Performance v. Effort Revisited, ceteris paribus

20 01 2008

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After speaking with Mark Turansky about the original Performance v. Effort post and he gave his impression that my post is confusing because it delivers arbitrary numbers with no explanation of how I arrive at those numbers or what they mean.

Ultimately the post is saying this:
You can’t expect to hire based upon an industry or market standard and end up with a solid company. You must understand your needs (weights) and the abilities (ranks) of candidates in order to find individuals who are a proper fit for your company at any given time.

The numbers are arbitrary because… (Read full post)


When the rabbit hole is a dead end

16 01 2008

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I have had many friends that were musicians, some of which are good enough to make a living doing nothing else. Despite the style, personality, and trend differences of each they all share the same message with regards to song writing: sometimes you write ten songs just to find one that is a keeper. The song writer can perform the ten songs leading up to the one keeper all they want however diluting their musical offering with sub-par works is likely to reduce the overall attraction of the artist. Only by playing the best of their offerings can they hope to attract the largest audience and following.

Software is no different.

Software, like music, is a creative process. Any creative process will produce failures at one point or another but will hopefully… (Read full post)

Willie Jay McDonald (2/11/1918 – 1/10/2008)

10 01 2008

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People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad. ~Marcel Proust

Rest in peace.



Performance v. Effort

13 12 2007

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There is a fine line between performance and effort. While effort is great it doesn’t make money. I recently watched the movie Knocked Up, which has a perfect example of this. A group of guys are creating “the next big thing” website and have spent years working on it. However, the years they have spent have been unfruitful because while they exerted large amounts of effort they didn’t actually produce anything.

People all have an intrinsic value, whether we choose to realize it or not. This value is made up of many things… (Read full post)

Blog moved

12 12 2007

I have the new site up now.

Please update your readers/links/etc. to This will be the last real post here – I may post every so often just to keep this blog alive for a bit until people get their links updated.


10 12 2007

Two things:

1. I just noticed that there is no RSS feed showing up. I turned it on but it evidently doesn’t work in this skin. Here is the link for anyone interested:

2. I just purchased a domain name, I will be transferring this site to my own domain once I get everything set up and ready to go. Stay tuned…

Leadership v. Management

6 12 2007

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I’ve met many people that are great managers but far fewer that are good leaders. The difference is not just the matter of text books but is a real, if not tangible, aspect of life. Both semantically, logically, and theoretically the leader is distinguished from the manager by function.

The manager is set to manage a given set of tasks to ensure a specific and quantifiable outcome. Whether this set of tasks involves people, processes, or both is irrelevant as the only change is in the style of management, not the… (Read full post)