Your College is Not a Technical School

I went to school with some of the smartest people in the world--people whose knowledge and insight would stun you regularly--but you wouldn't always know it. Maybe it was the guy who didn't know how to pump his own gas, or the girl whose monotone voice and paragraph-long questions made me want to jump off a bridge and stab myself ...

Speaking at an HBS conference this Saturday

I'm speaking at a Harvard Business School conference on November 19 here in Palo Alto on the future of marketing and business. There's a description and, if you want to attend, discounted tickets below. FYI, it's a Saturday morning from 8:30am-1:00pm. If you're still interested, read on... Participants include CEOs, CTOs, founders, entrepreneurs, Wall Street and technology analysts, ...

A CEO in the wrong bucket is still in the wrong bucket

Corporations use all kinds of big phrases to obfuscate what they're saying. Things like "that's a good kludge" and "let's grab the low-hanging fruit" are common around offices everywhere. But surely one of the worst words ever created--and I do mean created--is "bucketize." Companies and employees often say things like "What bucket do we put that in?" or "Let's bucketize ...

A special kind of hell

From a chat I had yesterday: Friend: dude so this EASY ASS JOB Friend: THIS GUY WANTED ME TO COME IN LIKE TOMORROW TO INTERVIEW Friend: IT'S 40 K A YEAR FOR DOING FUCKING SECRETARIAL WORK Friend: but i didn't want to go in tomorrow cuz i need time to prep for thursday's interview Friend: so i said friday Friend: ...

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Examples of barriers

Barriers, which I wrote about before, aren't just my idea. Here are some nice examples of other bloggers writing about them from diverse areas: From 37 signals: Don’t waste time on trouble spots that don’t even exist yet Sure, you need to prepare a bit ahead of time but you should never inflate a problem until it actually ...

Debating minutiae and health

From the New York Times: "I was crossing Third Avenue yesterday and I was coughing so hard I had to stop and barely made it across," a patient told me last week. "I'm really scared I'm getting the avian flu." I just looked at him. What could I say? He has smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for the ...