‘5 Tools Everyone Working Online Should Have (IMHO)’ – ReadWriteWeb article

May 14, 2008

This is an excellent article on ReadWriteWeb.com, written by Marshall Kirkpatrick

Quote from the article: ‘We’ve noticed that many people don’t use some tools that would make their lives online much more effective and efficient. Here’s our list of some tools we’d suggest are essential. Several of these tools will deliver huge value to your workday and take less than 10 minutes to get set up.’

Based on this article, I started using some of them – these are indeed essential tools!


  1. Multi-service IM: makes IM more easy!

  2. Cross Platform Screensharing Tool: not used yet; is similar to Microsoft NetMeeting used in the corporate environment

  3. A Custom Search Engine: this is really useful; you can now search only on my blog using google

  4. Startpage: I use Netvibes, this is really great!

  5. Blog With Your Name and Contact Info: will put my gmail address on the blog

Do you know other essential tools?


Dodging Bullets in Presentations

April 3, 2008

You learn how to create more effective presentations – by replacing bulleted text paragraphs with clear pictures and single words!

Slide 55 contains the first complete example.

Click here if you do not see the presentations above.

Collaboration in large professional companies

March 23, 2008

Great podcast by David Maister:

David Maister

how to improve collaboration in large organizations.

‘I am going to read off a list of the “network collaboration” tactics that large multisite professional companies consider in attempting to induce more cooperation in their networks.

The top-tier tactics:

  1. Cross-staffing
  2. Rotation of staff
  3. Reorganize around people we want to collaborate more
  4. Information-sharing (Real-Time Knowledge Management) (…) ‘

In my opinion, Real-Time Knowledge Management is supported by Web 2.0 platforms.

Business Podcast overview.


February 15, 2008


Mark Horstman

Mike Auzenne and Mark Horstman have created great weekly podcasts:

“… to become a more effective manager and leader…..”

“ … learn specific actions you can take TODAY to improve your management performance….

Index to all podcasts

Using the ‘Management Trinity’….. :

  • One on Ones
  • Feedback
  • Coaching

…. will immediately make you a much better manager

One on Ones:



Basic Manager Tools principles:

  • one on one
  • feedback
  • coaching
  • delegation
  • running effective meetings

For some of the podcasts you have to register to the site.

Podcasts, by Category:
One on Ones
Self Development
Time Management

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Web 2.0 and Management

GTD – Getting Things Done!

December 27, 2007


GTD means : Getting Things Done

This is the title of a book written by David Allen. He describes effective Time management/ Priority management methods.

I have read several book on Time management in the past; but there is always room for improvement! It seems this is the most highly recommended book on this topic.

This is my own very positive experience with GTD!

From an Amazon.com review:

  • ‘The essence of the process is that you write down a note about everything when you take on a new responsibility, make a new commitment, or have a useful thought. All of this ends up in some kind of “in” box.
  • You then go through your “in” box and decide what needs to be done next for each item.
  • For simple issues, this includes identifying the action you should take first and when to take it.
  • For tougher issues, you schedule an appropriate time to work the problem in more detail.
  • You organize the results of this thinking, and review your options for what you should be doing weekly.

Then you take what you choose to do, and act. Think of this process as the following five steps:

  1. collect
  2. process
  3. organize
  4. decide
  5. act

From another summary:

After processing:

‘ Once everything is complied (the first time is is a one-to two day chore) you place it in a container:

  1. Trash
  2. Someday Maybe
  3. Actionable

If it is ACTIONABLE. Decide which the next category:

  1. Do it (if requires less than 2 minutes).
  2. Delegate it.
  3. Defer it (by calendar item or Next Action).
  4. If it takes multi actions it goes into a Projects.


This is the website of the author David Allen. On this site (after registering), you can down some pretty good stuff, e.g.:

  • additional articles on GTD
  • mindmap giving an overview of GTD

This is a great video of David Allen at a Google conference explaining GTD! :


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