Loneliness of the lone ranger worker

by Richard Maybury on August 14, 2014

Maybe it is the relative quietness of mid-August in my business cycle, or that 2 recent Workplace reports caught my attention more than they would in the maelstrom of September and beyond, but recently I have been reflecting on Isolation in business.

It could also have something to do with a conversation with a friend of mine who pulled away from his CEO role in his very successful national business a while ago, retaining his majority shareholding.

He wanted to re-discover his family who, by his own admission, suffered as he built his business in the teeth of competition. He also wanted to get back to the passion that drove him to start his own business in the first place – investing in and supporting start-ups. more on impact of work relationships on productivity and performance


Happy days! A while ago LinkedIn quietly removed the very useful ability to scroll through peoples’ LinkedIn activity. Well they have now quietly reinstated the functionality – 3 Cheers for LinkedIn then! Here’s how to access it for all your contacts. How to view recent activity on a Linkedin profile


I was sharing a light lunch with my friend Mark Russell yesterday. We both admitted to letting important business tasks slip over the past few days. Not a clever thing for clever guys to do! How to manage the important in a crazy busy day


On the 15th May, Livescribe announced the release of an updated version of Livescribe+  with much improved Evernote integration. This smarter integration makes working smarter with technology and handwritten notes even easier.

Essentially, Livescribe+ now allows you to send and ‘Autosend’ your notes directly to your Evernote account, from where they can be shared across all devices you have hooked up to your Evernote account. This means you can now work directly on your Livescribe3 created content on your PC, Mac and Android devices as well as your trusty iPhone and iPad once Autosend has been set up.

This provides a  big productivity boost for Livescribe3 users who also drive a Windows PC / laptop back at the office  or on the road.

Livescribe have a good article on the update here

you might also find this 2 minute YouTube video useful.


Skype reinstates free Group Calls

by Richard Maybury on May 2, 2014

Good news for Skype users. Their recent update included free Group calling functionality. Whilst I do not use Skype for business, the reintroduction of this free functionality makes it easier to have group chats with friends and family. Click the link for info on how to use Skype Group Chat


How often have you heard it said of a colleague ‘Mary is good but she needs to think more strategically’? Perhaps we even berate ourselves for not thinking about and managing our own priorities more strategically – especially when up against another deadline that we had plenty of time to manage our workload towards. How to work smarter with Strategic Seconds


Office for iPad Apps or a virtualised iPad

by Richard Maybury on April 1, 2014

Microsoft released full(er) featured native Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint Apps for the iPad (iOS7 or above) at the back end of March 2014 and the Apps have broken into the ‘Top 10′ download chart. The question is: Will they help you work smarter with your iPad? Will Office for iPad apps or virtualised iPad help you work smarter


Quite naturally, many of the conversations I have been engaged in since the start of the year have focused on new goals, projects and priorities for the year ahead and how best to manage them when life is already busy.

My son, Mike, was speaking with me about this recently and I thought you might find this shortened version of my follow-up mail to him useful. Let me know what you think – I’m always interested in how people hack their productivity challenges… the best productivity app is…


Livescribe3 Smartpen with iOS7 my 2 month field test

by Richard Maybury on February 13, 2014

Let’s be realistic here; the vast majority of people at work use pen and paper as well as their digital tools. If you do, and you are managing vast amounts of written information which you use to manage your priorities, you might find this useful.

I have been using the new Livescribe3 smartpen on the road in meetings and conferences for the past 2 months. It’s good. So, I’m putting up a few pointers for you here. sync your paper and digital worlds


Quite naturally, many of the conversations I have been engaged in recently have focused on new goals, projects and priorities for the year ahead and how best to manage those when life is already busy.

Interestingly, I am hearing more talk than usual about productivity tools, ranging from downloading the newest mobile Apps through to dusting down the Filofax (founded 1921) and pulling out the Post-It notes (launched 1977) – yes, seriously!

When it comes to supporting my clients ambitions to drive productivity and effectiveness into their workload management I am tool agnostic; I am insistent on one thing though….. The best app in the world is…