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Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups. With businesses and families spread out more and more, we've dug up 60+ sites that will help everyone be on the same page.

Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups

Business Productivity - Maker of collaboration tools including Basecamp (others listed below). Productivity tips. OCP - How to Become a Creative Genius - When we measure the creativity of young children, virtually all of them will record as being ‘highly creative’.

How to Become a Creative Genius -

However, only a small percentage of adults register as being ‘highly creative’. What happened? Schools have crushed creativity. We were told to color within the lines. We were taught to follow instructions. The job of education is to produce employees who follow instructions. This is one of the most unfortunate realities in our current education system. To undo this, we must continuallyexercise our creative juices. 1. Ideas are like in-laws, you never know when they’re coming over to visit. Leonardo da Vinci was well known for keeping a journal of his ideas. His notebooks were filled with plans for flying machines, a parachute, a helicopter, the extendable ladder, the bicycle,folding furniture, and a number of automated tools for increasing productivity.

Yes, I am happy to say that Leonardo da Vinci was a productivity junkie. 2. Do not be a perfectionist. TM): Hindsight. Body Language: A Key to Success in the Workplace : Yahoo! Finance. Let's say you're all set for your big interview—the one you're confident will change your career.

Body Language: A Key to Success in the Workplace : Yahoo! Finance

You know you can wow the person across the desk with your accomplishments. Or you're ready to give the presentation that reflects months of hard work and success. But before you even open your mouth, the rest of your body has already spoken volumes. What does your body language say? Does it say you're confident, smart, and enthusiastic—or just the opposite? Only a small percentage of communication involves actual words: 7%, to be exact. More Than Words One problem with body language is it may not convey what you really feel. Avoiding looking at people—maybe simply because you're too busy consulting your notes or your résumé—can lead people to think you're being less than honest with them. Conversely, strong and effective body language can help establish an immediate rapport with your audience, signaling confidence in your message. The Eyes Have It. Blog. Am I Boring You?


A New Freakonomics Radio Episode Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Am I Boring You?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) Researchers are trying to figure out who gets bored — and why — and what it means for ourselves and the economy. Startup Myths Debunked. Practice your personal Kaizen - Lifehacker.

A fine article.

Practice your personal Kaizen - Lifehacker

But as a resident of Japan who's spent over half his life speaking Japanese, let me take this chance to address one common myth. "Kaizen" in Japanese does NOT mean "continual improvement", or have any mystical managerial significance. It's a mundane, generic word meaning "improvement" - any improvement, continual or not. If you step up to something, make a quick, one-shot improvement, and walk away forever saying "All done! No more of that! " (An aside: Leading Japanese companies like Toyota make continual improvement a core practice. Toyota and some of its contemporaries have indeed developed advanced, powerful methods for continuous operational improvement, within the context of their industries. Of course, if modern management gurus in the US (or wherever) want to latch on to the word "kaizen" as the new name for "continuous improvement", they're welcome to do so; words gain new meanings all the time.

» 18 Questions Your CEO Forgot to Ask When Building Your Website - Stuntdubl - SEO Consultant. Why are you always retrofitting and re-optimizing?

» 18 Questions Your CEO Forgot to Ask When Building Your Website - Stuntdubl - SEO Consultant

Your CEO (or other decision maker) didn’t ask the right questions. How to Run a Meeting Like Google. Meetings get a bad rap in business today and for good reason—very little gets accomplished in them.

How to Run a Meeting Like Google

I can recall a Dilbert cartoon in which several people sat around a table while the meeting organizer said, "There is no specific agenda for this meeting. As usual, we'll just make unrelated emotional statements about things which bother us…" That pretty much sums it up. The majority of meetings are unstructured, uninspiring, and unproductive. But they don't have to be that way. When I decided to write a column about running effective meetings, I turned to a leader who holds more than anyone I know and who actually credits her meeting structure for leading to some of the most innovative advances in technology today: Marissa Mayer, Google's vice-president of search products (see, 6/19/06, "Marissa Mayer: The Talent Scout"). 1. Mayer requests a meeting agenda ahead of time that outlines what the participants want to discuss and the best way of using the allotted time.