Solve tomorrow’s problem (or get out fast)

Necessity is the mother of invention, and as a consequence, lots of new products address today’s felt needs. If you’re developing a tech product, though, I think it’s a better plan to address tomorrow’s needs than today’s. Because by the...
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Don’t hire to fill the position

When you need to fill a position, it is tempting to take the first applicant who can do the job. Don't do it! It takes time to integrate a new employee, and for the employee to learn the corporate culture, procedures, and why we always take a...
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Netflix delighted me

Dear Bob, Movie Name was not available from your local shipping center. Fortunately, it was available from a shipping center in another part of the country. It's on its way and should arrive within 3 to 5 days. You'll notice we also...
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How to get hired

Now that you know how to not get hired, let’s move on to getting the job. 1. Want the job. Employers want to be loved, too. Tell me why you want this job. If you don’t really want it (like the applicant who recently answered “honestly,...
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How to not get hired

1. "I'm looking for indoor work." I believe you are telling the truth. I do not believe this is the best answer to "Why are you interested in this job?" 2. "I have extinctive computer skills." This poor applicant provided much-needed comic relief...
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Everyone can read your private email

Someday. All your email will eventually be online in an easily searched database. Just ask JB at Enron, who at 7:42 pm on April 6, 2001 asked CG to "serve me lunch in bed and sing me a lala bye before I start the night shift." How do I know? I...
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How to save Microsoft

Step 1. Believe you need saving. When I worked at Microsoft back in 1990-92 we spent a lot of time laughing at big, lumbering IBM. Today Microsoft is IBM. It's important to note that IBM isn't dead. They just aren't "it" anymore. On the rare...
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Living your product

I love this photo of the Longaberger Company home office. It looks difficult to expand, and like it might suffer in the office building resale market, but it shows commitment and confidence in the future. Back in 1992 I visited Microsoft's...
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How can this survey mean anything?

I just got a survey in the mail. There's a crisp $2 bill and the promise of $10 more if I fill it out and return it. It's only 108 pages long, and full of easy and interesting questions like "Is either adult head of household aware of variable...
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Fake invoice scams…

I'm signing bills to authorize checks, and came across one that almost slipped through the system. "Trademark Info Corp." wants $596 to list our registered trademark in their "Register of Protected Trademarks". In other words,...
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