Those who know me know that I can get a little geek'd up over technology toys. But every once in a while I come across a resource that actually makes me better or more efficient as a leader. Oprah had her favorite things (YOU GET A CAR) and today I am going to Oprah your face off with tools you are going to use as a leader (I tried to prolong using the word "tools" as long as possible because I know some of my audience will snicker in public just reading the word). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcI-rHO0yko[/youtube]
We are going to work our way from the most popular to the one you may have never heard of.
(Drum Roll in the sound booth)
I have become a cloud fanatic. Dropbox is like a online harddrive. The best part is that it's so simple to share files from Dropbox. As a leader, you have a great opportunity to have a lot of free memory. If you start an account and then invite your team to also have Dropbox, you get 250mb free every time a team member signs up. Brilliant! I have moved every working file I have to Dropbox. Plus, I can then access it anywhere online or through an app.
Evernote is also a cloud based system but it is used for note taking. The beauty in Evernote is that it's available on every device and syncs to every device. So the note I take down on my phone is waiting for me when I open my computer. Or the notes I put on my iPad are waiting for me on my phone when I get to the meeting. When I got the idea for this post I was in my car. So I used the new dictation function on my iPhone 5 and put a note into Evernote just by speaking an idea. That's called Geek'n out.
3. DocScan Pro App
This little guy is an App and worth every penny. Yes, you have to purchase the Pro version but you'll thank me later. DocScan Pro does away with a need for a scanner. I love DocScan pro for keeping receipts. Every time I have a receipt I just use DocScan Pro to take an image, turn it into a PDF, and then I export to my receipt file saved in Dropbox. It takes me about 30 seconds to do it all. I know this much, if these British kids (They might be Austrailian, I can never tell the difference unless someone drops a "Mate" or a "Barbie") can do it, so can you!
4. Red Stamp App
Every single leader should have this app. How often are you in situations as a leader where you see people doing tremendous things and you want to say thank you? Now you can do that in the moment with Red Stamp. Look what I did for you all since I'm so thankful you read my blog!
How great is that! Red Stamp's website say's this, "Email, text, tweet, Facebook, Instagram and paper mail personalized photo cards, notes, invitations + announcements right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch."
That's stinking brilliant and an incredible way to let someone know you appreciate them!