Ellyssa Kroski, writing for OEDb (Open Education Database), lists 10 excellent digital tools that help you think, organize, write, and present. Not only are these tools helpful for students and educators, they offer some exciting possibilities for business professionals as well. Here are a few of my favorites from the list:

Hemingway Editor – “This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability.”

TheBrain – “TheBrain combines the best of note taking, file synchronization and mind mapping apps to give you the ultimate digital memory.”

ZooBurst – This “digital storytelling tool” allows you to teach or present information in a visual way and create your own pop-up books.

Adobe Voice – This storytelling app “allows you to create stories using a combination of still images, icons, voice narration, and background music.”

iBooks Author – Create your own course textbooks (or business content!)

This is a great infographic from E-Learning Infographics on how to effectively search google. “Search engines are the backbone of everyday internet use, but are you aware of the hidden tips and tricks available to improve your search?”

Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Chelsea Kerwin (Beyond Search) writes about a new search engine called Niice. “It is focused on inspiration search and the presentation of quality images to spark ideas…Somewhat like Pinterest, Niice allows users to create ‘moodboards’ or collections of images which can be saved, collaborated on, or downloaded as JPEGs.”

This site is well worth a look and the demo on how to create a moodboard is both audibly and visually appealing. “No noise. Just the good stuff….Just beautiful, inspiring design from hand-picked sources.”


Top Ten Online Colleges provides an interesting infograhic entitled, “The Ten Most Important Work Skills in 2020.” The data is from a report published by the Institute for the Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute.

Important Work Skills for 2020
Source: Top10OnlineColleges.org

Console_Wars                       Creativity Inc.

Just when you don’t think you can add another book to your pile on the nightstand, Book Riot contributors share the best books of 2014 so far. Two non-fiction, business-related  titles are:

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that defined a Generation, by Blake J. Harris – “Console Wars is the story behind the “battle” for supremacy between Sega, the quirky underdog, and Nintendo, the establishment, during the early 1990s.”

Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace – “Catmull was one of the handful of people who made Pixar what it is: the most consistently commercially and critically successful film studio of our time.”

It is worthwhile to read the entire list of titles (mostly fiction) and the elegant descriptions. Here is a sampling:

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

The Martian, by Andy Weir

Robot Uprisings, edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams

Elizabeth Rowe of Bookish lists seven business classics and lessons that can be learned from reading them. “These nonfiction narratives about business disasters, market peaks, and scandals ranging from Enron to the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco by KKR capture precarious situations and very, very expensive mistakes.” Here they are:

  1. Barbarians At the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, by Bryan Burrough – “The biggest LBO isn’t necessarily the best.”
  2. The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, by Diana B. Henriques – “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”
  3. Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin – “Sometimes home values fall.”
  4. Liar’s Poker, by Michael Lewis – “Corporate culture matters.”
  5. The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Raise and Scandalous Fall of Enron – “Just because mark-to-market accounting is legal doesn’t mean you should use it.”
  6. The Wolf of Wall Street, by Jordan Belfort – “Creatively interpreting disclosure laws will cost you.”
  7. Den of Thieves, by James B. Stewart – “Insider trading is illegal. Period.”

It has been way too long since I have posted on my blog – but there is a good reason for the lapse. I have had the fortune of writing a book with Kelly Barner, co-owner of Buyers Meeting Point, and the deadline for the manuscript is today. We met the deadline (with a few days to spare)!

Kelly shared in one of her posts how rewarding the experience has been and I too feel exactly the same way. I asked Kelly to co-author a book with me on supply market intelligence and to my delight she agreed to do it. All anyone has to do is read a few of Kelly’s thought pieces to know what an exceptional writer and thinker she is. We have very similar backgrounds in that we both have Master of Library Science degrees in addition to years of experience working in procurement environments.

An excerpt from our upcoming book, Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources, was posted by Kelly and published in ThomasNet.com’s IMT Procurement Journal.

The excerpt focuses on the importance of knowledge management in regards to supply market intelligence. Here is a paragraph from the excerpt:

There are many opportunities for procurement to build positive relationships through supply market intelligence, and the manager of knowledge-based documentation is critical to the effort. A number of business functions, in addition to executive leadership and external supply partners, will see great value in being able to access and even contribute to the supply market intelligence that procurement creates and documents.

Our new book is a guide on how to develop, execute, and maintain a supply market intelligence program and a reference source for identifying the best resources to use when researching specific markets and suppliers. Kelly and I are very proud of the book and share the vision that supply market intelligence is the key to improving procurement’s performance. It is being published by J. Ross and will be available in October.

I’m happy to be back and can’t wait to start posting again.


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