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  1. Project Status is Never “Fine” | Manager Tools

    Never ask how a project is going. You’ll get information that isn’t helpful…and it’s your fault. Ask for status, and define what status is.

    The average reported status of all projects all the world over is always "fine". That’s not to say the projects are actually fine - they’re all mostly crap. But we managers have a bad habit of asking the wrong questions of project team members of directs. And directs are smart enough to obfuscate.

    Let’s get better at asking.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2014/02/project-status-never-fine

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  2. Feedback on Status Reporting - Nothing is “Fine” | Manager Tools

    The common response to questions about status is, "Fine." This isn’t acceptable or effective.

    As a manager, ‘how things are going’ is never far from your mind. In addition to project tracking reports, weekly meetings, intranet sites with Gantt charts and resource tabs, you want to be able to ask your directs how things are going. But when they say "fine," that’s not really an answer. Here’s how to change that.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2016/08/feedback-status-reporting-nothing-fine

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  3. Status On Demand | Manager Tools

    Our guidance on being able to give a Status on Demand (SoD) and the content of an SoD briefing.

    As a professional, you’re responsible for knowing the status of any your projects at any one time. Your manager can expect that she can ask about any of your projects, or tasks on your task list, and you’ll know what’s happening with it, and when it’s going to get done. In this guidance we’ll tell you how to give that briefing.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2016/12/status-demand

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  4. Simple Project Reporting Guidance | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to assign a project to a direct and set up some simple reporting that will greatly increase early (and overall) success.

    Mark’s favorite story about managers struggling with simple day to day things is the one where the CEO asks for help with his admin. Mark has been facilitating the strategy session of a billion dollar firm, and during one of the breaks, the CEO asks for time alone. Mark assumes he wants to discuss the topic of the moment, where to invest capital in the next 1-3 years. But no. The CEO says: I’ve got a problem with my admin, she’s not doing some stuff right, how do I handle it?

    Even CEOs have managerial challenges, and sometimes managerial challenges are simple, or small, or basic, or whatever word you want to use that isn’t &’strategic’;, or, ‘fundamental.’ For instance, what’s the best way to assign some work to a direct and make sure they get off to a good start?

    Sharp managers know to definitely worry about the beginning, and NOT to worry about asking for regular reporting.

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2010/11/simple-project-reporting-guidance

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  5. Project Status Reporting Simple Feedback - Part 2 | Manager Tools

    This cast concludes our guidance on how to give feedback on how you want projects reported on.

    Projects are generally governed by Horstman’s Law of Project Management: Who does What by When. Sometimes it’s a five year project, and sometimes it’s 3 weeks. But it boils down to a string of tasks and deadlines, done by humans. And often we humans end up straggling after ripe blackberries when we should be meeting deadlines.

    One thing all of us Project Managers can do is to ask for what we want, and then give feedback when we get it, and when we don’t. Easy!

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2011/11/project-status-reporting-simple-feedback-part-2

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  6. Project Status Reporting Simple Feedback - Part 1 | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to give feedback on how you want projects reported on.

    Projects are generally governed by Horstman’s Law of Project Management: Who does What by When. Sometimes it’s a five year project, and sometimes it’s 3 weeks. But it boils down to a string of tasks and deadlines, done by humans. And often we humans end up straggling after ripe blackberries when we should be meeting deadlines.

    One thing all of us Project Managers can do is to ask for what we want, and then give feedback when we get it, and when we don’t. Easy!

    https://www.manager-tools.com/2011/11/project-status-reporting-simple-feedback-part-1

    —Huffduffed by jaywest

  7. Whims That Work: Back to a Digital Task Manager

    An episode dedicated to a singular topic: Joe is back to using OmniFocus.

    http://whimsthatwork.fm/29?ck_subscriber_id=137356173

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  8. 5 Tips to Work Smarter and More Effectively with Evernote (TPS141)

    Certified Evernote expert Charles Byrd joins us on the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of working smarter with Evernote. Charles has years of experience teaching people how to use Evernote more efficiently and has tons of tips for creating systems, pulling up information quickly, and doing more with Evernote apps. In this episode, Charles shows us how to use tags effectively, how to use Evernote with teams, shares some powerful keyboard shortcuts that makes working Evernote even easier, and even convinces Thanh to (potentially) move away from his beloved folder structure. Whether you’re an Evernote power user or just beginning to use this software, you’ll find a lot of valuable tips and actionable information in this episode.

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    Leave a ReviewDownloadClammr ItGoogle PlayListen in a New WindowiTunesSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSTranscriptGet Podcast UpdatesDo you want to get an email with shownotes each time a podcast goes live? Then let us know where to send the updates by entering your first name and email.Cheat SheetHow Evernote expert Charles Byrd got started using the software and how it allows him to find anything he’s looking for quickly [1:49]How Charles met the CEO of Evernote and how he came to be a Certified Expert in Evernote [4:51]Why the Evernote team is so concerned about your privacy and how it’s different from Google [7:40]How to create local notebooks that don’t sync with the cloud [12:28]Common mistakes that people who are new to Evernote make over and over again [13:57]What to do when you have lots of places to store information (like task managers, note apps, etc) [18:23]Charles’s default approach to Evernote [20:55]Using Evernote to create a workflow between multiple apps and systems [23:28]How to use the local link and the public link features in Evernote [25:34]How to process new projects using Evernote, Todoist, and other apps [27:34]How to use Evernote with a team [30:27]How to use tags in Evernote to find things instantly [35:56]What tags to use in order to make searching for notes easier [45:38]Using Evernote with virtual assistants [50:22]Recommended apps that you can use in conjunction with Evernote [52:50]The most effective ways to use the Web Clipper for Evernote [58:22]LinksEvernoteCharles Byrd – certified Evernote consultantTPS96: Setting Up Your Dashboard in Evernote w/ Stacey HarmonDEVONthinkAsanaTodoistTheBrainZapierPostboxNewton email appSkitchIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here’s how.

    http://www.asianefficiency.com/podcast/141-evernote-tips/

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  9. Podcasts are the new black: Chips with Everything podcast | Technology | The Guardian

    In late April Google announced it was getting more serious about podcasts with an interesting new strategy. Alex Hern looks at why tech platforms are so eager to master the podcast industry

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2018/apr/27/podcasts-are-the-new-black-chips-with-everything-podcast

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  10. CBC Listen | Sunday Edition | Peter Herrndorf on his illustrious career in the arts

    Sunday Edition with Michael Enright: As he prepares to leave the National Arts Centre, Peter Herrndorf talks about the rewards of a life in the arts, how he has pried funding from governments of all stripes, and why the CBC broke his heart.

    http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/sunday-edition/segment/15523903

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