Like many other MBAs, much of the work I do involves sharing files with other people. My favorite tool for this purpose is Dropbox. Recently, I observed that not all of the people with whom I am working, MBAs included are using Dropbox as effectively as they could. With this in mind, I thought I would focus this article on three Dropbox functions that I find beneficial, and when used properly can increase one’s effectiveness. In the following, I describe linking, version tracking and event viewing and illustrate how each can be useful and time saving.
In March of this year, Google announced that on July 1, 2013 they would retire Google Reader. Since retirement day has passed, I thought I would remind the MyeEMBA followers of two things, as well as to suggest Feedly as a replacement reader for those who have not selected one already.
1) After July 1, Google Reader will no longer be available for users to access updated content and saved articles.
2) You can save Google Reader content and subscriptions by selecting a replacement reader that allows for importing content and subscription information or by exporting Google Reader data into an OPML file, which allows access later on.
My solution for the Google Reader retirement was to choose Feedly, a reader that imported my Google Reader content and subscriptions. The result is uninterrupted access to my content and subscriptions and I did not need to create an OPML data file for later access.
My decision did not come easily, as I reviewed and experimented with almost a dozen readers, all identified in Hrishi Mittal’s list of 68 Google Reader alternatives. With these experiences in mind, let me share some of my observations and thoughts.
Do you know how much time you spend working with your computer each day? More importantly, how much of that time is productive? Most MBA students cannot answer these two questions with any certainty. However, MBA students run the risk of productivity loss because of their dependence on technology and multitasking. As aspiring executives, MBA students need to understand where their time actually goes each waking hour.
Click on the title to learn how to find out the answers to these questions.
Bookmarking, sharing, and annotating web pages found during a productive web search is particularly troublesome for me, and I am sure this is true for many others, especially MBA students. Why? Because search technologies make it so easy to find large quantities of material that may prove useful to a project or search objective. In collaborative work environments, such as MBA programs, search is only one part of the workflow. Making notes and sharing findings is another critical aspect. With this need in mind, I am always looking for tools and techniques to help me manage what I find. One of the tools I discovered and frequently use is Diigo, a browser add-on tool and cloud-based information management service. Having used Diigo for more than two years, I can recommend this tool to MBA students and MBA faculty members. Click on the title to learn more about how Diigo can help MBA student live and work smarter.
MBA students working together with one or more classmates in order to complete an assignment is a norm in most MBA programs. Working together successfully often depends on how well the group shares information. This usually means sharing a document or file of some kind, such as an MS Word document, PowerPoint presentation, PDF file, picture, graphic, or a spreadsheet. While MBA students working together may be the norm for most MBA programs, providing students effective and efficient ways of sharing documents is not. The answer for most MBA programs is to let students find their own solution, which usually means using email and file attachments. Much better solutions are available, many of which are consumer-focused, user friendly, and free.
I subscribe to several technology related blogs and newsletters. A ProfHacker blog article, “Backup Google Documents with Insync,” caught my attention and I thought I would share it with the MyeEMBA readers.