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Losing Weight with the iPhone – Seven Good Advices

August 9, 2008 by

We all know by now that loosing weight not just starts with a diet but needs be accompanied by exercise.

Advice 1: Pedometer
David Heber one of the nutrition experts that I follow recommends to use a pedometer to count the movement and calculate the energy consumption. Now you can turn in your iPhone into a pedometer.
In the App Store for the iPhone there are 4 Pedometer applications listed:
- Pedometer from Luminant Software for USD 4.99
- Distance Meter from Future Apps INc. for USD 2.99
- Steps from Edovia Inc. for USD 1.99
- Stride from Dramatic Technologies for USD 1.99

If you have used one of those applications already please leave a comment. I will start using these applications and therefore cannot share any experience with these tools yet. In the coming weeks I will be updating this part of my post.

Advice 2: Work Out in a Fitness Studio
I found a very interesting advice on how the iPhone will support your work out. Read more in the post:
The iPhone-Powered Handheld Workout Reference.

Advice 3:
I follow a mix of the meditarian, chinese (5 Elements) and color diet. The color diet was created by David Heber. In Google Docs I set up a permanent shopping list for my family. The list was built on the shopping list that I found in the book: “What Color is Your Diet ? by David Heber, page 126 ff.  When we go shopping we use the iPhone to open our permanent shopping list in Google Docs.  We use Google to better collaborate in our family. I have written about it in my post: My New Work-Life Balance with iGoogle.

Advice 4: Calory Usage tracking
In the App Store you will a tool to track your calory consumption. This is a good way to start your diet
with an analysis of your daily calory intake.
- CaloryGuard from BlueBamboo.de Falko Buttler for USD 3.99
I have no personal experience with this tool yet. In the coming weeks I will be continuously updating this post as learn more and more about these tools.

Advice 5: Weight Tracker
There are two tools that you can install on your iPhone to track your weight to record your weight.
- Weight Tracker from the Foundation HealthCare Net which is free
- FatWatch from Benjamin Ragheb for USD 9.99
I have not used any of the tools yet. Please me a comment if you had used this tools in the past. Thank you.

Advice 6: Weight-Charter
Another Application for your iPhone in the App Store: It is a diet and exercise program.
- Weight-Charter from e-Agent for USD 4.99
Again I have not used myself yet. In the next weeks I will be updating this post.

Advice 7: CalorieCheck
This is an application in the App Store which gives you detailed nutritional information for over seven thousand foods.
- CalorieCheck from John Moffett for USD 0.99

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Top Ten iGoogle Gadgets revisited

August 6, 2008 by

I have written about the top most iGoogle gadgets in a previous post (March, 20, 2008). Now I want to see if the wisdom of the crowd has changed since the economy has taken a dive.

Number 10: (igoogle.com)
New: Wikipedia (1,862,838 users) lost users and down from 8. Users: 1 619 271
BBC News (1 330 522 users) not in the top ten despite an increase of users. Now at: 1 439 107.
Number 10: (Switzerland)
New: Google Mail (22 371 users)
Neue Zuericher Zeitung (NZZ) (17 631) moved up to 8.

Number 9: (igoogle.com)
New: Google News (2,297,464 users) with less users (1 730 273) down from 7.
New York Times (NYT) (1 520 525 users) lost the spot in the top ten. Number of Users decreased to 1 181 752.
Number 9: (Switzerland)
New: Google News Schweiz (22 763)
Blick-online News (18 470 users) out of the top ten with 11 810 users.

Number 8: (igoogle.com)
New: Quotes of the day (2,452,622 users) now with 1 752 946 users down from 6.
Wikipedia (1,862,838 users) moved to 10.
Number 8: (Switzerland)
New: Neue Zuericher Zeitung (NZZ) (17 631) up from 10 with 30 901 users.
Wikipedia Suche (22’619 users) dropped out of the top ten. Now with only 6 690 users.
(Biggest looser)

Number 7: (igoogle.com)
New: Google Calendar (2 677 073 users)
Google News (2,297,464 users) now at 9.
Number 7: (Switzerland)
Date & Time (27’062 users) gained users: 38 760

Number 6: (igoogle.com)
New: Official YouTube Gadget (4,397,481 users) with 9 840 054 users down from five.
Quotes of the day (2,452,622 users) now at 8.
Number 6: (Switzerland)
New: Alle Zisch-Sport-News (60’009 users) down from five with less users: 42 215
20 Minuten | Front (29’255 users) not anymore in the top ten. Number of users dropped to 18 097.

Number 5: (igoogle.com)
New: Movies (4,686,898 users) down from 4 but with 10 119 330 (biggest relative gain of the top ten gadgets)
Official YouTube Gadget (4,397,481 users) now at number 6.
Number 5: (Switzerland)
New: news.ch/trends with 49 961 users.
Alle Zisch-Sport-News (60’009 users) moved to 6.

Number 4: (igoogle.com)
New: wikiHow – How to of the day (7,597,367 users) now with 11 876 948 users down from three.
Movies (4,686,898 users) now in fifth place.
Number 4: (Switzerland)
New: Beobachter 05|08 (77’038 users) down from 2 to 51 330 users.
swissinfo – News Frontseite (72’038 users) now in second spot.

Number 3: (igoogle.com)
New: CNN.com (7,698,511 users) now has 11 974 543 users.
wikiHow – How to of the day (7,597,367 users) at 4.
Number 3: (Switzerland)
New: PCtipp-News (84’514 users) lost users. Now at 56 825.
news.ch/trends at number 5.

Number 2: (igoogle.com)
New: Date & Time (9,294,244 users) has 12 872 637 users.
CNN.com (7,698,511 users) now in third spot.
Number 2: (Switzerland)
New: Swissinfo (72’038 users) moved up from rank 4 while users decreased to 69 654.
Beobachter 05|08 (77’038 users) moved to 4.

Number 1: (igoogle.com)
New: Weather (14 953 508 users)
Date & Time (9,294,244 users) now at Second spot.
Number 1: (Switzerland)
Wetter (95 404)
PCtipp-News (84’514 users) now in third place.

Weather made it to the top in both countries. Now that people are selling SUVs and bying bicycles instead or walking or using public transport instead of the car, weather forecast is the must have gadget, right ? .
Movies and Videos were the biggest gainers in the US. The interest in News from New York Times, BBC and Google News dropped. Or have the New York Times Readers switched to Twitter ? (Leave me a comment please). Only CNN was able to attract more users. Why ? And new in the top ten is the iGoogle gadget – Google Calendar and Weather. A decrease in users saw the gadget Quote of the Day . 
The Gadgets ranking from 2-6 stayed in the same order as last time but gained a lot of new users.

Swiss people are less interested in PC News these days- PC News dropped from top spot to third place . Are they all switching to the new iPhone or did they have to sell their computer to pay the mortgage ? Please leave a comment.
New in the top ten is weather, Google Mail and Google News Schweiz in Switzerland.

When it comes to the usage of iGoogle Gadget than we have a different situation in the US versus Switzerland. The number of users of the top ten iGoogle gadgets have increased in the US since March 20th from 43 138 472 million to 79 416 583 million. In Switzerland the number of users just went up from 458 597 to 480 184.  Any Swiss reading this article please let me know why you are not so fond of iGoogle gadgets ? Or have you convereted to the US gadgets ?

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Learning to Play the Game of Management

July 1, 2008 by

Sport is a fickle mistress – she takes you on a rollercoaster ride filled with extreme highs and deep lows that make your adrenaline levels soar and dip alternately. She makes you a superstar, an icon in the eyes of the world, a hero who induces hysteria in the masses just by stepping on to a playing field. In a grotesque twist of fate, she’s also capable of plunging you down to the depths of despair until you feel like you’re below rock bottom level. The winner emerges euphoric with the thrill of one-upmanship while the loser drags himself off the arena and lives to fight another day. The goal that catapults one man to stardom is the same act that shoves the goalie into the depths of despair.  

Sportsmen are often able to come to terms with and live peacefully with a fickle mistress; but there’s a time when sport turns a cruel mistress – when injury cuts short a promising career that’s just germinating. Like a plane that’s forced to crash land no sooner than it’s taken off, the sportsman becomes a broken shell of what he once was – forced to watch from the sidelines as people less talented than him bask in the limelight that by right ought to be his. It’s not just a passion that comes to an end, but also the money the game generates. Besides the six figure salary, sportsmen lure the lucre through special appearances, endorsements and book deals.  

But there’s a new avenue opening up to ex-jocks who are still passionate about the game – managing sports. The task of managing superstars is probably not as high-profile as being a superstar oneself, but managers like Alex Ferguson and Luiz Felipe Scolari have made themselves household names even while remaining in the background. One area where management and playing coincide is where the money is – both earn stellar amounts.  

Going back to school takes on a whole new meaning when sportsmen learn that they can pursue the subject they love – sports – and earn not just a degree but also a more than decent living. They also get to stay in touch with the game, as an integral part of it rather than as a spectator. A number of universities have woken up to the fact that there’s a huge market for sports management, which is why they’re offering degrees in the specialization – the University of Liverpool offers an MBA in Football Industries, the San Diego State University offers a marketing course aimed at helping executives in the football industry and the Kellog School of Management is offering a course in sports management, to name just a few.  

While experience and percentage of success are key factors in sports management, education can make a big difference in how tactics are used to rout the opponent. Management students tend to have an innate competitive streak that serves them in good stead once they move the sports arena as tacticians who must map winning strategies time after time. They are skilled at analyzing opponents and using data and statistics to beat them at their own game. A new era in the history of management studies has just begun, thanks to sports and the world’s passion for it.  

By-line: 

Sarah Scrafford is an industry critic, as well as a regular contributor on the subject of top online university. She invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address: [email protected].

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Three Fundamental Principals For Strategic Sustainable Career Development

June 24, 2008 by and tagged

Many people come to me to seek advice about career development. There are a few good things I came across in the many years I was involved in professional development that I would like to share. Let me give you my three high level principles for sustainable development.

1) “Act always so as to increase the number of choices.” Heinz von Foerster 
2) Past behavior predicts future behavior
3) Build win-win relationships

1) “Act always so as to increase the number of choices.” Heinz von Foerster 
Change is inevitable and it is this constant change that will feed us.
To prepare for change it is important to continuously learn by constantly looking for new challenges inside and outside of your current job or in between jobs or prior to your first ever employment. To collect a broad experience in diverse fields is the best way to increase your choices. Too narrow experience will limit your choices as you move forward in your career. To collect the experience it is important to do things and not just read books about them or get a certificate through attending training.

“The only way you provide security for yourself is by making sure that your work experience is as up-to-date as possible so that if tomorrow happens, you are able to go out and get another job because you have skills people want. That’s the only way you have security. You aren’t going to get it from the company. It will never be that way again.” Noer, David M.: Healing The Wounds – Overcoming The Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations; Jossey-Bass, 1993, Page 15

I have written already some blog posts around this topic:
Eight Best Practices For Your Employability
List of Developmental Assignments 2.0

2) Past behavior predicts future behavior
Just imagine if you were to hire someone. Just think about any job at home or in your work for which you had received a few applications. Whom would you most likely hire?
Most people that hire someone need to feel comfortable about this person being able to do the job. So most likely they will look at past experiences and performance related to this new job to predict if you would be successful. Depending on the shortage of talent this relation between past experience and job applied for might vary. But definitely will you increase your opportunities to get jobs through the more diverse experiences you have had.
A good excercise I like to recommend is to look back at what achievements (experiences) you already had. This is an excercise which takes a lot more time than you would expect. My advise is to try to take a minimum of 5 minutes of your time every day and write down whatever comes to your mind when you look back at past achievements. Collect any achievement from your school time, private time or any job you did.
How they finally should look like and the best practices to get there is well described in this article: How to write achievements for your CV

3) Build win-win relationships
Any relationship will finally turn sour if there is no win-win. It is just a matter of time.
But how to build a win-win relationship? I talked and read a lot about it. The one book that gives you the best strategy to build win-win relationships is actually a book about strategic selling. I know many people will shrug when I tell them. Selling is often perceived as being manipulated in to buying something. But hold most vendor customer relationships are long-term and not onetime. Sales people have the challenge every day to build and maintain win-win relationships. This book describes an excellent process to build win-win relationships that has worked successfully since many years for the majority of the fortune 1000 companies. You can use this process for any kind of successful relationship building in your life.What I found most useful in this process is the analysis of your position. In the first step the authors recommend to identify all relevant changes that could potentially influence your position and in the second step to rate them as opportunities or threats. In step 3 the single current sales objective is defined which would translate into your next step in your career development.Once you put down all the items that you perceive as change around you and which could potentially have an influence on your career opportunities you start to get a clearer picture of your position in the organization or on the job market. Too often I have seen even senior people being overwhelmed by changes in the organization even though these changes were already predicted long time ago. Too often it is the announcement of the change that has taken place that actually woke up most people. But isn’t this a bit too late?

What the list will do for you after you rate all the items it will start to make you think specifically what action you could take on each of the items. If it is a threat than you look for a mitigation action or if it is an opportunity than you would look for the next action to take in order to profit from it.But be aware in between you starting to act strategically on each item and having listed them all there will be a moment of emotion. It is important to rate this emotion. Do you feel panic or are you overly euphoric?  These emotions will tell you watch out you have to seriously do something in order to stay on track.

The ideal emotion is to feel between okay and concerned. By working through the actions for each of your listed item which could potentially take a few weeks or months always take a snapshot of your emotion. The aim is to get to this point where you feel between okay and concerned.

Your list should be a list in progress. Changes happen. So you need to list each new change and rate it as you go along. But this is only the starting point of your journey to more sustainable growth. Actually you need to get to the right people which have an influence on your career. And they are not that obvious always and you need to identify them carefully. But why don’t you go and read the book and follow this process that was proven highly effective and successful over and over again since many years in the real world .

 

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Knowledge Driven Economy – Quotes & Reference List

May 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

A continuously updated list of citations or references around the knowledge driven economy:

“Knowledge-Based Work: The second factor that makes jobs dysfunctional today is more and more work is knowledge-based rather than industrial. (Even the new industrial work is knowledge-based: the latest model of car has more built-in computing power than some of the first generation of satellites).” Helgesen, Sally: Leading from the grass roots,Page 20 f., in The Drucker Foundation. The Leader of the Future, Jossey-Bass Publisher, 1996

“The equation of leadership with positional power also reveals assumptions about the nature and shape of our organizations that are fast becoming obsolete. Certainly, such as linkage fails to reflect the decentralized and organic structure of what Peter Drucker has called the knowledge organization, which is the dominant form in our emergin postcapitalist era. Drucker notes that “the knowledges” that today’s organizations exist to make productive are by definition widely distributed. They are to be found not only among those at the top, the “lead horses”, but also among those who constitute what in the industrial era we called the rank and file. Indeed, people in the ranks no longer interchangeable ciphers performing simple repetitive tasks; in the knowledge organization, they are all knowledge workers. Each posses specific sets of skills and varieties of expertise, all of which are subject to continual upgrading.” Bridges, William: Leading the De-jobbed organization,Page 14 f., in The Drucker Foundation. The Leader of the Future, Jossey-Bass Publisher, 1996

“In a world where knowledge-worker companies are multiplzing, this is an especially crucial passage. Today’s twenty-two-year-old individual contributor in a dot.com company is tomorrow’s CEO. She no longer has to wait thirty years to ascend to the top spot; she may be ready in five or ten years (or it may be even less). Plus, first-time managers in knowledge-worker companies have a tremendous impact on productivity (in terms of cost efficiency and revenue growth). If they’re acting like individual contributors, their impact will be reduced. For these resons alone, organizations must do more than just give lip servcie to the importance of this passage.” Charan, Ram; Drotter, Stephen; Noel, James: The Leadership Pipeline – How to build the Leadership Powered Company; Jossy-Bass, 2001, Page 34

Wired cofounder Kevin Kelly recently reported that humans have “published” at least 32 million books; 750 million articles and essays; 25 million songs; 500 million images; 500 000 movies; 3 million videos, TV shows, and short films; and 100 billion public Web pages – and most of this knowledge explosion took place in the lst half century. Now add the constant stream of new knowledge created every day; so much, in fact, that the stock of human knowledge now doubles every five years. Tapscott, Don; Williams, Anthony D.: Wikinomics, Atlantic Books, 2007, Page 151 f.

“Collaboration, publication, peer review, and exchange of precompetitive information are now becoming keys to success in the knowledge-based economy.” Tapscott, Don; Williams, Anthony D.: Wikinomics, Atlantic Books, 2007, Page 153.

“In 1962, Douglas Engelbart wrote an extraordinary paper entitled “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework”, where he explained how exlectronic workstations could augment the thinking and communications abilities of what he called “knowledge workers” Tapscott, Don; Williams, Anthony D.: Wikinomics, Atlantic Books, 2007, Page 245.

“The problem from an organizational and knowledge-management point of view, however, lies in the inability of firms to capture and codify those moments of inspired brilliance – the moments when someone does something spontaneous that could be the key to unlocking a whole new approach to getting things done. Mayfield suggests the self-organizing group formation process should occur in social software. “Those are the moments where the greatest amount of learning occurs”, he says. Tapscott, Don; Williams, Anthony D.: Wikinomics, Atlantic Books, 2007, Page 256.

What is the impact on future Merger & Aquisitions ?
“Feigen points out that holding on to talent after a merger is an adverse selection process. “The most desirable people with the strongest resumes start marketing themselves first, and those are the people you want. Then you’ve got people down the line who may be high performers, but they’re younger. They’re saying, ‘Oh my God, my mentor, my boss just left,’ and they start looking. Not only do you lose the good leaders, but you also lower the morale of the up-and-comers if you aren’t prepared to take quick action to stem possible losses. A knowledge economy where people are truly your assests can implode very quickly.”"Carey, Dennis C.; Ogden, Dayton: The Human Side of M&A, Oxford University Press, 2004, Page 65 

“Court employees. Especially in knowledge-based industries, losing talented employees is the same as losing business assets. Court them as ardently as you court customers.” Carey, Dennis C.; Ogden, Dayton: The Human Side of M&A, Oxford University Press, 2004, Page 68

“Work No Longer Has Clear Boundaries
A major factor in the mounting stress level is that the actual nature of our jobs has changed much more dramatically and rapidly than have our training for and our ability to deal with work. In just last half of the twentieth century, what constituted “work” in the industrialized world was transformed from assembly-line, make-it and move-it kinds of activity to what Peter Drucker has so aptly termed “knowledge work”.
Allen, David: Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Pengiun Books, 2001, Page 5.

“The Real Work of Knowledge Work
Welcome to the real-life experience of “knowledge work”, and a profound operational principle: You have to think about your stuff more than you realize but not as much as you’re afraid you might. As Peter Drucker has written, “In knowledge work… the task is not given; it has to be determined. ‘What are the expected results from this work?’ is … the key question in making knowledge workers productive. And it is a question that demands risky decisions. There is usually no right answer; there are choices instead. And results have to be clearly specified, if productivity is to be achieved.”
Allen, David: Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Pengiun Books, 2001, Page 15.

“Too often “managing by wandering around” is an excuse for getting away from amorphous piles of stuff. This is where the need for knowledge-work athletics really shows up. Most people did not grow up in  a world where defining the edges of work and managing huge numbers of open loops were required. But when you’ve developed the skilll and habits of processing input rapidly into a rigorously defined system, it becomes much easier to trust your judgement calls about the dance of what to do, what to stop doing, and what to do instead.”
Allen, David: Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Pengiun Books, 2001, Page 198 f..

“This doesn’t mean that everyone has to do everything. I hope I have described a way to relate to our releatively new knowledge-based world that gives room for everyone to have a lot more to do than he or she can do. The critical issue will be to facilitate a constant renegotiation process with all involved, so they feel OK about what they’re not doing. That’s real knowledge work, at a more sophisticated level. But there’s little hope of getting there without having bulletproof collection systems in play. Remember, you can’t renegotiate an agreement with yourself that you can’t remember you made. And you certainly can’t renegotiate agreements with others that you’ve lost track of.”
Allen, David: Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Pengiun Books, 2001, Page 235.

“The rapid growth in scientific and technological knowledge is one driver that has contributed to the growing importance of human capital. Second, the information technology boom of the 1990s and the accompanying talent shortage got firms thinking about human capiatla as never before. Finally, there is a growing recognition that more and more of the market value of firms rests in their human capital.” Lawler III, Edward E., Worley Christopher G.: Built to Change, How to achieve sustained organizational effectiveness, Joessy-Bass, 2006, Page 5.

“Knowledge Is Central
The centrality of knowledge to organizational effectiveness has changed the very essence of organizations, what they do, and how they do it. Because of the growth in knowledge and the ways it is used by organizations, the nature of individua work has changed. Increasingly, work in developed countries is knowledge work in which people manage information, deal in abstract concepts, and are valued for their ability to think, analyze, and problem-solve. Fewer and fewer people are doing the mind-numbing, reptitive manual tasks that used to dominate the work scene. ” Lawler III, Edward E., Worley Christopher G.: Built to Change, How to achieve sustained organizational effectiveness, Joessy-Bass, 2006, Page 5 f.

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Interesting Free Learning Resources on the Web

April 9, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

I will be collecting interesting free learning resources that I find on the web.
Main focus will be on soft skills.

New: Time Management
If time is well managed and invested it will clear the way for future growth and success.
Professor Randy Pausch gives an overview of the latest techniques around time management and shares his own experience. And he knows what he is speaking about: “According to his doctors, computer science professor Randy Pausch has three to six months to live due to cancer, and in this video lecture he shares his tips for making the most of your time, “the most precious commodity you have.”" Pausch, Randy: Lecture on Time Management, Video, 08 April 2008, Lifehacker.com

What is the best way to learn from this video ? My recommendation is to write down any idea or technique Professor Randy Pausch is talking about while watching this video. If you do not research has shown that you are very likely to keep only keep 20% of the information received through this video.

Once you have collected all ideas and techniques from this lecture go through the list and define an action to take for each item.  To put your learning into action is key in the retention of this new aquired knowledge. To take action will also support your evaluation of this new knowledge.

Another recommendation is to break actions that would require a few hours into smaller chunks that might only take you a few minutes to do. This avoids pushing the start of the action into the future and maybe never gets started.

Randy Pausch has also written a book about his Time Management Lecture.

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Top 10 iGoogle gadgets: iGoogle.com versus Switzerland (igoogle.ch)

March 20, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Somehow I am attracted by the wisdom of the crowds. Those crowds are more intelligent than the indivudual in the crowd. So what better way to find out what smart Gadgets should be in your igoogle pages is than to have a look at the most used gadgets on iGoogle. Well I could not do this without a comparision between igoogle.com and Switzerland (igoogle.ch)

Number 10: (igoogle.com)
BBC News (1 330 522 users)
Number 10: (Switzerland)
Neue Zuericher Zeitung (NZZ) (17 631)
My comparison comment: Both are serious news sources

Number 9: (igoogle.com)
New York Times (NYT) (1 520 525 users)
Number 9: (Switzerland)
Blick-online News (18 470 users)
My comparison comment: Again at igoogle.com another serious news source. Now here in Switzerland it is the colorful daily news with some bikini pictures in it or so.

Number 8: (igoogle.com)
Wikipedia (1,862,838 users)
Number 8: (Switzerland)
Wikipedia Suche (22’619 users)
My comparison comment: Surprise, surprise for both the same encyclopedia in their local language.

Number 7: (igoogle.com)
Google News (2,297,464 users)
Number 7: (Switzerland)
Date & Time (27’062 users)
My comparison comment: Google news versus showing the date and time. But wait and look at the next numbers.

Number 6: (igoogle.com)
Quotes of the day (2,452,622 users)
Number 6: (Switzerland)
20 Minuten | Front (29’255 users)
My comparison comment: Making a smart quote of the day versus having some broad short general news from this free news magazine that you also get for free on the train stations in Switzerland.

Number 5: (igoogle.com)
Official YouTube Gadget (4,397,481 users)
Number 5: (Switzerland)
Alle Zisch-Sport-News (60’009 users)
My comparison comment: YouTube videos versus Sport news.

Number 4: (igoogle.com)
Movies (4,686,898 users)
Number 4: (Switzerland)
swissinfo – News Frontseite (72’038 users)
My comparison comment: Where to find movies playing near versus news about Switzerland.

Number 3: (igoogle.com)
wikiHow – How to of the day (7,597,367 users)
Number 3: (Switzerland)
news.ch/trends
My comparison comment: How to do things versus what are the latest trends in technology such as eGadgets.

Number 2: (igoogle.com)
CNN.com (7,698,511 users)
Number 2: (Switzerland)
Beobachter 05|08 (77’038 users)
My comparison comment:  The well known CNN news channel versus a consumer advice magazine (something like a how to).

Number 1: (igoogle.com)
Date & Time (9,294,244 users)
Number 1: (Switzerland)
PCtipp-News (84’514 users)
My comparison comment: Date & Time is a must versus PC news.

Overall comment: Date & Time for igoogle.com users is top priority. It seems like users have difficulties in remembering what date it is today. This gadget is a must. Also a existing time displays on computers, telephones and watches are not enough. There needs to be a time display in the iGoogle site as well. The date & time gadget made it also to the 7th place in Switzerland. Can we conclude that time is of a lesser importance in Switzerland. Maybe I should try this one and just pick someone from Switzerland randomly from the telephone book and call him to ask the question what time and date is it. The same should I do for English speaking world, probably I would choose the USA and see who cannot answer me this question. What do you think ?

Another surprising finding is that the PC News are top in Switzerland. It looks like the users of igoogle.ch are dying to get PC News. Before they worry about the world or the economy or anything else, the PC comes first. There must be so much change around PC technologies that they are utter worried they would miss it. Maybe I should try this and just call and ask what is the latest igoogle gadget that was released. Maybe the swiss would win for example over the USA user ?

Anything around Movies and Videos is definetely something special to the igoogle.com users. To know instantly what movie is playing near me is a must. And not to forget to be able to talk about the top videos on YouTube.

Both user communities seem to be into pragmatism. They all want to know how to do things. How to fill in my tax form, how can I save taxes, make more money, find the best schools, fix my house, fix my car, and so and so on. How to is a big thing.

And the national news. What is probable the CNN to the igoogle.com users that is the swissinfo to the Swiss. So here the users know where their focus is. In Switzerland the swiss news just comes after the PC news and the technology news trend. Once they know what is latest in technology, they want to know what their nation is doing.

What other conclusion could you draw out of this top ten list ? Just leave a comment if you like.

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My New Work-Life Balance With iGoogle

March 14, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

Work: I am looking after the development of a few thousand leaders and employees with a very diversified cultural background stretching over 14 hours time zone.  Life: I have two little kids and my wife is working as a system engineer.

Over the past years I have aquired many new skills and best practices to be more effective. I use speed-reading, speed writing, speed leading and also the process from David Allen – Getting things done – The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and Six Sigma.


And now I am starting to use the latest powers of Web 2.0 to get one more step ahead in designing the ultimate work-life balance.
It was last Sunday when I came about iGoogle. And there it was the ultimate environment to get my whole life and work organized in an instant.
So what has changed since then ?
I have setup two iGoogle accounts – one is for work and the other one for life.

Whenever I am at work I go to my iGoogle work account. There I have a number of gadgets that do some fancy stuff for me. I get the latest leadership quote of the day, the stock price of the company I work for, the latest news through Google Reader about my employer, all the news about Management, Leadership, Talent Management, Employee Development, Career Development and Human Resources and the weather forecast. I have also added Google Bookmarks and the be Twittered Gadget where I see the latest twitter for example from New York Times.
What is the result of this iGoogle for work ? Well, it takes me just 5 minutes and I have the latest update on my company and on my profession.
What other gadgets should I add ? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below. Thank you.

Twice a day I will log into my iGoogle for Life.  There I can leave a note for my wife or vice versa, see where it is raining or snowing (radar) right now, the receipe of the day or I can search for one, the latest discount offers, another to do list, the snow report of our favourite ski resort, time table search for the public transport, what is on teli tonight, what are the latest movies released, send a free sms, MSN Messenger, News (Menshealth, automotor, etc.), Telephone Book search, Route Search, Translator and search on eBay.
What other gadgets should I add ? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below. Thank you.

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13 Interesting Blog Posts around Development and Web 2.0

March 13, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New: The Road To Financial Armageddon Series
Another interesting story about transformation. This time it is about personal cashflow management. How Trent Hamm managed to turn the looming bankruptcy of his family around and turn it into a sustainable financial success. Cashflow Management is key for any successful sustainable endeavour.

1) Web 2.0 in HCM
What it will do for Human Resources HR function ?

2) My prediction for 2008 – groupware is so cool
Why 2008 will be the year of web based groupware ?

3) Personal Learning Environments
What is are personal Learning Environments and what are their benefits ?

4) All about conferencing
What conference tools are around and what are their costs, etc ?

5) Personal Learning Environment for language learning
What does a Personal Learning Environment for language learning looks like ?
Fanatastic, this is just what I was looking for. This shows the state of the art in learning, wow . It also lists a very interesting free collaborative environment for language learning called MyHappyPlanet.

6) Jobs and Careers in Social and Collaborative Learning
What are the future or emerging jobs in careers in social and collaborative learning ?

7) How to become  a professional blogger ?
This is a great post on professional development. I find this a very good description of how someone transitioned over years into professional blogging. A must read in my opinion.

8) The Ten Most Marketable Web Development Skills ?
What are the current marketable technical skills for a web developper ? This post was published in December 2007. For each technical skill the author listed links to relevant learning resources. Excellent!

9)e-Learning Reloaded: Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Info Junkies, Researchers & Students
How to collect all your notes, lists, links, etc. online for free ? How to get 5GB free storage space ? How to create free mindmaps and flowcharts collaboratively ? And many more interesting helpers….

10) How Tom Peters is using a wiki to collect real life management stories ?
Another example on how to collect collabaretively knowledge continuously for your
development.
You want to know about the management guru Tom Peters, check out his Blog.

11) 1000 True Fans
What does it take to build a sustainable living online ? Article by Kevin Kelly, founder executive editor of Wired News.
How this would translate into a winning strategy in making a living through teaching online is explored by Brian clark in his article: A 20-Step Process For Finding Your 1,000 True Fans.

12) Doing Business in Second Life (A Virtual World)
How people make a real living in a virtual environment ? These are one of these emerging jobs that did not exist just a couple of years ago.

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My Favourite Blog Posts

March 13, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New: Doing Business in Second Life (A Virtual World)
How people make a real living in a virtual environment ? These are one of these emerging jobs that did not exist just a couple of years ago.

1) Web 2.0 in HCM
What it will do for Human Resources HR function ?

2) My prediction for 2008 – groupware is so cool
Why 2008 will be the year of web based groupware ?

3) Personal Learning Environments
What is are personal Learning Environments and what are their benefits ?

4) All about conferencing
What conference tools are around and what are their costs, etc ?

5) Personal Learning Environment for language learning
What does a Personal Learning Environment for language learning looks like ?
Fanatastic, this is just what I was looking for. This shows the state of the art in learning, wow . It also lists a very interesting free collaborative environment for language learning called MyHappyPlanet.

6) Jobs and Careers in Social and Collaborative Learning
What are the future or emerging jobs in careers in social and collaborative learning ?

7) How to become  a professional blogger ?
This is a great post on professional development. I find this a very good description of how someone transitioned over years into professional blogging. A must read in my opinion.

8) The Ten Most Marketable Web Development Skills ?
What are the current marketable technical skills for a web developper ? This post was published in December 2007. For each technical skill the author listed links to relevant learning resources. Excellent!

9)e-Learning Reloaded: Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Info Junkies, Researchers & Students
How to collect all your notes, lists, links, etc. online for free ? How to get 1GB free storage space ? How to create free mindmaps and flowcharts collaboratively ? And many more interesting helpers….

10) How Tom Peters is using a wiki to collect real life management stories ?
Another example on how to collect collabaretively knowledge continuously for your
development.
You want to know about the management guru Tom Peters, check out his Blog.

11) 1000 True Fans
What does it take to build a sustainable living online ? Article by Kevin Kelly, founder executive editor of Wired News.
How this would translate into a winning strategy in making a living through teaching online is explored by Brian clark in his article: A 20-Step Process For Finding Your 1,000 True Fans.

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