Even in the most dysfunctional companies, people need to get
along. Businesses that have efficient ways to share informationwhether
its meeting agendas, high-priority tasks, or interoffice gossipare
more successful than those that keep quiet.
It may have occurred to you back in Chapter19 that you can use
Access to share this sort of information. All you need to do is create a
suitable database, put it in a shared location, and make sure everyone
has Access installed on their computers. However, you dont need to go
through any of this work if you use SharePoint, a Microsoft product thats explicitly designed
for office teamwork. Best of all, the basic version of SharePoint is
free, provided you have a computer running the Windows Server 2003 or
Windows Server 2008 operating system.
SharePoint works perfectly well without Accessin fact, all you
need is a decent web browser. Using your browser you can log into your
teams SharePoint site, review the latest information, upload documents,
and edit lists of data. For most SharePoint users, this is more than
enough. But if you happen to have a copy of Access handy, you get two
more options. You can:
Most organizations believe that having a diverse workforce in itself will create value. In reality, having a diverse workforce is just having an under-leveraged asset unless there is strategic intent to unleash that diversity with the critical elements to support it. Less than that results in nothing more than a diversity in a box effort.
Strategies that focus on minimizing conflicts and other possible negative consequences of bringing different kinds of people together—are nothing more than status-quo strategies that maintain diversity in a box. To leverage diversity—to yield greater engagement, interaction, stimulation, and exploration of a wider range of possible solutions—disagreements and conflicts must be addressed.
Leveraging diversity means that differences are not ignored. When diversity is leveraged, innovation and creativity take hold from the sharing of new and different ideas, from the ability to create a new synthesis emerging from diverging points of views.
Organizations need people who are willing to bring new and different perspectives and skills. Perhaps even more, they need their current people to be willing and able to act in new and different ways. In a society that has made life difficult and dangerous for people who are new or different, this continues to be a major challenge for many United States-based individuals and organizations. As the workforce becomes more diverse, the response from most organizations is to try to manage diversity, to contain it and keep it in a box. When people are forced to assimilate or keep their differences private and hidden, fitting in becomes their primary task. Just as important as building on what they have in common, creating workplaces that enable people to voice and build upon their differences is also essential. However, this is not an easy task.98
Ahhhthe joys of copyrightespecially other people's copyrights. We're not lawyers, but my years of working as a semiprofessional musician and a professional filmmaker have made me a damn good "jailhouse lawyer" when it comes to intellectual property law. Here we'll talk about what you can't upload, copyright infringement, what you can upload, fair use, and parody (and dangerous common misnomers about the same). We'll explain how the rules are different for YouTube partners than for users in general, and we'll tell you where to find royalty-free music and video clips. We'll also show you how to protect your own work, with both traditional copyright and with Creative Commons.
I'm not an attorney. Nothing in this chapter (or in this book) constitutes legal advice. If in doubt, consult an attorney. Copyright regulations vary from country to country. I can only tell you what I know about copyright regulations in the United States. Please don't email me with questions about copyright. I can't give you legal advice.
Salsa is a term that encompasses a variety of rhythmic styles and musical forms. When studying the roots of salsa, we must turn to Cuba because of its unparalleled contributions to this type of music. While the U.S. and Caribbean countries such as Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic have also contributed to the development of salsa, it is Cuba which serves as salsa’s foundation. The term itself was commercialized in New York in the 1960’s in order to publicize the broad appeal of this “hot”, Afro-Cuban music. [In Spanish, the word “salsa” means “sauce”. It also refers to hot sauce, a common ingredient in many Caribbean and other Latin American cuisines.] To understand salsa, we must understand something of Cuba’s music history, as well as the history of musical development and cross-cultural influences throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.
Cuban music is a melting pot of African and European harmonies, melodies, rhythms and musical instruments. The fusion of these elements since the 16th century has resulted in a complex and fascinating myriad of musical forms, giving salsa a variety of aspects, including instrumentation, dance steps, poetic forms, structural devices, rhythmic and melodic phrases. A major factor in salsa’s development stems from its deep connections to numerous drumming styles, most prominently in Cuba, where enslaved African peoples were able to maintain their sacred and secular drumming traditions. A unique element in these traditions is the bond between music and language, with the spoken word extending beyond song to the instruments themselves.
JOHN BEAL SNEED walked out of the Vernon courthouse a free
man on February 25, 1913. For almost two years he had soldiered on through physical, mental, and emotional ordeals that would have worn out the body and crushed the spirit of an ordinary man— all the confrontations, the bloodletting, the killing of two human beings, and then being run through the emotional wringer during four murder trials—in three of which his own life hung in the balance. On top of all of that, his family life had been devastated.
In the end, John Beal Sneed’s iron will, his callous disregard for anyone except himself, and his grim determination to prevail, whatever the cost, did prevail. He had succeeded in ending the love triangle between his wife and Al Boyce; he had publicly vindicated his wounded pride by killing Colonel Boyce and Al Boyce; he had forced a woman who hated him to remain his wife and live with him; and finally, he had defeated all the criminal charges lodged against him. It would seem that any mortal man who had been through all that John Beal Sneed had just endured would have been more than