MSDN blog – 240 Free Microsoft Technical books

Microsoft’6558.image_thumb_529B9DB2s MSDN network is giving away a mess of free technical books. There are a number of guides on Outlook/Excel/OneNote plus a bunch on Sharepoint which isa hot topic where I work.

Many of the books are aimed at IT pros and not end users but there looks to be some nuggets of insight. I’ve already looked at Skype for Business – Meetings and think that it will get added to the ‘welcome package’ we’ve put together for new hires.

I’m also going to look at the Office on Windows 8.1 as I’m struggling to get Excel working on my phone and the How To Recover That Un-Saved Office Document is something we all need occasionally.

Hurry up and see what’s available and if you find something surprisingly good please share it in the comments.

Reblogged – @DotWo on how to hire well

I’ve worked with Dorothy in the past (both as an applicant and a hiring manager) and she’s great.  Her interview with a recruiter is interesting, give it a read.

h/t to Clarity Recruiting that actually has a great blog for accounting and finance types looking for work or to hire.  You can also follow Dorothy on twitter @Dotwo

GTD blog – 2015 in review

2015 was a pretty slow year for this blog.  With a change in job and a lot of work there (and at home) I was too busy to really do much.  2016 is a new year and I have some new tools that I’m trying to work with/set up/learn so things should be better!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Reblogged: The Value Line: Building More Skills for a Better Life

I just read this and really liked it.  As Trent mentions many of the additional skills we learn have direct uses in our careers.

Many years ago I did a certificate in Lean Six Sigma, I don’t claim to be an expert in it but I use those tools all the time in my day job.  It’s just another tool in my toolbox.

Now I’d just need to find a use in my finance job for me learning guitar.

Professional vs Personal Social Media

I keep my various social media accounts separate. Work doesn’t need to see my family’s life and I most of my LinkedIn and blog content isn’t related to family.

Max Hemingway

Having read an article from HBR on “How to Separate the Personal and Professional on Social Media” I decided to look at the Social Media tool I often use and in what part of my Professional and Personal life they fall.

Working on from my Personal Knowledge Management System there are a couple of others shown in the diagram. This is just my quick classification of SMT (Social Media Tools) – everyone else may have a different view such as Facebook for business to reach consumers in particular markets. However it is worth looking if you class the tools as Professional or Personal. A few do sit in the middle for me as they have a place on both sides of the page.

Some of the tools are clearly for Professional use, but some do step either way across the line.

One potential way of keeping things apart…

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Ask How to Contribute to the Company’s Mission During a Job Interview

The one thing I’d add is that relating how your skills can achieve that contribution can really help.

When I interview I typically ask the applicant to interview me.  It screens out the memorized responses and I find it tells me more about the candidate.  What motivates them as well as how well they understand the role.