What did you learn today? Aug 11, 2009

August 11, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights if I come across any. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Networking solutions for career success – Michelle Tullier (author of this book ) talks about practical tips for networking in general. Best way is to download and start listening from 18:20 into the webinar.

2) I want to mention 2 very good non-fiction books that I read recently. Following are the links to my notes from both books –

If you are or expect to be in any leadership/front line manager position, you should definitely check out this book. I started reading from chapter 7: The art of interviewing for talent and that hooked me. So I went back and read it from start, it was worth it.

One thing I want to quickly mention about photoreading book is, there is lot of good advice and thought provoking nuggets in this book. After reading photoreading, I certainly saw a significant improvement in my reading technique, speed and comprehension at that speed. There is lot of melodrama and exaggerated promises (IMHO) in this book. But one needs to try and see beyond all the melodrama, to truly understand the logic behind why the techniques might be so useful. I plan to write a blog post as a review of this book. I will try to explain my point further at that time. Till then, please stay tuned.

Is there anything interesting you learn today? Please share it with me, here in comments?


Cheers,
Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? August 03, 2009

August 3, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links,  quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

  1. An intriguing finding about how to reset your biological clock to overcome jet lag. How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle In One Night.
  2. And now a very interesting story of an American programmer who learned to speak and read Hindi & Kannada. He also an author of many books. I plan to read My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job soon. Contrary to what the title suggests, it’s more about how to be a good programmer and less about Indians taking jobs.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?

Cheers,
Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

  1. Please watch when you have 20 minutes to spare, that way you can watch it till end. It may come across as a little melodramatic, but I think it’s true nevertheless, very true. P.S. – I’m not endorsing any product here. 🙂
  2. Another powerful lesson by Steve Blank – Ask and It Shall be Given. Even though you may know the message already, Steve tells it with a personal story, which makes it very interesting.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 16, 2009

July 17, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Another great discussion from ask.metafilter.com on overcoming social awkwardness. Following comment caught my eye. It’s totally irrelevant to the topic at hand so to say, but interesting nevertheless. I find it thought provoking, something to consider, if I ever had to hire customer service reps in this lifetime.

Right out of college, I got a job working in a call center, the 800 customer service # for a major corporation. Unlike the situation today, where call centers are crap jobs with crap pay, this company took it very seriously. The phone reps were seen as the face of the company, the primary point of contact for potential and current customers, so we were invested in. We had decent salaries, fantastic training on not just our product but on communicating with customers via phone, and were encouraged to move up in the company (no lie: I know several call center alumni who now hold executive positions).

The entire discussion is worth giving a read, lot of useful advice, as always.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 10, 2009

July 10, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Good article about e-commerce website usability by Greg Nudelman – The Mystery of Filtering by Sorting. Main takeaways for me are as follows –

  • Most users do not have clear understanding of the difference between sorting and filtering. They use sort function as if it’s a filter.
  • we should lay out search controls in such a way that users can read their settings as an English sentence. e.g. Search [–text box–] in [–categories drop down–] sort by [–sort option drop down–]
  • On e-commerce website search results, most users don’t go beyond first screen full, i.e. they don’t even scroll down. Many of them don’t go beyond first page. Almost nobody goes to third page. The more no. of search results fit in first page and first screen full, comfortably, the better.

2) A very good article about how to come up with new entrepreneurial ideas. What a Pain.In.The.Ass. Chris Oleary has a simple but powerful thought.

3) The dark side of entrepreneurship. Accounting is very important in any business. Always be extra-cautious, do your homework, be lean, save a stash of money which can be used in hard times. Better to be prepared than being caught off-guard. Finally, entrepreneurship is not just about BIG REWARDS, but also about RISK which has to precede rewards.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Here is another good blog post by Derek Sivers I discovered today. Are you future-focused or present-focused? The marshmallow experiment. I’m becoming kind of fan of Derek Sivers. He is music composer turned entrepreneur, former owner of CD Baby, sold it for 22 million $ in 2008. Many of his blog posts are thought provoking and inspirational for wannabe entrepreneurs. Derek mentions a book time paradox. I need to check it out soon.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? June 30, 2009

June 30, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Great discussion about how to lead a business meeting. Comment snippet I liked best is –

She analyzes the likely interests of the multiple stakeholder groups before each meeting and has a quiet word with the most influential decision-makers, "asking their advice" about the contentious issues that are likely to arise, so that no-one’s position ever comes as a surprise in the actual meeting.

2) Great advice on How to be rich & how not to be rich – by Felix Dennis, Britain’s business tycoon. Check out the article, it’s a very good read. In the article, Dennis says:

After a lifetime of making money and observing better men and women than me fall by the wayside, I am convinced that fear of failing in the eyes of the world is the single biggest impediment to amassing wealth. Trust me on this. ()

3) And now, this one is for my brother and all the 20 something singles – Welcome to Your Quarterlife Crisis.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,
Tejas Joshi