March 30, 2021

7 Things On My Desk from Our VP of Sales

Kirk Madsen

As a workforce leader, it’s important to surround yourself with things that inspire you to keep leveling up and improving every day. 

That’s why I’m intentional about what I keep on my desk. When I’m working, whether it’s at the office or at home, I make sure my desk is a place where I actually want to be. I’ve found that having a mix of things at my desk that are practical and inspiring is the best way to stay focused, productive, and on top of your game.

So as we get ready to lean into the office-flexible lifestyle, here are the seven things everyone needs on their desk:

1. iClever Foldable Wireless Keyboard

Price: $36.99
Why you want it: This iClever keyboard is perfect for talent leaders on the move. It’s lightweight, foldable, and has bluetooth so you can bring it with you to the office, then quickly fold it up and take it home with you to finish your work. As a workforce leader who’s always on the move, I love this keyboard because it works with my iPhone and iPad so I can get real work done when I’m on a plane or away from my desktop. Having a quick 1:1 with one of your employees? This is also the best way to take notes and type up a quick assessment as you’re moving around the office.

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2. 64 oz. Wide Mouth Hydro Flask

Price: $64.95
Why you want it: There’s a million water bottles out there, but if you’re a talent leader who doesn’t have time to constantly refill your water to make sure you’re staying hydrated or if you’re sick of having to keep reheating your coffee all day long, then the Hydro Flask is what you need. It keeps your water cold for 24 hours, and will keep your coffee or tea hot for six hours. Plus, it’s stainless steel so if you’ve got pets or kids running around at home (I have a new puppy, Henry, who loves to play with all my stuff and kick it around the house) this is the perfect no-spill water bottle. No more knocking over cups of water or worrying about spilling coffee on your keyboard. The Hydro Flask is the best pick for talent leaders who need a water bottle that’s durable and great for multi-use.

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3. IRIScan Book 5 WiFi

Price: $129
Why you want it: One thing every successful workforce leader has in common? We write things down. My office is filled with notebook after notebook full of ideas, and I’m constantly highlighting passages from my favorite books to fire up my workers and social media followers. But trying to take a picture of your notes or a paragraph in your new book is time consuming and ineffective, which is why I always keep the IRIScan book scanner at my desk.

It’s easy and fast to use: you just roll your way across any document you want to scan and you instantly get a high-res result. It also lets you scan binded documents so you don’t have to tear pages out of a notebook, and you can quickly turn any book on your shelf into an eBook. You can scan basically any conversion you would need: PDF, MS Office, JPEG — plus it lets you convert your documents to audio files. Everyone needs an IRIScan at their desk.

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4. Neuro Mints

Price: $39 for the Twelve Pack (144 pieces)
Why you want it: Ever made a New Year’s resolution to drink less coffee? I’ve been able to stay focused and energized while cutting back on the espressos by using Neuro Mints. They’re designed to give you optimum energy using natural caffeine and L-theanine from green tea so you can focus your mind and get the mental endurance you need to level up every day. Plus, they’re vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free, so they work for pretty much any talent leader out there. I always keep a pack (or six) of these in my desk drawer. But beware: your employees will start coming to your desk and asking for a mint unless you eat these on the fly.

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5. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Price: $13.49
Why you want it: Fragile leaders are bad for business. Great leaders build businesses that are antifragile — businesses that can make it through downturns, have strong workers and survive volatility, disorder, and turmoil. I’ll be honest, this book is not a quick and easy read. It’s a book that requires you to stop and reread passages and chapters, sometimes more than once. But I guarantee it will be worth the read, because learning how to thrive in an uncertain world has become more vital than ever. If I could only keep one book on my desk, it would be this one.

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6. Thorne Multi-Vitamin Elite

Price: $65/180 capsules 
Why you want it: Maybe your office is reopening, or maybe you’ve been going in for a while. Either way, everyone’s eager to get back to the office and see their team after a year of COVID. But we have to remember that the pandemic isn’t over yet, and as we start to travel and see our team again, we need to keep fighting off COVID with healthy, strong immune systems.

My go-to vitamin is Thorne, because they give you what you need for every time of the day. Thorne’s AM formula promotes energy production, and their PM formula enhances rest and recovery. Both formulas contain a full complement of vitamins and minerals: Vitamin D to promote strong bones and healthy immune function, B vitamins to support heart, blood vessels, and nerve health, and Vitamins K1 and K2 to contribute to bone and blood vessel health. So stay on top of your game with the nutrients you need to keep healthy and energized every day.

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7. 1Huddle

The 7th thing that’s always at my desk? 1Huddle. 1Huddle is all day, every day — meaning the game never ends. Companies today struggle to make continuous learning a reality, even though all 21st Century workers need to continually upskill and reskill to stay competitive. We built 1Huddle as a continuous development tool to level up workers year-round. 

People can’t stop talking about the new office-flexible lifestyle, and 1Huddle’s ahead of the game when it comes to giving you everything you need for the future of work. Got two free minutes before your next call? That’s all the time you need to level up and build new skills with 1Huddle games. Whether you’re looking to be a better salesperson, train up on DEI, learn something your history class never told you, or find out how you can succeed in a whole new career path, 1Huddle’s got you covered. 1Huddle supports every worker, regardless of industry or ranking, by giving all workers the access and tools to prepare for the future of work. Game over.

So what’re you waiting for? Get in the game today and start your free 1Huddle trial now. 

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Kirk Madsen, VP of Sales at 1Huddle

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