Archive for November, 2002

smecko

Friday, November 29th, 2002

a rare form of lizard (a gecko / chameleon hybrid) usually found burrowing into small, dark crevasses typically remaining in hiding for long periods of time; also a derogatory term used to describe an individual who is continually observed brown nosing with their superiors.

Friday, November 29th, 2002

MATRIX POSTERS

Wednesday, November 27th, 2002

psychoLogic – Tell all your business partners and consultant friends about this one.

psychoLOGIC

Tuesday, November 26th, 2002

"Your weaknesses give us our strengths"[ Speaks for itself. ]

Pardon Me, You Seem To Be Leaking

Tuesday, November 26th, 2002

While the downturn in the stock market may actually offer some respite, with many baby boomers planning to delay retirement, Mr. Beazley says many of those with flagging portfolios will be more likely to switch jobs than continue in their current positions.

In fact, a recent AARP survey of workers ages 45 to 74 found that 69 percent of those interviewed plan to work in some capacity in their retirement years. But 34 percent said they would work only part time, and in fields that fed some new interest.

“From a company’s standpoint it doesn’t matter if they’ve retired or switched to another job, you still lose the knowledge,” he says. Beazley, like Dalkir, says it’s critical for companies to put in place a system for capturing knowledge so that it doesn’t walk out the door when an employee does.

Monday, November 25th, 2002

Dueling Dialogue

Monday, November 25th, 2002

Slogan Lab

Monday, November 25th, 2002

The Music of Your Name – an Elegant, Personalized Musical Composition

Sunday, November 24th, 2002

M.C.Escher

Sunday, November 24th, 2002

Huberts Brain

Saturday, November 23rd, 2002

The Clay Animation How to page: Clay animation tutorials, Lessons, Research and more!

What you do speaks so loudly, that I can’t hear what you tell me

Saturday, November 23rd, 2002

Spotted these words of wisdom last night on the message board of a local intermediate school. Although its only a twist on “actions speak louder than words”, it triggered a number of questions for which I have no answers:

– So why is this truth meaningful for our teenagers, while it is often ignored by some people when they become part of a company’s executive management team?
– What conditions push these people to move to the dark side?
– Has their entire life been geared toward achieving EMT status?
– Does the ends justify the means – as long as you achieve your goal?

The beat goes on…

When Managing Change, Don’t Look Beyond ‘Event Horizons

Saturday, November 23rd, 2002

You MUST read these Tips from the Agile Manager SeriesĀ® .

“I have some news for you,” said Sam, head of the department. The grim look on his face told the department’s staffers that the news wouldn’t be good. Sam gulped. “The guys upstairs decided to merge our department with product development.”

Intentional Obsolescence

Saturday, November 23rd, 2002

Several years ago one of the larger American Music Magazines(Rolling Stone or Spin – no longer remember) printed an article talking about the rash of one-hit wonders in the early 1990s in which they accused the Large Music Conglomerates of subverting their own artists’ careers. The article basically went on to say that the Large Music Conglomerates didn’t like paying out the kind of money that they were having to pay to resign the likes of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, U2, and other big stars with a long and proven track record. So they came up with a new theory in which they sign a band and support the first album; if the first album has a hit or two, the record company puts out a second album. After the second album, whether the second album has been successful or not, the record company then uses one of two strategies to derail the band’s career: 1. They induce a long off period without a record release and drop the band. 2. They release the bands third album very quietly and don’t put any promotion behind it, and then drop the band. The mysterious disappearance from the Major Labels of many good bands, who were dropped from the majors only to reappear with Independent Labels while still producing good music, leads me to believe that there was at least a degree of truth to such a theory.

[…borrowed from a popular newsletter for rock ‘n roll fans]

Less for More

Friday, November 22nd, 2002

Funny thing about managing knowledge workers: the less you “manage” them, the better they perform. Its amazing when an organization chartered with implementing knowledge management has a clueless leader who spends his time micromanaging and directing – and spends the rest of his time trying to gain sponsorship for the innovation that his project is supposed to be creating. Any attempts to “enlighten” this guy are ignored. The “beating” goes on.

Internal Cancer Identified

Friday, November 22nd, 2002

If your employees don’t feel free to challenge a manager and/or bring up difficult subjects, your company has an internal cancer that can compromise its health.

Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy is trying to change an ingrained corporate culture of denial and “Yes men” by completely rebuilding her leadership team with competent people who are also candid. She said “this is a much more outspoken management team.”

These actions make it clear that Xerox has a leader unafraid of what her people may tell her, including when it challenges her pet ideas.

I wonder if they are hiring…

[Pulled from an article about Xerox in the November issue of Leadership Strategies.]

Thursday, November 21st, 2002

I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Advertising Slogan Generator!

20.11.02

Thursday, November 21st, 2002

Today – 20.11.02. Symmetrical. Full moon. The Santa Ana winds of change are blowing. The die has been cast. Decisions have been made. A great weight has been lifted. A new era wll begin… prepare for an exciting journey.

Attention Deficit, Corporate Style +

Monday, November 18th, 2002

… a few interesting items from a recent MeansBusiness newsletter…

Attention Deficit, Corporate Style
Thomas H. Davenport*

It’s hard for an organization or even an individual to know what information they’re missing if they’re focused on the wrong places. But if there’s a general feeling of information overload and stress, then there’s probably attention deficit. If you have a sense that the attention of a large portion of your employees is going in the wrong places, then there’s attention deficit…From an organizational standpoint, the primary downside is missing something important in your competitive environment. That might include things like the growing dissatisfaction of a large customer, or a competitor developing a new product or deploying a new technology. These are things you won’t notice if you’re too busy dealing with the day-to-day information that comes at you. From an individual standpoint, the downside is an inability to reflect, to get a sense of the bigger picture. We’re all awash in the information stream, and we don’t take time to pull ourselves out and ask, What does it all mean? Attention management enables you to focus your scarcest and most valuable resource on the problems that matter most to you. We pay knowledge workers for their attention — some combination of their time and the number of brain cells they engage. If their attention isn’t going to the problems of your business, chances are those problems aren’t getting solved. Attention is a leading indicator of
what’s getting worse, and what’s getting better, in your organization.”

[ From: The ROI of Paying Attention, by Thomas H. Davenport with sas com, November 2002 ]

Information Flow and the Hidden Organization Chart
by Art Kleiner

Start with the conventional image of an organization: the hierarchy, as represented by any formal organization chart. Then imagine laying over it diagrams of various other kinds showing human networks that are influential within the organization. One overlay might depict day-to-day assignment contacts, which Professor [Karen] Stephenson calls the ‘work network.’

Another diagram might show the social network – people who spend time together outside work. A third might show whom people turn to for career guidance (the career advice network). Like the transparencies in a medical textbook, organizational network diagrams all reveal different circulatory systems, but instead of showing the flow of blood, they depict the circulation of information… Because networks of trust release so much cognitive capability, they can (and often do) have far more influence over the fortunes and failures of companies from day to day and year to year than the official hierarchy. ‘People have at their very fingertips, at the tips of their brains, tremendous amounts of tacit knowledge, which are not captured in our computer systems or on paper,’ says Professor Stephenson. ‘Trust is the utility through which this knowledge flows.’

[ From: Karen Stephenson’s Quantum Theory of Trust, by Art Kleiner, strategy+business, Fourth Quarter 2002 ]

Sunday, November 17th, 2002

Dilbert.com – The Official Dilbert Website by Scott Adams – Dilbert, Dogbert and Coworkers!

Formal Idiocy

Friday, November 15th, 2002

Found this amusing in a bizarre sort of way… The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876 Good news for all us under-achievers: In 1861, Custer graduated from West Point at the bottom of his class. However, during the Civil War his skills at war propelled him to the temporary rank of brigadier general. He remains the youngest general in our history…

idiotpathy

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

a disease of unknown origin or one having no apparent cause – other than its roots are based in stupidity.

Be Gentle with the Poor Boss

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

The mission statement of a Fortune 100 firm: “Sometimes leaders need to make some tough decisions – but if they don’t want to, that’s ok, too. After all, it takes time to expect people to change their behavior; and when you are a leader, a lot of people are placing their expectations on you. So remember that, and don’t be too hard on them – they’ve had it kind of rough. That’s why we pay our leaders the big bucks, and expect so little of them.” If only it weren’t so close to the target’s center…

Deathcember

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

month immediately following Knowvember; also referred to as Dis-member. RIP

Affirmative

Wednesday, November 13th, 2002

Finished reading The Dilbert Future, by Scott Adams. The last chapter is on a more serious note, and he shares a story about a technique he used to achieve personal success. I figured I would give it a shot, and use the Internet as means to record the effort for posterity. For those of you playing the home game, you can follow along via the affirmations link on the right. Lets see where this takes us.

knowsology

Wednesday, November 13th, 2002

the branch of medical science that deals with the classification of diseases that prevent someone from sharing with others.

11.09.2002

Saturday, November 9th, 2002

11.09.2002 Woke up this morning seriously considering becoming a free agent. Starting to strategize on the approach I will use to make it so attractive, resistance to the idea on my part would be futile. Time to update the resume…

taboob

Saturday, November 9th, 2002

a person who continually displays prohibited behavior based on cultural or social norms.

Saturday, November 9th, 2002

Knowing Jack

BMW’s Long Hair Phase

Wednesday, November 6th, 2002

Decided to use the main frame of weidemannia to do shameless promotion of my son, Brian’s, latest CD release “Long Hair Phase”. I’m impressed, but then again, I’m his dad. Please check out a few tunes, and whether or not you decide to buy his music, at least send him a message of encouragement. Perhaps, when he becomes a famous rock star, he will mention you in his “Special thanks goes to…” speach at the Grammys. Click here to go to his site!

REM

Wednesday, November 6th, 2002

Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare. – Japanese proverb

blatherskite

Saturday, November 2nd, 2002

a person who babbles about inane matters; nonsense; foolish talk; possibly the source for the term “BS”, more commonly attributed to emissions from the anality of a bovine.

[thanks to awad]

Friday, November 1st, 2002

TrouserPress.com :: Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks

TrouserPress.com :: Webb Wilder

Friday, November 1st, 2002

TrouserPress.com :: Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks

The Tijuana Bibles Official Homepage

Friday, November 1st, 2002

The Tijuana Bibles Official Homepage – http://www.tijuanabibles.com

Friday, November 1st, 2002

Salon | Tijuana Bibles

Friday, November 1st, 2002

The Tijuana Bibles Official Homepage – http://www.tijuanabibles.com

cubeology

Friday, November 1st, 2002

a blend of physical and behavioral science. It relates to the broad study of (1) cube space and (2) people, following their assignation to a working life in a cubicle environment. Four primarily branches are recognized:

cubecosmology – a branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of cubicles or the origin, structure and space-time relationships of the cubicle universe.

cubiclecology – the branch of cube science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their cubicle environments.

cubemorphology – branch of cube science dealing with the study and arrangement of physical, solid surface features unique to cube space. Features may include partitions, white boards, flip charts and furniture.

psycubeology – the branch of cube science concerned with the minds and behavior of cubicle inhabitants.

cube space – three-dimensional space, bounded largely by temporary structures, typically constructed of a fuzzy material of varying heights, and assigned to one or more organisms. Cube space may take the form of (1) one partitioned space (cubicle); or (2) a large quasi-geometrical arrangement of many cubicles.

[thanks to bm]