the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - September 2011

This month’s episode includes a very diverse mix of topics: from productivity tools, to discussions about managing people, to studies made using a collection of 5 million books published since the invention of the printing press. If I managed to catch your attention, don’t hesitate to read more.

  • VisualBee - This is a free Powerpoint plug-in which takes as input bland, text-only presentations and transforms them into visual presentations. If you are lazy when working with Powerpoint, then this is the tool for you. Give it a try!
  • Taking a stand: my experience working at an elevating desk - Speaking of laziness: aren’t you tired of sitting at your desk all day long? I know I was and, as a result, decided to buy myself an elevating desk. Now I mix standing with sitting during the day and I feel much better. If you are interested on how well this works, read this thorough article. It covers all the pros and cons of making this change. Also, if you are in Europe, you can get an elevating desk for a lot less than in the US. I got it for approximately 350 Euro. If you want to know how, give me a buzz, using the e-mail address from the About page.
  • What Does Eight Years Of Blogging Get You? - Mitch Joel states in this blog post that: "Starting this Blog was (and still is) without the question the single most important thing I have done in my professional life." I couldn’t agree more. Blogging has helped me tremendously in my professional life: both in the corporate world and outside it. If you have thought about blogging but did not yet start doing it, read this article to convince yourself and start.
  • What is the best way to manage a person who shows very little interest in work? - Contrasting with the previous post about working regularly on your blog, this discussion has some really interesting and useful pointers from people with lots of experience. If you are confronting yourself with a similar problem, don’t hesitate to read it and join the conversation.
  • Should You Hire an Overqualified Candidate? - Continuing the discussion about people, Harvard Business Review has a great article about changing your mindset when considering not to hire overqualified candidates. The author of the article argues that "there are more benefits to hiring an overqualified employee than there are risks" and shares some very valid reasons why this is true.
  • What we learned from 5 million books - This great TEDx talk, by Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel, shares some interesting insights revealed when working on Google Labs' Ngram Viewer project. They analyzed about 5 million books and made some really interesting observations about human culture. You can view the view also on Youtube.

If you have other interesting links to share, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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