Yahoos new portal – purchase advise

May 2nd, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Yahoo has launched a new Web site helping consumers to purchase and use technology products.

The portal is called Yahoo Tech and will provide information in 18 categories including DVD, cellphones, laptops and digital music players.

The products are presented in a Top 5 list. The portal is nice and a complement to the testsite I wrote about in an earlier post.

[tags]product tests, purchase decision, reviews [/tags]

About dealing with your e-mail

April 9th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

E-mails are not fun any more because of all the [tag]spam[/tag]s. But most of the informations comes over e-mail and many must have a response. So you must figure out a way hot to deal with your e-mail.

Keith Robinson gives you some tips about dealing with your [tag]e-mail[/tag] and doing your very best to respond to every legit e-mail you get in a reasonable time frame.

After you have cleaned out your inbox, which must be your first action then you can follow his tips,

What I do is have a top level folder for my each of my main alternate addresses. Within these folders I’ve got sub folders broken down various ways, depending on the needs of the address. These folders are for archival purposes only. I use them to store e-mail that doesn’t need action but may need reference.

I then have two top level folders for things that may need action. A “Waiting-Followup” folder for things I’m waiting on someone else for or things that aren’t urgent, and a “Needs Response or Action” folder for things I need to respond to. I’ve got sub folders in these to split things up by e-mail address. I usually mark messages in my “Needs Response or Action” folder for an added reminder.

Then Keith Robinson gives a few tips and observations like check your mail 3-4 times a day instead of every 10 minutes and too much automated filing can make it hard to know what’s in your archives and you run the risk of losing something important.

If you have problems with your e-mail this post is worth reading.
[tags]coaching[/tags]

What is Your Entrepreneurial Strategy?

March 10th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Jim Logan compares two types of business models; teaching people to fish vs serving fish dinners.
He writes,

Here’s where I’m going with this: there are two ways to deliver benefits to your customer – teach them to fish or feed them fish dinners. Either way is fine, both are right, and both build additional value and benefits to the particular prospect you’re dealing with at the time. To offer one is likely not enough. A sounder strategy is to give fishing lessons and offer a fish dinner at the same time. Whichever element you’re lacking can be either built in-house or delivered through a partnership or joint-venture.

Very interesting try to make sense in the words What Why and How.

Selling by Tom Peters

March 9th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

I try to follow what Tom Peters writes on his blog. Fortune calls Tom Peters the Ur-guru of management . The Economist tags him the Uber-guru.

One of his posts is “111 Ridiculously Obvious Thoughts on Selling” which you can read from Change This

Free ebook on entrepreneurship

March 4th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Bruce Judson has taken his book on starting your own [tag]business[/tag], Go It Alone. You can download it for free.
From the intro:

Today, the conventional wisdom about how to start a substantial business is just plain wrong. Now, you don’t need to raise a lot of money first, you don’t need a team of employees, and you don’t need limitless financial resources. This book details how in today’s business environment it is easier, and more possible, than ever to build a significant business on your own with no employees.
[tags]coaching[/tags]

Nano will change our lives

February 21st, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Justin Rubner reports in Atlanta Business Chronicle that in 2029, people and computers will be “intimately connected” in profound ways, thanks to breakthrough advances in [tag]artificial intelligence[/tag], [tag]nanotechnology[/tag] and a soon-to-be-acquired knowledge of the human brain.

That’s according to futurist Ray Kurzweil, who spoke Feb. 7 at the Technology Association of Georgia’s annual summit in Smyrna. Kurzweil, author of “The Age of Spiritual Machines” and inventor of the speech-to-text synthesizer, predicts scientists by 2029 will have created “[tag]nanobots[/tag]” capable of repairing the human body from within and immersing the five senses in full virtual reality environments. Nanobots also will be able to make us smarter too, he predicts: improving memory, sensory and cognitive abilities.

“Computers will disappear,” he said, as visiting a Web site will become a mobile, virtual reality experience and “displays will be written directly on our retinas” from eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Personally I think that even more fantastic is the possibility to build small robots being able to clean up my bloodvessels. I wonder how our world looks like in 100 years.
[tags]coaching [/tags]

Tips for managers and leaders

February 17th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Lisa Haneberg is a professional [tag]management[/tag] and [tag]leadership[/tag] trainer, coach, and organization development consultant. From her blog you can download her free [tag]e-book[/tag] 1800CEOREAD.

The e-book contains nine fun essays, each written about a conversation she had with another business book author. There are lots of great tips for managers and leaders.

In the conclusion of the book (83 pages) Lisa Haneberg says, We are moving away from the industrial model and toward a new way of doing business that emphasizes the arrows instead of the boxes in a typical process diagram.

I quite agree, there is a new era coming.
[tags]coaching [/tags]

Lawyers on the Web

January 30th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Betsy Palmieri, an American businesswoman and lawyer discussed a question I asked myself, should I get legal advice from someone on the web?

She gives you a classic lawyer’s answer: yes and no. In the law, there are no easy answers, Betsy says.

I understand that but as she herself says, lawyers are expensive and [tag]small business[/tag] owners cannot really afford them. So what shall we do? If we decide to use lawyers on the web she gives us three things to consider.

  • The law is very location-specific.
  • In the law, there are no easy answers.
  • There are risks in handling legal problems without a [tag]lawyer[/tag].

What exactly does DNA look like?

January 29th, 2006 by Rolf Erikson

Genetics and Health has read the book “Is Here to Stay” by Frances R. Balkwill and made an interesting quote:
Pretend you’ve put on some magic glasses that can magnify everything 50 million times. (That would make a grain of sand look as big as a mountain!) Now you can easily see a thread of [tag]DNA[/tag] and discover its most important secret.