Steve Ballmer provides a strong example and a clear cautionary tale for all sorts of things and, for me, “eating your own dog food” is definitely one of them. The first time I heard about “dogfooding” was from Steve in the early 90s while working at Microsoft. He was talking about SQL Server and saying that internal projects should use SQL rather than Oracle or something else. His point, of course, was that as the company was trying to sell SQL Server as a platform for internal solutions like we were building, (a) it better work for that and (b) by using it ourselves we could feed back to the SQL team and make the product better.
Do you dread your inbox? A recent survey found that 64 percent of workplace email causes confusion and resentment. Sources of the ill feelings come from lack of replies, too many reply alls, confusing or vague messages, and too much email in general. There is an art to writing effective emails that gets them read and answered, helping curb those feelings of anxiety. If you’ve read our recent posts on email mastery and Inbox Zero, you’ll see how writing partners with these skills to save more time. Without sounding too much like freshman English class, emails should have the same parts as research papers: an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Centric Digital knows a thing or two about going paperless. Before helping other companies transition to digital, it only made sense that Centric Digital accomplish it first. Since their first day in 2009, the digital transformation company has ditched paper for a greener, more efficient office as an example to their clients. It didn’t take long for President and Chief Digital Officer Brian Manning to see the correlation between their digital revolution and a heightened level of productivity. By switching to cloud-based programs, Centric Digital was able to coordinate their work in real time, thereby saving even more resources for their clients.
My supervisor once shared a viral meme with the office about a common email dividing line:
Make your key processes in Smartsheet more efficient. Whether you’re conducting a survey, gathering feedback, tracking IT tickets, or reusing workflows, Smartsheet’s newest features help you save time requesting information and updating text. You can now find and replace text in sheet data so you can quickly update your sheets and use them again and again. You can also automatically track responses in web forms, allowing you to see who submitted each entry. Here’s more information on these new features: Quickly Find and Replace Text in Your Sheet Data
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