|I too am a fan of Marcus Buckingham and have the new book on my shelf in queue to be read. After reading this posting by Bronwyn, I may adjust its position in the queue.|
I think that many leaders are good (if not great) at creating fear.
Where they fail is creating the security, community, clarity, etc. within which the folks can succeed.
In short, I am an environmentalist.
In the proper environment, created by the team, nurtured by management, the team will succeed. Without the proper environment, it is all a waste of effort.
Try growing grass on solid rock.
Oh, it will grow there eventually. It will take time to build up the detrius and other natural stuff enough to provide room for roots to settle and nourish and grow. But it won't happen tomorrow, or some other foolish leader determined timeline.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
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Monday, August 22, 2005
|Steve Fox has a good article over at InfoWorld on the seven dirty words for IT. You may recall the George Carlin routine on the 7 dirty words you can't say on TV. Steve takes this concept to the IT world.|
Read what he has to say. Let him know if you have a different choice.
I sent him an email wondering how he could have left "Outsource" off the listing? This is one word that has generated so much heated discussion that much of the content gets lost in the emotion.
What do you think?
What word (or words) would you have on the listing?
Sunday, August 21, 2005
|If the process is simple and easy to follow, then there is a greater likelihood of success. Somewhat an adage but not completely understood by those in position to know.|
A recent example of a process that does not "get it" is the bottle redemption process. Massachusetts is one of a number of states that charge extra for some containers at the time of purchase (beer, soda, and some other soft drinks... what is included and what is not could be the source of another posting). The surcharge is redeemable with the return of the container to an approved return handler.
Many of you probably deal with this so you know what a hassle it can be. My daughters used to take the returns back to the store for us to feed the machines and "earn" the pin money that the returns brought them. Alas, they are growing older and wiser and this money is not enough for the effort. Smart kids they are!
It is a hassle. You need to feed the container one at a time into the machine in a certain way for the bar code to be read, then the machine whirrs into action, crunching or shredding it, and dropping a coin or token or slip with your reward for this effort.
More than 30 people contacted the Globe last week after the newspaper reported that consumers returned and recovered their nickel deposits on 65.7 percent of the 2.2 billion bottles and cans purchased in the fiscal year ending June 30, the lowest percentage since the bottle deposit law took effect in 1983.....
And there in lies the problem with obtaining a real solution to this mess.
The bottlers have little or no say in the matter. It is left to the consumers to organize in some way to gain attention to a resolution to this problem. Unfortunately, it is not very high on the priority listing.
What am I doing about it? (In addition to raising the issue here, that is.)
I am accumulating the returns and instead of waiting for girls to process them, I'll try and remember to bring it to the next bottle/can drive I see an organization hold for a fund raiser. It requires a little extra space in the garage but then allocates some funds to a worthy organization and reduces the money the state gets to keep.
What are you doing with your redemption eligible recycles?
Thursday, August 18, 2005
|Tom Asacker, author most recently of A Cleareye For Branding, and blogger extraordinaire at A Clear Eye, has several postings today at 800 CEO READ Blog.|
Check them out!
Abraham Isaac Cook on Truth
Felix Frankfurter on semantics
Susan Sontag on photographs
Susan Sontag on positioning
Scott Bedbury on wearing spandex
I think that Tom writes well. I have read A Cleareye for Branding. It is one of a few books queued in my listing of book reviews to write. Yes, you have heard that before, I know. But it is summer and there is a whole lot going on.
So in the middle of what you have going on, take sometime and read Tom!
If you have not found him already, you will be glad you did.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
|Roger Martin is quoted in FastCompany:|
Design's powerful impact on business strategy will require a whole new way
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
The first experience
|Wendell Berry wrote:|
"You are undertaking the first experience, not of the place, but of yourself in that place. It is an experience of essential loneliness; for nobody can discover the world for anybody else. It is only after we have discovered it for ourselves that it becomes a common ground and bond, and we cease to be alone."
From Runner's World Editor's Letter in July 2005 issue.
Friday, August 12, 2005
|Heading to the Cape for the road race... maybe I'll catch some WiFi somewhere but otherwise, I'll provide updates on the other side of the weekend!|
Have a good run!
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
Imitation is a sincere form of flattery
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Originally uploaded by shersteve.
Tom Chi, at OK/Cancel has a great posting on activity centered design. As per their usual process at OK/Cancel, they summarize the point with a comic of great quality. So good, and to the point that in this case, I have "borrowed it" to share with you here.
|Halley Suitt points to Mary Hodder who writes about needing to devise a new scheme of ranking blogs as the current methods (Google pagerank, Technorati, et al) are all flawed in some way.|
I commented on Mary's posting and brought up my public reading proposal that I posted back in May. I have still been thinking about it and am actually in a mental preparation mode prior to posting it to ChangeThis. I will use Mary's excellent summary to help fine tune elements of my proposal.
If you have thoughts on this problem and possible resolution, I am interested in hearing them.
Together we can come up with a solution.
Friday, August 05, 2005
Who determines the placement for the toilet roll?
|It's Friday and one must finally deal with the tough question. Who determines the placement of the toilet roll in the rest rooms? (Do you really go there for rest? or for relief?)|
The rest rooms at my various work places (I go to several sites regularly) all have different placements.
1) Toilet roll on the left or right elbow, depending upon whether the stall has a divider wall or a hard wall? Is it mean to rest your elbow on while sitting? (Maybe this is where they get rest room from?)
2) Toilet roll is a stretch away. I (with long arms) can reach but I image some shorter folks would need to almost stand to reach the roll.
3) Toilet roll is behind you, requiring a twist and turn, watch your back now, to grab the paper and finish your duty.
And then we get into the number of rolls available in these stalls.
1) Sometimes, there is a single box, with a roll visible and another stacked on top of it inside and ready for when the first finishes to drop down to the need at hand.
2) Sometimes, there is just a single roll. You expect that these are places where the cleaning folks come frequently. In the more public places, like along highway rest stops, there tends to be the one GIANT roll that when loaded seems like it would never run out but when you get there is wound down to the end so you wonder if there will be enough for the next guy. Because after that, the next guy is without until the cleaning folks get there whenever.
3) Sometime, you get the double stack with rolls side by side. This is one of the more common arrangements in my work places. Until one site doubled the double stack. Yes, added another double so there are four that stretch out.
This arrangement does provide multiple opportunities. One, the closest serves as the elbow rest. The further serves for the stretch exercise. The two in the middle seem to be the most used. Does someone track the usage? Should I spread my needs amongst the four rolls to provide equal opportunity to all? or simply vote by using the right or left extremes?
So to summarize for this Friday, next time you have an opportunity to sit and rest. When you need to use the paper to finish your duty, think about this.
Where is the toilet roll located?
How easy is it to reach and use?
How many are there?
Let me know. We'll start a survey and see what the results are.
Make it a good Friday!
Monday, August 01, 2005
Solas @ the Lowell Folk Festival 2005
Solas @ the Lowell Folk Festival 2005
Originally uploaded by shersteve.
The Lowell Folk Festival was held this weekend. I only managed to get there on Sunday to catch Solas, a great Irish group. Seamus Egan put together a group of musicians to play at the Festival in 1994, with a few changes they have been together since.