A Bookmarklet to Help You Find Videos Online

14 January 2011 Categories: Knowledge Management

After I wrote the post about how to Find Full length Videos, I put together a bookmarklet that finds videos about a word or a phrase that are selected in the page. A bookmarklet is a piece of code that is saved as a bookmark. When clicked, it performs some action (rather than just taking you to a bookmarked website). to use the bookmarklet, simply drag it to your bookmarks bar (or right click it and save it to your bookmarks). When you see a word or a phrase that interest you, select them with the mouse and click the bookmarklet. [...]

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Use Windows Built-In Search to Look For Project Related Information

09 June 2009 Categories: Knowledge Management

Upon undertaking a new project it is a good practice to search for related work done in your organization. Asking co-workers if they are aware of such a work is one (good) way to do it. Another way is to search for documents in your file system. The latter can be done using the built-in search feature in windows.

To search for documents related to you project, do the following:

  1. Go to the root folder (found it under ‘My Computer’, you can use the keyboard shortcut Winkey + E).
  2. Click the “Search” button on the upper toolbar (see image below).
  3. A new window will open inside the current one.  Write a keyword related to the new project in the search box and hit search. You can search all or part of file names or a word or a phrase inside files.

screenshout of a folder with an arrow poiting at the search button in the upper toolbar

The built-in search feature in windows folders

The results of the search you performed are a good base for the new project. It will allow you to continue previous work undertaken in your organization and save you time reinventing the wheel.
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Reuse Your Emails to Get Whole New Deliverables

27 January 2009 Categories: Knowledge Management

reusing-emailsEvery day we send and receive tens of emails (some of us less, some of us a lot more…). Have you ever thought of reusing some of them? I’m talking about the ones you spend more than a couple of minutes writing, those elaborated answers that take time to think of and write. Instead of sending and forgetting about them, here are some suggestions of how to leverage the time and effort you spend writing emails by transforming them into a whole new deliverables.

Additional uses for emails

Source for F&Q

Let’s say you’re a product manager. You frequently get question regarding the product (from external and internal customers). Collect these emails and display them on you company’s website in an F&Q format. It will improve the service your customers get (since they will spend less time searching for answers) and will also save you the need to answer repeatedly the same questions.

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A Name is No Longer a Name – But a Hyperlink to a Person’s Profile – Social Media in Corporate Settings – a case study

23 December 2008 Categories: Knowledge Management

If you’re interested in social media in corporate settings, this post is for you. ‎‎A paper by Deloitte, presented in a Workshop on Social Networking in Organizations, briefly reviews the design and deployment of social networking tool, D Street, in the company.

D Street is a web-based application created with the goal to increase the points of connectivity among Deloitte’s professionals. The tool allows them to create profiles that share their professional and personal brand.

D Street is described as “a ‘mash-up’ that takes data from human resource systems and combines it with employee-generated content.” It is comprised of selected elements of social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIN, which were applied to the specific business environment of the company.

What does it offer?

The following are a sampling of the data included on each personal profile (see screenshot):

  • Firm directory data including geography, contact information, service areas, service lines, function
  • People affiliations
  • Personal interests including hobbies and personal favorites
  • Suggested restaurants, things to do and places to see when visiting
  • Blog module
  • Presence awareness
  • Resume, publications and content
  • Work interests including affiliations, certifications and specializations
  • Deloitte programs, community and affinity group participation
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