Archive for December, 2006

Happy New Year

December 29, 2006 1 comment
Dear God,
Give every human the power to overcome their greed, we will have a great Year.
Categories: Uncategorized

Talking about ‘The Big Rewrite’

December 28, 2006 Leave a comment
Chad Fowler is blogging about an interesting topic.
Read here: The Big Rewrite
Categories: Great Links

Summary of C# 3.0 Features

December 27, 2006 Leave a comment
David Hayden posts a summary of the C# 3.0 features.
Categories: Great Links

Your capabilities

December 26, 2006 1 comment
Everything you’ve ever accomplished has been done using just a small fraction of your capabilities. What if you could make use of just a little bit more?
All that you’ve experienced has come from just a tiny corner in the universe of your possibilities. Imagine growing your awareness, your thinking and your actions beyond that corner.
If something seems impossible, that’s because you’re looking at it from a limited perspective. Consider that there is so very much more to life than what you have thus far encountered.
What you have and what you know are extremely valuable. Yet there also is infinitely more value to be found by exploring the possibilities that exist beyond where you already are.
No matter how many sunrises you’ve experienced so far, the next one brings with it a whole new world. No matter how far you’ve already come, this moment now is a new beginning.
Life is constantly reinventing itself while at the same time holding true to timeless values. Allow the very best possibilities to take you ever higher.
— Ralph Marston
Categories: Inspirational Stuff

The No A**hole Rule

December 21, 2006 Leave a comment
I came across Robert Sutton’s book The No asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t via Esther Derby’s blog entry Jerks at work. This is one issue which has been bothering me off late a lot, "How to survive a workplace that is not civilized?". In my quest i ran into some artilcles on the web, which I thought I will share this with people (I am sure a lot of them are out there who need this silver bullet) who might be searching for the same kind of help.
Let me start with Robert Sutton’s own entry "Marge’s asshole Management Metric", I really cant wait to try this out in my new workplace. To quote Sutton "If you work in a place that is knee-deep in assholes, and you don’t want to turn into one or feel forced to act like one every day, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get out." I am afraid if that is the pragmatic solution though, As wherever you you find these stereotypes.
Esther Derby has a series of nice entries going,
To quote Esther on the two sterotypes of managers (who are assholes),
"1) They believe this is acceptable management behavior. They seem to be of the "workers are lazy and you must hold their feet to the fire to make them perform" school of management.

2) They have significant difficulties in the arena of self-management. These bosses seem unable to manage their own emotional responses and actions."

Absolutely spot on…I have worked with more type I people.
Another article by Esther on Stickyminds
Esther writes, "When your manager becomes abusive, stand up, state that you will not tolerate verbal abuse, and leave the room. Go to HR and file a formal complaint. Keep in mind that HR’s job is to protect the company’s interests, not yours. In my experience, the higher in the management chain the abuser is, the less likely HR will take action. The company has probably tacitly accepted his behavior for years, but when multiple complaints are on file, HR may decide that it is in the company’s best interest to deal with the abuser. If there are witnesses to the abuse, talk to them about corroborating your account. "
Valuable advice really.
Somehow Ayn Rand comes to my mind here "You cannot win in a system where ‘they’ set the rules." If that’s the only option, to get to a point where you can set the rules?
If you cannot get to a point where you can set the rules then I would suggest Robert Sutton’s advice "Develop an indifference". Though its not something which I want to do but I have to.
Another thing which I am trying this time is to make sure my boss is not a jerk. Ya I know my new boss, another victim of intimidation by assholes.
Also one key thing in my opinion is that incompetency leads to CYA behavior (Cover Your Ass, I have borrowed this phrase from my friend Sridhar Rajarao). These incompetent assholes try to boot lick the Incompetant assholes higher up in the ladder and move up the ladder. assholes move up fast in the ladder and pull up more assholes. That’s the reason Coporate is full of Junk these days (IMHO).
Off late I have begun to believe in the equation ‘Coporate == assholes’.
Last but not least take up the survey
BTW My top 5 (in the descending order of higher pain factor) were:
  • Lies
  • Betrays trust or confidences
  • Manages up, not down
  • Micro-manages
  • Steals credit or the spotlight from others

Also read Guy Kawasaki’s review here Book Review: The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton. Guy writes, "Walk away and stay away. Don’t be afraid to leave a bad situation. It’s unlikely you’ll change the assholes into good people; it’s much more likely that you’ll descend to their level."

And spaces didn’t allow me write a sshole, And I had to retort to some tricks to get it take the word. Pardon me for the uncivilized language, but we are talking about uncivilized people here.

 Tags: ,

Categories: Great Links

Quotable Quote

December 21, 2006 Leave a comment

Even so, one step from my grave,
I believe that cruelty, spite,
The powers of darkness will in time
Be crushed by the spirit of light.

Author – Boris Pasternak


Categories: Inspirational Stuff

Talking about Red Light Special

December 19, 2006 Leave a comment

I am tired of back linking entries from Thiru. But what the hell, they are so good.


Red Light Special
Two men were in a car when they had to stop at a red signal light.

The man at the wheel did not say anything.

The other man by his side, fretting and fuming, said, "The time we
waste at these red lights – why, a man could write a book!"

The driver still said nothing.

Finally the man beside him said, "Didn’t you hear what I said?"
"How come you did not hear? I was talking".
"Whom were you talking to?"

"I was talking to God," he said. "I’ve been making it a practice every
time I get to a red light to pray for one of my friends. It is wonderful
how many folks I have on my prayer list and how many I have time to
pray for in this way."

Categories: Uncategorized