I get a lot of emails (and send a fair amount myself) and am a big proponent of transparency and authenticity. Call me jaded or desensitized - or just wanting to address things for what they are. Which is why the below email - from Any.do’s founder, Omer Perchik, caught my attention - he made an honest and sincere ask of me. Omer, was clear and sincere with something he wanted from me. It’s that simple.
Hope you’re well.
I'll cut to the chase, so I don't waste too much of your time.
Today I put together a list of people that downloaded my app (Any.do) a while ago, but haven't logged in for a long time.
I've been racking my brain to think of how I can ask you to give Any.do a second chance and basically decided the best way is to come clean and ask you.
Our small team have honestly worked day and night to build a new Any.do that is ten times better than what you used before. I know it is a pain, but if you update your current version, or re-download Any.do from the App Store, you will see that the app is now completely different.
... if you're slammed with too many things you need to do and need a simple app to help you organize it all, I genuinely think you will love the new Any.do.
There are no ads, no sponsored listings and no cheesy special deals. Just a simple & fun app to help you organize all aspects of your life.
If you have any problems whatsoever, just drop me an email and I will get back to you straight away.
Here's a link where you can download or update to the shiny new Any.do.
Thanks so much,
If you are not familiar with Any.do - it is a task management app for mobile/desktop devices. I used it on a regular basis for several months. It’s clean, simple and helped me keep track of my life. I could not find a complaint about the product if I tried. Yet, a new shiny object caught my eye, enter Trello. I adopted Trello - yet not with the vigor of Any.do (which I surmise is due to my not using Trello to it’s full extent) - yet that is beside the point.
So, as of today, I am making the return to Any.do - for these reasons:
- I respect Any.do’s sincere effort to be blunt, honest and make the ask for what they want
- Omer, Any.do’s founder made it clear that if I had any challenges - that I can contact him direct (while I don’t plan to do so, I appreciate the willingness to make himself available
- It’s clear the Any.do team truly cares and has passion for their product - and is not afraid to make the ask
I have found that anything else than brutal transparency of said ask just gets in the way. I coach my team - candidates - and even clients on this.
Let me share a few examples of this, from my professional and personal like - of which I would encourage others to do same:
- Meeting my wife - yes, the ask was made. On our second date, my wife Mary reached across the table and placed her hand on mine to let me know that she really liked me. Sounds small, yet it was made clear to me, by Mary, that she was focused on me and nothing else. Games could have ensued, yet I knew where and how to focus after this - which was on Mary. We are now married with two kids. I am glad Mary made the ask.
- I made the fatal mistake of interviewing for a role and not doing my needed research beforehand. This was a role I was very interested in - and was eaten alive during the interview. My saving grace was: 1) owning my mistake and not trying to fake it, and 2) making the ask at the end and if I would still be considered a serious contender for the role after my error. I got the job - and it was made clear that my ask is what saved me.
- One of our clients is know for making the ask to candidates at the onset of the interview process. They make no secret they want the candidate to join from the onset. Conventional wisdom says that playing poker is best for both sides prior to negotiation - yet my client has never lost a candidate due to this approach - while candidates are drawn to my client’s transparent approach.
As for Any.do - thanks for making the ask and - it’s good to be back.