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Michael Sampson

Latest edition of Messaging News is out

Messaging News is a bimonthly print publication for the messaging professional. The March/April 2006 edition is out, and features two articles by yours truly: Four Trends for Collaboration During 2006-2010, from page 32 Microsoft Live Meeting and Live Communications Server (Sidebar), pp16-17 Other articles cover “Getting Ready to […]

Telecom Freedom looks like a good deal

Telecom New Zealand’s new “Freedom” offer looks really worthwhile. Here’s the scoop: * $10 per month for an unlimited number of calls between your Telecom home line and a nominated 027 mobile * The 027 mobile can call the home line for “free” too * Calls are limited […]

Go buy a bigger monitor

My good friend Eric Mack blogged last month about using multiple computer monitors to boost productivity. He linked to the NY Times article The Virtues of a Second Screen that explored the idea. I’ve been using multiple screens for ages now, and I can attest that there’s some […]

The times are-a-changin, even for Lars

Lars Plougmann, way over there on the other side of the world, has been blogging on “collaboration, technology and economics” on for quite a while now. I first met Lars at the Collaborative Technologies Conference in June 2005 in New York, and had spoken with him by […]

The Weirdest Thing About Becoming an Employee Again

Prior to becoming an executive at Foldera three weeks ago, I had been a self-employed consultant / analyst / advisor for eight years. The biggest difference I’m noticing in myself during the transition is this dynamic: Back-of-Mind Measure of the Consultant: Adding Value Back-of-Mind Measure of the Employee: […]

Attention Grabbers, Apr 27

On Businesss Avoid “Best in Class” … Go for one of the three ways of creating attractive returns: (1) differentiation (customer prefers your offer over that of the competition), (2) neutralization (make your competitor’s current competitive advantage meaningless), and (3) productivity (achieve same outcomes with fewer resources). Geoff […]

Going Back to Being an Employee, Apr 19

Monday this week signalled a huge change for me … my work at Shared Spaces Research & Consulting is at an end, and I am now the Global VP of Word-of-Mouth Marketing for Foldera. I haven’t “worked” for someone else since leaving Telecom New Zealand in May 1998, […]

Attention Grabbers, Apr 19

On Writing and Speaking 4 Tips to Successful Notetaking … Four tips from an April 2005 post … (1) use a journal-formatted notebook, (2) keeping your meeting notes as a running journal, (3) use symbols so you can quickly scan your notes later, and (4) schedule time to […]

Turning 34, March 17

It was my 34th birthday on Friday, and I celebrated quietly at home with my family. The children gifted me another knight for my office desk, and Katrina gave me some chocolate and other edibles. Wider family gifts included some coffee, money for outdoor furniture, and fudge slice. […]