Archive for August, 2009

These articles and blog post seemed pretty relevant to me at 3AM…

Even if you haven’t proven that you are Market #86 news anchor material, you can easily look like it, with the launching of the online consignment shop TVNewsCloset.com

Farhad Manjoo from Slate.com makes a plea to corporate IT managers to free us from Internet Explorer 6 and browse how we want to browse at work

Brazen Careerist has relaunched itself as a social networking site that you might want to add to your already unmanageable list of social networking sites you belong to…

…and because of that, Lance Haun at Our HR Guy Blog lays out the good and the bad of Gen Y’s use and abuse of their social networking privileges

And the Bad Pitch Blog offers up five links to help you with your writing skills in order to help you with your idea pitching efforts…

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More that a few blogs I have scanned in the past few weeks have had some mini discussion revolving around the Peter Principle, which got me thinking about an opposite phenomena: people who get promoted to a level where their lack of competency should be obvious, yet they thrive and even grow.

People who know that they’re not smart enough for a job, but are able to seemingly get the job done do a few common things:

– they don’t go around pretending that they are actually smart enough for the job
– they don’t go around telling people they aren’t smart enough for the job either, and
– they don’t do anything to actively piss off those people that make sure they get the job done, despite not being smart enough

It’s akin to an NFL quarterback buying all of his offensive linemen expensive diamond watches at the end of the season for them not letting him get hurt. Take care of the people that make you seem like the wizard you are not, and watch how far you can go.


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I have seen first hand the magic that come from propping up a person for job duties that are well beyond their capabilities, and they surprise themselves and succeed. I have also seen first hand the horrors that come from propping up a person for job duties that are well beyond their capabilities, and they prove everyone right and fail miserably.

There is a lot more of the latter happening in corporate America these days, which would be fortunate if it meant companies were becoming more confident in ‘fail-to-learn’ philosophies.

It happens to fall toward the unfortunate, as it really means too many companies have come up short on manpower after too many successes at cutting payroll. Still, companies are desperate to get the same level of work done despite the obvious lack of numbers to support the workload. Line managers hope for the best by giving addition duties to their workers for various reasons, and then give them hell when they can’t really handle it, even though they suspected it wasn’t going to work out from the beginning.

The real solution would be to hire back the lost employees and work at the regular levels again. That’s probably not happening any time soon. In the meantime, managers need to be extremely careful when putting the necks of the inexperienced on the line, for both of their sakes.


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Life has been a long set of hard and draining experiences lately, but I’m still moving forward, and hoping to continue helping you move forward also. While I’m editing some upcoming article, here are a few items that caught my attention…

A ‘new to me’ blog call client k has posted on the positive and negative power of creating drama

This story posting at Yahoo! News has all the proof you should need against people who insist on multitasking, saying they are awful at it

Nicholas Bate starts another 1-50 serious of posts today on ‘How To Be Brilliant.’ Number one may be the only one you really need

Under 30 CEO gives their take on how to motivate Gen Y to get their work done

And Tom Ziglar lets us read a letter from a friend with a message both us Christians and ‘us Christians’ need to soak in for a while…


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A quick list of quick hits to some of the blog posts I’ve scanned this morning…

How important are background checks? Reality Blurred has an post on how one guy who was formally charged with murdering his ex-wife has effectively killed (bad pun intended) the two VH1 reality shows he was cast for…
http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/vh1/2009_Aug_20_jenkins_murder_producers

Michael Wade at Execupundit give a break down on who leaves a company and who tries to stick it out with bad management arrives…
http://www.execupundit.com/2009/08/bad-management-who-leaves-and-who-stays.html

Seth Godin gives us some insight on how effective screaming can and can’t be to getting you point across, and hints more toward the can’t side…
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/08/willfully-ignorant-vs-aggressively-skeptical.html

Worried that your Twitter usage might be excessive and unnecessary? Mediabistro’s Webnewser blog has numbers from a Pear Analytics survey, stating that 40.55% of Tweets Are ‘Pointless Babble’ anyway…
http://www.mediabistro.com/webnewser/social_nets/pear_analytics_4055_of_tweets_are_pointless_babble_124444.asp?c=rss

And in a CDC study that seems to have stared at me through my window for a week, ‘lower extroversion’ is being found in adult video game players, noting that the average gamer is 35, fat and depressed…
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32463904/ns/technology_and_science-games/



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If Richard Simmons were to show up at your door step without any warning to set you up on a personal fitness plan, you might want to consider that you might have a weight problem. Because Richard Simmons doesn’t just show up at random houses without warning to set up random people on personal fitness plans.

And you should have figured out a long time before Richard Simmons showed up that you had a problem, and done something about. If Richard Simmons shows up at your doorstep, it is because you are in serious trouble–life or death trouble–with your health.

If some person of statue in your company or industry tries to step in and offer you a few suggestions out of the blue, would you consider it an insult or an opportunity?

If that same person came to you as part of a serious intervention on your part, would you push away or would you do exactly what they said exactly how they did it because they are far more successful than you?

You’re being approach because you’ve got a problem. A problem you may or may not have noticed in yourself, but someone else has, possibly because they have been in the same position you are in. And for whatever reason, they’re trying to help you.

Maybe they truly care about you. Maybe they only care that you are holding some project back and losing the company a lot of money in the process. They care enough to help you fix the problem.

The question you should be asking yourself right now is, do you care enough to let them help you fix the problem?


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The Buy In

One of the most critical determinants of the success of a program is buy in of all parties involved.

Working in broadcasting, this is seen on a daily basis, and a key understanding to all the ‘talent’ whose job it is to sell something a like a contest, promotion, or even a product. It doesn’t matter how much money a sales person was about to finagle out of a client sponsor, or how easily executable the promotions direct can make it. If the talent doesn’t feel up to doing it, it won’t work.

Just like teaching your dog tricks or teaching your toddlers anything, some days the talent (in broadcasting specifically here, but just about any talent you have working in any industry in general) is really feeling it, and want to do the best sell and their best work. Some days, its going through the motions. Some days, it’s just not going to happen. And while bribes and blackmail can be fine motivators to the interested, to the disinterested, not so much.

Think about this next time a new plan, promotion, or directive come around at your place of employment. If you’re asked to execute it, are you able to buy into it yourself? Are those that work above you showing you they’re buying into it? Are those that work below you showing that they intend to buy into it as well?



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To busy to write anything original, so here are a few links that caught my attention today…

Katic Couric’s blog breaks the new on thousands of cancellations in AARP memberships because of their backing of Obama health care reform…
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/08/14/couricandco/entry5242190.shtml

Engadget has a post on texting making our kids dumber, and brings the science to back it up…
http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/13/texting-makes-kids-dumb-science-fact/

Mark Cuban is never afraid to speak his mind, and he’s speaking to your love America, saying the most patriotic thing you can do right now is whatever you can to get rich…
http://blogmaverick.com/2009/08/13/the-most-patriotic-thing-you-can-do/

Lifehacker is offering up links to great computer desktop wallpaper to help you organize your GTD workload…
http://lifehacker.com/5337496/wallpaper-roundup-getting-things-done-with-workflows-and-quadrants/gallery/

And Valerie Frankel attempts to curb her own negativity by following the program outlined in the book A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen
http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-life/reinvent-your-life/articlegh.aspx?cp-documentid=20985140&GT1=32036


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Some quick links to some interesting blogs post I encountered today, while ‘working…’

Guy Kawasaki reassures me that I’m not crazy…I’m just an entrepreneur…
http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2009/08/youre-not-crazy–youre-an-entrepreneur.html#axzz0O4wtzOvb

Think TQ gives you the secret to inexpensive health insurance…
http://www.thinktq.com/training/todaystq/tqs_todays_tq.cfm?date=2009-08-09

Ian’s Messy Desk has some great tips for dealing with slackers in the workplace…
http://www.ismckenzie.com/solving-workplace-people-problems-the-slacker/

Courtesy of BusinessPundit, information on the newly announced JetBlue $599 “All You Can Jet” pass, valid from September 8 through October 8…
http://www.businesspundit.com/jetblue-launches-all-you-can-fly-pass/

And for the stat freaks like myself, graphic visualization of Manhattan’s population by day versus Manhattan’s population by night…
http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/QRjDK5XMAl0/manhattans-population-by-day-vs-manhattans-population-by-night


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Today, I will give you a five step plan on how to solve just about any problem. I’m calling this plan, for obvious reasons, “The Overly Simplified Way To Solve Your Problems In Just Five Steps”

Step 1: See that you have a problem.

Step 2: Say, “I have a problem.”

Step 3: Do something about the problem.

Step 4: If problem persists, do something different about the problem.

Step 5: If problem persists, repeat step 4 until you have solved the problem

Overly simplified, but simple enough that you get the point.



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