Tag Archives: crisis

Daily Mumble: Our financial inconsciousness

We are still striving for the global crisis, but everyone is looking for latest gadgets and luxury.

Paid often by debt.

This is not putting the basis for reconstructing: is just digging a deeper grave for our future.

Our ancestors exited from crisis in last centuries always working hard and reconstructing, not using (only ) financial means.

Outsourcing personal tasks

An anonymous at Productivity501 reports 100 things that can be outsourced (full article at http://www.productivity501.com/100-personal-outsourcing-ideas/7871/).

Cool list. Much of the things can be an idea for starting a new business in this times of crisis… 😉

Among them my favourites are:

  • meal planning, because requires a lot of preparation and needs the compromise of accepting someone else deciding what you eat
  • Pay bills: because if you stop at first words, everyone love someone paying the bills for you and not only bringing the money to the bank 🙂
  • wait on hold: because you have to stay there the same in case you don’t want to delegate also the call
  • wait in line for tickets: because is correct but assumes that you make lines in a “british” style, while in my country queues are more similar to a triangle 🙂

This post as a comment also at http://www.productivity501.com/100-personal-outsourcing-ideas/7871/

Flu crisis, criminal opportunity. But who is the criminal?

Forsythe (http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/author/forsythe/) at Lockergnome writes an article reporting increasing warning over criminal attempts for flu crisis (full story at http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/2009/10/24/flu-crisis-is-a-criminal-opportunity).

I think that hasn’t been a time in human histry that was not an opportunity for criminals.

But at the same time I think that, though a real problem exists with flu spreading, sometime big Pharma companies wave on this fear to sell more. And this is a criminal offense too in my opinion.

This post as a comment also at  http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/2009/10/24/flu-crisis-is-a-criminal-opportunity/#comment-40470

Investors vs Yahoo CEO

Matt Hartley at Lockergnome comes again over the fact anticipated by Ron Schenone a few days ago of Yahoo CEO selling stocks, while company (and investors) loose money (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/web/2009/09/07/yahoo-investors-lose-while-bartz-wins/).

As I said before, is quite sad to see those that should be at the helm of the boat running as mices when boat sinks.

I thought that those time where ended with the financial crisis of which we hopefully are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m wondering why this is not considered as market disruption.

This post as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/web/2009/09/07/yahoo-investors-lose-while-bartz-wins/#comment-154938

Crash as opportunity driver

Daniel Roth at Wired writes a good article at Wired on opportunities unleashing from Wall Street crash (full article at http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-07/st_essay).

Daniel says, among other things, “[…]Often, smart cubicle refugees will seize the opportunity to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, unleashing waves of innovation upon society.[…]”.

I agree that this opportunity is historically true, but should be considered that “big bucks people” had many skills, some of them had also cross “industry” skills, but the majority had a big competence in dealing with financials.

In my opinion, being smart is one thing, while being innovative is another one.

Innovation comes out also from those people with specific skills but who are, at the same time, able to imagine rather than deal with speculations.

I don’t want to be misunderstood: people in finance are smart and sometimes innovative. But to unleash new waves of innovation to our world, those who can need to go a step further and start thinking different.

Otherwise they’ll fail, or at least they’ll make big money for they’re self, while not giving anything to the world.

This article also at http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-07/st_essay

Bad work habits

oztech (Posts by oztech) at Lockergnome writes his opinion on the top ten of worst work habits (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/oztech/2009/06/03/top-10-bad-work-habits/, referred article on CNN at http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/06/03/cb.10.worst.work.habits/index.html, this last one copyrighted by Anthony Balderrama from Careerbuilder.com …PUFF PUFF end of legal mumbo jumbo and credits 🙂 ).

Top 10 is described as follows, of course with my comments

1. Procrastination:

Yes, this is a great problem, given the fact that, in this crisis times people fear doing things, especially in big corporations. Often people don’t procrastinate for any other reason than some fear of doing the wrong thing.

2. Being a sloppy e-mailer

Another good point: I think, in my opinion that people abuse and misuse of e-mail. One of the worst things is people copying everyone in emails, with the result of having infinite lists of people where each one feels entitled to stay there and don’t act. A clear declaration of responsibilities and expectations is, in my experience, best way to act.

And double checking is the basics to survive 😉

3. Confusing informal with disrespectful

It’s a little bit said to say, in these connected and informal times, but a little bit of distance between boss and colleagues is useful to achieve performance. And respecting dress conduct is a good thing.

4. Taking advantage of leeway

Let me add a little bit of availability. Especially where and when times are strict, having people available to arrive a little earlier and depart a little bit late (without abusing) is, in my experience, something appreciated and valuable.

5. Refusing to mingle

True: Especially when you find a balance between being a party animal and staying alone all the time

6. Always running late

It’s better to declare you need some more time but respect due date instead than being late

7. Being rigid

Sometimes flexibility helps to be appreciated. Flexibility doesn’t mean doing everything, but doing everything needed to achieve office goals.

8. Acting as the resident contrarian

True. And most important to act wisely if you are new hired.

9. Badmouthing the company

Could be the worst company in the world, but for the fact that pays your salary deserves respect. And because voices go around. And it’s risky.

10. Politicking

Leave it out of work place

This post also as a comment at http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/06/03/cb.10.worst.work.habits/index.html



If you know, speak. If you don’t know shut up.

What really is making me strange in this days, is that everyone feels entitled to speak on everything.

I have been taught that if you’re confident in something and you have an opinion, you can express it. But it’s not something good if you speak just for the pleasure of speaking.

Could be that in this days I’ve got a little bit more time to spend reading, but I hear everybody speaking on everything: on Opel and Magna, on World economy, on pensions, on stem cells,…..

 Everybody has an opinion, but little have this opinion with knowledge of what are they speaking.

But the worst thing is that some people deserve some credibility to not so bright ideas and opinions.

I respect other opinions (also if they come without knowledge), but I don’t necessarily need to give them credit.

Freedom of speech is a gift we have sometimes, that deserves respect and doesn’t need to be abused.

Crisis is passing away or not?

I see from many sources that some think that crisis is passing away. We all hope is passing, but could be something different. We reached, hopefully, a very deep point in the crisis and we are starting to see some growth. But in order to make this growth stable i think we need to wait a little more time. In this times i think we should expect something very similar to the behaviour of an eartquake, where a big shake is followed by several small shakes until everything finds a new equilibrium.

And during these travel towards the new equilibrium we should learn from our errors and set up new walls on a solid and stable base. category economy
tags crisis, equilibrium, growth, stability

Bots, Spam and trust

Jacqui Cheng (http://arstechnica.com/authors/jacqui-cheng/) at Ars Technica, reports of a Symantec study that (in short) says “Botnets that send out spam seem to like workin’ 9 to 5 and resting on Sundays, according to the latest report out of Symantec’s MessageLabs. Spam levels are up this month, too, taking the total percentage of spam over the 90 percent mark. Hope you have a good junk filter” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2009/05/report-spam-wielding-botnets-apparently-like-us-work-hours.ars).

This seems to me right (spam levels are increasing), but what really makes me think is that “Spam levels have risen over the past month to more than 90 percent of all corporate e-mail, according to Symantec’s May 2009 MessageLabs Intelligence Report (PDF).”

This is attonishing, because the cost of a mail system setup and maintenance is really a cost for a company and thinking that 90% of its resources are used for something so fraudly and stupid is really a mess in this crisis times.

Really I don’t agree on the fact that US workers are a preferred target for this attacks. Seems to me more likely what severusx (http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/personal?x_myspace_page=profile&u=549009233931) says: most of the infected bots are on US corporate machines that follow, tipically, the timing registered by the report.

There’s another point: couldn’t be that we are wondering about advanced bots originating from other side of the earth and, instead, spam is a  billion of pepole writing many emails and working 9 to 5 ? 🙂 (Of course I’m joking on this last sentence. Don’t want to offend anyone…)

This comment also at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/personal?x_myspace_page=profile&u=490004578931

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