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Spy tactics can spot consumer trends
MARCH 22, 2016 | Financial Times | John Reed.
Israel’s military spies are skilled at sifting through large amounts of information — emails, phone calls, location data — to find the proverbial needle in a haystack: a suspicious event or anomalous pattern that could be the warning of a security threat.....So it is no surprise that many companies ask Israeli start-ups for help in data analysis. The start-ups, often founded by former military intelligence officers, are using the methods of crunching data deployed in spycraft to help commercial clients. These might range from businesses tracking customer behaviour to financial institutions trying to root out online fraud......Mamram is the Israel Defense Forces’ elite computing unit.
analytics  consumer_behavior  cyber_security  data  e-mail  haystacks  hedge_funds  IDF  insights  intelligence_analysts  Israel  Israeli  Mamram  maritime  massive_data_sets  security_&_intelligence  shipping  spycraft  start_ups  tracking  traffic_analysis  trends  trend_spotting 
april 2019 by jerryking
Tom Peters summarizes 17 books in six words -
May 31, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | HARVEY SCHACHTER.

“Hard is soft. Soft is hard.”
“Hard” stands for plans, data, a company’s organizational chart and other analytical tools. And while such rigorous quantitative work usually seems solid, Tom Peters warns on the Change This Manifesto site that they aren’t. “Plans are more often than not fantasies, numbers are readily manipulated,” he writes. “And org charts: In practice, they have little to do with how things actually get done.”

In the second sentence, he is referring to “the soft stuff” – people, relationships and organizational culture. It’s important. And it’s hard to get right.

So soft is hard – very hard.
Here are the speed traps to be aware of:

* Relationships take time.
* Recruiting allies to your cause takes time.
* Reading and studying to improve takes time.
* Waiting takes time – and yes, you should wait, since delay and pondering are essential elements of being human.
* Aggressive listening takes time.
* Practice and prep for anything takes time.
* Management-by-walking-around takes time.
* The slack you need in your schedule that comes from thinking about what not to do so you’re not overscheduled takes time.
* Thoughtful small gestures take time.
* The last one per cent of any task or project – the often critical part, the polishing part – takes time.
* Game-changing design takes time. Laurene Powell Jobs noted that her husband, Steve Jobs, and his chief designer, Jony Ive, “would discuss corners for hours.”
* Excellence takes time.
* “It is a hyper-fast-paced world. And the speed therein is madly increasing. Excellence, however, takes time; and some, or most, measures cannot be rushed,” he says.
* So remember hard is soft. Soft is hard. And don’t automatically get caught in the speed trap.

[jk....from Tony Schwartz...... Judgment is grounded in discernment, subtlety and nuance.... Good judgment grows out of reflection, and reflection requires the sort of quiet time that gets crowded out by the next demand].

it’s not enough to merely explain what you believe. You also need to explain what you don’t believe. It is not enough to explain what you stand for. You need to explain what you stand against. That is critical with colleagues in the workplace; it helps to clarify. But it also works in Mr. Williams’ field, advertising. “Don’t just tell us what you are. Tell us what you are not,” he says.
check email at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m., with some additional time to purge emails each day.
Seth Godin: Add energy to every conversation, ask why, find obsolete items on your task list and eliminate them, treat customers better than they expected, offer to help to co-workers before they ask, leave things more organized than you found them, cut costs, and find other great employees to join the team.
two words that will build trust with customers, according to consultant Jeff Mowatt: “As promised.” Add them in to conversations after you deliver something on time or in detail, to emphasize it’s “as promised.”
Communicating_&_Connecting  e-mail  Harvey_Schachter  humour  Jonathan_Ive  Seth_Godin  soft_skills  speed  Tom_Peters  trustworthiness  dual-consciousness  pairs  clarity  thinking_deliberatively  on-time  opposing_actions  co-workers 
may 2018 by jerryking
Want to save time? Write longer e-mails - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 03, 2016

nstead of just suggesting getting together – or responding to such a suggestion with “sure” – come up with a process that gets you and your correspondent to that goal while keeping messages to the minimum. Also, explain what you are doing, so the recipient understands.

So if a request comes in, he says, the reply should go something along these lines:

I propose we meet at the Starbucks on campus. Below I have listed four dates and times over the next two weeks. If any of these work for you, let me know and I will consider your reply confirmation that the meeting is set. If none of these times work, then call me or text me on my cell (<number>) Tuesday or Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30, when I’m sure to be around, and we’ll find something that works.
e-mail  productivity  Harvey_Schachter  time-management 
june 2016 by jerryking
Seven habits that are sabotaging your productivity - The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jan. 31 2015

Here are seven habits you might want to skip:

1. Touching e-mails more than once.

2. Meeting just to meet. How many meetings do you attend in a week? Many companies will have staffers meet to meet because that's the way they have always gone about things. It's habitual and part of the weekly routine. Meetings are meant to solve problems.

3. Meeting without an agenda. Avoid meetings without a goal. Meetings are meant to solve problems and instigate action. When you're ready to meet, think about the ultimate goal you're hoping to achieve. With planning, direction and an established game plan, you'll be able to have a focused and productive meeting.

4. Repeating mistakes. You will at some point make a mistake. So get it out of your head that you can avoid errors. Making mistakes is part of being an entrepreneur. The bad habit is making the same mistake twice.

5. Using a phone as an alarm. Stop this habit now.

6. Allowing app notifications. Can you imagine what you could achieve in 60 minutes of uninterrupted time?

7. Being a chameleon. You're willing to be everything to everyone and adapt to please.

There's always room for improvement. Don't stop innovating and improving. It's the journey, not the destination. Stay hungry and always want to improve.
e-mail  habits  meetings  productivity  self-sabotage 
february 2015 by jerryking
Toronto startup drags ordinary e-mail into the modern era - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 28 2014
Toronto  start_ups  e-mail 
april 2014 by jerryking
Avoid e-mail at first light - The Globe and Mail
Three tools to manage passwords

Entrepreneur Nicholas White checked out various password managers and picks Dashlane as the best, with 1Password as runner-up and Passpack as second runner-up.
Trainer Zachery Rose recommends asking these questions at the end of a job interview: Is there any reason you wouldn’t hire me? As an employee, how could I exceed your expectations? What excites you about coming into work?
passwords  productivity  e-mail  questions  interview_preparation  job_search 
october 2013 by jerryking
Activity Does Not Always Equal Productivity -
October 11, 2013 | NYT | By TONY SCHWARTZ.

"Don't Confuse Motion and Progress"

We're more multitasking more today than you ever have before...
The real issue is whether you’re getting the right things done....what stands in the way of your being truly productive? What's the right balance between attending to what’s truly urgent and focusing on what’s less pressing but will most likely add the most enduring value.
(1) You need more sleep than you think, and maybe much more. 95 percent of us need at least seven to eight hours of sleep to feel fully rested.
(2) Do the most important thing first. The pull to e-mail is powerful and Pavlovian. By checking your e-mail first, you effectively turn over your agenda to others. It is far better to decide what your agenda ought to be the night before and make that the first thing you focus on at work, without interruption, for up to 90 minutes. If you must check e-mail when you get up because there are urgent messages, scan quickly for anything that truly cannot wait an hour. Answer those, ignore the rest, and then do what’s truly most important.
(3) Stop pushing through. Human beings are designed to operate in 90-minute cycles...By focusing more intensely for shorter periods, you’ll get more done, in less time, at a higher level of quality, more sustainably.
(4) Get it off your mind. With so much coming at us all the time, it’s hardly surprising that our instinctive default is to do whatever feels most urgent and easiest to address. The consequence, of course, is that we often keep putting off what’s most challenging and then lack the energy to do it by the time we finally get to it. BELIEVE IN LISTS, first and foremost as a means of downloading everything that’s on your mind to get it off your mind....keep all lists in one place. For example, what I want to do that day, over the next week, and in the longer term. I also keep a list of e-mails I need to send; calls I intend to make; ideas I want to explore further; issues I want to discuss with specific colleagues; and even things that are making me feel anxious... The other value I derive from detailed lists is that they help clarify what I ought not to be focused on. By having everything in one place, I can much more easily decide what’s truly important and what’s not. Half the value of having a list is to make it more obvious what not to do. I might have 50 to 100 items on my lists, but I typically give explicit priority to three or fewer in any given day.
(5) Make it matter. Finally, and simply, ask yourself a simple question before you begin any activity: “Is this the best way I could be spending my time?” If the answer is no, don’t do it.
work_life_balance  productivity  lists  effectiveness  GTD  busy_work  e-mail  Tony_Schwartz  multitasking  sleep  timeouts  priorities  affirmations  monotasking  To-Do 
october 2013 by jerryking
Evernote Tip_Sending Email into Evernote_September 30, 2013
Fwd: Recipe for Bouillabaisse !2013/06/01 @Recipes #soup #fish #french
Evernote  tips  howto  productivity  e-mail 
september 2013 by jerryking
Users Sue LinkedIn Over Harvesting of E-Mail Addresses -
September 21, 2013, 6:05 pm 114 Comments
Users Sue LinkedIn Over Harvesting of E-Mail Addresses
spamming  LinkedIn  e-mail  illegal_harvesting 
september 2013 by jerryking
Tom Calow_Critique of JCK Marketing Collateral
October 11, 2002 | e-mail from Tom Calow to Jerry King suggesting language to draft marketing collateral. Speak in plain English
e-mail  JCK  personal_branding  marketing 
june 2012 by jerryking
Why Your Target's Is a Good Read
Sept. 2004 | | Mergers & Acquisitions: The Dealermaker's Journal, 00260010, , Vol. 39, Issue 9 | By:David K. Thornquist

Traditional due diligence focuses on reviewing board minutes, reports, financials, sales forecasts, and other writings that are fully vetted. This is supplemented by interviews with managers who answer questions to the best of their ability, but with the caveat that management can't have complete knowledge of everything and everyone under their watch. And individual managers may have a host of motives and objectives that prompt answers that are not fully candid.
Uncovering the real story

Traditional due diligence, however, typically ignores email, the lifeblood of an efficiently run business. The spontaneous and unpolished nature of e-mail presents the most candid view of what is really going on in a company. It provides context. It also can fly in the face of the fully vetted printed record offered by a company under the due diligence microscope.
due_diligence  M&A  e-mail  e-discovery  scuttlebutt  unstructured_data  tacit_data  contextual 
march 2012 by jerryking
This email will self-destruct
August 31, 2006
By Andrew Lavallee, The Wall Street Journal
e-mail  encryption  privacy  Echoworx  Kablooey  self-destructive  ephemerality 
october 2011 by jerryking
Emailing Into Evernote Just Got Better « Evernote Blogcast
Try emailing something into Evernote. In the subject line of your email, write the title of the note as you want it to appear in your account. In the same subject line, add one or both of the following:

Use @ for notebooks: Use an @ symbol followed by the name of your destination notebook
Use # for tags: Use a # symbol followed by the tag or tags you wish to assign. You can have multiple tags just make sure each one starts with an #

For example, Subject: Trip to Florida @travel #expense report

Would create a note titled Trip to Florida in my travel notebook, tagged with expense report.
Notes on this feature

This functionality only works for existing notebooks and tags
At this time, you cannot create new notebooks or tags with this feature
In the subject line, always put the note title first, then add any notebooks or tags
This feature will not work for notebook names that contain an ‘@’ or a ‘#’, and it will not work for tags that contain a ‘#’ in their name.
e-mail  Evernote  productivity 
october 2011 by jerryking
Must Reads: how to make your e-mails more appealing
Jul. 05, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | BARB SAWYERS
Most people in the business world receive 100 or more e-mails a day. To
stand out amid this flood of missives, you need to grab and hold the
attention of your recipients and persuade them to respond. Here are five
key tips to make your e-mails more effective:

(1) Focus the subject line; (2) Hook them from the start; (3) Keep it
focused – with an F; (4) Tell them what to do and why; (5)
Polish, shorten, then send
e-mail  Communicating_&_Connecting  effectiveness  information_overload 
september 2011 by jerryking
Three Tips for Managing Your Time at Work
Dec. 20 2010 | Forbes | by Jessica Kleiman. 1. Create an
e-mail free zone. According to time management expert Julie Morgenstern,
( Never Check E-Mail in the Morning), set aside at least an hour each
day where you don’t look at your e-mail. She recommends it be first
thing in the morning so you can dedicate that time to working on
strategy and big ideas.
2. Write your to-do list at night. Before you leave the office or shut
down your laptop for the evening, jot down your assignments for the
following day.
3. Get clear on your priorities. Another phrase Morgenstern uses often
is “dance close to the revenue line,” meaning tend to the things that
have the biggest impact on your business first and the rest can wait. We
live in an age of urgency, where everything seems important and people
are looking for instant gratification.
clarity  e-mail  GTD  high-impact  instant_gratification  lists  preparation  priorities  productivity  time-management  tips  urgency 
december 2010 by jerryking
Respond to All (Relevant) E-mail Yourself
April 13, 2010 | BusinessWeek | By Chris Guillebeau. In a
personality-driven business, the best way to connect with customers is
to answer their e-mails yourself, counsels Chris Guillebeau.
e-mail  etiquette  advice  customer_focus  Communicating_&_Connecting 
august 2010 by jerryking
Reach out and 'ping' someone
Feb 9, 2007 | The Globe & Mail. pg. C.2 | by Jim Gray is a
media and presentation skills coach in Toronto. Pinging is the
targeted, upbeat contact by telephone, e-mail and handwritten note with
clients, prospects, colleagues, friends and supporters. Don't ping,
however, solely with self-interest in mind. To be deployed at its best,
pinging needs to be regular, sincere and responsive. Be targeted
(selective). Be adaptable.

If, after two attempts, your overtures to one or more of these subjects
fail to elicit a response, strike them from the list. Be specific/exact
about the nature of your contact, your "ask" or call to action. Be
brief, clear, direct -- and short. Be positive: bright, optimistic and
conciliatory. Offer encouragement to those who're struggling with
unemployment, ill health or the death of a parent. In the pinging game,
you need to get as good as you give.
networking  Communicating_&_Connecting  e-mail  voicemail  outreach  upbeat 
february 2010 by jerryking
The End of the Email Era -
OCTOBER 12, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by JESSICA E.
VASCELLARO. A new generation of services like Twitter and Facebook and
countless others are gaining traction, with the potential to surpass
e-mail in their ubiquity. These new services are likely to change the
way we communicate: by making our interactions that much faster, by
existing in a constant stream; by requiring more sophisticated
filtering; and by making it easier for users to maintain a higher
personal profile.
accelerated_lifecycles  Communicating_&_Connecting  e-mail  Facebook  filtering  Jessica_E._Vascellaro  personal_branding  social_media  twitter 
october 2009 by jerryking
4 Tips for Writing Better Email
Friday March 6, 2009|| David Silverman
Communicating_&_Connecting  e-mail 
march 2009 by jerryking

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