Category Archives: Management

How are you going to lose?

Seth Godin: The math is compelling. You’re going to lose most of the competitions you enter. How could it be any other way? With a hundred or a thousand or a billion people completing, only one wins. Which means that … Continue reading

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The 30-hour work week

It could be more or less that 30-hour, but we are beginning to hear stories about how companies are cutting back on work hours (without reducing pay) and getting the same or higher productivity. And always, when you dig a … Continue reading

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Hiring insanity

Reading these notes from Peter Thiel’s course CS183: Startup, on hiring and company culture in a tech startup reminds me that sanity is not a prerequisite for success: There were some doubts, since she seemed reluctant to solve a coding … Continue reading

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Subcontract killers

Apparently, a man from China wanted a business rival killed so he hired a hitman. The would-be hitman took half, hired another hitman for the rest. But, the would-be second hitman did the same and this repeated, all the way … Continue reading

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About Boeing’s troubles

I have written about Boeing quite a lot, and this article contains some information about their strategy and current situation that I was not aware of before: “How Boeing Tried to Kill a Great Airplane—and Got Outplayed.” The short story … Continue reading

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Passing the buck

Or, why Apple is a good investment in many years to come, until it collapses. It is almost unfair to single out Apple but only almost. It was one of the most innovative companies until recently but with a strategy … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy is the ultimate power move

This hit me hard: Hypocrisy is the ultimate power move. It is a way of demonstrating that one plays by a different set of rules from the ones adhered to by common people. Hypocrisy demonstrates how unaccountable one is to … Continue reading

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Hiring process

I have just recently been through the hiring process 3 times in an organisation I volunteer in. And I have not been sufficiently prepared which bothers me tremendously and has caused a lot of frustration. I assumed someone else handled … Continue reading

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Is it Friday? Yet?

Obvious link to test if it is. It looks like there’s a correlation between weekdays and happiness, with us being the happiest on week-ends. (BH is Bank Holiday) “Are You Happy While You Work?“, published in The Economic Journal, has … Continue reading

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Why do passionate employees suffer burnout?

My impression is that passionate employees end up suffering from burnout more often than others. I thought that this had a lot to do with the long term quality and efficiency decline that follows from working long hours, but this … Continue reading

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