Globalisation of work

In the near future, at least five billion people around the world will use some form of mobile device to download information, access knowledge and coach and teach each other.

Some will have the intellectual capacity and motivation to really make something of this opportunity, wherever they happen to be born.

These people will want to join the global talent pool and, if possible, migrate to creative and vibrant cities.

By doing so, this vast crowd of talented people will increasingly compete with each other, continuously upping the stakes for what it takes to succeed.

It seems to me that this will impact all of us in three ways – the hollowing out of work, the globalisation of virtual work, and the rise of the ‘transnational’.

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10 Apps to Keep Your Business Organized

No matter what industry you’re in, so much of any business depends on networking. But keeping track of business contacts, back-to-back meetings, and pending deals can be a real headache. Thankfully, there’s an app for that. A few, actually.

I asked a panel of successful young entrepreneurs for the mobile apps that keep them on track in their work and on the go. Here are their favorite suggestions.

1. LinkedIn CardMunch

CardMunchis a real problem solver for me. I used to have stacks of business cards that always needed to be processed. Now I scan them and often auto-connect with the person on LinkedIn, giving me something to anchor the face-to-face meeting and go back to if needed.

2. Asana

Asana, our project management tool, links to mobile devices and is a great asset. The software allows us to update projects, request followups, and tracks all user activity so nothing is lost in the vortex of e-mail. Use the calendar function to see upcoming meetings at a glance, including notes, attendees, and dial-in information.

3. Launch Center

Launch Centeris a way to organize the most important things you need to get done on a day-to-day basis, but can also be used for reminders. Things should be simple, and this app makes everything on your iPhone one tap away from being checked off your list.

4. Bizzabo

Bizzabois an excellent app to keep track of connections you’ve made at conferences and meetings. It’s also an exceptionally powerful way to network with others while you’re at events and even after you leave.

5. Remember the Milk

Remember The Milk is the to-do list I use for everything I do. I have customized and improved my RTM experience a bit through their API, but at the very least, it can serve as an easy-to-use task list that you can leverage anywhere you go.

6. ToutApp

ToutAppis the networking tool that I use the most while I am on the go. One of the hardest things to do is to follow up with people that you meet from networking events. This app makes it easy to send templated followup messages with just a simple text. It will also enter that person’s contact info into your favorite CRM system.

7. Hashable

If you want to introduce people on the go, I highly recommend Hashable. It’s especially perfect for the informal introductions that are so common in the tech scene, where you can just introduce two people on Twitter and leave the rest to them.

8. Google Calendar

Having your calendar handy is a huge boon when you bump into that investor or new hire of your dreams. Google Calendar lets you lock in a time for a longer meeting at the moment that you meet someone. It’s a simple way to make sure that you connect with this person again.

9. Mobile Assistant

Through Mobile Assistant, I’ve gotten my thoughts transcribed on the go. I just call in to a mobile number, record my thoughts, and then they’re sent to me the next day. Whether I’m recording meeting notes or creating a draft of a new proposal, I’ve never documented things this quickly.

10. Evernote

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How to Think Big in Business

Experience is the enemy of thinking big. So is fear, caution, politics and perfection. The problem is these issues make up the very rungs of nearly every corporate ladder. That could make thinking big seem impossible. The good news is that it is not. 

So, what exactly constitutes thinking big, how does one do it, and what typically gets in the way? Read on to find out.

What Big Thinkers Do

Big thinkers systematically create powerful new ideas, but first they create a process to come up with those ideas. Author Seth Godin, for example, blogs a new idea every single day. In fact, a blog is a wonderful place to organize your thoughts.

Big thinkers also aggressively execute on these ideas, even when the ideas are not completely ready. Consultant and author Alan Weiss believes a person should move when 80% ready. Chances are, only you will know the last 20% is missing. Yet, it’s this last 20% that keeps nearly all of us from moving forward on a good idea. Why don’t we think 80% is enough? For the same reasons I mentioned in the introduction: fear, caution, perfection and past experiences.

People who think big often perfect instead of invent. Think about every category Apple has dominated: smart phones, tablets, music downloading, software distribution. Apple wasn’t first to any of those categories, but it quickly perfected each. Similarly, there were retailers before Amazon, and there were grocery stores before Trader Joe’s. Big thinkers don’t necessarily have to blaze trails. They just have to make their trails the best freaking trails on the planet.

Similarly, big thinkers are selective about where they make a difference. Apple is famously particular about what it manufactures. Amazon is, too. While it’s making book readers and a few cheap accessories under its own brand, I doubt we’ll see it get into productivity software, like Google. And many say that Google isn’t being selective enough.

What Gets in the Way

The opposite of thinking big is defensive thinking. It is, unfortunately, how most of us go through our days. It starts with fear — fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of disapproval from superiors, clients or customers. For most, fear leads to the following:

  • Overanalysis: What if it doesn’t work? What if it does? What if the worst happens? What if I lose the business?
  • Procrastination: All of us have things we know we need to do that we’ve put off, often for weeks or months, and sometimes for years. Our fears cause this behavior.
  • The stifling of creativity: If we’re afraid of the possible outcomes, how can we allow ourselves the time and environment to be creative?
  • The draining of energy: So much bandwidth is given to analyzing and defending against potential negative ramifications that there’s little energy left for actually doing things.

There are at least two recent examples of how damaging corporate defensive thinking can be. Research in Motion is in shambles because it spent a year developing a tablet for fear of being left out. In the process, RIM forgot to continue innovating its actual strength: the BlackBerry phone. The sad result ended up on the cover of The Wall Street Journal.

Then there’s Best Buy, which invested so much money and effort into its online operation, it neglected its one true advantage in the retail business: physical stores. This kind of defensive posture prevented Best Buy from seeing the entire picture. Guess what happened? The world passed it by.

How to Think Big

I tell my clients every day that they can change their thinking. Here’s how.

  • Burn your baggage. To get started, sit down in a place where you cannot be interrupted, and identify the experiences that are getting in the way. Then, understand this enormous truth: It’s over. Don’t allow it to negatively affect your future.
  • Give yourself a place to think and have ideas. A blog is nearly a perfect arrangement for this. But so is a notebook. What’s critical is to carve out the time on your calendar and stick to it. Call it your idea time.
  • Execute on your ideas when you’re almost ready. Remember, the last 20% is not what matters. Be bold!
  • Start a lot. If you find yourself procrastinating, start working on something. It’s physics. An object at rest stays at rest, and motion begets motion. Move.
  • Get a reality check. Why? Earlier in my career, I was stunned to find that most of my clients’ customers actually thought more positively about them than they thought about themselves. Don’t be afraid to find out where you stand.