links for 2011-04-05

05 Apr
  • Only soccer rivals cricket in transcending the world of sport to become a deeply felt expression of culture. And in cricket-mad South Asia, a frenzy of feeling for the game burst open for the past two months as the Cricket World Cup 2011 was played out in host countries India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Fourteen nations participated in the tournament, and the semifinals featured what is arguably the world's most heated sports rivalry: India vs. Pakistan. Collected here are pictures from the past few months of people playing, watching, and living cricket in several countries in South Asia
  • But before you go starting a Corporate Blog Policy Task Force and taking meetings with lawyers, consider what you're really trying to accomplish. You probably want to make sure your employee-bloggers aren't sharing company secrets. Duh. You also want to make sure your employees aren't dissing your customers, or each other. And you probably want to make sure that your workers aren't posting compromising pictures of American Idol contestants on the company blog.
    How can you accomplish this without inundating the blogosphere with Harvardesque legalese? With this two-word corporate blogging policy:
    "Be professional."
    If your employee-bloggers are posting the secret-sauce recipe, bad-mouthing customers, or distributing NSFW (not safe for work) art, fire them. And if you're concerned that your employees won't understand what you mean by "be professional," then you have a management problem or an employee problem. Or both.
  • In real life, most of the managers I've met and coached work really, really hard to get far less done than they planned. If that's you, take some comfort from two F words that von Clauswitz originally applied to war.
    The first F word is "friction." Von Clauswitz first used the term in a letter to his wife in 1806, where he defined it as "the effect of reality on ideas and intentions." In other words, friction is what turns what looks easy into what proves difficult…
    The other von Clauswitz F word is "fog," as in "the fog of war." Often, you simply don't have a complete picture of reality. It's as if you're wandering through town at night with two options to see what's around you.
    The most important thing to understand about the two von Clauswitz F words is that everyone deals with them. No manager you will ever meet or hear of does it the way those neat management books describe. Do the best you can. Do better than yesterday.
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  • If your boss is seen as a librarian, she becomes a resource, not a limit. If you view the people you work with as coaches, and your job as a platform, it can transform what you do each day, starting right now. "My boss won't let me," doesn't deserve to be in your vocabulary. Instead, it can become, "I don't want to do that because it's not worth the time/resources." (Or better, it can become, "go!")
    The opportunity of our age is to get out of this boss as teacher as taskmaster as limiter mindset. We need more from you than that.
  • The earth is often perceived as a foolproof Google map — not very large, easily accessible and knowable by any finger-drumming geek with a computer. In some respects this is true. Distance is no longer a problem…But as some countries open up, others shut down. And some countries have yet to earn their place on the traveler’s map…
    In my own “Tao of Travel,” the fact that a place is out of fashion, forgotten or not yet on the map doesn’t make it less interesting, just more itself, and any visit perhaps more of a challenge. But travel maps have always been provisional and penciled in, continually updated. The map of the possible world being redrawn right now — parts of it in tragic and unsettling ways — might soon mean new opportunities for the traveler who dares to try it. Travel, especially of the old laborious kind, has never seemed to me of greater importance, more essential, more enlightening.
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