The community wins

One neat thing about being on FriendFeed is that the community gives you a TON of feedback. I’ve found that the community there is really constructive, even when giving pretty harsh feedback. Anyway, tomorrow on WorkFastTV we’re making a ton of changes. It’ll be interesting to watch FriendFeed tomorrow to see what people think of the show, especially since the changes that got done came from there.

Anyway, tomorrow we’ll have Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets, a Boise-based provider of online timeclocks used by employees and consultants. Here’s his blog. All that is pretty cool, but what I found interesting is that he went on a mission to determine what made the most productive people successful and interviewed tons of CEOs. His surprise: Tools didn’t much matter. His discovery: There are 10 rules that the 75 successful people he surveyed all followed. We’ll talk about those tomorrow.

I bet that one of them is “listens well to feedback.” See you at FastCompanyTV at 10 a.m. Pacific Time tomorrow. We won’t have a chat room during the show (that’s one of the many changes that we’re making) but will be interactive after the show. We’re doing that so we can give our guest our full attention during the show and this way we’ll be interactive, but at the appropriate time.

Let us know what you think.


Behind SmartSheet’s much simpler design

SmartSheet is releasing today a new version of its project management service. It’s DRAMATICALLY easier to use than previous versions, here’s an interview and demo with the CEO. How did that happen? Well, go behind the scenes with the CEO and the design team.

It’s amazing how a service that has no added features can be dramatically different when the user interaction is thought through in a new way.

The mesmerized audience

I’ve sat in tons of audiences at tons of conferences this year. I’ve noticed a trend that I first noticed at Gnomedex: more and more people are sitting on their computers or Blackberries. Some people have decried this as the inattention of an audience that should be paying attention on stage.

I say that’s hogwash. If you want us to pay attention do something worthy of paying attention to.

Yesterday I watched as an audience of several hundred put down their Blackberries, turned off Twitter, and became transfixed on what they were hearing. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop almost the entire time.

It was magical. It was an experience I LOVED as an audience member. I didn’t feel like talking back. The only thing I wanted to do was tell everyone else about it.

What was the talk? By photographer Franz Lanting. He’s worked for the National Geographic for years, among other projects.

I can’t do it justice in 10,000 words. You’ve simply got to watch it. It was part of Microsoft’s Pro Photo Summit that’s going on now (I filmed most of the first day on my channel).

Franz is a master story teller. There are very few in the world who are at this level. I’m simply in awe, even 24 hours later. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t have my HD cameras to film this, but since Franz lives a few miles away from me we’ll definitely go and film him again soon.