Monthly Archives: March 2013

Back It All Up Now!

Today, is World Backup Day. So, back up all your data people! Seriously. You know how people always like to divide the world in half? Well this time, the division is correct. This world is made up of two kinds of people, those that have lost data and those without computers. Whether you have had… Read more »

Killer Terms of Service

There are three kinds of people in this world. People who can’t understand Terms of Service, people who don’t want to waste their time on them and, of course, lawyers. Terms of Service are usually long and hard to decipher legalese.  They’re designed to methodically detail what the relationship you are entering into when you… Read more »

You’re Busy? Wasting Time Maybe…

It seems like I’ve been so insanely busy these days that I can never get enough done on a project that I’ve been working on. I blamed it on everything I had to do lately, until I was reminded by an article about procrastination on Lifehacker that there is a big difference between being busy… Read more »

5 Commandments of Management

After yesterday’s post, I spent some time thinking about the differences between the poor and the great managers that I have worked with in the past. From those reflections, I created a list of the essential traits of a great manager. They aren’t listed in some magical order, so don’t worry about where they are… Read more »

Don’t Be A Horrible Boss

I came across a great article on Inc. today by Geoffrey James. It listed 9 core beliefs of horrible bosses. I’m sharing this as a bit of a public service. Most of the core beliefs he list sound horrible to those managers who know how to manage well, but even they sometimes run afoul of a… Read more »

Free vs Paid Expectation Paradox

After I graduated from Santa Clara University, I spent the next 5+ years working for a Big 5 consulting company doing large scale enterprise software implementations. While the software I worked with was solid and fairly easy to use, I learned that most wasn’t. And all the options were crazy expensive. Companies paid a lot… Read more »

Bored? Good. Time to be Creative!

Do you remember when you were a kid sitting at home and you would tell your mom or dad that you were bored? Me, too. In my house, that would lead to me being given something tedious to clean. I quickly learned to find something to do to keep myself occupied. Often, that was reading,… Read more »

We Judge Books By Their Covers

I hate to break it to everyone. Despite what we’ve all been taught, we really do judge books by their covers. The way something is presented to us has a profound effect on the way that we perceive that item. That is what I was reminded by an article from Lifehacker entitled: “Why We Can’t… Read more »

Top 10 Fundraising Mistakes

Entrepreneur.com recently featured an infographic from Founder Institute, which I believe warrants me putting aside my usual feeling for info graphics: disgust. Inforgraphics are so overdone these days that I automatically want to dismiss them. If the topic is good though, I force myself to at least scan them. I’m not going to lie, this… Read more »

You Snooze, You Lose!

Have you ever hit the snooze button to get a few more minutes of sleep? Many people do it. I never really understood the practice.  That’s mainly because I always set my clock as late as I could afford to get up. If your goal is to get more sleep, that seemed to make the… Read more »