A new “Greatest Generation”

I struggle writing a blog post in the middle of a planet level crisis. The truth is that a large part of me just wants to stay silent in reverence (and denial) for all the new, sudden suffering taking place in the world right now. When I think of all the different world catastrophes that … Read more

It is supposed to be hard

It is true, vision always runs ahead of execution. It is so easy to see what is inside our heads. But at 1:00 AM, I finish a day painstakingly laboring at what I think is possible, it feels that ever y t  h  i   n   g       t  a  k   e    s      f   o    r     e      v      e        r     … That’s fine. “It is supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do … Read more

Red pen, blue ink

Some years ago a business in our same building closed shop. They were a Title Company and they had lots of cool office supplies they let us take. Among fancy semi-transparent Post-It notes and other goodies I picked up a packet of red pens. “These will be great for red-marking contracts, resumes and things like … Read more

Delegate to yourself

The worst way to start my day is staring at blank page. Let me explain. After a productive day, it is very rewarding to shut down my workspace with a sense of accomplishment. I often recap what I did and make a point to savor the progress. And then I realized this is the worst … Read more

A basement for apps

Listening to a podcast talk about how we are conditioned to pick up our phone too often, I had an idea to try with the apps on my phone; or iPhone, in my case. The experiment consisted on moving the apps that ‘pull me in’ (i.e. the apps that ‘use me’) to a second, less … Read more

KPI’s are proxies

It is great to measure, and a lot of my consulting time was devoted to implement ways to measure things. Soft things, like innovation and value. Sure, measurements are good, and at the same time I remind my clients that these measurements are proxies, pointers, guidance. Not the real thing. – Net Present Value is … Read more

Obvious to use

There is a charming term used in natural language processing called ‘perplexity’. It measures the strength of the prediction made by a model. It is related to the average number of branches offered at certain point. When there are a lot of choices offered, all of them with similar ‘weight’, the more perplexing it is … Read more

Software Vitality.

I recently opened an MS Outlook email and paid close attention. The surface of visible options available to me was staggering. I list them below; from big buttons to smaller buttons (before any unfolding of menus or options.) If you are an MS Outlook user, how many do you use in one day? One week? … Read more

Book: Essentialism

The gist of it I invested in the hardcopy of this book some years ago. It is one of the few books in our library that has highlights both from myself and from my wife. Back then, I was drawn to this book because of the subtitle “The disciplined pursuit of less.” – Oh, yeah. … Read more