The world is changing faster than we’re learning… therefore we have to accept (smart) failure as the new modus operandi, according to Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world.

How to Create a Sick System

October 27th, 2012

Good for weekend reading… hoping that you’ll be able to just quickly leave the treadmill and think about whether you’re caught in a sick system! Sick systems: How to keep someone with you forever.

A few words about Mr. Jobs, by way of a Wired Article, The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale?, and Vinod Khosla‘s response to it.

Austen’s article draws a caricature of Jobs and puts forth a series of false choices. After reading it, you might be convinced that you can either be a jerk and successful or decent and mediocre.

via Do You Need To Be A Jerk To Be A Successful Entrepreneur?

That’s all I’m going to say about the iPhone 5 ;-)

The Trap of Marginal Thinking

August 17th, 2012

Interesting and motivational. Go read it.

Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.

via Clayton Christensen’s “How Will You Measure Your Life?”.

Contrarian Analysts

August 8th, 2012

You know why an analyst sometimes go all in on contrarian opinions? Because if they turn out to have been right, they get all the recognition for having been the first to see a new trend. And if they were wrong, then it’s just one more time they weren’t 100% right. The only drawback is that there are only so many times you can credibly claim a totally contrarian point. Some day nobody will listen anymore… so you better be lucky and turn out to have been right in one of the first attempts, like Marc Faber, Doctor Doom. If you’re right every so often, people will keep listening, even if you’re only point is that you’re different from the rest.

A UBS analyst is calling for the breakup of Hewlett-Packard arguing that the separate parts are way more valuable than the whole.

via HP better not together?

Reminded me about my recent self:

One of the key components to finding long term happiness is doing meaningful work. But in the modern world, meaningful work has become increasingly more difficult to find. A couple of hundred years ago, a person could look back on a day and see the field they planted that would feed their family. Today, we often don’t know what our work produces.

Instead, many of us find ourselves doing jobs by rote without any connection to why or what we’re accomplishing. For Joe “moving numbers around on a spreadsheet” seemed to produce nothing and therefore meant nothing. How he could wake up everyday and knowingly barter away the significance of his life for a biweekly paycheck was beyond my understanding.

via The Search For Meaningful Work.

Good stuff – tell me what I want to do now!

What PureDiscovery really wants to do — and what it’s working on for some customers — is build interest graphs for every user within the company. Aside from determining relationships between documents, that also means determining relationships between people, and between people and documents. It also means mashing up social-graph information with interest-graph information in order to improve how results are ranked and displayed, Copps said.

via Say goodbye to search and hello to BrainSpace.

How to Become Creative

July 18th, 2012

Scott Berkun, short and precise:

Want to be more creative? Pick a problem you care about and get to work. If you don’t care about anything, your problem isn’t creativity, it’s apathy. If you start things and give up, your problem isn’t creativity, it’s dedication.

via How to become creative – the short honest truth.

Groupthink

July 16th, 2012

You need somebody to challenge Groupthink in every team, but you also need a function to challenge it at the corporate level: Group Internal Audit can play that role too.

Groupthink is a mode that a group of people gets into when they desire harmony in decision making without a realistic appraisal of alternatives and where there is a desire to minimize conflict.

Sure, we all want harmony in decision making, that makes our jobs easier, but does it give us the best decision? Most likely not. Let’s face it, how many times have we been in the situation where we know what we’re doing isn’t right, but the effort required is just too great considering your workload or the political cost.

via Groupthink: The company ‘A-Hole’ and why you need one.

Neither makes me very happy

March 1st, 2009

Are you asking me or or telling me?

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(Ebenfalls)