Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Hard Thing about Hard Things

As part of an SPS Commerce book club, I found the following notes and quotes interesting from The Hard Thing about Hard Things:
Chapter 1:
Page 3: “being scared didn’t mean I was gutless. What I did mattered …”
Page 5: “diverse perspective utterly changed the meaning of every significant event in the world”
Chapter 2:
Page 29: Don’t sugar coat bad news
Page 37: People before announcement celebrations
Chapter 3:
Page 52: “What am I not doing?”
Chapter 4:
Page 65: “If we lost a big prospect, the whole organization needed to understand why, so that we could fix the things that were broken in our products, marketing, and sales process”
Page 66: Communication Trust!
Page 67: “A healthy company culture encourages people to share bad news.” “Don’t bring me a problem without bringing me a solution.” -> hiding problems
Page 87: “Only took action on the positive leading indicator”
Page 89: Address problems head on
Page 92: “Spend zero time on what you could have done, and devote all of your time on what you might do.”
Chapter 5:
Hire for strength rather than a lack of weaknesses
Page 105: “Would you want to use software written by an engineer who was never told how the rest of the code worked”?
Page 106: “How many fully productive employees have they added?”
Page 107: When you fired a person, how did you know with certainty that the employee both understood the expectations of the job and was still missing them?”
Page 110: "no investment that you can make that will do more to improve productivity [than training]"
Page 117: Respect friends and business partners
Page 120: Big business executives are interrupt driven but startup executives drive initiatives
Page 122: "What do you do in your first month on the job?" "How does your new job differ from your current job?"
Page 123: "Force them to create"  "require a report from them on what they learned from each person"
Page 127: "Write down the strengths you want and the weaknesses you are willing to tolerate"
Chapter 6:
Page: 171: "A weak definition of what you are looking for will lead to a bad outcome."
Page 182: Culture can be widely defined by one narrow, unusual rule.
Page 187: When getting a new employee up to speed takes more work than doing the work yourself, you need to specialize.
Page 188: "The first rule of organizational design is that all organizational designs are bad."
Page 193: "Evaluating people against the future needs of the company based on a theoretical view of how they will perform is counterproductive"
Chapter 7:
Page 200: Investing in courage and determination. "Focus on what I needed to get right and stop worrying about all the things that I did wrong or might do wrong"
Page 202: mean CEO grade is 22%. The larger the organization, the bigger mistakes and worse behavior.
Page 204: Separate importance of issues from how you feel about them.
Page 207: "Focus on where you are going rather than on what you hope to avoid."
Page 211: "the team supported the decision they thought the CEO wanted"
Page 214: "Knowledge of technology, prior decisions, culture, personnel, and more tends to be far more difficult to acquire than the skills required to manage a larger organization."
Page 232: "Watered-down feedback can be worse than no feedback"
Page 233: "Encourage people to challenge your judgement and argue the point to conclusion." "As a CEO, you should have an opinion on absolutely everything."
Chapter 8:
Page 247: Don't argue about the unchangeable situation – deal with it.
Page 255: "As CEO, you can do very little employee development"
Page 256: Loyalty to employees to give them great executives is more important than loyalty to executives that did well in the past.
Page 259: Can sell unless market will grow by order of magnitude and your company will be number 1.
Page 260: "(big enterprise can't generally succeed with small acquisitions, because too much of the important intellectual property is sales methodology, and big companies can't build that)"
Page 262: "once the company starts to become a company rather than an idea it makes sense to pay the CEO at market" ... "so that the decision to keep or sell the company isn't a direct response to the CEO's personal financial situation"
Chapter 9:
Just because all the other companies are run a certain way, doesn't mean there isn't a better way to run that will take over the market.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Zombie Chess

Setup: Normal except also have an extra, empty board (called the zombie board).

Gameplay: When a piece is taken off of the normal board, it is placed on the zombie board on the corresponding spot where it started. If there is a piece on its spot then that piece leaves the board.

Once the normal board has a checkmate, move the kings to the zombie board and leave all remaining pieces untouched on the normal board.

To win: The normal board must be in a state of checkmate and then the player who achieves checkmate on the 2nd board wins. The player who was in checkmate on the first board doesn’t affect who wins.

The winner on the normal board gets to move 1 extra piece to the zombie board.
The winner on the normal board gets to choose where the king is placed on the zombie board.
Pieces moved to the zombie board can be place wherever desired

Is this fun or interesting?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rand Paul: “Use It Or Lose It” on Gov’t Spending Needs To Stop

“We actually have a solution to it, or we think part of the solution, which would be giving bonuses to federal employees if they turn money back in, so if you’re in charge of a $12 billion budget and you turn a billion back in, we give you personally a bonus,” he told TheDCNF. “Right now it’s the opposite, you think, ‘My job won’t be here next year if I [don’t] spend all this money,’ so this is a perverse incentive to spend it.”

Friday, October 07, 2016

Journalists hit with $200 Wi-Fi bill for presidential debates - CNET

Journalists hit with $200 Wi-Fi bill for presidential debates - CNET: "Members of the press can expect to pay $200 to access a wireless network during Monday evening's presidential debate at Long Island's Hofstra University. And if they want more, they will be paying more. According to the university's media rate sheet (PDF), a phone line with secured Ethernet runs $600 and unlimited wireless access for 20 or more devices will run $3,500."

"It's not immediately clear what Hofstra's legal basis for this action is since the Federal Communications Commission issued an enforcement advisory last year that said blocking an individual's personal Wi-Fi hotspot is illegal."

Native Hawaiians: Is change in federal status a sign of progress? -

Native Hawaiians: Is change in federal status a sign of progress? - "A change in federal policy Friday, as the Department of Interior announced that it had finalized a rule that would allow a native Hawaiian government to form a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States."

Opinion: Privacy isn't dead. Here's why -

Opinion: Privacy isn't dead. Here's why - "The argument that people don’t care about privacy anymore since many people share so much information on the web is flawed. That assertion ignores the fact that individuals who share information or communicate on social media are choosing to do so. People should be able to decide whether they broadcast every moment of their lives or whether they don't engage in social media. Or, they can select what bits of their lives to share, and what needs to remain private."

"74 percent of Americans consider it "very important" that they be able to control what information others can access about them, and 86 percent of internet users have taken steps to anonymize their online activity."

"Polls repeatedly show Americans value their privacy highly and do not think they should have to sacrifice it for national security. Further, news of mass surveillance had a significant negative impact on the US economy."

"They may be victims of domestic violence trying to protect their attempts to get help from their abusive partners."

Teen suspended for taking picture of school's dirty water - CNET

Teen suspended for taking picture of school's dirty water - CNET: ""The punishment is inappropriate. I am going to make sure the out of school suspension is expunged from the student's record," Harmala told WXYZ."

Opinion: Think hackers will tip the vote? Read this first -

Opinion: Think hackers will tip the vote? Read this first - "First, attackers would need to target online voters (a small minority) who are scattered in various jurisdictions.

Then, once the vulnerable voters are identified, attackers would need to wait for the polling place to transmit those votes. While that kind of attack could work on one person, or a single location, it would be difficult to pull off at any meaningful scale.

Alternatively, an adversary could invent an entirely new population of phantom voters, register them to vote remotely, and stuff the ballot box with fake votes. That's possible, but highly improbable. "

"[server attacks] would be pretty obvious to system maintainers, and I suspect polling administrators would quickly switch back to relying on the mail. Remember, online systems aren't intended for use on Election Day, rather they merely collect absentee ballots."

"While remote attacks are possible, it's not like someone could affect voting from another country. They'd more likely need to be parked outside the polling place. So, although Wi-Fi voting machines are a terrible idea, they don't appear to be an existential threat to democracy at the time being."

Preserving a free and open internet (why the IANA transition must move forward)

Preserving a free and open internet (why the IANA transition must move forward): "Thinking that only governments should have a say in the Internet’s future is a dangerous proposition."

Is California's new law a model for curbing prosecutorial misconduct? -

Is California's new law a model for curbing prosecutorial misconduct? - "The National Registry of Exonerations, launched in 2012, has counted 1,894 Americans exonerated since 1989. Fifty-one percent of those wrongful convictions were due to official misconduct, occurring most commonly in homicide cases. A number of high-profile exoneration cases in recent years have drawn the public's attention to such misconduct, including instances of prosecutors withholding, or tampering with, exculpatory evidence. "

"It’s about a system that is void of integrity. Mistakes can happen. But if you don’t do anything to stop them from happening again, you can’t keep calling them mistakes."

"To curb prosecutorial misconduct while reducing the chances of baseless claims, Alonso suggests creating a "strong law" that criminalizes tampering of evidence by any officer of the court. "