1.01.2005

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» MISC: Escalating escalator frustrations
» RANT: Beyond escalator
» TIP: If your project fails to meet expections
» MISC: If you wanna work for Google
» TIP: Stress is what happens when you don't focus
» TIP: Get happy - it could make you successful
» MISC: When not to use major publishing houses to release your book
» MISC: Why I stop going out to the movies
» MISC: Can you hear me now? Good - you're indicted
» TIP: Prepare for failures, but first...

MISC: Escalating escalator frustrations

via Craigslist --
  • as fascinating as it is to watch the escalator go up or down, do not stand and gaze at it before you begin your journey. you can always take a picture.
  • once you've decided to hop aboard, you are probably inclined to stand on the escalator to make the ride last as long as possible. for some reason you like to stand on the left. don't.
  • make sure there are at least two steps between you and me. as much as you think i appreciate your face in my ass, how do you know i didn't have taco bell for lunch? beware.
  • talking on a cell phone and riding the escalator at the same time is not complicated for most people, but for you apparently it is so don't do it.
  • in the rare occassion you realize you are going in the wrong direction, do not stop, turnaround, and try to race the escalator down in the opposite direction.
  • as you approach the end of your trip, begin preparations for your final departure. don't pretend like the end is coming to you by surprise and stumble over the threshold of steel gnawing teeth and giggle.
  • as much as you've enjoyed your ride, do not stand at the end of the escalator to contemplate the meaning of your experience. unknown to you is the fact that everyone who you blocked by standing on the left side of the escalator is being thrown at you by the escalator which, by the way, doesn't stop just because you got off.
  • if the escalator is too complicated, try the elevator. you are probably the one who will try to squeeze into the elevator before anyone else steps off. don't do this.
  • when in doubt, take the stairs. you probably need the exercise anyway.

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RANT: Beyond escalator

  • Climbing the corporate ladder is not quite like riding an escalator, more like climbing a mountain in the snow. Be prepared to slip occasionally. If you are prepared, and learn from the slip, you can recover, then continue safely onwards and upwards.
  • Working in an ineffective team is rather like walking up an escalator which is going down. Imagine that you're standing in the middle of an escalator, walking upwards. However the escalator itself is moving down at a greater rate than you are walking up it. The overall effect is that you will be propelled downwards, slower than the escalator is moving (because you are walking up), but downwards none the less.

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TIP: If your project fails to meet expections

It's most likely because it fails to get users to change their behavior, CIO research shows. Contrary to popular belief, the single biggest challenge is not the complexity of the technology. Not a lack of buy-in from top management. Not high cost. Not the failure to create shareholder value. It's user adoption.

According to the research, when people do change their behavior, it's rarely because they are offered a logical analysis that shifts their thinking but because they are shown a compelling truth that influences their feelings. Emotions are what trigger action - impelling people to behave in the often radically different and difficult ways that substantial change demands.

What's your emotional IQ?

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MISC: If you wanna work for Google

why not ask? This Google employee hopeful is confident that it'll work.

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TIP: Stress is what happens when you don't focus

via RiverValleyNewspapers -- You probably have heard it said that managers do things right and leaders do the right things. The first statement speaks to efficiency, and the latter refers to effectiveness. It is easy to be busy but hard to work on the right things.

You as a leader should focus on doing the right things - those things that matter most to the success of your department, organization and/or company. In short, to be effective you must drive the focus of the organization.... Keep your focus by constantly asking yourself, "What's Important Now (WIN)?"

In today's dynamic, technology-connected world, it's easy for us to lose track of what is most important to our business. We too often get caught up in the day-to-day minutia and distractions (e-mail, voicemail, cell phones, PDAs, etc.) that must be re-directed, re-focused and re-oriented continually...

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TIP: Get happy - it could make you successful

If you are happy at work, you may be closer to success than you think. Happiness, rather than working hard, is the key to success, according to research.

Cheerful people are more likely to try new things and challenge themselves, which reinforces positive emotion and leads to success in work, good relationships and strong health, say psychologists... Happy people are more likeable and more sociable. They are also better able to cope with stress and likely to be healthier and live longer...

If you can raise your spirits, the benefits can be manifold... But there is a caveat: your happiness boosters should not be dangerous, like driving fast, or counter-productive, like eating lots of chocolate...

Feeling good is cause, not effect, of achievement.

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MISC: When not to use major publishing houses to release your book

Why bother with middle men, DonXml asked, if you expect to sell a couple 1000 books at the most, or if the publisher can't get your books into brick and mortars? Why not go right to Amazon, and use one of the publish on demand vendors out there?

As more and more books are not sold in your local store, and we become more and more accustom to buy books online, is the value of a tech publisher disappearing?

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MISC: Why I stop going out to the movies

For me, going out to the movies doesn't offer the total escape or, as the Buddhists call it "emptying," I need from the intensity of the new economy, Speech Writer Jane Genova blogged. The suburban theaters are multi-screen boxes, not the grand edifices with ornate designs, high ceilings and balconies of my childhood.

Instead of escape, there's a bombardment of non-stop marketing. That hits you right when you enter the theater with the flashing signs announcing free small-size soda with one large-size popcorn. Inside, there are all the commercials before the movie. Then there's the collection taken for some noble cause. And those sitting in the audience react to the flick as individuals not the mass of humanity which can and used to make a film a communal experience. Why not just stay home and watch a DVD by myself. I'm not pushed to consume. And I save gas...

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MISC: Can you hear me now? Good - you're indicted

via Law -- South Korea will begin sending legal notices -- including indictments -- to people through mobile phones instead of ordinary mail next year to save time and enhance privacy, an official said.

Can trial by cell phone be far behind?

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TIP: Prepare for failures, but first...

Prepare for success, Allan Wallace blogged.

There are huge bunches of people that will warn you to plan for problems. OK, not a bad idea.

But huge bunches of people never experience great success. They are so concerned about what might go wrong they never start.

Successful people plan. Successful people plan to succeed.

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