AlignIT Manager Tech Talk: Empowering Your Team Through Knowledge

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It is that time of the year. You are most likely sitting down with each of your team members and are helping them with their personal development plans. On this episode of AlignIT Manager Tech Talk, Ruth Morton and Jonathan Rozenblit talk with Stuart Ngai about the importance of training as part of personal development, as well as when and how training can and should be weaved into employees' busy schedules.


Featured Guest: Stuart Ngai

Stuart Ngai, Director of Technology Solutions at VERAX, is an IT professional with over 25 years of experience. As a development manager, lead enterprise architect, and a Senior Leadership Member, Stuart has led the delivery of many leading edge systems through several technology eras and guided many IT professionals in enriching and re-energizing their careers. With 7 years teaching software courses at Seneca College of Applied Sciences followed by another 7 years teaching software engineering courses for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, personal development through perpetual training has been a theme in which Stuart helped many IT professionals to achieve and sustain their career growth. Stuart is a certified P. Eng. and PMP with a Masters degree in Engineering from McGill University and a management degree from McGill's School of Management. He has been with the software consulting firm VERAX Solutions Corporation in Toronto since 1993 focusing on building strong delivery teams and delivering results to their customers in the financial sector.


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About AlignIT Manager Tech Talk

The AlignIT Manager Talk is a monthly live streamed video series hosted by Ruth Morton (LinkedIn) and Jonathan Rozenblit (LinkedIn). Each Tech Talk episode airs on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 12:00pm to 12:30pm EST. The show focuses on a range of topics for both infrastructure and development managers and is interactive, taking questions via a live chat and providing answers on air

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    I have a problem with the "lunch and learn" kind of concept. I work in healthcare and pretty much every day there is a meeting at lunch. It is optional but recommended "if you are available" to go to these rounds. The problem becomes: it is unpaid time. The company shouldn't dictate what people do on their own time. It shouldn't be necessary to use your own time to learn stuff that is only relevant to your current employer. More importantly people need down time, you can't sit around for 8+ hrs with your mind always "on". People need time to do stuff that has nothing to do with work, or simply nothing at all throughout the day.

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