Saturday, January 30, 2010
Regardless, we haven't gone away, we're just trying to get back to where we started.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Life forges you. The experiences that you have, and your reactions, define who you are.
In the world of work, the people who are on the "A" team have are there because they have defined themselves by the way they have managed the problems at work.
They are the people who adopt a Cortez like only-one-way-forward approach during a crisis.
The only option they see is to remain calm, carry on, work a ton of hours, and be a part of the solution. (Note: The context for this conversation pertains to work situations where there are no personal life or death scenarios. Obviously in those situations different solutions may apply.)
It is important to understand that this approach does not guarantee success because fate has a way of setting the context so that success is not possible. But, how would you want to fail? By giving up or by knowing that you did everything that you knew how to do at the time?
Also know that being on the "A" team is not for everyone as it requires significant personal sacrifice. You don't work 40 hours a week. You don't get to sit on the couch after dinner. You don't get to be at home every night. You don't get to mope and complain.
Know these things if you seek to be on the A-Team.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
According to the Wall Street Journal.1
In the last two years 7.2 million jobs were lost.
One in three jobs, or six million total, have been lost in manufacturing since 1997, the last year the sector posted job gains.
Construction, with 1.6 million job losses in the last two years, accounts for about 20% of all jobs lost in this recesssion.
Finance has lost 548,000 jobs.
The number of people working in record shops is 36% less than two years ago. 23% less for people working in directory and mailing list publishers, and 46% less at photofinishing establishments.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Don't Expect Others to Be Empathetic or
Why First Impressions Matter
A recent analysis of psychological studies with nearly 8,000 participants concluded that people are twice as likely to seek information that confirms what they already believe as they are to consider evidence that would challenge those beliefs.1
But It's Not Like They Have a Budget Shortfall Or Anything
New York’s Medicaid program, totaling about $44 billion, is the most expensive in the country and larger than the budgets of 42 states.2
And It's Not Even Illegal or
Forget Gangster, This Is How WE Roll!
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that pensions at the companies, United Airlines, US Airways, Polaroid and Reliance Insurance, were underfunded by more than $11 billion when the companies turned them over to a government-backed insurance fund. The report says executives at those four companies and six others that abandoned their pension plans took in a total of $350 million in pay and perks in the years leading up to the bankruptcies.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
- Systems do not create winners. They produce consistency. They provide opportunity. They provide a measurable quality control framework. They provide high quality environments for training and competition but systems by themselves do not create winners;
- The winners in all the high performance sports systems around the world for the past fifty years have been athletes, coaches, managers, teams, researchers, scientists and leaders who have thought and acted differently – who have been unique but who have had the good sense to tap into the opportunities provided by the high performance sport system.1
via The Triathlon Book
Talk about stunning clarity. If I had a stone tablet, and knew how to engrave it, this is what I would put on it. Working harder doesn't guarantee success. Working hard and smart does.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
- The Economy Will Suck: There is no way that we see a quick rebound. We simply have not hit bottom on our current downward spiral. The US economy has been built to support consumer deficit spending and needs to readjust to the new reality (hopefully).
What Happened: The economy contracted 2.5% and official unemployment went up 10%. In short, it sucked. +1 for Grassroots Innovation
- Kodak Ceases to Exist: The company is simply not making enough money to cover expenses and their access to new capital is limited. Their profitable 2008 was based on a tax refund from the Government and a joint venture R&D reimbursement. Kodak is either sold or files for Chapter 11.
- China Flexes Its Muscles: This is actually an easy one to call. They are too big and too rich to not try and have a say in the world. Their recent mission to fight sea piracy is but one example. The ramifications in geo-political circles are huge; imagine them getting involved in the middle east? Thank God they need us to buy stuff.
- Buffalo Makes The Playoffs: In a much disputed call Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has retained three season coach Dick Juron. This is a good move. Miami has shown this year that it is possible come from nowhere to win the Division.
- Nothing Will Happen With Social Security: The system is not going to run out of money next year so Congress doesn't need to do anything. Things are not setting up well for the average American. Social Security is currently a giant Ponzi scheme. There is no money in a lock box anywhere, it's being pulled from current revenues. Add on to this the fact that the American Government spends more than it makes. And it wants to spend more by taking over health care. And pensions have gone the way of the Do-Do Bird forcing Americans to take responsibility for their own savings (which is at a negative rate) which will place a greater dependence on Social Security.
- American Innovation Thrives: Currently there is no better system in the world for rewarding good ideas and punishing bad ones. Look for "breakthrough" advances in alternate energy and medicine.
In summary a score of -7. If the score was adjusted for homer sports bias it would be a respectable 4/5.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
She knows if she thinks about that too much it will paralyze her.
So she concentrates on technique. The professional masters how, and leaves what and why to the gods…
The professional is acutely aware of the intangibles that go into inspiration. Out of respect for them she lets them work. She grants them their sphere while she concentrates on hers.
The sign of the amateur is overglorification of and preoccupation with the mystery.
The professional shuts up. She doesn’t talk about it. She does her work.
From Justin Musk's blog Tribal Writer.
Friday, January 01, 2010
Exhibit one is Lindy Emrich, a Californian real estate broker, who was quoted in a 12/29 article in the online version of the Wall Street Journal.
Apparently, Ms. Emrich worked with a client for 2 1/2 years showcasing different homes. The buyer eventually found a home and Ms. Emrich was not included in the deal.
Ms. Emri ch was quoted as follows, "I have so many wonderful things in my life,' says Ms. Emrich. 'That is not one of them."