Monday, October 29, 2012

Innovators delimma - the board connection

Re-read Christensen's book.  A lot of intriguing ideas. Some of them right on, such as using agile model.  Observe the user, don't just ask.

But I believe there are probably a more human issue.   How the company, especially ones that have a complacent, aging board, select a group of  innovative management and let them run the company? 

A board that look over the shoulder of the CEO all the time,  I submit, is the early sign and part of the reason that "good" companies fail.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Who owns the ice house?

Hard work, preservernce, thrifty,  choosing the right friends - the mindset of an entrepreneur is powerful enough to lift Taulber from poor black kids to successful banker and acclaimed writer.

There are always nay sayers around us.  Sometimes they are the ones that are close to us. They tell us not to work that hard.  They joke about our seriousness.  They say it is all useless.  Fending off their daily sarcasm may be harder than the entrepreneurial projects.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Biking to school

Start biking to school twice a week.   I .surprised that I enjoy the grueling route  and look forward to it.  I put the podcast of marketplace, education weekly, science Friday, freacnomic  Harvard business ideas on my ear phone and make the journey somewhat educational.

From Carmel to pebble beach entrance is 200 ft easy climb, then to the scary 660 ft 2 miles drop to the shore of Monterey.   After Monterey,  it is easy enjoyable bike trial along the coast.  The scenery is wonderful. 

After I got to school, I feel refreshed and a sense of accomplishment.   Sometimes I felt it is the only one in a busy yet unproductive day. Sigh.  Well, time to ride!

Living the dreams

I used to just nod politely saying "just fine", when people ask me "how are you doing?".  I decided to change that. ...