“Keynote presentations” vs. “board presentations”

What’s instructive here – even if you’re not a startup – is the stark contrast between the two different styles of presentations in the one “deck” here.


  1. “Keynote”/rhetoric presentation first, it’s trying to sell you something and entertain you (look how they add more weights to that bare-bell, how clever!), and,
  2. a “board presentation” that is looking to inform and create the context for coming to a decision. These are the ones people make fun of, e.g., “do you have you deck?” and so forth.

If you come from “the Internet,” you often know the 1st format (because of the anti-PowerPoint, Zen presentations movement in the mid-2000s – represented well by the 2006 Identity 2.0 presentation) but have to learn the second. I know I did when I worked for two years in corporate at Dell.

One day I should finish reading Speaking in PowerPoint, but it sure looks like a good summary of how to do “board presentations.”

“Keynote presentations” vs. “board presentations”

You should spend an average of six hours a week with each employee

From a summary of a study on how much time management should spend with each employee, each week:

Moving from one to six hours weekly contact with the boss increased employee inspiration by 29 percent, but after six hours inspiration actually started to take a hit.

From a study of 30,000 American and Canadian employees, executives and middle managers. The metrics of “good” are things like “inspiration” and NPS. Also, it says you can’t really manage more than seven people. I’ll have to read up more on it.

Reading up on microservices, and playing with MindMeister

I wanted to test out MindMeister, so I took some notes while I was reading two pieces on microservices yesterday:


Check it out full-browser too.

I used to use mind maps as my primary note-taking tool when I had a free license to MindJet sometime ago, which was delightful. So far, I find MindMeister a little clunky due to be in a web browser (I think?), but it seems OK. It’d be hard to go away from the mixed markdown and rich text stuff I do in Evernote, but we’ll see.

Reading up on microservices, and playing with MindMeister

For wider adoption, Chromebooks must unseat the MSFT white collar toolchain

Survey on corporate Chromebook buying

Good assessment of the hurdle for wider Chromebook adoption:

“Every application that businesses use would have to go through that transformation before a Chrome OS device can takeover in the business world,” Campbell said.

From trying to use Chromebooks “at work” over the years, I agree: of you’re work is all in on Google Apps and has dumped the Microsoft white-collar toolchain, you’re set. Otherwise, it’s really hard to interoperable with the Exchange, Word docs, etc. And, switching from desktop Excel to Spreadsheets is tough, as are presentations.

The core toolchain of the “enterprise” is Microsoft Office, and Google has to go unseat that if they want to move more Chromebooks.

I looked at corporate Chromebook adoption and buying in a 451 report earlier this year and came to similar marketshare rates.

For wider adoption, Chromebooks must unseat the MSFT white collar toolchain