Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 – Book review

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I've purchased the book Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 and participated in the StrengthsFinder online assessment. The resulting report really provided me with helpful insights for my professional- and personal development. I was tipped about the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment by Julie Brown, Talent Development Manager at Microsoft. … [Read more...]

PDFtk Pro – Review of an excellent PDF Toolkit

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I will review PDFtk Pro, the perfect complement to Foxit PDF Reader, in this article. PDFtk Pro allows users to quickly split, merge, rotate, watermark, stamp and secure PDF files. The PDFtk Pro GUI has a limited number of settings that makes manipulating PDF-files really easy. In my personal opinion it is the Swiss army knife among the PDF Toolkits. … [Read more...]

Creating employee networks that deliver open innovation – Jasper de Valk et al 2011

Open Innovation Employee Networks

Creating employee networks that deliver open innovation by Eoin Whelan, Salvatore Parise, Jasper de Valk & Rick Aalbers is (recently) published in MITSloan Management Review and got my attention via a Twitter message of Jasper de Valk.Introduction"A small number of idea scouts and idea connectors are disproportianately influential in producing successful open innovation outcomes. Smart companies make sure they are linked."The leading research question for Whelan et al. is "What … [Read more...]

Bypass Start Screen in Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

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This article describes how to bypass the start screen in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 and automatically boot to the desktop by default. The Windows 8 Start Screen is an awesome feature for touch enabled (mobile) devices, that allows you to easily navigate the installed apps on your machine. If you are using a non-touch enabled device (a classic laptop or ultrabook) it might be useful to directly boot into the desktop environment. The simple 4-step process below will help you to … [Read more...]

Business Model Canvas

Business Model Canvas

In this article I will briefly explain the business model canvas, a great tool which results in the business model on one single page. However let's start with a description of the business model canvas:“The business model canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool, which allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.”In the article "What is a business model" I've shared Alexander Osterwalder's definition of a business model:  “A … [Read more...]

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse review

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The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is one of my favorite and most used accessories for my Windows powered notebook. It is a very lightweight mouse, with an excellent battery life, that is perfectly suited for every modern nomad.Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - A design overview I would like to provide an overview of the product design and highlight the features that I personally like. On the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse product page you can read the following description:"Arc Touch Mouse’s … [Read more...]

Safewallet 3 review – Store passwords in a secure personal vault

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In this article I will review SafeWallet 3, an application that stores passwords in a secure vault (so you won't need to memorize all those strong 16 character passwords) and synchronizes those across different laptops and smartphones. It is simply one of those must-have applications that I'll always install, and therefore is SafeWallet (formerly SBSH SafeWallet) listed on the what I use page. SafeWallet has been upgraded recently to version 3, which features a clever and more secure … [Read more...]