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May 2010

I Hope People Hate My Product

I’m a bit strange, I know, but this sounds weird even for me. Yet it’s true – I really do hope that people hate my product, despise my services. I find it encouraging when someone tells me how awful something I’ve done is. Why? When I hear someone tell me I did something wrong, I […]

A Matter of Perspective

Sometimes, a situation needs to be viewed from another perspective. Often, though, it’s only someone who isn’t in that situation who can see the other side of the coin. As people, we have a tendency to believe ourselves to be correct. A common complaint of teenagers, for example, is that others don’t understand them. Years […]

Watch Your Back

I’m much too young to remember this, but there was a time when a man’s word was as good as done. A handshake was worth more than a contract written by a team of top lawyers. This was mentioned in the play Jersey Boys when Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio seal a deal with a […]

Mixing Family and Business

There’s a well known saying, which is expressed in a variety of ways, but essentially boils down to the simple statement: Family and business don’t mix. However, in recent months, I’ve witnessed cases where family and business truly don’t mix, and other cases where it was perhaps because of family involvement that the business was […]

Mathematics of Hiring

At what point does it make sense to hire someone for your business? How much should you pay your new employee? These are questions that are asked on both sides of the table – the business owner expanding the size of their business, and on the side of the prospective employee, trying to get paid […]

Hunting for Space

Having recently gone on a search for office space, I realized that I had not the faintest idea of what I should be looking for, or at. I knew what the space was going to be used for, but not what kind of space I would want, nor what types of terms and conditions would […]

Where to Splurge, Where to Save

In any business, there are things you try to save money on, others, you spend what it costs. For example, you might try to pick up your desks on clearance sale, but spend what it takes to get good lighting. Or, you might buy refurbished computers for your workstations, but have the top-of-the-line servers for […]

Start Fresh or Expand and Modify?

This question is faced by programmers just about every time they are presented with code which they did not write, and have been asked to fix. Our ego tells us that we can do a much better job than the original programmer, that the entire code is a waste, and should be completely thrown out. […]