We’re in the middle of a mobile web revolution. However, its not iPhone, smart phones or the west that is leading this revolution. No, if you want to go to the epicentre of where the mobile web is really changing the status quo and leap frogging the incumberants then you have to go to Africa.
I decided to test out the Hello Bar on a site that I’m working on today. If you aren’t aware of what that is, it’s a call to action bar that loads at the top of your page that works to direct people to the most important part of your site.
I really like the concept and was interested in seeing how it integrated and how easy it is to set it up. I chose to just test it out with the free version, which has good functionality, but keeps the Hello Bar “H” logo in the left side of the bar that you create.
I also tried implementing this in a WordPress.org site. It seemed pretty simple, but the directions were slightly vague on how to implement. Hello Bar instructs you to paste the code in the <body> tag of the site, but I didn’t see that. So, I spent some time trying to implement it in the page templates in the editor in WordPress. This was loading the bar on the page, but not correctly. So, I finally went back into the Hello Bar site and re-created the bar and made sure the settings were correct for the bar and then saw that I was supposed to upload it into the <body> tag of the site.
Once I realized that, it made it very easy to implement into the site as Elegant Themes (I am using one of their themes for the site) has created that area to paste code into the <body> tag all across the site.
Overall, even with the slight issues, it was very easy to implement and in my opinion something that every site should use for a good call to action for the site. Hello Bar is also used by some of the top bloggers out there like Seth Godin and Chris Brogan. If they find it useful to use, then I think the rest of us would too.
A common gripe amongst agilists is that the traditional “meeting culture” in many companies is choking the life out of agile.
While there may be some truth to that, I’ve also seen many misconceptions about the agile meetings themselves. I’ve even heard accusations that teams I’ve worked with…
This is management at it’s best. Nothing smarter than planning out a merger between two airlines and all of it being on sticky notes.
I don’t want to take long, but i’ve been watching some sessions from leaders who are talking to a group of prodestants and catholics in ireland on adapting to reach their land and there were some points that i found really interesting and applicable.
**The new paradigm is not the Big eat the…
If you have a website, chances are that you track all of the traffic that comes to your website and you analyze it in some form or another. If you are like me, you are looking at the numbers multiple times a day though. Why?
Now, I believe in web analytics and that is actually a part of my job, so I’m not saying that you shouldn’t ever track visitors to your website. I am saying that whether or not you measure your site and the visitors that come to it, should be based on what the whole purpose of your website. Personally there is no point for me to analyze this blog. It’s a personal blog and my whole goal is to learn how to write better and to deliver content. I don’t have a specific goal of reaching a certain amount of people or having this many people click on this certain link in my blog. Rather, my focus is on what I write, how I write it, and shipping it out the door to a public audience no matter how small it may be.
My whole point with this post is that you don’t need to get so focused on measuring your website and getting more visitors that you forget about why you started a website or blog in the first place. What was/is your goal in having a website or blog? Focus on that and not as much on how your website is performing.
Why do you track your website, or why do you not track your website?
I currently use a Mac keyboard with a Windows computer. Two things that I thought would never work together. Why??
How do you work with people who don’t work like you?
I would say this is one of the hardest things in working with a team. The harmonization of team members is huge for the success of the team. Think about yourself for a little bit…what are you strengths, weaknesses, skills, and personality? Now ponder the same questions for each member of your team. How are they different and how are they the same?
The way a person works is determined by many different things, one of them being their personality. Each person likes to work in different ways. Some are extremely task oriented to the point that if you break up their actionable to-do list with a meeting or different process, it can throw off their entire work flow and slow down their productivity. Others are very laid back in their work process and are able to have curve balls thrown at them and run with what is given to them to accomplish very easily.
Culture also affects how people work. Working with people from different countries from you is something that you really have to be aware of and work to find the middle ground.
If everyone is different, how do we accomplish working together as a team?
You can’t expect other people to change, but you can change yourself to be able to work with others in a harmonizing way. Don’t bash heads, but rather help people to see the benefit of working a little bit differently while working to not let your work habits get in the way as well. Focus on finding the middle ground and do a good deed for your coworkers by trying to work in a way that benefits everyone on the team. Often times we become focused on making the work all about us. Our way is the best and everyone else needs to do it this way. Sometimes you will have the best way, but if you try to go out and dictate how it’s going to be done, most people will not accept that willingly.
Don’t try to change the entire work process, otherwise nothing will change. Work to adapt your working process to be able to accomplish the goal of the team and not your own specific goals. Think as a whole team.