Posts Tagged ‘ cautionary tale ’

The Myth of Best Practices

I’m a process geek. You might safely assume, then, that I would be a fan of “best practices.” You would be very wrong. Best practices generally aren’t. Unlike the promised intent, there is usually more than one best way to proceed in a given situation. We ignore that at our peril.



Culture, Competition & Consequences: Insights From Amazon

It’s been a tough week for Amazon. By the sound of it, though, it has been an even tougher couple of decades for some of Amazon’s employees.



Review – Losing the Signal

For the most part, I am not a fan of business biography. Too often they are hagiographic, arguing for a particular perspective in order to ‘set the record straight’ from the view of one party. Seldom is there actual balance.



The Unbearable Madness Of Being: Our Risk Obsession

Look out! Be careful! That’s dangerous! Should you really be doing that?! Risk has become quite the four-letter-word. It is, in certain circles, the new fetish to obsess about. In corporate corridors, over boardroom tables and in workshops and meetings (especially in workshops and meetings) risk management is a topic of seemingly endless discussion.



The Unbearable Madness Of Being: Our Quantified Selves

There is a lot of pressure to perform already. So why do we add to it? Without question, there are cultural influences behind the unrelenting and increasing pressure to achieve. The two aspects that I have explores so far—technology transformation and the improvement imperative reflect our response to societal changes. Certainly you can argue that…
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Do They Like Me? Huh? Huh? Do They?

Decision making is a complicated endeavour. It basically involves trying to divine the future, and make a call on what the best strategy based upon uncertain outcomes. That’s never easy, particularly when we want to make the right decision. The one that will play out the way that we want it to. Short of a…
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Policing (or Civilizing?) the Internet

In the ’emerging meme’ department, I have been intrigued by a number of recent efforts to police, or civilize, the Internet. Or at least those corners of it that individuals feel they are able to claim some ownership of.



For Want Of A Reader – A Personal Tragedy (Part 2)

Like others, I have spent a fair bit of time looking at alternatives and figuring out what would work for me. A big question was what Reeder was going to do; the product was well respected, but the end of the day it has a single developer behind it. And while the commitments on the…
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For Want Of A Reader – A Personal Tragedy (Part 1)

I have spent an inordinate amount of my life figuring out how to organize significant parts of my life. Whether it is figuring out how to track and manage projects, maintain my calendar, manage my commitments or keep track of my writing, there has been an on-going and somewhat frustrating effort to get to a…
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The NSA Crisis And You: Should You Care?

This week has been an interesting one in the intersecting worlds of politics and intelligence, with the exposure in the Guardian that Verizon has been, under court order, providing the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States with a daily record of the transactional details of every single phone call that originates or terminates…
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