Friday Hi-5 Features, 29 July 2011

Today, I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to record my first ever vlog post. Thanks to Mike Langford and Amanda Nelson for providing all of their tips and tricks. As I mature with this format, I will definitely invest in some of the tools you listed in our Google+ thread. So, without any further ado….

Welcome to today’s Friday Hi-5 Features! Each week we will explore the best picks in the following categories: technology/tool; fiction book; non-fiction book; post of the week; and offline inspiration.

This week, a productivity theme was evident in all of the selections.


Metrotwit-a new Twitter client specifically for Windows that does not suck your computer’s resources like some other Twitter desktop clients.

Fiction Book

The Huger Games by Suzanne Collins – not your average sci-fi, but a tale of human survival. Dump those romance novel beach reads and check out this series for children and adults.

Non-Fiction Book

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance by Tony Schwartz – great reminders to live a healthy personal life to maintain and give our best professional performance. Take time to actually read the book and not listen to it on audiobook as I did. Broke all the rules!

Post of the Week

Proctor and Gamble Minimizes Management Meddling by Michael Schrage – check out this article profiling how technology is driving P&G to delayer from the top down to empower middle managers and get rid of hollow and micromanagement. Change management in action…read and answer what perspective you believe is better?

Offline Inspiration

The chatter this week seems to be about productivity in the midst of social media fatigue, as pointed out by Gini Dietrich. Take a page from my playbook and experiment with the Dr. Pepper 10-2-4 time management model. Want to know more? Watch the video…

When I asked the question on Google+ of what people found as offline inspiration, Rachel Happe answered, “It’s that time of year where the weather and time outside always inspires me – mostly to take a step back, breath, and not take everything so seriously.” What has recently inspired you offline?

Next week, tune in as I take another stab at a vlog post with the Hi-5 Features coming straight from EduWeb (where I will be speaking on The Nine Hats-and Counting-of a Community Manager).

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  • Amanda Nelson

    Great job! Hope you had fun making this. It’s a great way to change up the content format. Your hair also looks amazing. :) I look forward to the next one.

    • Lauren

      I did have fun, but I think I overprepared. I just need to relax…I have no problem speaking in front of tons of people, but video sends shivers up and dosn spine. And thanks about the hair…it is growing out, so I feel shaggy.

  • Ann Handley

    Nice job, Lauren! Love the whole Hunger Games series… Bought them for my kid – read them myself! p.s. Your hair does look amazing! : )

    • Lauren

      That means a lot coming from you….thank you, Ann! And it was the end of the day, so I am glad my hair was at least presentable. :)