Geeks — the perception still hasn’t quite caught up with reality

As seen by this Australian TV commercial from Super Geek and this admittedly damn funny Fear of Girls video, we learn that…– Geeks are all guys, and not particularly attractive fellas, either– Geeks are typically sporting taped-up glasses and completely uncool fashion– Women AREN’T geeks (and they’re most often confusing/confused AND helpless) While the videos… Continue reading Geeks — the perception still hasn’t quite caught up with reality

How to evaluate your current job & career… and thoughtfully consider future options

I’m doing the whole job-hunting thing again… searching for interesting contracts (I luckily am still blessed with several cool ongoing ones!) or a really smashing full-time opportunity. The latter option in particular has gotten me to do some deep soul searching about career / relocation criteria, and I thought I’d share a list I’ve been… Continue reading How to evaluate your current job & career… and thoughtfully consider future options

Hmm… I wonder if there’s any correlation here?

[…] [Cisco] paid $650,000 to book the rock legend, according to Web logger Robert Scoble. Cisco spokeswoman Abbey Smith would not discuss how much the company spent but said the expense was justified.“We wanted to recognize and thank our employees,” she said. “They have not received raises for the last four years.” – From a… Continue reading Hmm… I wonder if there’s any correlation here?

The RIGHT way to AUTHOR privacy policies

You’d think that companies would “get it” by now. Most don’t. Privacy policies aren’t rocket-science, but they’re absolutely critical to the long-term success of a company. Without earned trust and strong communications, firms have little hope of surviving, and thank goodness! So without further ado, here is my free advice to companies wanting to create… Continue reading The RIGHT way to AUTHOR privacy policies

Efficiency through trust

Jason Kottke recently wrote about an interesting phenomena — A Manhattan donut-cart guy who trusts his customers to make their own change. The result? Twice the throughput, perhaps even twice the business, and undoubtedly more money for the Donut Guy. While just one tiny example, of course, this nonetheless struck me as interesting from business… Continue reading Efficiency through trust

A truly sick policy

Sick for more than seven days per year? At the ironically-named Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, ill employees have a very direct choice: After seven previous absences, come in sick or be fired. This policy is so transparently stupid, I’m almost embarrassed to blog about it. But kindly allow me to offer a few thoughts… Continue reading A truly sick policy

On selfishness, obsolescence, and jubilant consumers

Several organizations are throwing up (their arms) in wild fear of their job sectors going the way of the dodo. For instance, unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few months, you probably already know about the new federal program which will block around 80% of telemarketing calls for those who sign… Continue reading On selfishness, obsolescence, and jubilant consumers

Courtesy in HR

My parents raised me well. They taught me to say “please” and “thank you” and all that good stuff. I wish some Human Resources folks had been raised by my parents. During the dot.com boom, HR people were everyone’s best friend. Desperate to keep their current employees AND attract new ones in an employee-favored market,… Continue reading Courtesy in HR