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Yes, here we are: Mark & Mike have been talking about videos for some months and this week have issued their first ‘beta’.  It’s a sample from a bigger release and it’s about the Feedback Model.

Check it out the videos here.

Extremely good and useful stuff as usual: congrats guys!


I listen to a podcast on Project Management called: Controlling Chaos

They have a pretty good tendency toward agility: they did some casts about scrum, agile project management, extreme project management.

The last two podcast are an interview with Doug De Carlo: they talk about his eXtreme Project Management book.

They are good podcast at least as I use to rate them: around 30 minutes (the time I send in the car going back and forth to my office), decent sound quality (important when you are in a car), good topics but not to ‘heavy’ (at least for me! 🙂 ).


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When I wrote my posts on ‘Be in rapport via e-mail’ (here is the first one), I was not aware of this presentation by Mark Horstman called: How To Create Relationships And Make The Ask.

There are some slides mapping the DiSC model with e-mail styles:

High D E-Mail
– No Scroll Bars!
– No Names!
– 2 Paragraphs, 2-3 Sentences per Paragraph!
– Tell Me What You Want NOW NOW NOW!
– I Delete Your Jokes Without Reading Them.
– I Do Care About You, But …
– I Am Incapable of Even Noticing All Your Attachments
High I E-Mail
– Start With My Name! (Nickname if We’re “Buds”, K?)
– Ask Me How I Am!
– Tell Me How You Are!
– Long is Cool, Jokes Are GREAT, Include Me, Include Me!
– Work is Great Too – Whatever – But It Better Come First!
– I’ll Do It, Sure! But Would You Please Follow Up?

High S E-Mail
– Would You Please Start With My Name? Thank You!
– I Do Hope You’ll Tell Me You’re Doing Well
– It Means A Lot to Me When You Ask After Me and My Family
– Tell Me The Whole Story If You Can – I Appreciate It
– I Work Harder When You Show You Care About Me
– Reading Those Attachments Takes A Lot of Time… But I Understand
– Don’t You Love Those Warm Fuzzy Stories? I Knew You Did! 
High C E-Mail
– Names Are A Waste of Time and Screen Energy
– Longer Is Better – Please Give Me The Entire History
– I Love Attachments Find Attachments Very Effective
– I Want You to Have Complete Knowledge
– I Will Take Longer To Respond, But I Will Have The Answer By Then

Great stuff, as usual from Mark!

If you aren’t familiar with the DiSC model, I do suggest that you start listening to this podcast.


I?ve just read that the Mager Tools podcast (, my favorite podcast, won the Podcast Awards in the Business Category.

Mark and Mike ROCK!


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I want to underline a comment to a previous post from Mark Horstman: he is a brilliant guy and I do agree on almost everything he writes.

Continuous Partial Attention doesn’t work.  Nor does anyone who says they are multi-tasking actually multi-task with any efficiency or effectiveness.
At least, from a standpoint of what works BEST.  CPA is the tech equivalent of what HBR recently called Executive Attention Deficit.
If you’re allowing yourself to be pulled in 10 different directions, you’re not focusing.  The whole POINT of focusing is to eliminate all other inputs.  If you’re “focusing on A while scanning B and C”, then you’re NOT focusing on A.
You don’t need to scan all that stuff.  When you go on vacation, the world doesn’t collapse.  If you check your mail on vacation, your family notices.
Being connected CAN be a good thing, but it is not an excuse for lack of focus.

And again he is right and my idea of Continuous Partial Attention is a bit different:

  • I don’t like to be ALWAYS connected: at home, on holidays, …. I have ‘filters’ on what can reach me
  • Also at work, there is a time in which you let info come and time in which you don’t
  • CPA IS there: just few years ago we needed to look for communication/info in a really active day, now info ia all around us. It just depends on how you handle it: you can ignore (!?!?), you can filter. No need to scan any longer. Without CPA I probably weren’t a listener of an useful podacast like Manager-Tools.

In my opinion, the CONTINUOUS part of CPA is where we need to work ok to keep focus.

I’d really love to have feedback from Linda on this topic.


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Being part of the great Manager Tools community, I came in touch with this nice podcast: Controlling chaos – project management in the real world.

If you like podcasts, check it out: I’ve just started listing to the SCRUM episodes and I found them interesting.


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Listening to some podcasts, I came in touch with the concept of continuous partial attention by Linda Stone.

As far as I understand is a kind of ‘evolution’ of the concept/myth of multitasking following the new era of always connected / super  – communication / multimedia / social network …

The idea is that we are moving from ‘do many things in the same time’ to ‘scan the continuous alerts we are receiving to select the best to get/act upon’.

Have a look at this  post on O’Reilly radar in which you can read notes from a speech by Linda Stone about this topic.


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