Saturday, March 26, 2005

I do randoms - Bloglines clippings - 26 Mar 05

[CIO] Leadership Development: for Your Employees, the Enterprise—and You. Susan Cramm is stating the obvious. But my guess is things started going into a tail spin when "Relationship" in HR became a "Resource".

[CIO] The Most Annoying Workplace Cliches. At the end of the day, if we get on the same page and focus on our core competency, we can create a win-win, customer-centric synergy for our Generation X solution; our new value-added paradigm of thinking outside the box will result in alignment of metrics for our redeployed people to take it offline.

[CIO] Tech Analysts Find Their Own Future Difficult to Analyze. Yes, but surely they'll find jobs as analysts of the analysts of the analysts? This sounds like MLM!

[CIO] Chicken and Egg. On Enterprise Architecture and an interesting read on the roles of CIOs in the business process. The bottom-line is companies need pro-active CIOs who understand the business processes well and are able to articulate the complementary roles that IT can play in enabling or boosting the business -- a wicked mix of hardcore technical and soft skills. Anyway, does this mean I'm an architect at heart?

[Economist] Illegal File-sharers under Attack. A good read on the current state of P2P and the historical context of the running-ins between the entertainment industry and technology. However, it is heartening to hear of recording industry executives like Andy Gershon who see the opportunity [WashPost] of P2P networks as potential revenue sources.

[Economist] Reforming the United Nations. I wonder what John Bolton will have to say about Kofi Annan's reforms when he takes over the helm of US ambassador to the UN?

[Economist] Shaking up Corporate Japan. "Takafumi Horie, a 32-year-old internet entrepreneur, has shocked Japan’s business establishment by positioning himself to gain control of Fuji TV, a big broadcaster." Softbank part deux!

[Economist] Wolfowitz and the World Bank. Gosh, the last person to transit from the US DoD to the World Bank was Robert McNamara!

[WashPost] Welfare Junkies. Yes, just to jot down the quote from Robert Samuelson's column
... our biggest welfare programs, but because Americans regard "welfare" as shameful, we've found other labels for them. We call them "social insurance" or "entitlements." Anything but welfare...

... Welfare is a governmental transfer from one group to another for the benefit of those receiving. The transfer involves cash or services (health care, education). We have welfare for the poor, the old, the disabled, farmers and corporations. Social Security is mainly welfare. Workers' payroll taxes pay the benefits of today's retirees. The taxes aren't "saved" for the workers' own retirement. There have been huge disparities between taxes paid and benefits received ...
[Vermillion Blog] Best Practice = Same Practice. It may be tougher for "established" companies. Such companies need to set up entities that embrace the disruptiveness. Some organizational tension between old-school and new-school is always healthy.

[QOTD] Ronald Reagan.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.

[QOTD] Douglas Adams.
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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