Recommended Podcast – Michael Hyatt

podcastAs someone recently converted to the world of podcasts, I thought I’ll share with you one that I have found great value in – not just for business but also personally.

Michael Hyatt is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and an author who regularly blogs and podcasts on the topics of Leadership, Management and Personal Development. If you’re interested, his blog ishttp://michaelhyatt.com.

You can also subscribe to his podcast titled “This Is Your Life” athttps://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/this-is-your-life-michael/id502414581?mt=2.

Happy Listening!

PS: Let me know if you have a favourite podcast. I might just end up subscribing to it, and recommending it as well.

Going from Digital to Paper

digital_to_paper_200xA couple of days ago I saw a medical practitioner for a regular treatment of my back. During the conversation he mentioned that they were dumping their software application and going back to paper based record keeping. He also mentioned that the professional association he and his colleagues belonged to actually recommends that paper records be kept!

This really surprised me. Firstly, in this day and age, all medical practitioners use electronic record keeping of their patient details and patient notes. Why would ANY professional body advice against using a software application? I am no legal person but there is greater protection for collecting and storing information in digital form than ever before.

Secondly, these same practitioners had a nasty fire last year where they lost a lot of their belongings. Given the losses and the insurance challenges they’ve had, collecting more paper is probably the one direction they should avoid taking!

Given that I’ve been working in the space of Document Management & Electronic Record Keeping as well as being an advocate for going paperless, I couldn’t help myself but try to convince him that it wasn’t a great idea in the long term. It appeared that he and his colleagues had already made up their minds.

 The Public Record Office Victoria website provides some guidelines on retention and disposal of documents for anyone who is interested.

Have you experienced similar situations where businesses are so fed up with their software applications that they would rather go back to paper? Let me know if you have any advice I can pass on.

Working in the Cloud

cloudcomputingI’ve been asked a few times recently about using Cloud based services for businesses. Personally, I am a big fan of it, especially as it helps me “travel light” and not have to have all my applications installed on every device I have. It also means I can run my business from anywhere I choose to, as long as I have connectivity to the internet – Yes, connectivity to the internet is the key!

Some examples of how we use Cloud-based services at Adaptive Consulting are described below.

Accounting Software (Xero)

We’ve been using Xero for nearly two years to run our business. For a small business, it has all the tools you need to make managing the business a lot simpler. Given Xero is a relatively new product (compared to applications such as MYOB), it’s got a few loose ends as well.

Note Taking and Research Platform (Evernote)

I’ve been using Evernote for a few years but have extended it’s use to Adaptive Consulting since the start of this year. Not only has Evernote made all the business documents easily accessible to me on the go, it’s also given me a very simple way of taking notes and saving and sharing our research and ideas.

File/Document Storage (Dropbox)

There are a few choices on this front – Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud & SkyDrive seem to get the most attention. We use Dropbox to store our files and also to share them with our partners who don’t use Evernote.

Project Management Software (CorePM)

We came across CorePM last year and have been progressively moving our clients’ projects onto it as the opportunity arises. We like CorePM for it’s easy to use interface and strong ties to the PRINCE2 framework which we adapt to our projects.

Mind Mapping Software (Mindjet)

Mindjet is an application I came across a few years back and have been using it for personal and business projects for a while. Now that maps can be stored online, on a cloud application, and shared with others for collaboration, mind mapping becomes even more enjoyable for me.

These are some of the Cloud based applications we use at Adaptive Consulting. Do you use cloud based services in your own businesses and if so what do you use and how?