Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
By sequestering them, quarantining them, putting these jobs/projects/conditions under glass - you are being both honest and wise. Few situations are worse than taking a job you you don't want. Either you or the client - and probably both - will be disappointed.
So set your rules and stick to them. When an opportunity arises that is on your "no" list, be clear (with yourself, at least) that it's not the type of thing you normally do.
You can always give it a second look. Remember - you're not in the box.
Friday, December 10, 2010
But they expect us to deliver - and that's right, and that's fine.
The point today is different, but no less important. The point is to keep your promises to yourself. If you swore you'd never do X, then make sure you don't. If you said to yourself Y and Z would happen, move the world if you must to make them happen.
Treat yourself right.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
More often, you're coming up with lots of things - and they're all bad.
Pick the one you like the most (or - more likely - hate the least) and write that one down. Now you've got something, even if it's something bad.
Crap beats zip.
By going all-out for security and designing $100 bills thought to be nearly impossible to counterfeit, Uncle Sam succeeded in designing $100 bills that the Treasury found nearly impossible to print.
"...the quarantined bills add up to $110 billion -- more than 10 percent of the entire U.S. cash supply, which now stands at around $930 billion.
The flawed bills, which cost around $120 million to print, will have to be burned." -- From Zachary Ross's piece on Yahoo - http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20101206/us_yblog_thelookout/government-cant-print-money-properly.
Given that there is no plan to retire the existing $100 dollar bills, the level of protection this debacle was intended to provide for the US money supply is debatable. And it's doubtful anyone would argue that any currency is impossible to counterfeit. The counterfeiters may well have an easier time developing these superfranklins than the Mint.
The security consultants should have made room at the table for someone with a usability background - or someone with hands-on knowledge of printing currency.
As Franklin himself is so often quoted (paraphrased, really) - "He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."
He who trades a usable product for a secure one will have neither.
Franklin's original quote, in the interest of completeness, is: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
It may be that in our quest to work smarter,not harder we are in fact working harder and less well.
Racing to hit the milestones, it's easy to miss the point.