January 26, 2010

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Weekly review: Week ending January 24, 2010


  • [X] Catch up on work
  • [X] Schedule and attend calls
  • [X] Send Idea Lab results and updates
  • [/] Prepare microblogging presentation  Sketched and posted notes, but still have to make the slides
  • Also: Recovered from computer problems
  • Chatted with manager about yearly results
  • Edited documents
  • Volunteered to help with remote presentations talk in March


  • [X] Find woodworking and electronics projects for J-
  • [/] Plan tea party for February
  • [/] Send thank-you notes
  • Also: Started planning event
  • Attended school open house


  • [X] Go to the dentist
  • [X] Schedule vet visit
  • [X] Submit more paperwork (health care, TFSA, etc.)
  • [X] Recover from trip, jet lag, sore throat
  • [X] Revise The Shy Connector for upcoming WITI presentation; test
  • Also: Dusted off sewing machine and started sewing
  • Made Eggs Beatrice
  • Took pictures
  • Copied family pics into computer



  • [  ] Capture lessons learned
  • [  ] Create overview visuals
  • [  ] Revise wiki structure
  • [  ] Shadow David Ing on client interviews
  • [  ] Give presentation / facilitate discussion on microblogging


  • [  ] Send thank-you notes
  • [  ] Send care package
  • [  ] Plan February tea party
  • [  ] Mentor and be mentored


  • [  ] Scan my notes
  • [  ] Start grouping Siargao pictures into a story

Dogear and Delicious: Cross-posting your enterprise bookmarks (xpost)

I love sharing my bookmarks. Tagging helps me find things again, and other people tell me they occasionally find useful websites in my collection. Here’s a bookmarklet that makes it easy for me to share on our internal Lotus Connections Dogear bookmarking service at work as well as on the del.icio.us bookmarking service outside the firewall. In order to avoid bookmarking internal sites publicly, I check the domain name for the presence of ibm.com. This results in false positives on the external IBM.com domain, but that’s okay. It works most of the time.

To use, drag “tag this” to your bookmark bar.

tag this

I’ve modified the Lotus Connections Dogear script so that it wouldn’t show a lot of pop-up warnings on Chrome, which is my default browser.


Book: Beyond Booked Solid

Beyond Booked Solid: Your Business, Your Life, Your Way Its All Inside
Michael Port, 2008

(This link is an Amazon affiliate link, but if you’re near a public library, take advantage of it. I borrowed this book from the Toronto Public Library. =) )

Michael Port’s follow-up to Booked Solid focuses on how to grow your business beyond yourself, and is an excellent read for people interested in taking the next step.

I’m curious about the A3 Reports he describes on pp. 61-62. The A3 Report summarizes a business situation on a single sheet of 11.7”x16.5” paper. It would be interesting to use this structure to think through personal situations as well. =) (I guess I’m weird that way.)

  • Title of report, name, and related information
  • Theme/objective
  • Current situation analysis
  • Root cause analysis
  • Alternatives
  • Recommendations
  • Future state picture
  • Implementation plan

On page 94, he also provides some tips on making things happen, and then he fleshes them out over the next pages.

  • Collaborate.
  • Adopt practices for exploring a variety of perspectives.
  • Coordinate meticulously.
  • Listen generously.
  • Build relationships intentionally.
  • Have clear intentions.
  • Develop habits of commitment making and fulfilling.
  • Tightly couple learning with action.
  • Call on your talents.
  • Bring your passion to the project.
  • Embrace uncertainty.
  • Have a compelling story for your project.

On page 146, he offers tips and outsourcing work to other firms. He firmly believes that you shouldn’t outsource in a way that creates a single point of failure for your business. If you work with firms and document your systems well, you can get back up and running after unexpected difficulties.

On page 173, he makes a particularly good point relevant for public speakers. He says, “Before I give a speech, I need to be careful not to try to create a particular energy. Instead I tap into the audience’s energy. We all need to tap into the energy of the people we’re working with. There’s only so long you can be an energetic cheerleader for a project if the people around you need to be manipulated into corresponding energetic responses. I’m sure you’ve all thought how your energy level rises around people who are excited about the work they’re doing or, for that matter, how your energy lifts with someone who has a zest for life.”

Another good take away can be found on page 177, where he advises, “Schedule fun once a day — after your normal working schedule.” This not only helps you include your productivity by encouraging you to be more efficient, it also helps you manage your energy.

Worth reading, particularly if you’re interested in scaling up.