Movie Review: The Namesake

I seem to see too many movies to write a review of each, but this one is priceless.

In the lives of Ashoke, Ashima, and their son, we are g

Personal Finance and "The Rules"

I don’t know who first said it, but in developing almost any skill, the following stages apply:

  1. You don't know the rules.

Sudoku Outsights

On my most re

ROI, Risk and Real Options in One Page

On Wednesday, February 14th, I delivered a webinar entitled ROI, Risk and Real Options in One Page. Russell Foy and Suzannah Baum o

Employee Behavior and Communication

Greg Hughes had an insightful, ref

The Human Resources of Software Companies

In the corporate environment, managers often refer to employees as “resources”. I believe that referring to people in this way is dehumanizi

The Value of Investment Banking

Some of my recent posts reflect my thinking about unlocking value.

In thinking about unlocking value, I have understood what investment ban

Business Myth #2: I Have No Competitors

I am frequently approached by new businesses with products or services to sell, and I always ask them who their competitors are. I want to k

Business Myth #1: The Universe is My Market

I continue to encounter businesses, generally start-up companies, that make the fundamental mistake of choosing too broad a target market. T

Life's Problems

There are only two problems in life:

  1. you know what you want and you don't know how to get it; and/or
  2. you don't know what

The True Gentleman

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of p

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part VIII

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem-solving approach

Teaser

Assuming the prospect has not already arrived

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part VII

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem solving approach

History

Let us assume at this point that you and the

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part VI

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem-solving approach

Vision

After you have established empathic rapport,

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part V

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem-solving approach

Empathy

Although you may see a problem, you must not

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part IV

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem-solving approach

The Quick Fix

A drug dealer gives an addict a dose o

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part III

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem-solving approach

Premature Elucidation

A common problem I have experi

Hindi + English = Hinglish

Amateur linguists will enjoy a couple of humorous articles NPR had on Hinglish, the combination of Hindi and English, as it is spok

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part II

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem-solving approach

Problem-Solving Problems

Problems fall in one of two

Sex, Drugs, and Problem Solving, Part I

Overcoming the difficulties of the problem-solving approach

This essay is not about creative problem-solving. This essay is about

Sorry for the Downtime

To any one who has had trouble accessing this site over the last few weeks, my apologies.

I was running this server from home, and switched

The Virtues of Failure

John Carroll, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, had some nic

The Art of the Latte

At Torrefazione Italia, the cafe chain taken over and then closed down by Starbucks, the baristas would make a signature swoosh pattern in t

The Wise and the Foolish

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of dou

Brainstorming

I recently conducted a brainstorming session at work. Properly used, this is a powe