From Inc. magazine an article about bosses. As you can imagine I have not seen many of these types of bosses. Consulting engineering is a hard business and engineers are notoriously bad managers. The good ones are few and far between. The best managers are those that meet these 8 character traits.
Everyone in business talks about team building. Well maybe not everyone but at one time that was the big buzzword. Having actually been in business, I haven’t see much of this. My experience is in consulting and the only time there is any type of team building is when there is a lot of work and money is flush. Ahh, but you can always have more money and more work. So you keep pushing, keep selling. Then there are the lean times. The good firms keep their people as long as they can through these times. The bad ones cut staff at the first sign of trouble. Team building. What is that the young engineers ask.
Here are some Japanese sayings relating to team building.
I found this article about a group of students at Carthage College that are signing a petition to have the grades of the highest 10% redistributed to the those with lower grades to help them graduate. It is a pretty funny analogy to the redistribution of income from the wealthy to the poor.
Can you imagine putting all that hard work to get really good grades and then someone saying, we are going to average it all out and give everyone a B. Imagine how mad you would be. Now imagine you own a business and have been working your tail off to make your successful. Then someone comes along and says you are too successful so we are going to take some of your money and give it to your neighbor, because he hasn’t been as successful as you. That is what our President is trying to do. That is only fair you say. Well the successful businessman will soon learn to not be so successful and we all will suffer because of it.
Another spectacular post from David Kanigan.
An interesting study on the work habits of elite achievers.
Here is an article about a man who turned 100 on Friday. He has seen a lot in his life and I suspect that many young people in his situation today would not have made it through the hard times the way he did.
I was introduced to TED from a friend of mine on LinkedIn. A great source of topics from some of the brightest minds in the world. This will be another source of posts from now on. I think the first will be from John Wooden.