Monthly Archives: June 2007

Jun 29

Work Productivity — A more rational view

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Yesterday, I did some pretty hard swings at the whole “always on, instant availability” culture we’ve created, symbolized by the ubiquitous Blackberry. But in true “law of attraction,” more rational thoughts came from the Getting Things done guru himself in an interview about productivity with CIO Insight. David Allen, creator of the Getting Things Done […]

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Jun 28

Blackberries are SO Yesterday

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Blackberry’s, and their competitive counterparts, are tools to help us stay connected in the Information Age. Tools that enable our addiction to “always on” connectivity. Tools that we justify on the basis of helping us be more productive. Hogwash. All these tools do is stay connected — and force us to lose any perspective about […]

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Jun 26

Working With versus Working For

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

How do you characterize your past career assignments as an employee during an interview? You see, the language you use to describe your past positions can tell you a lot about how you are thinking about your career. One of the principles of career management is to consider yourself to be a consultant or contractor […]

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Jun 25

Video Job Ads — How to Evaluate

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Here you are, at your computer, checking out the job ads to see if there was something you were interested in pursuing. But instead of checking out those boring job descriptions associated with the ad — how many of them have you read that actually describe the job?? — you click on a link and […]

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Jun 19

My Killer GTD Setup — Part III

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

This is the third and final installment of My Killer GTD Setup, inspired (with perfect timing) by the Getting Things Done Blog challenge to describe my killer GTD setup. I have not been happy with how my tools were working implementing the Getting Things Done methodology. The methodology is fine; the tools I selected weren’t […]

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Jun 15

My Killer GTD Setup – Part I

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

How do you keep track of your time, tasks, and projects? It’s a critical question for Cubicle Warriors because how we manage our work translates into great delivery and, hopefully, increased job satisfaction. I’ve written a bit about my methodology — Getting Things Done, or, GTD to the faithful — but mostly from the aspect […]

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Jun 14

Where are you today?

By Scot Herrick | Business Networking

You are what your e-mail says you are. You Twitter with your friends after instant messaging with your co-workers. You Tube your way through MySpace after checking out the latest stuff with your other friends over in Second Life. But, do you talk with others very much? You know, like face-to-face or on the phone? […]

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Jun 13

Know Your Quitting Point

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

You know that with every job, there is a level of the mundane that must be done to work into the most creative aspects of the work you do. Like the artist who must show the work in order to create the art in the first place. It’s like that with knowledge workers as well. […]

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Jun 11

Employee Engagement Trumped by Management

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

The latest buzzwords around productive employees used by management: employee engagement. How companies can more effectively engage the employee, why employee engagement is necessary for a productive company, and how employee engagement works are all discussed in the blogosphere. I’ve looked at about fifty of these types of articles on why employee engagement is necessary […]

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Jun 08

Time is the New Money

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Recently, there has been a flurry of interesting articles about managing “Generation X and Y” workers now entering the workplace. Often, the articles are unflattering. Suggestions that new workers will simply up and quit a position because the work isn’t challenging and the person can simply continue living with parents are often touted as representative […]

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Jun 05

Career Management has Changed

By Scot Herrick | Business Networking

Being on vacation gives one time to reflect on your chosen subject — in my case, career management for Cubicle Warriors. Reviewing my current writing on career management on this blog, it is clear that things about career management have changed over the years. Reflecting back, it used to be when I started out in […]

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Jun 04

What’s in Your Portfolio?

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

While on vacation, I thought a lot about specialization and generalization of skills. The balance between the two is a tough one. On the one hand, people like to learn the latest and greatest — especially technical people as they believe that knowing the latest programming language or the latest technology philosophy is what is […]

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