9.19.2005

RANT: Fires at work

  • Firefighters are often glorified in the work place when they extenguish that urgent issue, whereas the person who gets things done in advance, on schedule and seemingly without effort isn't working hard enough. True firefighters have the right skills not only to put the fires out, but also keep them out. Reward not quick-fix solutions, but fundamentally sustainable ones.
  • If there is a fire within your opponent's team, the strategic politican immediately matches it w/ another type of fire outside that team. When set a fire, make sure the wind is not blowing your way.
  • When working on multiple projects, it can be quite tricky to keep multiple irons in the fire and strike while the irons are hot, due to scheduling and context switching.

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk

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