15 Tools And Resources Top Tech Leaders Use Every Day

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Shouldering heavy responsibility in a fast-moving industry, tech leaders often leverage different tools to manage their day-to-day professional and personal lives. These can include services, resources or hardware that help them manage their workloads, keep up with the news, stay connected or even manage their health.

Not surprisingly, many tech professionals try out a variety of software, apps and tools before settling on those that prove to be real game-changers for them. And having been put through their paces by tech leaders, many of these resources are likely to bring benefits to people in a variety of industries and roles.

So what resources do some of the tech industry’s top professionals rely on every day? Below, 15 leaders from Forbes Technology Council share the tools and services they use to make both their work and personal lives easier.

1. Asana

One of my favorite tools that we use every day is the task management program Asana. It’s super easy to create, assign and track tasks from my desktop or smartphone, which saves us time, money and energy. I also like the detailed features that allow us to create group projects for our various teams. This tool has streamlined our productivity and has become a true game-changer for our brand. – Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster

2. Evernote

Evernote is my favorite daily resource. I literally cannot function without this tool—it’s a total game-changer. It allows me to organize notes into various digital notebooks and attach relevant files, images, emails, audio, web clippings, to-do’s and so on. It also links with Microsoft apps, G Suite, Slack and other relevant day-to-day applications. It’s amazing. – Amanda Dorenberg, COMMB

3. Garmin Fenix 6

I always have my Garmin Fenix 6 sports watch with me. I track everything from my sleep patterns to my heart rate to gain greater wellness insights. Without commuting time, my hours have become longer. My Fenix 6 has been extremely helpful as I’ve been working remotely, helping me prioritize the right tasks and maintain my well-being. I do not need multiple apps—rather, I leverage existing tools to the fullest. – Magnus Friberg, Icomera

4. Google Workspace

Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) is the most well-rounded set of tools and resources—I use it daily in almost everything I do. The dynamic real-time Doc, Sheets and Slides file collaboration has become a necessity for me—I can’t imagine downloading and uploading files anymore. But, if someone were to create a G-suite-like product with a much faster loading time, I would be a devout, lifelong subscriber! – Granit Limani, Sonnecto

5. Health; MapMyWalk

I recommend apps to support physical activity, which I believe is key to a balanced and healthy life. As a former athlete, it is important to me to stay active and hold myself accountable by tracking progress to my goals. To maintain work-life balance, I use Apple’s Health app, and I use the MapMyWalk app for hikes, bike rides and walking golf rounds—it tracks my distance and helps keep me motivated. – Mike Morini, WorkForce Software

6. Jira Portfolio 

As a technology leader, I recommend Jira Portfolio or any type of backlog management tool. Managing the ruthless prioritizing of a backlog of projects and efforts, keeping them aligned and maintaining communication is key for any technology leader. It also forces tradeoff conversations about everyone’s favorite idea. – Michael Adler, N-able

7. Lattice

Lattice has been a game-changer for our team in terms of setting and tracking goals. It aligns managers and team members, facilitates regular check-ins and creates organized accountability for individuals, departments and the company as a whole. – Thierry Schellenbach, Stream – Chat & Activity Feed APIs

8. LinkedIn

My favorite daily resource is LinkedIn. Many people view it as a place for job hunting, but I view it as a community and a wonderful place for us to learn from each other. The content I see there each day helps me stay up to date on the business world and continue to learn about the latest technology and its use in concept and in practice. – Michael Fulton, Expedient

9. The Morning E-Newsletter

I always read the New York Times’ daily e-newsletter, The Morning. It’s great to start the day with a concise and insightful review of the latest headlines and other big stories. There are recommended morning reads, arts and ideas, a recipe to cook, and games to keep your mind sharp! – Saryu NayyarGurucul

10. Otter.ai

I take a lot of notes, and I’m a big fan of seeing what AI can do. One of my new favorite tools for staying organized is Otter.ai, which takes a conversation and summarizes it into keywords. It even lets you attach slides and photos which you can then share with others. I love it! – Jason Carolan, Flexential

11. Oura Ring

My favorite resource is my wearable health tracker, Oura Ring. Through sensors that measure pulses in the arteries of the ring finger, it records useful physiological data and gives me information that helps me maximize the time I spend in REM sleep and deep sleep—a cornerstone of good health that is sometimes taken for granted during our busy, on-the-go lives. – Praduman Jain, Vibrent Health

12. Stack Overflow

I cannot recommend enough the use of Stack Overflow for engineers. It’s such a large database of problems and solutions that we no longer have to do that much research. When you code, consider that you are probably not the only person who has had to solve a particular problem. Everything from coding to other tech information is there, and now they also have recruiting services, which is great. – Mercedes Soria, Knightscope

13. Stretchly

I love Stretchly, as it helps me take control of my time and my breaks. We often forget to take breaks on a busy day. Thus, getting a reminder that it is time to stretch and maybe change tasks can enhance productivity and prevent you from getting “stuck” in a particular activity. – Kevin Korte, Univention

14. Tableau

In the business intelligence space at my firm, we live in Tableau. Its ease of development, constantly evolving functionalities and front-end usefulness for business users have caused us to ingrain Tableau in our organization’s workflow so that we can drive insights from within. – Dan Merzlyak, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)

15. Wappalyzer

As an insight tool, I use the Chrome plug-in, Wappalyzer. It allows me to quickly scan the tools and frameworks my potential clients use on their websites and e-shops. This helps me steer the conversation because I understand the complexity and the frameworks even before our initial meeting. – Aurelijus Norkunas, Front IT
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