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Business resources you need now: a guide to the best books, podcasts, apps and tech gadgets to help boost productivity, efficiency and success for SMEs.
Whether it’s bite-size business podcasts loaded with great ideas, a suite of integrated collaboration and productivity tools to help strengthen your SME, an app that serves up international news without the ads and paywalls, or a gadget that keeps your headspace free from all the noise, these business resources, services and tech are the best June has to offer to help ensure success.
It’s no secret that tablets are great tools for getting things done when you’re on-the-go and this 2nd Gen tablet can add good looks and performance to its inherent tablet convenience. With a streamlined metal premium design, it boasts a 10.3” IPS 10-point touch screen and dual speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos®. Plus, it features Google Assistant and 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras. Out of office hours, with its larger than usual display and sharp FHD visuals, it’s perfect as a family entertainer.
Hankering for business tips but just as hungry for time? The $100 MBA Show is a zippy offering yet host Omar Zenhom packs each episode with advice that’s both actionable and inspiring. Each weekday the successful Long Island, New York-born, Sydney-based entrepreneur drills down into a fiddly aspect of running a business that requires attention, all in under 30 minutes: what to do after googling your own company; how to nail the right moment to send email newsletters; and a considered response to a listener’s question, “I’m exhausted all the time. What do I do?”
For business leaders, trusting news sources is crucial. The eponymous app from Melbourne-based inkl offers access to high-end, award-winning publishers that normally have paywalls and subscription models. inkl subscribers can read – ad-free – The New York Times, Forbes, the Financial Times, The Economist, Businessweek, Crikey and a 100-plus other titles for $14.99 per month on mobile and desktop devices. inkl’s journalists curate some sections and algorithms promote stories based on timeliness, location and publishers’ rankings but users can browse through any subject or title they like.
Even if you’re remote working with a Zoom business meeting on your laptop and a game of Doom Eternal thundering from the lounge, the WH1000XM3 Wireless Noise-cancelling Headphones are a shiny black (or silver) portal to your own private musical paradise. It’s tech that will allow you to stay for up to 30 hours of battery time. The headphones take 10 minutes to charge for five hours’ usage, the noise cancelling is as good as it gets, and the cups are large, comfy and touch-controlled.
A former US Navy Seal turned successful entrepreneur, Willink had a publishing hit on his capable-in-a-crisis hands with the 2015 book Extreme Ownership. Now he’s back in the The New York Times Best Sellers lists with his new book Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual (Pan Macmillan, 2020). Willink, a management consultant naturally influenced by years of active duty, is a tough boss: he advises business leaders to ease up on the praise, for example, and uses military principles to fuel chapters like “Building Trust and Relationships: Down the Chain” and “Don’t Go Overboard, Rambo”.