December 2006

Management Cliches

December 20, 2006

What is your most hated management cliche? The one I love to hate the most is the incredibly condescending “Work smarter, not harder”. I don’t disagree with the general concept of planning and avoiding mistakes as such, but when I used to hear it in the past, I have seldom felt more insulted. Here is what used […]

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Essential Skills

December 20, 2006

One of my worst nightmares is going back to school and being forced to learn organic chemistry again. I loved physics and mathematics, but organic chemistry made me crazy, because there were so many different variations and rules for different elements and compounds that it drove me up the wall. But I did have to […]

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Writeboard

December 20, 2006

Writeboard is probably the most utterly simple and easy application that I have ever used. Here is what we happened. Someone at work suggested a pot luck lunch and sent around a Word document so that everyone could fill in their food items so that two or more people don’t bring the same stuff. The […]

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The Real “Work‐Life” Balance

December 20, 2006

Most of our waking hours revolve around work (or study, if you are a student). We spend time preparing to go to work, traveling to work and actually working. In addition, we spent time shopping for items that are necessary for our work, including clothes, books or even pumping gas. Even just working 40 hours […]

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The Cell Phone Computer

December 19, 2006

Cell phones are becoming amazingly inexpensive, but increasing in power and features all the time. I was discussing with a friend recently about the possibility that a cell phone would one day replace the laptop and the desktop. You would probably have all your data and processing power in your cell phone and would only […]

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Going Home to Work

December 10, 2006

Another one from the book “Theory of Constraints” by Goldratt (guess this proves that I really liked it). It is about this person who is constantly distracted at work and finally gives up, saying that he (she) is “going home to work” and complete his (her) tasks. I am sure that many people share the […]

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Software is the new Bureaucracy

December 10, 2006

This is based on a concept from “Theory of Constraints” by E. Goldratt. He says that software has become the new bureaucracy because as the operations within organizations become increasingly automated through various types of software, these operations become constrained by the capabilities of the software. So software defines the rules and protocols within the […]

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