First steps in the Hi-Tech sales world

January 2, 2008

Doing someone elses work

Here is a dilemma for you.
A co worker has something to do. It is, without a doubt their job. However, it is quite clear they have no idea how to do it. Now, teaching them how to do it will take half a day. Correcting their mistakes afterwards, another half day. Doing it yourself, will take 3 hours. And you have a sneaking suspicion that even if you take the effort, they will come to you again for help next time.
Some will try to tech, some will not bother and just do it themselves. Some of the latter will even take some hidden joy in feeling how important and needed they are, that they know all, and everyone depends on them.
In my heart, I know that the first solution is the right one. We all know the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” (apparently by Lao Tzu) But we are all stressed, and working hard, and are lacking in spare time. What the hell am I supposed to do?


December 30, 2007

Clocking out

Filed under: Personal, Startup, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — . @ 12:13 pm

Once upon a time, I worked for a large company. A well established place with over 500 employees. As it also belonged to a company with 4000 employees, the culture was that of a large company. Amongst other things, the clock. Coming in to work, and leaving, you had to “Punch in/out”. Not with a real paper card like in the old days, but still.
I remember vividly, that the clock worked in increments of 6 minutes. Most people in that company were around the age of 40, and when leaving, I’d ask someone if they were coming with me, and I’d hear people say that they are staying another 2 minutes, to get another increment on the clock and not waste 3 minutes that have passed.
It was so sad.
Where I work now also has a clock. The door opens only with a card, and they count your time from the 1st entrance to the last exit of the day. I know a large company is hard to manage, but why do we stick to this mechanism? If I can do all my work and then some in 3 hours, why do I count less than the guy next to me, that stays here 11 hours a day, most of them browsing for porn, and eating lunch?
We need a better system.

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July 10, 2007

Quick Link – Email Maddness.

Filed under: email, funny, humor, Personal, Startup, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — . @ 6:38 am

Finally, someone who says it straight. If you are drowning in mail, read this. (Wait a moment for the page to reload from the welcome page to the article.) It’s an article on how to face this existential danger to our society, by Jason Fry.

Oh, and print it so everyone else in your company can read it too.

Even better, email this to everyone that should read it LOL….

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July 9, 2007

Email, the great time saver

Filed under: email, funny, humor, Personal, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — . @ 3:07 pm

You have probably seen this happen several times, if you work in an office.
You come back to your desk at the morning, or after lunch, and all of a sudden your Inbox has 15 new messages, all with the same subject, from the same 2-3 people. It’s always the same plot.
Someone has sent an email.

From: Marketing person A.
To: Programmer B, Product manager C, Project manager D, Head of QA-E.

Hey guys, It seems that there is a help field missing in the 1st page of the system, but it is in the original requirement. Just wondering if I need to include it in the User Manual.

Now. This email may seems like an innocent enough question to the untrained eye. But here the Roller coaster ride begins.

From: Project Manager D.
To: All the rest

Oh god! How can this be? We will not be on time!!
From: Product manager C.
To: All the rest

This Item is critical to the system. It must be implemented.
From: Project Manager D.
To: All the rest

I just saw that it was not required by the client. forget it, don’t do it.
From: Product manager C.
To: All the rest

Yes we need to do it.
But it’s important! But they never asked for it. But i say the system will not work without this. but Venus is not near mars this time of year. Yes, No, Yes, No, your momma.

This silly argument becomes an endless stream of emails that never ends, and each time someone gets mad, another person is thrown into the recipient list, until half the company is getting mail after mail of no content but an ego bash.
There are 2 known cures for this illness.

1. The short tempered Boss. Gets in from lunch, and send one strict email ending the argument. Usually, this might start the same story over again 2 days later, about the color of the button.
2. Group action. All collateral damage receivers, unite, wear hoods, and grab the main culprits and deliver swift justice by removing several index fingers.

Have you met this phenomena? Do you have a way around it? Can you advise how to save those megabyte trees from being massacred?

Myself and my tired Inbox will be ever in your debt.

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