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Mathieu Plourde

Working together when we're not together - 0 views

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    "We were happy to find no difference in the effectiveness, performance ratings,  or promotions for individuals and teams whose work requires collaboration with colleagues around the world versus Googlers who spend most of their day to day working with colleagues in the same office. Well-being standards were uniform across the board as well; Googlers or teams who work virtually find ways to prioritize a steady work-life balance by prioritizing important rituals like a healthy night's sleep and exercise just as non-distributed team members do. At the same time, we did hear from Googlers that working with colleagues across the globe can make it more difficult to establish connections-in many senses of the word. Coordinating schedules across time zones and booking a conference room for a video chat takes more logistical brain power than dropping by a coworkers desk for a meeting over coffee. The technology itself can also be limiting- glitchy video or faulty sound makes impromptu conversations that help teammates get to know, and trust each other, seem like more trouble than they're worth."
Mathieu Plourde

Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age: An Introduction - 0 views

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    "Speed and quality of iterative learning will be key. I call that high-speed, high-quality learning "Hyper-Learning." Hyper-Learning will require Human Excellence. Human Excellence requires both mastery of self and teaming excellence - the ability to have continual high-quality conversations that result in "collective flow" that enables the highest levels of human performance cognitively and emotionally."
Mathieu Plourde

Airtable - 0 views

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    "Part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible, teams use Airtable to organize their work, their way."
Mathieu Plourde

4 Tips for Effective Virtual Meeting Management - 0 views

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    "In order for your virtual meetings to be productive, they need to be effectively managed. Read on for our 4 simple tips for effective virtual meeting management."
Mathieu Plourde

Wichita Co.: Drastic Change in IT Usage - Story - 0 views

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    "Phones are ringing off the hook for the four-man IT department at the Wichita County courthouse after hundreds of employees discovered Monday their Internet use during work hours is being monitored."
Mathieu Plourde

Will collective intelligence change the way we work? - 0 views

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    "in a knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy, in high tech, R&D-oriented industries, the critical factors of business success are often precisely those benefits of decentralized decision making: freedom, flexibility, motivation, creativity."
Mathieu Plourde

Zen and the art of getting things done with David Allen - CNN.com - 0 views

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    "avid Allen, the author of the international bestselling productivity bible, Getting Things Done, has been teaching people how to reach higher levels of cognitive thinking for almost two decades. Like Eastern mindfulness, his solution is simple but challenging to fully implement. Clear your mind. Yes, that's it."
Mathieu Plourde

Inspiration for Working Out Loud - 0 views

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    "It's International Working Out Loud Week, also known as #WOLWeek. Working Out Loud is a relatively new term for me, picking it up from John Stepper in 2012. I have used the term, narrating your work, which to me is the same thing, though some may differ. My observation is that combining transparency (in the workplace) with narration (of work) results in increased serendipity, or more chances of fortuitous outcomes."
Mathieu Plourde

Is there a way to reduce costs and preserve appropriate student-faculty ratios? - 0 views

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    "The chart is part of a summary of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded studies by the Education Advisory Board, a business that produces research for colleges. The board looked at seven colleges, mostly regional public universities whose names have not been revealed, and tried to figure out what it costs to teach students. Analysts combed through 250 million rows of data to draw up reports that spelled out the costs of each student credit hour in each section in each department of each college."
Mathieu Plourde

ownCloud.org - 0 views

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    "With ownCloud you can sync & share your files, calendar, contacts and more. Access your data from all your devices, on an open platform you can extend and modify."
Mathieu Plourde

10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity - 0 views

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    "Gmail is one of the most popular email services with more than 500 million users, so chances are pretty good that you're one of them. But are you making the most of your email account? Many of us complain that our inboxes are too full and that responding to email is too time-consuming, but several tools are available that will streamline your email experience. Take a look at these 10 plugins--most of which are free. They might just make your inbox a friendlier place to visit:"
Mathieu Plourde

Azendoo - Task Management Application - 0 views

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    "Organize your tasks, plan projects and sync with your team, without email."
Mathieu Plourde

The Seemingly Harmless Habit Killing Your Productivity - 0 views

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    "The problem is that we get interrupted frequently in the modern workplace. Rituals become habits, and that means we run through the transition cycle every time we stop doing what we're doing. One famous 2007 study found that when people responded to email or instant messaging alerts, it took them 10 to 15 minutes beyond time spent on the interruption to really get back into their original tasks. Those 10 to 15 minutes of headline checking add up."
Mathieu Plourde

Read a 300-page book in 90 minutes with this app - 1 views

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    "As online content continues to be increasingly consumed through mobile platforms, it's no wonder we're seeing new formats to deliver information more quickly and fluidly. In the past, we've seen Wibbitz present any news story as a visual and dynamic infographic instead of plain old text. But now Spritz believes that humans can read much faster using its system of 'streaming' text at up to 600 words per minute."
Mathieu Plourde

Employees Are More Productive When They Can Tweet - 0 views

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    ""Having workers take small breaks on their phones throughout the day may positively influence their perceived well-being at the end of the workday," said Sooyeol Kim, one of the study's authors and a doctoral student at Kansas State University."
Mathieu Plourde

​15+ Awesome Google+ Tricks You Might Not Know About - 0 views

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    "Google is slowly but surely improving Google+ and trying to bring the social network to the masses. Yet some of Google+'s best features are less than obvious for both avid Google Plussers and those who are still wondering what the point of it is. Here are some of the more interesting or at least useful tips for getting the most out of Google+."
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The beginner's guide to putting the internet to work for you: How to easily save 60 min... - 0 views

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    "One of the most fun and useful things I've been doing lately is automating small processes I do all the time. It took me a while to work up the courage to dive into automation, as it always seemed like a really difficult, technical thing to do, which should be left to programmers."
Mathieu Plourde

This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here's What Happened - James Clear - 0 views

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    "In the beginning, there is basically no difference between making a choice that is 1% better or 1% worse. (In other words, it won't impact you very much today.) But as time goes on, these small improvements or declines compound and you suddenly find a very big gap between people who make slightly better decisions on a daily basis and those who don't. This is why small choices ("I'll take a burger and fries") don't make much of a difference at the time, but add up over the long-term."
Mathieu Plourde

Priority Inbox overview - 0 views

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    "Priority Inbox can help save you time if you're overwhelmed with the amount of email you get. It attempts to automatically identify your important incoming messages and separates them out from everything else. Gmail uses a variety of signals to prioritize your incoming messages, including who you've emailed and chatted with most and which keywords appear frequently in the messages you opened recently. When you click the Priority Inbox navigation link on the left-hand side of your mail, you'll see messages grouped in three sections: Important and unread, Starred, and Everything else."
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