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not an endorsement in any way, rather an interesting "free" online tool for creating data visualizations, specifically "infographics"

Our Mission: To allow users to create and share visual ideas online,


Launched in 2012, has quickly become the go-to site for users to create eye-catching, informative, and fun graphics on the web. Traditionally, making infographics in order to share things like statistics, lesson plans, and business presentations took time, money, and graphic design skills, but has made it possible for anyone to design their own custom infographic in minutes. The best part? It’s free.

What is is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. Over 300,000 users have already registered with, and thousands of infographics are produced using the site every month.

Who Uses is ideal for educators, students, business owners, and executives who need to convey a thought, lesson plan, or concept in an easy-to-follow visual form. In fact, in 2013 was honored to receive the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Award from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The AASL commended for being user friendly, intuitive, and simple enough that even a child in the 6th grade could successfully navigate the site and design their infographic without adult assistance. has been featured on a multitude* of technology and education websites and blogs, and the site is rapidly becoming the premier destination to create custom infographics online. If you’re looking for an easy way to convey your visual image in a professional, flashy style, look no further. Get started with today!



Gary Smyth

Director Business Development | Helping customers extract and analyze information | Social Selling enthusiast

original posting of "Everyday Leader" article on LinkedIN

"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully;

be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” —Jim Rohn



Is leadership only associated with the Presidents, Prime Ministers, or C-levels of the world?


This week at a local fast food restaurant I had a great reminder that leadership is within us all and absolutely does not require a title.

Sitting down to dinner I was in awe of the young man who was responsible for our section of the restaurant, for the 45 minutes we were eating

I saw nothing but leadership. The young man took absolute pride in everything he did, welcoming guests as if to his home, cleaning tables with

absolute attention to detail, and before you had got up from your seat your garbage was already removed. Everything this young man did was

excellence, for me this was great leadership from an everyday person who simply wanted to give their best, and a reminder that no matter our

role in society we all can be leaders.



Although structure is very important within organizations and the C-Level, Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers have an important role to play,

every individual in their specific role can be a leader by running their piece of the business or task as a CEO. It is our decision to be a master of our craft, and our choice alone.

After seeing this display of leadership at a local restaurant, it got me thinking of ways we can demonstrate leadership at every level no matter our role,

How do we behave when nobody else is watching. Do we only go the extra mile when someone else is watching or our manager is in town?

Or do we bring the same level of intensity to our work when it just us and only us? This is important, to be true masters of our craft and leaders within our field,

consistency and the desire to go that extra mile is key even when the rest of the world is distracted and not looking.


Are we prepared to do only what a few are prepared to do? At times we must face our toughest situations or fears head on. Life has so many ups and downs,

but it is when we are down that we must keep moving. Pushing through our fears or our most difficult times will ensure that we will have the reward that only the few

have. It can be as simple as making that one extra call after 5 pm when most of our peers have left for the day, or during that Q&A session being the first to ask a q

uestion even when you get that ‘gulp’ at the back of your throat. Go for it!


Simple things go a long way. A ‘thank you’, a ‘please’, a ‘smile’ or holding a door open. The simple things really go a long way and will set you apart from the crowd.

In a world where everything has a price, often the simplest of things have been forgotten. It could be a thank you email to a customer, a ‘how are you’ to a peer who is feeling down,

or a hand written note to follow up on a conversation or interview, these simple things really do go a long way and will make you stand out from the crowd. Dare to be great, be different!

Everyone can be a leader, whether you are a high school student, starting your first career, a first line manager, senior executive or President, leadership is within us all.

Embrace your craft and strive for mastery, if we lead ourselves the ability to lead others will follow very quickly,

"We have a standard that we have to meet here, you know. And quality is what we are about," – Joe Taylor




United States Fish and Wildlife Service -- Student Trainee Opportunity!


You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied.

Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch short podcasts entitled Meet Your New Boss! and Diversity is our Strength

This position is located in the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Assistant Director - Business Management and Operations, Branch of National Financial Policy and Analysis,

Division of Financial Management. This office will staff three positions in two locations: Arlington, VA and Lakewood, CO. The employee serves as an Student Trainee (Accounting) and responsible for assisting the

senior professional accountants and other financial management employees and contractors in providing professional accounting services to the Fish and Wildlife Service.


The intern performs a wide variety of duties that are structured to provide him/her with experience in applying accounting principles, procedures, and techniques, such as:

Linking Service's budget justification to Service's account structure, budget authority, and cost data; Preparing fund status reports that identify funding availability;

Reviewing Service's list of general ledger accounts and how they crosswalk to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Treasury reports;

Working with financial statement auditors to obtain audit samples and review results; Reviewing and posting payments to the Service's accounting system;

Querying and downloading accounting information spreadsheets; Processing reimbursable agreements between the Service and other Federal agencies; Reviewing correspondence and research applicable

Federal regulations relating to Federal Travel Regulations, Appropriations Law, and Debt Management; Working with eTravel system to assist the junior and senior analyst in troubleshooting issues;

and Researching and drafting "whitepaper" on current accounting issues within FWS.

Just as an FYI, I've been informed by an agency representative that the posting may possibly be extended by a week or two.


How about an AICPA article on career opportunities in Accounting?


another interesting infographic talking about big data and  cybersecurity


I noticed an interesting article on telework while surfing GovLoop recently...

Here's a link to the the article entitled, "How Telework Makes Bosses Better and Top Notch Teams," the article gives the author's background to establish credibility.

The crux of the critical information is contained in the infographic here: GovLoop and HP Telework Graphic

I hope you enjoy the infographic.


Just because you don't watch "Schoolhouse Rock!" anymore doesn't mean cartoons have nothing left to teach you. 

Some pioneering groups, both ASAP Science andRSA Animate, have put together some very cool animations/time-lapse drawings that speak to the building blocks of managing people and, most importantly, ourselves. 

Click on the bubbles in the infographic (here or at the link below) to learn about:

  • Why words matter
  • The science behind productivity
  • The truth about what motivates us
  • Different types of thinking
  • And the origin of innovation (aka where good ideas come from)
5 cartoons to make you a better manager