within an environment. (See http://itmaturity.com/Leadership/leadership.html as an example).

2) Identification of Topics of interest to the group, as well as identifying volunteers to either present or obtain presenters.

Presentations will be from 5 to 30 minutes, with additional associated discussion and networking.

Meeting Logistics:

Register Through: Meetup.com

Monday, February 29, 2016, 6:00 PM

Benzinga – 1 Campus Martius, Suite 200, Detroit, MI

1. If your Meetup name does not include your first and last name, please mail your first and last name to the organizer. We need this for security registration to get into the Benzinga space.
2. You must bring your ID (license) to register to get into our space. You will not be able to come to our space without a valid ID.
3. Arrive at least 15 min. ahead of time for parking and registration time. You all will need to be registered separately.

TopicHero Topic: CIO

The CIO Topic

TopicHero.com gathers together a large number of interesting links, RSS Feeds, Search Tools (into specific journals), open Chat groups, and personal descriptions and notes by Topic. Users can access published Topics and share their own Topics or variants on Topics. TopicHero.com has just published a CIO Topic which can be found here: http://topichero.com/?h=page&p=CIO&b=IT%20Maturity.

The IT Maturity Vision of IT

IT Maturity has a methodology to comprehensively mature all processes of an entrprise using IT, including Leadership processes. At the core of the methodology is a condensation of the essence of the Science: define, track/measure, and tune/advance. This scientific essence is applied to all enterprise activities. Most enterprise activities have associated IT tools that define and mechanize their operation. Where there are no associated tracking/measuring or tuning and advancing IT tools, the IT Maturity Method introduces new IT tools.

Using this approach IT can be reorganized into four activities:

  1. Business Enhancement
  2. Technology Advancement
  3. Vendor Integration
  4. Leadership Improvement

As one example, IT Maturity believes that Vision should be done at the Speed of Change not one week a year during an executive special session. Otherwise Vision will be on average six months behind.

This can be accomplished by empowering your entire team, for IT Maturity believes that Exceptional Leadership is the ability to Methodically and Continually create Heroes. Tools like TopicHero.com can be used to provide every team member access to tools that keep them up to date across the board with respect to their Topics of Responsibility. IT Maturity additionally provides Leadership Training on how team members can best interact (e.g. escalate, delegate, communicate) and focus on problems (e.g. scope and depth), as well as associated tracking/measuring and tuning/advancing tools.

Team members can use these tools to identify changes and associated solutions upstream to management in near realtime via enterprise process tools.

Contact Information

info@topichero.com

info@itmaturity.com

http://ITMaturity.com

http://TopicHero.com

Seamlessly Turn Notes into a Website with TopicHero.com – Online Class

IT Maturity is now offering free online courses on TopicHero. The first one will be on Friday February 12th at 3:30pm and will cover how to seamlessly turn notes into a website.

With TopicHero you can organize all of your Links, Search/Social Engines, RSS News Feeds, Notes/Webpages, and Chats by Topic and share them with others.

Details on all events/classes can be seen at: https://itmaturityinc.com/shop/events/

Contact Information:

info@topichero.com

info@itmaturity.com

http://topichero.com

http://topichero.com/How_to_Use/how_to_use.html

http://itmaturity.com

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TopicHero.com

With TopicHero you can organize all of your Links, Search/Social Engines, RSS News Feeds, Notes/Webpages, and Chats by Topic and share them with others.

Motivation:

One of IT Maturity’s motos is:

“Exceptional Leadership is the ability to Methodically and Continually create Heroes.”

TopicHero can help individuals become technical and Topic heroes.

Use Cases – Needs Met by TopicHero:

Topics

  1. Want to organize all of your web based tools together in one place by Topics?
  2. Want to share your Links, Search Engines, RSS Feeds, Descriptions, and Chat as Topic packages?
  3. Want to organize your web communications, as opposed to being stuck with stream of consciousness interaction? (Enterprise vs Social Media)

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 Links

  1. Tired of copying links to new devices and browsers?
  2. Tired of being restricted in what device you buy, because all your links are tied to a specific browser?
  3. Tired of a mess of links, and how hard it is to add links and organize them?
  4. Tired of emailing multiple links?
  5. Are there some links you always want to see, and others just when you are working on a topic?

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Searches

  1. Tired of having too many search/social sites open?
  2. Tired of copying searches between search/social sites when you are doing a topic search?
  3. Tired of having your searches controlled by specific search vendors?
  4. Do you want more in depth specialized searches?

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RSS Feeds

  1. Tired of limited news sources and controlled news?
  2. Want to organize your News/RSS Feeds by topic?
  3. Want to share your RSS Feed selections with others of like mind?

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Descriptions

  1. Want a convenient place to take notes, so they are with you on every device?
  2. Want to share your notes easily and in an elegant format?
  3. Frustrated by the difficulty of creating web pages/sites?

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  1. Want to chat by topic with others interested in your topic (not just with your social group)?
  2. Want to have a site where you can chat with your group (or your customer base) easily?

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TopicHero uses a Freemium Model:

Local Usage

  • No need to sign up.
  • All data is stored locally in cookies.
  • Can use TopicHero to search as proxy to many different search engines.
  • Can access shared Topics/Webpages.

Regular User (Free)

  • Registration required.
  • All data stored in the cloud and accessible via all your devices.
  • Can share your Topics/Webpages (up to three) with others.
  • Can Chat.

Premium User (low monthly cost – $2.99)

  • Can share unlimited Topics/Webpages.

Free Training Class:

TopicHero Classes at IT Maturity Events

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http://topichero.com

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Autonomous Kitchens are Realizable Within a Year or Two!

In Newsletter #4 we discussed how Autonomous Kitchens will use the same type of technology that Autonomous Vehicles are using. However, based on recent analysis, Autonomous Kitchens are computationally significantly less complex than Autonomous Vehicles. Because of this, Autonomous Kitchens are realizable with today’s technology. Thus, instead of having to wait five to ten years as with Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Kitchens are realizable within the normal appliance product development cycle of a year or two.

Click on the following to see an in depth presentation on how Autonomous Kitchens can be created.

Automated Kitchen Presentation

IT Maturity provides training and consulting to help enterprises make dreams like the above happen.

Additionally, IT Maturity provides training and consulting in a comprehensive IT Maturity Methodology that can be used to mature enterprises so that they are methodically and continually prepared for Technology, Business, Vendor, and Leadership changes. This includes insights into many of the impending IT and automation changes that will dramatically alter tomorrow’s business world. Contact information for IT Maturity is given below.

We’ve made the first half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the IT Maturity Methodology free at http://itmaturity.com/Teaser. You can purchase the second half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the course at http://itmaturity.com/Training/Online_Training/online_training.html and the book at Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method by Justin Coven, Ph.D.

If you have questions, would like to discuss the material, want to network, want to take the full IT Maturity Method course (includes Business Enhancement, Technology Advancement, Vendor Integration, and Leadership), or want to schedule in-house training (Option 1: Full IT Maturity Method; Option2: Leadership and Innovation) please contact us via the below contact information:

Click Here to Schedule a Discussion

Email: info@itmaturity.com
Phone: 866-614-6888

I Have an Enterprise Dream!

I have a dream where enterprises are no longer places of social games where multiple instances of the “Survivor” TV show are run day in day out.

I have a dream where political games no longer hold back enterprises in achieving their best.

I have a dream where every employee has all the tools they need to innovate and is excited to do so.

I have a dream where innovation takes place across the board in enterprises.

I have a dream where all employees are connected and communicate with directed business effect across the enterprise, where every employee has all the tools and encouragement necessary to be a leader.

I have a dream where a great multitude of employees naturally, easily, and quickly progress in leadership skills to the point where they easily walk into leadership positions

I have a dream where scope and extent of business activities are easily defined and understood for an optimized enterprise.

Some may say that this dream is unrealizable. Some may say that it is crass to use the the “I have a dream” phrase to discuss business.

I strongly disagree. A multitude of humans live deeply within business and enterprise environments. Great liberty can be gained for those individuals and their enterprises by enabling them with tools to innovate, be excited, and lead.

Information Technology (IT) provides the community the ability to help make the above dreams happen. IT Maturity provides training and consulting to help enterprises make these dreams happen.

IT Maturity provides training and consulting in a comprehensive IT Maturity Methodology that can be used to mature enterprises so that they are methodically and continually prepared for Technology, Business, Vendor, and Leadership changes. This includes insights into many of the impending IT and automation changes that will dramatically alter tomorrow’s business world. Contact information for IT Maturity is given below.

We’ve made the first half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the IT Maturity Methodology free at http://itmaturity.com/Teaser. You can purchase the second half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the course at http://itmaturity.com/Training/Online_Training/online_training.html and the book at Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method by Justin Coven, Ph.D.

If you have questions, would like to discuss the material, want to network, want to take the full IT Maturity Method course (includes Business Enhancement, Technology Advancement, Vendor Integration, and Leadership), or want to schedule in-house training (Option 1: Full IT Maturity Method; Option2: Leadership and Innovation) please contact us via the below contact information:

Click Here to Schedule a Discussion

Email: info@itmaturity.com
Phone: 866-614-6888

How can you tell if a Specific Activity is Leadership Versus an Interpersonal Skill?

Interpersonal skills are skills used to communicate directly with others. This can include direct speeches and even direct writing, where feedback from those you are communicating with is limited. Leadership is the ability to impact a team through many different layers of interpersonal interaction not just those you interact with directly. This includes where those you are interacting with are several levels of individuals away from you. In one sense Leadership is a superset of Interpersonal Skills

Historically Leadership has been confounded with exceptional interpersonal skills such as great oration and the ability to select direct reports with exceptional interpersonal skill so that they communicate the leaders message effectively. As this was all that was available to leaders in the past it was the best that could be done.

However, today we are in the middle of an electronic, computer, and information revolution and new possibilities have arisen to go far beyond this. Unfortunately most leadership experts are stuck in the past. For example some leadership experts glorify leaders taking excessive time to communicate single messages to all team members individually. Today IT can provide powerful tools to provide multi-directed and business focused communication through multiple layers of any enterprise. This is IT Maturity’s focus, helping enterprises build IT tools to create mature multi-directed business focused communication.

Don’t use your exceptional interpersonal skills as a crutch that prevents you from developing exceptional leadership within your enterprise. Let IT Maturity help you:

  • Define effective leadership principles.
  • Communicate those principles trough all of the layers of your enterprise methodically and continually.
  • Track and measure the usage of and benefit of those principles within your entire enterprise.
  • Create processes and tools to tune and advance those principles.
  • As vision is the most critical category of leadership this includes tools and processes that enable creation of vision throughout all of the layers of your enterprise at the speed of “change in the external environment”.

IT will change the nature of leadership just as IT is changing the way we shop, socialize and are entertained. IT Maturity is a leader in this transformation.

You can learn more via IT Maturity’s other newsletters on Innovation and Leadership.

IT Maturity provides training and consulting in a comprehensive IT Maturity Methodology that can be used to mature enterprises so that they are methodically and continually prepared for Technology, Business, Vendor, and Leadership changes. This includes insights into many of the impending IT and automation changes that will dramatically alter tomorrow’s business world. Contact information for IT Maturity is given below.

We’ve made the first half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the IT Maturity Methodology free at http://itmaturity.com/Teaser. You can purchase the second half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the course at http://itmaturity.com/Training/Online_Training/online_training.html and the book at Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method by Justin Coven, Ph.D.

If you have questions, would like to discuss the material, want to network, want to take the full IT Maturity Method course (includes Business Enhancement, Technology Advancement, Vendor Integration, and Leadership), or want to schedule in-house training (Option 1: Full IT Maturity Method; Option2: Leadership and Innovation) please contact us via the below contact information:

Click Here to Schedule a Discussion

Email: info@itmaturity.com
Phone: 866-614-6888

Methodically Empower Your Team to Continuously Explore Advances in Their Areas of Responsibility!

Exceptional Leadership is the ability to Methodically and Continuously create heroes. IT Maturity specializes in the creation of IT tools to enable the methodical and continuous creation of heroes (i.e. exceptional leadership).

One aspect of being a hero is exceptionality in your area of specialty and bringing advances to your community in that specialty. Another aspect of being a hero is the usage of leadership and interpersonal skills to ensure that the advances you bring both are effectively implemented and bring benefit to your community.

As a leader how can you make sure that everyone on your team has tools to not only aid them, but also to encourage them and to foster their hero skills. In the IT Maturity Online Leadership Improvement course we discuss in depth how leadership skills can be fostered via IT tools throughout your organization. In this newsletter we briefly discuss how IT tools can be used to help your whole team be exceptional in their individual areas of specialty and also provide a link to a raw example.

What can IT provide to ensure each employee is abreast of the latest advances within their area of specialty on an ongoing basis? What can IT provide to ensure that employees are using that information to create advances within their enterprise environment.

Asking the question is almost akin to answering the question within IT, as IT can be used to create a great diversity of things. The problem has been that the right question has not been asked. This is where IT Maturity has a tremendous advantage over the competition and can bring that advantage to help you over your competition.

The current state of the art asks the question of how social media can be leveraged to help employees communicate. However, Employees communicate differently within an enterprise than they do in a social environment (as they should). “Enterprise media” should be used in place of social media within an enterprise environment. This means communication centered around areas of specialty and ensuring that excellence in those specialties is leveraged for the benefit of the enterprise.

IT tools should be built to bring information to employees on their specialty on a daily basis. This means that the corporate web portal displayed to each employee should carry specialty information on a role based basis.

To give a raw idea of how multiple tools can be brought to bare on a specific topic we invite you to try out the TopicHero.com search tool, which allows multiple search tools to be applied to a specific topic (i.e. patent, scholar, book, and other business oriented search tools).

TopicHero

IT Maturity can help you develop similar enterprise centric tools that integrate with both portal architecture, as well as other internal data and application sources. IT Maturity specializes in using enterprise architecture to implement IT tools that mature enterprises. IT tools cannot only provide information to employees, they can also track usage of that information, including associated tools that walk employees through the  process of bringing the advances they envision into realization within specific enterprise centric processes.

We’ve made the first half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the IT Maturity Methodology free at http://itmaturity.com/Teaser. You can purchase the second half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the course at http://itmaturity.com/Training/Online_Training/online_training.html and the book at Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method by Justin Coven, Ph.D.IT Maturity provides training and consulting in a comprehensive IT Maturity Methodology that can be used to mature enterprises so that they are methodically and continually prepared for Technology, Business, Vendor, and Leadership changes. This includes insights into many of the impending IT and automation changes that will dramatically alter tomorrow’s business world. Contact information for IT Maturity is given below.

If you have questions, would like to discuss the material, want to network, want to take the full IT Maturity Method course (includes Business Enhancement, Technology Advancement, Vendor Integration, and Leadership), or want to schedule in-house training (Option 1: Full IT Maturity Method; Option2: Leadership and Innovation) please contact us via the below contact information:

Click Here to Schedule a Discussion

Email: info@itmaturity.com
Phone: 866-614-6888

“Driverless Cars” by Chunka Mui and Paul B. Carroll, a book review: Incremental Safety Pressures far Exceed any Google Car Advantage!

Driverless Cars: Trillions Are Up For Grabs

 

Having been introduced to autonomous vehicles over twenty-five years ago and been writing about trends in this field for the last three years, I have a very different and more grounded view of autonomous vehicles than the authors. You can find my view discussed in Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method by Justin Coven, Ph.D. Chapter 17 (with additional information at itmaturity .comNewsletter #24).

 

I agree with the authors that autonomous vehicles are inevitable and are coming sooner than most think, even sooner than the authors imply. I disagree with the authors on how this will happen. In Newsletter #24 (mentioned above) I discuss the tremendous incremental safety improvement pressures forcing all vehicle manufactures to add more autonomous features every year and how this pressure will lead to fully autonomous vehicles in five years, plus or minus a year or two. Insurance providers are actually aiding these pressures for greater safety, which will in the mid-term drive them out of this business line.

The authors focus extensively on the Google Car and miss the boat with respect to the broader industry advance that is occurring. Yes Sebastian Thrun (now with Google), did an incredible job with a twelve man team in only one year of preparation, winning the 2005 DARPA challenge. He beat a much larger team (200 members) with more years of development. But let us not forget that a team from Louisiana (which had just been through a category five hurricane) was one of five teams that finished the course in 2005. The year before no team could even get 10% of the course finished. The moral being that the field is advancing across the board, and one team held up for a year is going to be passed by many teams in that year (see Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method by Justin Coven, Ph.D. for more info).

Google is not in the vehicle manufacturing business, and most business will not rely upon single vendors for core capabilities. As getting into the vehicle manufacturing business is far more than a one year barrier, it is unlikely that Google will become a major player. Google’s (or any other autonomous player’s) opportunity (which at least publicly they appear to be oblivious too) is to leverage the technology being used for autonomous vehicles to enter other manufacturing arenas with much lower entry boundaries, but with potentially equivalent profit opportunities. In Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method by Justin Coven, Ph.D. (and Newsletters #4 and #13) I discuss how the basic elements of autonomous vehicles (moderate sensors, communications, and actuators in tandem with emerging complex computation) can be used for other autonomous markets such as autonomous food production and preparation (i.e. smart kitchens and smart gardens). Where both markets have huge profit potential, little existing autonomous competition, and lower manufacturing entry barriers.

Most autonomous kitchen research is focused on inserting an android into the kitchen. Years ago futurists pictured android’s driving cars. Androids will no more be used in kitchens then they are in the autonomous vehicles that are evolving today.

On the positive side the authors provide some good statistics, as well a good list of businesses likely impacted. However, they seem to be constrained in some of their other projections to how the world currently works. While they recognize that vehicle size and shape will change they don’t make the next jump to transportation as service (see Newsletter #24).

IT Maturity provides training and consulting in a comprehensive IT Maturity Methodology that can be used to mature enterprises so that they are methodically and continually prepared for Technology, Business, Vendor, and Leadership changes. This includes insights into many of the impending IT and automation changes that will dramatically alter tomorrow’s business world. Contact information for IT Maturity is given below.

We’ve made the first half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the IT Maturity Methodology free at http://itmaturity.com/Teaser. You can purchase the second half of the Online Leadership Improvement part of the course at http://itmaturity.com/Training/Online_Training/online_training.html and the book at Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method€ by Justin Coven, Ph.D.

If you have questions, would like to discuss the material, want to network, want to take the full IT Maturity Method course (includes Business Enhancement, Technology Advancement, Vendor Integration, and Leadership), or want to schedule in-house training (Option 1: Full IT Maturity Method; Option2: Leadership and Innovation) please contact us via the below contact information:

Click Here to Schedule a Discussion

Email: info@itmaturity.com
Phone: 866-614-6888