Tuesday, January 31, 2012
No one likes schleps, but hackers especially dislike them. Most hackers who start startups wish they could do it by just writing some clever software, putting it on a server somewhere, and watching the money roll in—without ever having to talk to users, or negotiate with other companies, or deal with other people's broken code. Maybe that's possible, but I haven't seen it.
Fuentes was later asked if the novel has a future.
He said: “Many people say that the novel is dead, that technology has killed the novel. But it continues to survive. Why? Because novels tell us something that cannot be told otherwise.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
- Rules are suggestions
- Plans harm creativity
- Underdogs are always deserving
- Institutions are loyal
- Experience is a minor part of competence
- Intuition is irrational
- We can frequently beat the odds
- Appearance doesn't matter
- Being true to our inner self means we'll be better
- Other people have fewer problems
Friday, January 27, 2012
- A brief history of the group
- The names of the group's leaders, both formal and informal
- Whether any one person can really speak for the group
- Whether the executive has ever met any of those leaders
- How the group perceives the executive's organization
- What the group says it wants
- What the group really wants
- Whether the group has any hot buttons
- What the group definitely does not want
- What it expects from the meeting
- Any time-sensitive matters
- Some reasonable strategies for dealing with the group
- What the executive's side can gain from the meeting
- How the meeting is likely to proceed, and
- What the next step may be.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
We’re most of us liars, we’re ’arf of us thieves, an’ the rest of us rank as can be, But once in a while we can finish in style (which I ’ope it won’t ’appen to me).
Friday, January 20, 2012
Other curious potential attractions include a ski run through a battlefield "surrounded by the frozen bodies of soldiers and horses" and a recreation of Louis XVI being guillotined during the revolution – the precursor to Napoleon’s rise to power.
"It's going to be fun for the family,” he Mr Jégo told the Times.
[HT: Drudge Report]
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Not really. In the end, we know what makes us happy. We also know what makes us unhappy. That’s the irony. We know and yet we still mess it up. That’s part of the human condition, no, and why we need to work on it.
- That's Not What I Meant! by Deborah Tannen
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
- The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
- The 80/20 Rule by Richard Koch
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
- The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
- The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
- The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
Such accounts may be exaggerations, but they should warn us that yearly progress is never assured. Instead, history offers plenty of examples of life becoming far worse than it had been centuries earlier. The biographer Plutarch, writing 500 years after the glories of classical Greece, lamented that in his time weeds grew amid the empty colonnades of the once-impressive Greek city-states. In America, most would prefer to live in the Detroit of 1941 than the Detroit of 2011. The quality of today’s air travel has regressed to the climate of yesterday’s bus service.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
- The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
- Leaders by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus
- Thinking About Management by Theodore Levitt
- Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- Wooden On Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jameson
- Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson
- Parkinson's Law by C. Northcote Parkinson
- Instant MBA by Nicholas Bate
- Commander in Chief by Eric Larrabee
- In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
- Charting the day's activities
- Writing personal notes
- Checking e-mail
- Making phone calls
- Reviewing the previous day
- Don't listen.
- Only consider your perspective.
- Be discourteous.
- Avoid setting goals or, if you set some, make them wildly unrealistic.
- Go for immediate gratification.
- Act as if the rules don't apply to you.
- Stop learning and squelch your curiosity.
- Never be grateful.
- Regard yourself as very clever.
- Be neither trustworthy nor reliable.
- Care for no one and nothing other than yourself.
- Squander time.
- Rely on miracles.
- Expect the world to accommodate you.