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Archive for the ‘Meeting magic’ Category

January 16th, 2007

Web Workers toolkit, is it enough?

Another good post from WebWorkerDaily.  They list the core tools for distance collaboration.

Text chat
Web Conferencing
Document collaboration
Group online document sharing
Shared calendars
Message forums
video chat

No doubt that these are extremely important.  I use all of them, except for wikis.  No doubt as well that video and web conferencing has made use strides since I first tried them in […]

By Tris Hussey -- 1 comment

January 12th, 2007

Alone-time Required for Creative Best

Presentation Zen, one of my favorite blogs, talks about the need for solitude in order to have effective presentations.
I’d agree with that. But, I’d go much further.
In today’s fast, fast, fast business climate, there has become too little time for reflection. There are lots of reasons for this, of course. Off the top of my […]

By Scot Herrick -- 0 comments

January 5th, 2007

Focus on the “To-be” process

In yesterdays post, I wrote about responsiveness and efficiency. In the article referenced, there was another gem that I think is an important pimpalicious work tip: focus on the “to-be” process, not on the current process.
If you or your company have already made the decision to change out something, the vast majority of time you […]

By Scot Herrick -- 2 comments

January 2nd, 2007

My Idea Board

I am fortunate that I have a large white board where I work that I can use for…whatever. At the end of 2006, I was staring at the white board, noting how much stuff was still showing up on the board even after being erased.
So I got out the cleaning spray and cleaned off all […]

By Scot Herrick -- 1 comment

December 6th, 2006

Performance Reviews Control Companies

In my post yesterday, I noted that there are two ways executives and managers can get control of a company. The first way was through budgets.
Today we’ll examine what, in my Pimp Opinion, is the second way executives can get control (and start to change the culture) of a company.
The second way is through performance […]

By Scot Herrick -- 2 comments

December 5th, 2006

Budgets Control Companies

How do those executive types running a business get some level of control over the work being done in a corporation?
You’ve seen all those news stories about executives being parachuted in to come and save the day for the company, right? But how do they do it?
In my Pimp Opinion, there are two ways. The […]

By Scot Herrick -- 0 comments

November 20th, 2006

Brainstorming doesn’t fix problems

I don’t know about you, but I love to brainstorm ideas. Big ones, small ones, ideas that will help a company and ideas that will help me. Ideas, though, are just the beginning of a process where we have our ideas translate into something that is finished.
The brainstorming role, then, is to come up with […]

By Scot Herrick -- 2 comments

November 15th, 2006

Brainstorming at Java Cafe

A couple of days ago, I posted a note about brainstorming resulting in innovative ideas. The purpose of the post was to show the base brainstorming process and then explain some of the traps associated with trying to implement the ideas from the session.
Des Walsh, over at Business and Blogging, made a comment on that […]

By Scot Herrick -- 2 comments

October 12th, 2006

Tips to spiff up your PowerPoint slides

LifeHacker pointed to a nice little tips page from Microsoft with 12 ways to make better PowerPoint presentations.  While the tips are good (adding colour, using charts, being consistent with layouts …), there are some important pieces of advice missing.
First thing is … people tend to put way, way, way too much onto a single […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

October 9th, 2006

MindMaps for Meeting Notes - Practical Results

Inspired by Tris’ post on using MindMaps for meeting notes, I thought I would try and implement the program and some of his suggestions during my weekend at Write on the Sound, a writers conference held here in Edmund, WA, this past weekend.
It’s a typical writers conference, or at least I think so. You sign […]

By Scot Herrick -- 1 comment

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