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July 19, 2007



So true but so hard to break the mental barriers about why it can't be done. Thanks


This is eye opening. Where is that young man? We may need him for some motivational speech in our company.


My boss used to say: "Just because you come and report ten problems on the project and your predessor had found only three, does not mean you are making a progress. Bottom line is that My project is still not moving."

Brian Landberg

We are paid to solve problems--A great (and painful) reminder of this tenet that we can so easily forget, as we are wrapped up in meetings, emails, and other quotidien tasks; losing the forest for the trees.

Lately, I see an increasingly complex proliferation of "tools" which may be suboptimized solutions, but in the overall picture, finding and analyzing data/info via a myriad of portals, databases, WSS, erooms, etc. juts gets harder and harder.

If we have a CEO and a CIO and a CFO, perhaps it is now time to get a CTO - Chief Tools Officer... unless we can ourselves figure out how to syntesize and simplify the work we have to do. Moore's law for exponential increase in transistors and trace lines per square mm should not result in exponential increase in time (or stress) spent at work. I feel that if we don't change something for the better...soon... I'll be too buried in emails and ARs to get around to solving any problems at all.


Update: That young man's business is thriving. Every client he has done work for wants him to add more services for them. Plus client base is growing. Even in bad economic times, his business has grown very well.


Thanks for the update. The story with update reminds me of a saying I once heard: "Talent sticks out like an awl in a burlap sack". :-)


I agree with much of this, but I would say I am not entirely in agreement with the comment about the differences between a 5 and 7 figure income person. People who focus on money (and those who are often paid big sums) become slaves to money, make decisions based upon money and sometimes, this can be extremely bad as we have seen just this last week (MF Global), last few months (Solyndra) and in recent years (AIG or even back 10 years to Enron).
And sometimes, the people who make big money and have big responsibility, previously made big bets and were just lucky. And this is not just confined to business as a quick overview of military history proves this out time and time again. The problem is history is written by the winners and we often forget the lessons of the losers. Look at the Battle of Arnhem and years later, Montgomery still thought he could have won. It was a decisive defeat and thousands were killed. This is why it bothers me so much reading about many of the campaigns in the east during the Civil War (stupid generals who committed thousands to their death and then do it again a month later). Many business guys do the same thing, it’s just they send families to their ruin instead of their death.
It’s Saturday, it’s early and perhaps my mood is not the best. Have a good weekend.


A great reminder for sure. One of these days I hope that I'll be lucky enough to meet Neil, as you've told me so many good things about him.

I was just musing to someone the other day about how a big company tends to put up a lot of barriers to getting 'IT stuff' done and that it probably takes longer to convince someone to do it than it would take if they just said yes and did it.

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