7 Great Things You Can Do With Gmail Multiple Inboxes

07 February 2009 Categories: information overload

Gmail multiple inboxes

Gmail lab feature “Multiple Inboxes” allows you to have more than one ‘inbox’ in your default Gmail view. You can have up to 5 additional panels and set them to display labels, your starred messages, drafts or any search you want next to your inbox. Here is how to start using Multiple Inboxes and 7 great things you can do with it.

Enabling Multiple Inboxes and setting panels

First, to enable Multiple Inboxes go to settings > labs > enable multiple inboxes

enable multiple inboxes

Enable multiple inboxes

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Finding the Right Solution – Explore As Many Different Ideas as Possible Within Given Constraints

20 January 2009 Categories: Effectiveness

Iain Barker explains why you should consider more alternatives when solving a problem (in his case, user interface design) rather than trying to optimize the first reasonable solution found. As illustrated in the image below, jumping too quickly into the iterative phase (the phase where you refine a given solution) might prevent you from seeing a better solution.

not every idea has the same potential

As to answering the question “how many alternatives are enough?” The somewhat obvious answer given is that it depends on the specific constrains that are imposed upon you, such as time and budget.

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How to Use Checklists to Deliver High Quality Outputs

30 December 2008 Categories: Effectiveness

checklist Checklists help to deliver high quality outputs by recognizing routine procedures and must-have attributes of these outputs. Checklists have several more benefits and they are easy to create and use. Here is how to get going:

What is a checklist

Checklist is a list of items (names, characteristics, tasks etc.) you check or consult when performing a task. It is used to make sure that the output is complete and consist, that no mandatory attributes has been forgotten. For example, you can use a checklist of activities you must take before publishing new content in your website. This might include spellchecking, review by others, adding tags, adding picture, writing an extract and so on.

Some Benefits

Using a checklist provides these benefits:

  • Standardization – it helps keep outputs standard when more than one person is involved or when one person produces many items over time (for example, blog posts).
  • Prevent cognitive overload – it frees your mind from the the routines so that you could think about the main activities and process innovations.
  • Continues improvement – as new insights, activities, and attributes are added to the checklist, your outputs will improves.
  • Collective learning – people who are new to the process can use the checklist to learn it and to avoid reinventing the wheel. […]
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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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‘Social Media and the Enterprise’ Explained (Presentation)

17 December 2008 Categories: future and current trends

This 31 slides presentation explains about social media and its effects on enterprises. It covers (briefly) the following subjects:

  • Social media
  • Blogs
  • Collective intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Innovation in Corporate 2.0
  • RSS

Original post – Enterprise 2.0 and innovation [via The Content Economy]

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Effective Presentations using Power Point – A Quick and Useful Guide

21 November 2008 Categories: Effectiveness

I strongly recommend watching the following presentation at least two times. The first is now, so that you know it exists. The second is when you'll actually need it - before building an important presentation.

Why? Because it easily explains and illustrates how (and why) should good presentations be built. 

Good PowerPoint Design – for business presenters

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Via Business Model Design and Innovation

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