Rules should not always be applied

At my job we’re presented with a unique opportunity.  We have existing products with revenue and partnerships and work systems that are either broken or never existed. We are fixing all of these issues. We are in the process of forming our own guidelines and question every assumption about the business.  Interestingly the team is …

Rules should not always be applied

At my job we're presented with a unique opportunity.  We have existing products with revenue and partnerships and work systems that are either broken or never existed. We are fixing all of these issues. We are in the process of forming our own guidelines and question every assumption about the business.  Interestingly the team is …

Be a little weird everyday

A friend tweeted yesterday that life is too short not to wear funky socks. That put the thought in my mind to talk about being  weird. If you dont know me personally, you may not know i’m loud-mouthed-know-it-all-curse-like-a-sailor blowhard. I say this about myself as a positive thing.  I’m odd, I’m not your everyday person.  …

Blaming the victim and blaming ourselves

Reading about the financial crisis around the world, how we're getting ready for a second dip and the apparent complete lack of middle class activism has got me thinking? Why?  Why aren't there more protests? (in the US at least)  Why aren't people fired up?  Where is our natural desire to right the wrongs? Where is the classic …

Friction is good – Why making things hard to do might be a good thing

There is trend to remove friction from everything we do.  We're in a constant state of trying to make things easier, faster, simple, almost to the point of thoughtless action.  This is a problem.  Friction (in the business sense) are barriers towards doing things.  Things like, having to register for a site before you can …

Moneyball applied metrics to friends.

Moneyball is a book about how statistical analysis allowed a small market baseball team to compete with the large market teams.  Moneyball created the blue print for measuring what mattered in baseball and being hyper-focused on the undervalued baseball player.We live in a measured,  quantitative world.  Everything is being measured, re-measured, counted and double checked to make …

And the writing will continue… Re-committing to blogging in the fall

I just read this post on 25 Insights to Becoming a Better Writer and decided I MUST continue to blog.  My New Years resolution for 2011 was to write something everyday on my blog.  I did very well!  It was an ambitious goal and I did manage to crank out about 4-5 posts a week for …