Systems leadership and change initiatives often involve digesting and searching large amounts of information so you can connect the dots. An equally important skill is to present in a way that's easily accessible, so here is a collection of tools I use to help with this. Some are well known, some that maybe new to you.
None of these are affiliate links, they're just tools I've found useful - I hope you do to. If you recommend anything else let us know.
Spritz - Need to cover a lot of ground quickly? I find this speed reader really helpful. Removing eye movement associated with traditional reading methods not only reduces the number of times your eyes move, but also decreases the number of times your eyes pass over words for your brain to understand them.
Videos - I often need to review lots of online videos, teaching materials etc. This tool speeds up the watching. Its actually amazing how much faster you can watch something and still retain comphrehesion.
Evercontact - Who has time to manually update address books and CRMs? Not me. Evercontact is a brilliant tool that intelligently scans your incoming email & auto-enriches contact details in your address book and CRM. I also use it with icloud to keep my iphone uptodate.
Sidekick - See a contact’s professional history, where they live, mutual contacts, email history. With Sidekick email tracking, get live notifications when someone opens or clicks on one of your emails. Know when, how many times, where, and from what device they opened your email.
Lookeen - finds every email, every document and every photo immediately, no matter where it’s saved.
TinyPulse - Is a fantastic lightweight solution that captures anonymous employee feedback from your team to build trust, reveal insights, trends, and opportunities to improve retention, culture, and results. Only use it if you are a leader who is seriously interested in changing or evaluating the true culture of your organisation.
Contactually - Contactually automatically lets you know which important relationships you’ve let go cold.
Moment - Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can also set up occasional nudges as gentle taps on your shoulder saying “Hey, you’re halfway to your daily limit already and it’s only 11 AM.”
Feedly - is a great news aggregator. It helps me keep track of multiple topics I find important.
Pocket - A read-it-later app of choice
Blinkist - hundreds of books in short bite size chunks
Topsy - The free Topsy social search tool is very powerful in allowing marketers to track their brand on Twitter, to see how content is being shared, who is sharing, the key influencers and the sentiment over time.
Twitonomy - Get detailed and visual analytics on anyone's tweets, retweets, replies, mentions, hashtags.
Social Bro - the #1 marketing platform for twitter. With good reason.
WeFollow - Is a service designed to recognize the most prominent voices speaking on a given topic.
Insight Timer - Set aside some time to rewire your brain towards a happier growth state
Canva - The most simple and effective way to create good graphics quickly
PiktoChart - Make your own infographics
Optimizely - Optimizely is the market-leading solution in A/B and MVT testing. It is simple to use and its results can be quite powerful.
Klipfolio - create an effective online organisation / partnership reporting tool
TED - Everyone on the planet should know about TED.com
Sliderule - The google for online learning exists and its called sliderule
Udemy - thousands of online courses on a range of subjects. There are of varying quality but a good resource none the less. Always wait for the coupon offers - much cheaper
Dragon Speech Recognition - Let your voice do all the typing. Seriously impressive.
Do you have anymore you could recommend?