August 01, 2014

I WOULD HAVE EXCEPT THAT . . .


"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman/scientist/philosopher

We get paid for what we do, not for excuses explaining why we haven't done what we get paid to do.

July 31, 2014

MY WAY OR . . .


"Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions."

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher/writer

You've taken an extreme position at work, one you'll either totally win or lose.

Doing so you leave little choice to those not willing to accept your views.

Are you ready to completely lose or might some compromise serve you, and the other side, better?

July 30, 2014

NONE? EVER?


"I can't get no satisfaction."

Mick Jagger, lead singer, The Rolling Stones

This is not unique to Mick; we all have spells where nothing seems to go our way.

But what then?

Well, you can either accept that as your fate or attempt to change things to the point that you do get some satisfaction.

The choice is yours.

July 29, 2014

I'M SO INTO ME


"When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package."

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic

Very true.

Self-confidence is a desirable trait, quite different from conceit.

The former, mandatory for success, the latter, often confirmation of the opposite.

July 28, 2014

LEAST OF ALL BECAUSE I SAID SO


"Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist

"Striking true"; a euphemism for doing and saying what is right.

Making sure you are before you speak or act is the optimum expression of management power.

July 25, 2014

HOW AS MUCH AS WHAT


"He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful."

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet

Note to engineers: How something works is every bit as important as what it does. 

A parachute will get a person from an airplane to the ground but that doesn't make it the preferred method of descent for most.

July 24, 2014

JUST IN CASE . . .


"Doesn't anybody stay in one place any more?"

Carole King, 20th century American recording artist
from the song "Far Away"

You might ask this if primary your career goal is to stay with just one company.

Maybe you can but be prepared if you can't.

July 23, 2014

BIG SMALL THINGS


"For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great."

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish essayist/philosopher

I'm not sure it as much a matter of not having as it is not paying attention to small things, details if you will.

You don't at your own risk.




July 22, 2014

ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?


"Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age."

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer

And not just for people; this is just as true for companies.

The longer they've been around the more risk averse they become, often without realizing it.

That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just reality.