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Preparing for next week’s IT Manager Institute class

Next week I travel to Carrollton, GA to deliver our 65th IT Manager Institute for 18 managers at Tanner Health System.

Even though I have delivered the class 64 times including six times this year, I always use a checklist to prepare for each class to insure all goes as planned.

Tanner_Class_ToDoMy Institute Class Checklist

I’m a big believer in tools and templates for three simple reasons:

  1. Makes it easier
  2. Improves quality
  3. Reduces stress

Makes it easier
Probably my primary reason to develop any tool is to make work easier. I remember the first time I delivered an IT Manager Institute, , , there was a lot of last minute effort to pull it all together. Today, it’s so much simpler and easier with a checklist.

Improves quality
Tools like my IT Manager Institute To Do List shown above help insure everything is done to prepare or complete a project. I never show up at a class and find that I have “missed something we need to deliver the program successfully” if I have checked off each of the items on the list.

Reduces stress
I didn’t realize the benefit tools have in “reducing stress” early in my career, but now I fully understand that making work easier and insuring the work will be complete is a tremendous stress reducer.  As they say in Australia, “No worries!”.

The Institute To Do List above includes anything from insuring I pack my passport and the appropriate electrical adapter for an overseas trip to putting clothes in the cleaners and getting a haircut. I also insure certain things are done with “time to spare” by listing completion time frames weeks ahead of the event.

I print an Institute To Do List and put it in my class folder for every class I schedule. It saves time preparing, , , makes it easier, , , eliminates every bit of stress, , , and guarantees I show up ready to go.

IT Manager ToolKitMy IT Manager ToolKit contains more than 100 tools and templates that were developed to help me manage and monitor IT organizations. Learn more.

Practical IT Manager GOLD Series – Pre-launch offer

We are in major transition mode here at MDE Enterprises, so I thought it would be the perfect time to announce a new product to my Practical IT Manager Newsletter and ITLever readers, , , 

, , , and make you a very special offer, , , never offered before and never again.

Yes, we are upgrading our entire MDE infrastructure:

  • New web sites
  • New IT Manager Store
  • New products
  • New training services


I just completed a major rewrite of my first ten books and we have needed to update our web sites for a while. So, , , we are taking the opportunity to completely renovate our web sites, shopping cart, and order fulfillment infrastructure using a WordPress foundation.

We will also be adding entirely new products and services soon.

I took most of 2011 off to focus on the “books rewrite project” and to do some things that will position our company for new product offerings and a renewed training focus for 2012 that will allow us to reach many more IT managers around the world.

Very soon you will start seeing announcements for new books, tools, training, , , and more like you have never seen from our company.

Here is the first offer and it is a significant one, , , and only available to our Practical IT Manager Newsletter subscribers and ITLever readers for a very limited time.

SPECIAL “pre-launch” offer

 Practical IT Manager GOLD Series

My first ten eBooks completely rewritten plus the IT Manager ToolKit containing over 100 updated IT manager tools and templates.

It took me over a year to rewrite my first 10 books, , , and they are completely rewritten, not just a few cosmetic changes I initially thought I could do. The IT Manager ToolKit tools are also updated.


1 week only thru Oct. 31, 2011

This bundle has a retail value of $474.50 purchased separately and
will sell bundled for $279.00 on our new web sites.

See our progress at www.itmanagerinstitute

Sorry, our pre-launch offer ended October 31, 2011

Current price

Here is what you will receive:

A.  Ten new ebooks (all have been completely rewritten):
–  IT Management-101: fundamentals to achieve more
–  IT Due Diligence: merger and acquisition discovery process
–  IT Strategy: align your IT vision for business value
–  IT Organization: right-size your organization for success
–  IT Staff Motivation and Development: build a world class team
–  IT Budgeting: operational and capital budgeting made easy
–  IT Project Management: a practical approach
–  IT Asset Management: tracking technology assets
–  IT Assimilation: consolidating redundant technologies
–  What To Look For in a CIO: get more value from your IT investment

B.  IT Manager ToolKit (revised and updated):
102 tools and templates to help you in virtually every aspect of managing technology resources. Tools come with instruction and samples. Tools may be used “as is” or customized to meet your specific needs.

Subscribe to ITLever and win

Our company turned 10 on September 1st, 2010, , , a major milestone.

To celebrate, we are giving away an IT Manager ToolKit every week in a random draw from our ITLever Subscribers through the end of the year and a Grand Prize of an Apple iPad on December 4th, just in time for the holidays.

To win, you must be a subscriber to ITLever.

To subscribe, select the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION link in the sidebar of this page and then pick the timing of when you want to receive email updates of new posts  (immediately, once a day, or once a week).

You may change the frequency at any time or unsubscribe if you no longer want to receive new ITLever posts, , , but you must be an active Subscriber to participate in any of the prize giveaway contests.

Weekly IT Manager ToolKit Contest winners

  1. Aug. 15-21, 2010 Ladd Vagen (Flagstaff, AZ)
  2. Aug. 22-28, 2010 Sham Raju (Bangalore, India)
  3. Aug. 29-Sep.4, 2010 – Jorge Murillo (Heredia, Costa Rica)
  4. Sep. 5-11, 2010 – Jim Biggins (Torrance, CA)
  5. Sep. 12-18, 2010 –  Phil Sargeant (Alexandria, VA)
  6. Sep. 19-25, 2010 –  Steven Schauer  (East Moline, IL)
  7. Sep. 26-Oct.2, 2010 –  Michael Martin (Grapevine, TX)
  8. Oct. 3-9, 2010  – Edwin Lee (Luzerne, Singapore)
  9. Oct. 10-16, 2010 – Dave Stringer (Sydney, Australia)
  10. Oct. 17-23, 2010  – Rogana Ranu (Port Moresby, New Guinea)
  11. Oct. 24-30, 2010 – Glen Sabatier (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
  12. Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2010 – Steve Huff (Topeka, KS)
  13. Nov. 7-13, 2010 –  Brian Grafsgaard (Minnetonka, MN)
  14. Nov. 14-20, 2010 –  Susan Engelbosch (Durham, NC)
  15. Nov. 21-27, 2010 –  Steven Reid (Fortitude Valley, Australia)
  16. Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2010  – Duncan D’abreton (Pretoria, South Africa)
  17. Dec. 4 – GRAND PRIZE (Apple iPad)  – Andrew Carter (Toronto, Canada)
  18. Dec. 5-11, 2010  – Brandon Bango (Warren, PA)
  19. Dec. 12-18, 2010  – Brad Smith (Madison, AL)
  20. Dec. 19-25, 2010  – Wayne Mclachlan (Sydney, Australia)
  21. Dec. 26-31, 2010  – Christian Janssen (Korschenbroik, Germany)

Contest information, updates, and the ultimate winners will be posted on this post page located in the Contests category on ITLever.

Browse the ITLever site. We already have over 120 posts of free IT manager tips, tools you may download, and some “just for fun” articles to make life just a bit more interesting from time to time, , , and new posts are added on a regular basis.


Subscribe to ITLever now and tell your colleagues about the opportunity to win a free IT Manager ToolKit and iPad.

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