April 2007

Internal Motivation

April 19, 2007

Many companies use a reward‐and‐punishment system to manage employees and work done. There are elaborate process manuals and schemes for calculating work metrics and related compensation. Good performance is rewarded. Poor performance is discouraged through various means — sometimes in tangible ways like money and promotions and sometimes otherwise, like being given unwanted assignments. However, […]

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Tragic Massacre at Virginia Tech

April 17, 2007

The killing of more than 30 people at Virginia Tech has shocked the country. The list of victims has been released. Among the faculty, there is a Holocaust survivor. 4 other teachers and more than 20 students died, including a few foreign students. We cannot imagine the suffering and pain that the families of the […]

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If Everyone were the Same

April 16, 2007

If you go to the theatre and see a movie, it costs around $x per person for one viewing. If you wait for a few months and see it on DVD, it costs half for the whole family for viewing several times in a week. But suppose everyone does the latter. Theatres would go out of […]

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Stop the Email Thread

April 15, 2007

Sometimes, we can see several emails flying between various people on a particular subject. You can see that there is a problem when the argument gets heated and none of the parties seem to be working towards a consensus or final agreement on the issue. Why does this happen? Email is not simultaneous communication: Emails […]

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Some Quick Linking

April 15, 2007

Sorry for the lack of blog posts recently, but I have been really busy for the past few days. To get back on track, here are some quick links and thoughts I recently discovered the blog Worse Than Failure which is a collection of incredible (and funny) mistakes made by software developers at the code and […]

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Crossing the Finish Line

April 9, 2007

In my previous post, I talked about three different places — the start, the middle and the end — where tasks can be abandoned. Most people are conscious of problems with starting tasks and maintaining the momentum. Few are worried about the problems of not closing out a task in a timely manner, which are: […]

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Getting Things Done

April 8, 2007

We all know there are things we must do, but somehow we cannot seem to get them done. From my personal experience, here is what happens to some (not all or most) things I want to do: Starting Trouble: Although the task keeps preying on my mind, I just keep postponing the task until the very last moment. […]

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Factors for Success

April 8, 2007

Many successful people in their field point to hard work as the key factor in their success. Some do it out of humility because they don’t think they are special. Others do it out of arrogance because they believe that other unsuccessful people were lazy and could have done better if they had worked harder. […]

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A Byte of Fun

April 6, 2007

Here are some words before they changed their meaning: gate window bit chip mouse button apple web net folder bold paste save log hit menu server excel access mail page label feed star home If you don’t know the original meaning of the word, either you are too young or spending too much time with […]

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Costs and Choices

April 6, 2007

There was an interesting comment to my previous post (“Motivations and Reasons”) and I thought it deserved a blog post as reply. There are many things I really liked in the comment, especially about McDonald’s market research, introduction of new products and other facts that I was not aware of. Here is my reply. My […]

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