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  • Use FI/RE to Create a Better Life Not To Build a Nest Egg as Quickly as Possible

    Financial Independence/Retire Early (FI/RE) is about creating conditions that allow you to focus on what you value. Some people do focus too much on saving money quickly as though the goal is to save as much as quickly as possible. But that isn’t what FI/RE means. FI/RE doesn’t mean make yourself a slave to saving quickly in order to remove yourself from being a slave to a job until you are 65.

    To me what is most important about FI/RE is examining the choices you make and taking control of the decisions instead of just floating along as so many people do without considering the choices they make.

  • Educate New Managers on Their New Responsibilities

    Far too often companies promote employees into management positions and expect them to fulfill the obligations of their new position without helping prepare them to meet their new responsibilities. People who excelled at doing their non-supervisory job often have little education or experience to succeed with their new responsibilities.

    Managing a software development team is a completely different job from being a great software developer. Most everyone would acknowledge that: but if you look at what actually happens in many organizations the management system is not setup with this fact in mind.

  • Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

    Bayon temple was built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII.  The Bayon temple is well know for the many (216 actually) smiling faces adorning the temple.

  • Jobs to be Done

    If you see your job from the customer’s perspective you may change the scope of your offerings. You can add services that help the potential customer chose you. In the book, they explore the example mentioned in the article in more detail. They also discuss how an online university changed their processes to address the issues their potential customers faced in the “hiring” process. They changed, not the “product” (education), but the processes supporting potential students making the decision to hire Southern New Hampshire University.

  • Intrinsic Motivation and the Danger of Overgeneralization

    by creating systems that let people take pride in their work we take advantage of more of their potential and thus create more value

  • Cater to Customers Desires to Achieve Customer Delight

    Customer delight requires understanding your customers needs and desires. Often even your customers don’t understand these well. Businesses that have a deep appreciation for what their customers, and potential customers, desire and that create systems to deliver solutions that delight those customers benefit greatly from that effort.

    To build a sustainable enterprise you must provide value customers will appreciate.

    Your customers do not have one unified set of desires. Some customers may want as good an experience as is possible and if that costs substantially more they are happy to pay. Others want to pay the least possible while having an acceptable experience.

  • Deadly Disease of Management: Emphasis on Short-term Profits

    The games played to manipulate earnings are enormous (and no surprise to those who understand likely outcome of pressure to meet short term goals is a desire to manipulate the figure rather than improve underlying results). In Profit Beyond Measure by H. Thomas Johnson and Anders Broms, the authors provide many good thoughts on the problems of accounting measures and management.

  • Pepper – A Social Robot from Softbank

    Pepper has been designed to identify your emotions and to select the behavior best suited to the situation. Based on your voice, the expression on your face, your body movements and the words you use, Pepper will interpret your emotion and offer appropriate content.

    Pepper will also respond personally to the mood of the moment, expressing itself through the color of eyes, tablet or tone of voice.

  • Guadalupe Peak Trail, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    The Guadalupe Peak Trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a 8.4 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 2,930 feet.

    The hike was fantastic. Lots of great views and interesting plants and insects.

    This park is one of the many wonderful, less known but still great national parks.