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A Lesson from VIPdesk on Workshifting

Posted by on 30 September 2009

The call center industry pioneered the all-virtual business model more than a decade ago. As a result, thousands of people now work from home taking pizza orders, sending flowers, booking flights, and answering informercial calls from insomniacs. Now think about that. Here’s an industry that relies on fairly low wage workers to: work untethered, provide […]

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Ice Cream Tacos & The Art of Bartering

Posted by on 28 September 2009

When I was sophomore in high school my friend Eric and I had an agreement.  This agreement was based on a mutual and symbiotic arrangement that provided us both with relative equitable value with respect to the services we were in need of at the time.  It wasn’t contractual, however, in retrospect that would’ve added […]

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Was Darwin a Road Warrior?

Posted by on 25 September 2009

Today we have a guest post from Sean Ryan.  Sean is an research analyst with IDC focused on mobile enterprise software.  Classifying mobile workersCharles Darwin may not have had a smartphone or a laptop with wireless connectivity, but he did spend five years aboard the HMS Beagle making stops along the way to classify new […]

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While I spend my fair share of time on the road and in coffee shops, most of the time I’m huddled away in my home office here in Chicago. When people find out that I often work from home, the most common response I get is something along the lines of “I’m so jealous. I […]

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I think I’ve tried every time management and time trick going. Not only for myself, but for my clients, who also hope that I can help them to be more efficient, get more done, find more time.  More often than not I can help them find that elusive extra hour, even though I’ve never found […]

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Last week Enterprise Nation, the home business website, went on a roadtrip. Starting in Scotland, the touring team traveled south to meet and film home based businesses in what will become a mini documentary charting the rise in this modern way of working. It spanned 18 home businesses and 1,233 miles.  Whilst out and about, […]

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How Effective Are You Really Being

Posted by on 18 September 2009

First off, let’s throw the 80-20 rule out the window! Many studies have been written about the importance of using your time efficiently.  We all know it.  We all know what it feels like to be exhausted at the end of day, and in hindsight, feel like we didn’t accomplish anything.  Ever have one of […]

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Curing the Monday Morning Quarterback Syndrome

Ah, football season is here. After the 2nd week of College Football (how about that Matt Barkley from USC) and the first week on the NFL – millions of people all over the country are now giving themselves a new job title – Monday Morning Quarterback. I can already see the player trades, the extra […]

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The Science of Motivation

Posted by on 16 September 2009

I’m a big fan of Dan Pink.  First, it’s hard not to like a guy who describes his former role as chief speechwriter for then-Veep, Al Gore, as his last real job; who describes his contribution to Yale Law School as being in the part of the class that made the upper ninety percentile possible; […]

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Blogging and Cheese Sandwiches

Posted by on 15 September 2009

“Why should I blog?” “How the hell would blogging help my organization?” “Can’t I hire someone to blog for me?” “I hardly have time for ‘real’ work, why would I waste my time blogging.” “Blogging is for people who sustain themselves on HoHo’s and Diet Coke and live in their grandmother’s basement.” These are actual […]

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