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Elaborate methods to stay on top
I’m always interested in how leaders in every industry manage to stay on top. After reading hundreds of books, thousands of magazine articles, countless personal development articles/CDs/etc., I’ve discovered that it isn’t any form of magic. That may seem obvious to most of you, but to me that was a revelation of sorts. How do some people get so far, so fast, so effectively? It used to puzzle me to no end. Now, I see the method to their madness and it isn’t as complicated ......

Posted On Saturday, June 25, 2005 5:26 AM

INETA Growth
Julie Lerman recently pointed out the phenomenal growth INETA has experienced. Check out her stats at: http://www.thedatafarm.com/... She’s definitely played a key role in helping build these numbers, as have about 80 or so other volunteers. Working with INETA is and has been a fantastic experience. There are many new things on the horizon too, but I can’t speak of them all yet. We’re only getting bigger and better! ......

Posted On Friday, June 24, 2005 1:28 AM

Scoble, MSN, and China...
Interesting situation going on with Robert Scoble and the whole China/MSN situation… http://radio.weblogs.com/00... I personally think the very notion of freedom in speech is typified in blogging. The fact that MSN is even there opens doors to the freedoms too many of us Americans take for granted. My reply to him was… You have a unique position in the blog world, Robert. Nobody can truly understand how many influences, pressures, and other inputs you receive ......

Posted On Sunday, June 19, 2005 4:35 AM

Brock is Born!!!!
Wow. It’s hard to find words to describe how awesome of an event this has been. I’m absolutely the luckiest guy on the entire planet! Awesome wife, awesome daughter, and now…an awesome son! Yee Haa! So, you might be tempted to think I’m just an exuberant father, but I can prove he’s the most awesome son in the world. Ok, I’m not going to intimidate everyone out there and show you a frontal shot of him (although he’d put most men to shame with that perspective!). ......

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2005 2:37 AM

A bit more on productivity tools - because, oops, I omitted an important tool!
In today’s world of productivity tools, philosophies and practices, I’ve tried just about everything out there. If I haven’t tried it, I’d like to, so let me know what I’m missing. I’ve posted most of the tools I use either here, here, or here. One thing that still surprises me from time to time is how quickly the blog world works. I’ve been part of the Internet generation since this thing really got moving 10 years ago, but I’m still surprised by its ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 2:57 AM

Microsoft poised to give Adobe a run for its money
Many of you have undoubtedly already heard about Microsoft’s “Metro” project. It has been called a “PDF Killer” by more than one pundit. Time will tell if it gets to that level of acceptability and market adoption, but I certainly wouldn’t be willing to bet against Microsoft. In addition to Metro, and in my opinion more interesting, is Microsoft recent beta testing of “Acrylic”. Acrylic is Microsoft’s first entry into the professional graphic ......

Posted On Saturday, June 11, 2005 6:59 AM

Closing the productivity loop - the FINAL (for now) tool YOU need!
First of all, a big thank you is due to Tom Andries for bringing this great software tool to my attention. It appears that Tom and I share a passion for productivity and therefore the same tools for productivity. We both use GTD, Franklin Covey PlanPlus, and probably some other common tools. I’m a self-acknowledged productivity freak. It’s not a disease, rather a way to get everything you want out of life. PlanPlus provides a system for managing life by Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly ......

Posted On Saturday, June 11, 2005 3:58 AM

How to Be a Sales Ninja
As one of the few lucky sales guys who actually have the respect of the people I sell and the people I sell to, I often get asked what makes a sales person successful. Everyone has had the used car-salesperson experience – whether it actually is while buying a used car, buying a home, or any number of smaller items. Quite frankly, there are a lot of really crappy sales people out there. For the entire sales profession, please accept my apology on behalf of all of us. Now, with that out of the ......

Posted On Saturday, June 11, 2005 3:25 AM

Mind Like Water
What a concept, eh? Originally developed as a martial arts way of approaching life, the concept of “having a mind like water” has made its way into the personal development and business productivity lexicon. David Allen, the author of “Getting Things Done (GTD)” and most recently “Ready for Anything” advocates this method of thinking most vociferously amongst the professional development and productivity gurus. The notion is to organize your life and work in a ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 2:38 AM

Big Announcement... regarding INETA and me!
No, no Brock yet. I’m still waiting for my son to be born. He’s now officially 2 days overdue and I can tell you unequivocally that Belinda (my wife) is very ready for him to make his debut. Perhaps my family has a little too much Microsoft blood running through our veins to hit a delivery date! J I do have some very exciting news in terms of my involvement with INETA (the International .NET Association)… It was officially announced on Sunday at the TechEd User Group Leader Summit ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 2:20 AM

New Microsoft Update service released...
Are you sick of running Windows Update, then running Office update. Wouldn’t it be nice if it all happened in one single process? Well, Microsoft listened to all of us and its here now. Go check out http://update.microsoft.com... for the new update service. The first time you run it, you’ll need to accept an ActiveX installation (damn – when is that going to die?) but after that, all is smooth sailing. Much easier to update your systems and ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 1:58 AM

The art of living in the right now moment of everything...
Yeah, I know this sounds a little metaphysical to many. That’s ok, I don’t expect everyone, or even anyone, to appreciate or understand this post. I like to blog about things that strike me as interesting and if there is an interested audience – well, then great. If not, that’s ok too. I’ve recently done a lot of thinking about reality. Deeply thinking about reality creates many potential problems, since the only reality anyone knows is the one they think they’re ......

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2005 7:09 AM

From Effectiveness to Greatness...Highly Recommended Book for All
At last, I’ve finally finished reading Dr. Stephen Covey’s latest book, The 8th Habit. It’s been difficult for me to read, not due to lack of interest or difficulty of reading concepts. It’s been due to my frequent desire to re-read everything I’ve just read. That’s an atypical experience for me in reading as I usually speed-read through books to catch the major points. This book isn’t one you can really do this with. It’s that good! For anyone that ......

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2005 6:48 AM

Office 12 formats and a blog you should start reading...
In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the last 2 days, Microsoft has unveiled some mightily cool news about the next version of Office – currently called Office 12 and slated for a 2006 release. For now, start reading Brian Jones’ blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/brian... ......

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2005 4:58 AM

What we must be...
“A musician must make music, and artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.” -Abraham Harold Maslow This was my “Thought of The Day” today in my FranklinCovey Plan Plus. It had particular meaning for me today. It was one of those things that on many days might not mean anything special, but it meant something special today. I spent some time this evening reflecting on a number of things. I do this ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2005 1:07 AM

Welcome to John Mitchell & A Geek out of Water
Today the WI .NET community experienced a great turning point. I’m sure Andy Grove would call it an “inflection point”, but screw IBM anyway. So, what happened today? Well, a non-official WI .NET User Group welcoming party welcomed a newcomer to the area. Somewhat organically, and based mostly on a blog post, 6 members of the WI .NET Users Group Executive Committee met at Fuddruckers in Brookfield today for lunch to welcome John Mitchell to our neck of the woods. It was very cool ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 1, 2005 2:58 AM

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