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My Ninja, Please! 4.11.11 : Human Capital

The capital that leaves in the elevator at night…please!

What are we really talking about here?  Pencils?  Paper?  Toner? Oil?  These are the kinds of things I picture when I hear the term resources.  Things that are used up and/or thrown away when they are used up.  Things that are both disposable and replaceable.  Except, when I hear this term in organizations, they’re typically referring to people.

So if you’re using a term like "resources" to describe your people and if other things that are referred to as resources are disposable and replaceable, how might you treat your people?  In what way does an organization that views their people as disposable "resources" behave? When we erect entire departments around managing our human "resources", how might that department view its role?  As an organization, how much will you invest in training and learning for your disposable and replaceable "resources"? (Source)

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Posted: April 11th, 2011
at 4:04pm by mnp


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Thom Singer’s 41 Things

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10. Writing a book is hard work. Promoting a book is harder work.

9. Develop your public speaking skills. Join a Toastmasters group and participate actively for two years.

8. There is no substitute for integrity.

7. Have friends who challenge you to be a better person.

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Posted: April 11th, 2011
at 11:05am by mnp


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The Douchebags of Tech

A top ten list

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Posted: April 8th, 2011
at 3:07pm by mnp


Categories: hood status,computers,life,web,not ninja-worthy,development,internets,jobs,lists

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No Credibility with Engineers

Apart from the fact that some people just don’t know when to shut up, it can be very difficult to get engineers to do what people ask. Cindy Alvarez talks about the correct way to talk with engineers.

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Posted: April 8th, 2011
at 11:27am by mnp


Categories: life,weaponry,fo' real?,science,development,jobs

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Managing Your Own Psychology

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As CEO, there will be many times when you feel like quitting. I have seen CEOs try to cope with the stress by drinking heavily, checking out, and even quitting. In each case, the CEO has a marvelous rationalization why it was OK for him to punk out or quit, but none them will ever be great CEOs. Great CEOs face the pain. They deal with the sleepless nights, the cold sweat, and what my friend the great Alfred Chuang (legendary founder and CEO of BEA Systems) calls "the torture." Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say: "I didn’t quit." (Source)

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Posted: April 5th, 2011
at 3:02pm by mnp


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What Makes You Happy?

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Writing what it means to be happy:

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. - James Openheim

No, seriously, have you ever thought about it? Do you live the life you want to live, or is there an unlived life in you being held back by your very Resistance?

Edith Wharton once said that if we stopped trying to find happiness we could have a pretty good time. I never thought about it in that way, but I guess she is right.

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Posted: April 1st, 2011
at 10:35am by mnp


Categories: life,weaponry,9th dan,"ninja",development,philosophy

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Five Thousand Years of Debt

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An excerpt from Eurozine:

This was the age that saw the emergence of coinage, as well as the birth, in China, India and the Middle East, of all major world religions. From the Warring States period in China, to fragmentation in India, and to the carnage and mass enslavement that accompanied the expansion (and later, dissolution) of the Roman Empire, it was a period of spectacular creativity throughout most of the world.

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Posted: March 27th, 2011
at 10:35pm by mnp


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Women in Technology

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Who are the role models out there for women looking to get into technology…

The reason why girls are not getting involved in tech is because they are told "be perfect or don’t try" by the same noisy people who claim to be advocating for them. There are some bright spots in this whole mess— Girls in Tech does great work, as does Girl Developer IT— but most of the self appointed shepherds spend too much time deflecting attention away from imperfect women succeeding in tech and waiting for their geek messiah to appear and prove once and for all that we belong here too. (Source)

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Posted: March 25th, 2011
at 2:13pm by mnp


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Philadelphia Syndrome

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In search of a cure…

The only way to fight Philadelphia Syndrome is to put our heads down and create something great. Forget New York. Forget LA. Whether its an innovative school, a new way to work, or what we’re doing with Devnuts, don’t stop until people start noticing. Stop whining. For God’s sake stop whining. Stop talking about what you’re doing and just do it. Once that happens, Philadelphia will start to be known as a place where things are happening and not a place where things might happen.

The reality is, cities are like women. You’re attracted to the ones that don’t need you. New York doesn’t need you, it’s the center of the universe. LA is where movie stars live, you’re not worthy. Philadelphia begs for you to like them. Remember we’ve got such great art! Almost all cities have great art. That’s not a reason to live here.

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Posted: March 22nd, 2011
at 8:12pm by mnp


Categories: hood status,life,web,business,weaponry,"ninja",travel,development,education,entrepreneurship,americana,jobs

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