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Corner Office in the NYT is one of my favourite sections of the New York Times. I usually manage to glean an insight or two from the interviews, and it is really interesting and refreshing to read different management approaches.

This interview with Guy Kawasaki made me cringe, because I am definitely guilty of ‘war and peace’ emails. Note to self : Master the 5 line email (or the 5 line blog).

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/business/21corner.html

Share this blog button

Update : Resolved! Hooray!

Am trying to add easy share buttons on my blog, and its not as simple as I had hoped it would be.
Have managed to get it on my sidebar, but somehow the image isn’t showing up. Can someone help?

A syllogism is a 3 part argument : A=B, B=C, therefore A=C.

A = iPhones encourage people to take more busses with its applications,
B = Busses are good for the environment, therefore;
C = iPhones are good for the environment.

There are only a few applications on my iPhone that I access on a daily basis – Email, Facebook, New York Times, and my bus applications. Yes, bus applications, plural. I have 2 on my phone – tranSGuide and SG Buses. While they may not be totally accurate (allow for 2-3 minutes adjustments), I love them because they allow me to control the worst part of taking public transport, which is the waiting. They let me know when I need to leave the house in the morning and more importantly when I need to leave the office when the temptation is highest to jump into a taxi is high after a hard days’ work.

The timings on tranSGuide seem more accurate, but SG Busses has the added advantage of showing the subsequent bus arrival times too, so you know if you need to leg it and catch that bus, or chill if there’s another 3-4 minutes behind.

There is much to be said about an application that keeps me responsible in more ways than one. I now have less of an excuse to spend money on a taxi, AND, i’m committing to helping to save the environment by opting for busses!

tranSGuide iPhone application

tranSGuide example

SG Busses iPhone application

SG Busses example

I’ve always been a strong believer that there are 2 parts to delegating work
1) Providing instructions in a clear manner setting out expectations
2) Quality checking when the work comes back

Both parts are essential and should not be ignored. I myself am much better at (2) than I am at (1) which is something I am aware of and consciously always trying to work on.

This article in the New York Times has some interesting points on delegating work, being ‘present’ when you are engaging someone and humour (don’t underestimate it when hiring!). Hope you find it as insightful as I did.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/business/28corner.html

This video was made for BBC’s The Wall and depicts what Facebook would be in real life. It points out the obvious silliness in things we find fun on Facebook like making connections with long lost ‘friends’, poking, writing on walls, etc.

Its really quite a silly video, but somehow I quite liked it. Thank goodness they didn’t have access to sheep.

There have been many things said about the abundance of personal information online and how much you are revealing to your friends, aquaintances and ultimately the public (depending on how good you are at customising your privacy settings). Good or bad, the reality is that sharing fragments or full pieces of your life online is not something that is not going to go away anytime soon. The reality is that it is as long as we have a Facebook or Twitter account, a blog or even something as simple as Google Buzz, this is something that we have to learn to manage, and manage in a better way.

While I think I do post, comment and share responsibly, ultimately I can only be responsible for my own actions and not those of my friends, acquaintances and all of their friends.

This article in the NYT ‘How Privacy Vanishes Online’ is just one of the many reminders that “When you’re doing stuff online, you should behave as if you’re doing it in public — because increasingly, it is.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/technology/17privacy.html?src=me&ref=homepage

So before you post or publish, always review what you’ve written or pictures you’ve posted and think about how much you are really telling people. Think about it not only in the context of that post itself, but how it fits into everything else you have already said or will ever say. Ultimately you may be revealing more that you intended to.

Something New

Have been horribly terrible at keeping a blog, apparently i’m much better at consuming than I am at producing the written word. That said, inspired by my sister’s new blog, I think I will use this space to keep track of things that I like/love/want to come back to at a later time.

Is it weird that I keep track of my siblings via their blogs?

http://token110.wordpress.com/

http://hansdc.wordpress.com/