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10 Apps to Make You a Better CEO

Posted on 12.05.2013

:: By Aby League ::

In-between attending meetings, overseeing financial decisions, and planning your company’s next move, you still have a lot on your plate as CEO.

Fortunately, technological innovations paved way for somewhat lighter day-to-day business goings-on. Feast your eyes on these 10 delectable apps that can make you a better boss:

1. Evernote

As CEO, you’re constantly exposed to a truckload of information. Evernote serves as an extension of your brain as it stores and remembers information you’ll need later, allowing you to:

type or audio-record reminders

create to-do lists

capture documents, post-its, images and store them like so

search for keywords among your notes

save and synchronize data across mobile devices

Storing all these valuable data in one app makes for a centralized organization. And the best part is that you can access them anytime, anywhere, from any device. 

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2. Binfire

This project management and collaboration tool ensures that creativity and productivity is never far off as it allows you to:

oversee all project/task deadline

view any project 

view a graphical representation of a project’s progress

manage and customize tasks 

understand a product’s nature and assess current progress 

use an intuitive Gantt chart

view and create status tweets and project reports

oversee your project calendar

manage documents and employees’ activities

collaborate through an interactive whiteboard (write, edit, open pdf and jpg files)

Its best feature is its ability to support various project management methodologies like work breakdown structure, waterfall, agile, and scrum and uses the same security safeguards banks use. 

3. CamCard

With all the people you meet, business card-passing is inevitable. CamCard is an efficient way to store all those new contacts as it:

accurately reads business cards 

instantly saves them to your phone’s Contacts

syncs all your cards across mobile devices (including Web app)

notifies you regarding contact information updates

enables a better profile demonstration through the AR Card feature (add text, video, graphic, audio, etc.)

allows you to effectively manage your cards and search through them 

has 200+ language support 

allows you to share cards 

immediately shows a contact’s profile upon card-scanning

secures your card collection with a password

CamCard’s ability to update contact information across all devices and create an accessible online portfolio is its competitive edge. 

4. FlightTrack Pro

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If you’re always catching a flight to your next business destination, FlightTrack Pro is a great mobile travel app that lets you:

organize and manage multiple itineraries simultaneously

enter flight information in advance

know about flight delays, cancellations, poor weather conditions, etc.

track your plane’s route and current location (requires in-flight Wi-Fi) 

find out your ETA

know your destination’s current weather forecast 

know your detailed baggage claim info.; navigate through unfamiliar airport terminals via Terminal Maps (requires internet access)

know about alternate flights 

sync flight info. with your phone’s calendar

see in-flight amenities, aircraft info, etc.

store flight delays, cancellations, and on-time arrival data

This is the best travel companion for frequent business travelers due to its capability to access real-time flight information, eliminating delay nuisance. 

5. Scanner Pro

Scanner Pro is an efficient portable scanner must-have that lets you: 

scan documents (receipts, reports, whiteboard) 

store them as digital copies

sign and scan contracts to be e-mailed

scan materials for further reading

It’s a simple app that does its job well. Its best feature is its conversion of paper-to-digital copies for accurate reading.

6. ThinkFree

ThinkFree is a great project app that enables you to:

view, edit, create, and share presentations and documents online

collaborate on projects

view documents in real-time

sync files across mobile devices (reflects all changes) 

The best thing about this app is its syncing tool and ability to update documents in real-time. 

7. Siri 

Siri is your best personal virtual assistant as it lets you do almost anything just by asking. It’s capable of:

making recommendations

performing virtual tasks 

finding answers to your queries 

figuring which app is perfect for which request

Siri’s ability to take and analyze instructions via dictation is its ultimate competitive edge.  

8. Cisco WebEx

Because you’re always in demand, Cisco WebEx lets you be in two or more places at once via online meetings, allowing you to:

invite and remind participants 

record meetings for further reviewing or sharing

share content during meetings

have an interactive discussion (everyone can talk and share documents from their computers)

transfer files in real-time

interact through polls or chat

integrate webcam for live discussions

Its best feature, though, is its sophisticated security system that ensures all information you share and discuss are secured within the group alone. 

9. XMind

XMind is a widely-used mind mapping tool that encourages collaboration and free-flow thinking, boasting of:

various charts (can be integrated in one map)

easy conversion from mind map to matrix; vice-versa

mapping tools like label, marker, summary, etc.

full-screen mind map view

presentation view for an audience

password encryption

file attachment 

audio notes

spell checker

powerful search

import and export feature 

Gantt view

various templates and themes

The best things about XMind is it’s secure, offers various tools perfect for brainstorming, and it can be easily converted, import/export-ed for presentation purposes. 

10. Yodlee

Yodlee is trusted by 8/10 financial institutions in the U.S. as it enables people to:

track their personal finances

pay bills online

transfer funds

split transactions

manually enter transactions or have them automatically downloaded and updated

create reports showing spending trends

track their net worth

view timely budget reports 

set up their preferred currency 

give trusted people access to their account

print reports 

It’s most outstanding feature is its ability to split transactions and aggregate them accordingly. It saves you time, energy, and the entire process is secured. 

Doing everything on your own can sometimes lead to mistakes and lapses, so heed the help provided by these efficient tools. Utilize these apps to your advantage to become better at what you do best. Who knows, maybe you’re on your way to grabbing that “Best CEO” title sooner than you can say “go”.  

About the Author: Aby League is a qualitative researcher and a passionate writer. You can see more of her articles on Elite Daily.

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