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Daily_post 01/10/2012

10 Jan
  • Distractions, temptations, and kids can all legitimately get in the way of doing work at home. But sometimes you have to step back and look at other reasons why you’re avoiding the work that needs doing. Is it really because you don’t want to do it?
    This is perhaps the hardest part of working from home. At an office, you are very likely to be found out and penalized if you spend all day checking Facebook or replaying Portal 2, so you at least make a stab at moving forward on even the most painful tasks. At home, it’s up to you to stay motivated, and the things toward the very bottom of the Awesome Challenging Fun list might never get done.

    tags: work from home fast_company wp work business management habits success

  • ydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, published “Why Smart Executives Fail” 8 years ago.
    In it, he shared some of his research on what over 50 former high-flying companies – like Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, Rubbermaid, and Schwinn – did to become complete failures. It turns out that the senior executives at the companies all had 7 Habits in common. Finkelstein calls them the Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives.

    tags: management Leadership habits success wp

  • How Trello is different – Joel on Software

    The great horizontal killer applications are actually just fancy data structures.
    Spreadsheets are not just tools for doing “what-if” analysis. They provide a specific data structure: a table. Most Excel users never enter a formula. They use Excel when they need a table. The gridlines are the most important feature of Excel, not recalc.
    Word processors are not just tools for writing books, reports, and letters. They provide a specific data structure: lines of text which automatically wrap and split into pages.
    PowerPoint is not just a tool for making boring meetings. It provides a specific data structure: an array of full-screen images.

    tags: joelonsoftware productivity joel software collaboration wp

  • Three Star Leadership Blog: Moral FogEveryone gets caught in the fog during their life. That’s when you need something to help you get your bearings, the way instruments work for a pilot.
    You can shore up your moral sense in lots of ways. Reading, reflection, and prayer work for me. But when the fog is dense and you’re totally turned around or flipped over you need something more, something outside yourself.
    When you’re in the fog you need people who love you enough to help you get right.

    tags: leadership moral_fog compass love wp

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