July 29, 2014

I'M SO INTO ME


"When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package."

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic

Very true.

Self-confidence is a desirable trait, quite different from conceit.

The former, mandatory for success, the latter, often confirmation of the opposite.

July 28, 2014

LEAST OF ALL BECAUSE I SAID SO


"Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist

"Striking true"; a euphemism for doing and saying what is right.

Making sure you are before you speak or act is the optimum expression of management power.

July 25, 2014

HOW AS MUCH AS WHAT


"He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful."

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet

Note to engineers: How something works is every bit as important as what it does. 

A parachute will get a person from an airplane to the ground but that doesn't make it the preferred method of descent for most.

July 24, 2014

JUST IN CASE . . .


"Doesn't anybody stay in one place any more?"

Carole King, 20th century American recording artist
from the song "Far Away"

You might ask this if primary your career goal is to stay with just one company.

Maybe you can but be prepared if you can't.

July 23, 2014

BIG SMALL THINGS


"For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great."

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish essayist/philosopher

I'm not sure it as much a matter of not having as it is not paying attention to small things, details if you will.

You don't at your own risk.




July 22, 2014

ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?


"Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age."

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer

And not just for people; this is just as true for companies.

The longer they've been around the more risk averse they become, often without realizing it.

That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just reality.

July 21, 2014

WHAT WAS, NOT IS OR WILL BE


"Study the past if you would divine the future."

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher

He said "study", not "live in".

Learn from the past, it has much to teach you, but what has been will not necessarily be.

July 18, 2014

REQUEST DENIED


"Although they posses enough, and more than enough, still they yearn for more."

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet

Sounds like Ovid might have been a CFO, reacting to his company's budget requests.

There's only so much, it's never enough; the trick is to allocate what are always limited resources.

How do you do that?

July 17, 2014

DIGGING DOWN DEEP


"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet

Your "silver lining" the next time you face difficult circumstances.