Link Roundup – Thursday April 9th, 2015

I read a lot.

I have a reading list of blogs and other websites in Feedly that I read throughout the day, every day.It includes everything from traditional news through to cartoons.

Often I find something that I want to share on this blog. I
quite often share links here to other articles, but I always try do it in the
context of providing my own commentary and thoughts on the content. What I’m
getting at is that sharing links on here is not a quick, one-click process,
because I don’t want this blog to be merely a long list of links to other
people’s content. I’m much too egotistical for that.

Anyway, the result of all this is that over time I build up
a handful of flagged articles that I’ve been intending to share but never got
around to doing so.

This is the first of what may become a semi-regular feature,
where I spew those forth with (in the interests of time) only a sentence or two of comment instead of the full-blown article I was originally planning. Enjoy!

  • Three Communication
    Strategies for Building Strong Relationships from Far Away

    Working in a ROWE is great, but is not without its
    challenges. Communication is by no means impossible, but can certainly suffer
    when the face-to-face aspect it lost: particularly with a team that’s become
    subconsciously reliant on bumping into people in the hallways. This article
    lays out some strategies for addressing that.
     
  • Why
    Resource Management is Better from a Dedicated PM

    Another post from the excellent Brad
    Egeland
    , this one talks about why a dedicated project manager is better
    than using somebody with another role (like a lead designer) to occasionally
    manage projects as the need arises.
     
  • Fluency
    with Excel and Word are Key to Getting a Higher-Paying Job

    I wanted to link to this article because it surprised me. Higher-paying
    compared to what? Isn’t fluency with office applications a prerequisite for getting any
    job? Maybe “fluency” is the key word here, and a basic understanding is a prerequisite
    and those with more advanced skills will find more opportunities to progress up
    the corporate ladder, but the article doesn’t really say that. This is the
    knowledge economy here, people! We don’t make things anymore, unless of course
    you count spreadsheets. Get on board!
     
  • How to Put an End
    to Workload Paralysis

    I absolutely suffer with this. As the author notes about herself, “there seems
    to be a tipping point for me when I go from being really busy to so-busy-I’m-paralyzed-and-can’t-do-anything.
    The four steps to fighting this paralysis are not rocket science, but of course
    nor should they be, and it’s well worth a read if, like me, you’re an
    occasional sufferer. At least you now know you’re not the only one.

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