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Career Planning Miscellany

Anthony Bourdain on success

I’m not looking to rule the world, I’m not looking to create a permanent brand. It’s a quality-of-life issue with me. Am I having fun? Am I surrounded by people I like? Are we proud of what we’re doing? Do we have anything to regret when we look in the mirror tomorrow? Those things are […]

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Miscellany

On specialization

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, coöperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook […]

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Strategy

HBR: Being early beats being better

The goal should be to get to market as quickly as possible with a product that customers will keep. If early customers abandon your product, that could erase the value of a first-mover advantage, but if your early adopters keep the product, there’s a good chance that will lead more customers to adopt it. And […]

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Leadership

Lead with “why”

From Bruce Temkin’s blog: Lead with why. Most corporate communications focus on “what” and “how,” telling people what needs to be done and how they should accomplish it. This command and control pattern may elicit short-term compliance, but it’s efficacy decays quickly and it loses value completely when situations change and the “how” no longer […]

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Miscellany

Focus on what matters

Came across this quote today, likely others have seen it before, but it captures some great thinking: Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out – take another shot.

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Strategy

Strategy, the Roger Martin way

Strategy is the answer to five questions: what is our winning aspiration where will we play how will we win what capabilities need to be in place; and what management systems must be instituted?

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Product Management

Steve Jobs on product design

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want.

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Jobs and Careers

Heading back to UX

I’m back to work after a couple weeks of vacation. And with the new year comes some changes. In December I had the fortunate experience of having a number of great career opportunities put in front of me. In the end I decided to make a move back to UX. Starting January 21, 2014, I’ll […]

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Personal

New Year’s Resolutions – 2014

Here’s my 2014 resolutions: A guideline: smile more A smile makes a better introduction and keeps you positive. Can’t go wrong with this. A lifestyle change: eat more vegetarian and in moderation I love food, but food does not love me at times. With a carnivore wife and son, finding a balance can be hard, […]

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Personal

A look back at 2013

Coming into 2013 I made three resolutions. Here’s how I progressed with each of them: A guideline: listen more, talk less I felt I made some good progress here. Feedback from others was that I seemed more patient and that I was giving them the room they needed. That said, this might come back as […]