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Wisdom of ~500 CEOs synthesized

October 30, 2017 Leave a comment

I found this article in the NY Times from Adam Bryant on the top things he’s learned in interviewing over 500 CEOs pretty interesting. At first glance, I thought it would be the normal business pabulum, but there a few nuggets in there on life, hiring, leadership, culture etc. that I found interesting. Although, it’s hard to summarize, the quote about culture stood out for me.

People seeing who succeeds and fails in the company defines culture. The people who succeed become role models for what’s valued in the organization, and that defines culture.

Worth a read.

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Rethinking what drives success

September 5, 2017 Leave a comment

barking up the wrong treeI don’t often write about self help books. However, it’s not often that one comes across such an entertaining one as the new book – “Barking up the wrong tree” by Erik Barker.

It does a good job of calling BS on a number of success drivers and in a really fun way. The book is chock full of examples, anecdotes, references to other studies. Now granted if you have been keeping up with the other popular books, chances are that you would have heard about say 60% of what he says. But it’s not often that one sees Einstein’s “contract” with his wife in the same book as the success techniques of Genghis Khan.

Worth a read. At a minimum it will make you laugh.

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Nice podcast on blockchain

epicenterAlthough I’m probably the last person on earth to have “discovered” this, I have found this podcast – EpiCenter – on blockchain and related items pretty useful. The quality of the guests is high, the questioning clear and the pace of the conversation unhurried. Worth a listen.

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Amazon’s way on IoT

February 27, 2017 Leave a comment

I had big hopes in picking up this book titled “The Amazon Way on IoT“. I had heard snippets of the author on a podcast and thought the book may shed light on Amazon’s IoT strategy.

amazon-waySadly, it doesn’t. Not only is it a painful read, it’s also devoid of any real new information that one can’t Google. It would more beneficial for someone trying to understand Amazon’s plans on IoT to read the documentation. Caveat emptor.

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Airport gyms

February 14, 2017 Leave a comment

This may be interesting for consultants on the go. RoamFitness is apparently opening a bunch of gyms at airports for $40/day or $600/year. Right now they just have BWI (Baltimore) but plan to seem to have plans for a bunch more.

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To avoid overcrowding they limit it to 20 people at a time. Plus, (thankfully for their fellow passengers), they have showers onsite too.

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Time management (from the classics)

January 3, 2017 Leave a comment

senecaThe end of a year inevitably causes many of us to reflect on the past and consider where we can improve. For consultants, and other busy professionals, one of the hardest and most rewarding thing to master is time management. Although there are dozens of good books on this subject, sometimes the answer is right in front of us in the classics.

I came across a great essay by Seneca – On the Shortness of Life – written ~2000 years ago which struck home for me. The essay (and indeed book) is full of great sayings, including:

 

I am always surprised to see some people demanding the time of others and meeting a most obliging response. Both sides have in view the reason for which the time is asked and neither regards the time itself — as if nothing there is being asked for and nothing given. They are trifling with life’s most precious commodity, being deceived because it is an intangible thing, not open to inspection and therefore reckoned very cheap — in fact, almost without any value.

Essentially, he suggests that we be frugal with our time and not waste it. Should be required reading for all.

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What it feels like to be a buyer (of consulting)

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

It’s always good to step back and view the world from alternate viewpoints; for consultants this should of course mean our client’s perspective. I came across this great chapter on how clients choose consultants from David Maister’s book “Managing the professional firm”; a summary of how clients feel is in the table below.

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If you haven’t read this classic book, you should. It’s full of great tips and insights especially for the more experienced consultants.

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