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It seems there is another wave, in the internet, about better email management. So after my last posts Tips for better email management – reloaded, here is another useful link: 5 Ways To Survive Your Inbox (courtesy of  Lifehacker).

Here are the 5 points:

  1. Create folders
  2. Create rules
  3. Get it done
  4. Create a hierarchy of  response
  5. Tell people – in your emails – how to work better with you

I don’t like rule 1, the others are already explained in previous post, point number 5 is interesting:

Most people have no idea how to use email. They respond to everyone on an email with a bunch of people who were only cc’d and they’ll do things like send back an email that says, “ok,” as if that adds any value to the chain of communication. You can set the ground rules by putting some insights into your signature file. I’ve seen people with signature files that not only have their contact information, but say things like, “please only respond back to me, the other people who are listed on this email are just there to be kept in the loop,” or, “there’s no need to respond to back me, I just wanted you to see this so that you are kept in the loop.” A little clarity on how you like to interact via email will help keep your inbox clutter down to a dull roar and it will also teach other people new ways that they can use their email with more efficacy

Have a look at the post and let me know what you think.

PierG

Thanks to Antonio and his blog post (in italian) “Set your own drop box quota“, I’ve found a very interesting list of things that according to Drobpox managers should attract future employees.

You know what’s Dropbox, don’t you? 🙂 If not let me tell you that it’s a cult product  in these days and, as often happens for new companies of this kind, a cool place to work so, check the list:

  • Set your own Dropbox storage quota
  • Free lunches, snacks, coffee, and dinner if you’re up late
  • Competitive salaries
  • Build or buy your dream computer
  • Downtown SF office
  • Really flexible hours
  • Fifteen days of Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays
  • 401(k)
  • Several health insurance options
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance too
  • Musical culture: Complete music studio equipped with drums, P.A., amplifiers, etc…
  • Whiskey Fridays
  • Gaming! Starcraft 2, Rock Band, DDR (yep, a real machine) and Laser Tag in the office

As Antonio point out (if my interpretation is correct), it seems an impossible list for an Italian (European?) company!!

I’m really interested in knowing what you think about this list and I have 3 specific question:

  1. what’s really motivating you in this list (top 3)
  2. what would motivate you but it’s NOT in the list
  3. what’s is feasible, of this list, in your current company (if any 🙂 )

Come on, don’t be shy 🙂

PierG

In my las post Pairing can be Unconsciously Powerful, I commented an article (Research shows that two people can learn to cooperate intuitively, but larger groups need to communicate) and explained how …

working in pair you can create what’s called rapport: one of the most important features or characteristics of subconscious communication. It is commonality of perspective: being “in sync” with, or being “on the same wavelength” as the person with whom you are talking. This goes beyond written rules or pre-set methods. As the sync is at the unconscious level, pairing can be unconsciously powerful

Now is this rapport what you really want when, for example, you are pairing in a pair programming session? Yes and no

Yes: if this means establishing a trustful and proactive relationship where the fight to achieve an excellent result takes place;

No: if this means not adding to the couple the necessary tension. This tension is the generative sparkle of the relationship. A good example of this deviation in the case of pair programming is what Francesco define with mamma programming where the two are looking for mutual protection and reciprocal approval.

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PierG

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